Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:00 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
This headline has popped up several times this season and I have a feeling that we’ll be using it again several more times before the season is over. On Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Tannehill went 24 for 34 with 288 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
He averaged 8.5 yards per completion, wasn't sacked once and had a QB rating (or as I like to call it, the offense rating) of 125.6. On the ground, he ran for 47 yards on 4 carries, averaging 11.8 yards per carry. Count Joe Philbin as one who was impressed with his performance not only on Sunday, but over the last three or four games as well.
“I thought he had very good command of what he was doing out there. I thought his decision making, again, I thought it was good. He had some plays, he extended a couple of plays, he made some throws on the run, and he played well. The ball looked like it was coming out of his hand well. Sometimes, to the naked eye, you’re just sitting there and watching, it looked like it was coming out with good accuracy, with good authority on his throws, he wasn’t hesitant when he pulled the trigger.”
Charles Clay was happy for Tannehill and said that he’s the leader of the team and acts like it, whether they win or lose.
“You know, I don’t know, you can’t tell the difference in his demeanor from game to game. I feel like he goes out there and plays as hard as he can. Everybody here knows he’s tough. The O-line did a great job protecting for him today, and he was able to make some good throws. And that’s what we expect out of him; he’s a great quarterback. Like I said, it’s just a matter of stringing a couple of weeks together.”
Mike Pouncey called Tannehill’s performance on Sunday unbelievable but also said that this is starting to become something of the norm for him.
“He’s had a lot of good games but today was unbelievable, man. The kid just made play after play. He got our offense rolling. Even when we were up thirty points he was still trying to push the tempo. So that just shows us how much he has matured and grown up as a football player and we’re excited that he’s on our football team.”
Tannehill wouldn’t call this the best game of his career but said he’s getting more comfortable in the offense every day and is looking forward to what the remainder of the season brings.
“I just know that the offense executed well, and guys were making plays. But we still left some plays out there, and that’s going to be the thing that we focus on this week. Connecting on those in the red zone and scoring touchdowns. Just getting more comfortable in the offense and going out and playing. I think that’s been the biggest thing. That, and the guys around me are making plays. When that happens, obviously it elevates my play, when you can give it to any guy at any point in time, and he’s going to do something with the ball.”