Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
A big part of any game in any sport is momentum. One team can be firing on all four cylinders and not stop until the end of the game. Another can be doing the same thing until they are stopped dead in their tracks by a turnover or costly error and allow the opposing team to get back in the game. That’s why Ryan Tannehill knows that he can be the heartbeat of the offense and can use his athleticism and ability to make things to happen to spark the team and gain momentum. Tannehill talked about what happens when he sees the ability for a big play.
“I feel like there was a big play for us offensively. I'm not sure what down that was, but the play came in and my eyes kind of lit up, this could be a big play for us. We usually don't even get to that guy. We usually hit the tight ends coming across the middle and was able to get to the number two guy, Hartline, he ran up the seam for me, and it turned into a big play for us.”
During the game against the Oakland Raiders, Tannehill credited the offensive line for doing a great job. The offensive line, which isn’t spoken of unless they are doing a bad job, can also be one of the sparks that every team needs throughout the game. This happens through their aggressiveness and uncanny ability to keep on driving the opponent backwards while wearing them down.
“It was huge. They did a great job, like I said, keeping me clean in the pocket and giving me time to throw the ball downfield, as well as the run game. I think we gave them some different looks, some challenging looks for them to line up to, spread them out laterally and then created space for Lamar and the backs to get vertical in the middle.”
Between Tannehill, the offensive line and others on offense such as Mike Wallace, the Dolphins have no problem finding energy. Now, they just need to continue to capitalize on their opportunities and use their momentum to the most of their ability.