Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
In the first half with the Dolphins driving down the field, Ryan Tannehill locked onto Mike Wallace as he was running a deep route and threw what looked like a pretty good pass. Then, it seemed to die and was intercepted around the Dolphins five-yard line. Tannehill talked about that play following yesterday’s game.
“It’s a read-back side, he’s third in the progression. I set for him to sit it down, he [WR Mike Wallace] did the right thing, he took it deep and I made a bad throw. I was kind of getting hit as I let it go. It should have been a touchdown and that’s one of the plays that I have to be better on and if I am, it’s a touchdown.”
“He [Patriots defender] got my jaw. I think it kind of popped out. That’s part of the game, to be able to get hit and get back up and hopefully you’re not getting hit too much which I thought the offensive line did a good job of keeping me clean most of the night.”
Tannehill did recover and was much more efficient in the second half. Even more impressive was the fact that Tannehill wasn’t sacked until the fourth quarter with the newly re-built offensive line. Despite the improved effort and the big win, Tannehill realizes that the team must continue to focus and move onto the Bills.
“I think it’s a first step. It sets the tone but it’s just one game. We can’t get too high or get too excited and think that we’re something that we’re not. We took a good step, showed resiliency, showed a solid defense that gets after the passer a running attack that could hurt you and you have to use that to build on that for next week. It’s a long season and one game doesn’t necessarily mean anything.”