Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins are pursuing a high level of success this preseason and being "good" is not good enough. The Dolphins offense has produced a scoring drive in every game in which they have played, which has totaled to about four quarters combined.
In Saturday's preseason home opener the Dolphins' starters stalled on their first two drives, but put together a masterful offensive push on their third. Tannehill ended the night with 15-19 for 145 yards and one touchdown, but that was not enough for him.
“I was frustrated and I thought we didn’t play clean." Tannehill said after Saturday nights game. "We moved the ball I felt like when we didn’t kick ourselves in the foot. We had penalties, we had negative plays, it’s tough to put drives together when you have those and I expect better out of our offense.”
Tannehill clearly wants this team to perform above expectations and he is counting on excellence from the entire unit. If the Dolphins continue this standard of success they will begin to build a winning culture in the organization which it has been lacking for so long.
This desire to constantly become better has been showing in the preseason, especially in Tannehill's passing. Through three games he has been completing 80% of his passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Well it’s a good start." said Tannehill when asked about his high level of play this preseason. "I think guys are getting open and making plays for me down the field and I’m making good decisions getting the ball out in the right spot. Obviously there are plays that I don’t do perfectly and I want to complete, but I feel like we’re trending in the right direction right now and we have to build on what we’ve done in this preseason.”
The start of the Dolphins season is 14 days away and their self-critical attitude is promising. In order for teams to be great they must constantly build on their success and never be satisfied with mediocrity, which is exactly what the Dolphins are doing. The pieces are in place for a successful season, and the Dolphins are going into it with the right attitude.
This story was written by Efrain Ramos. Follow him on Twitter: @EfrainRamos
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