With his third season just five weeks away from being in the books, Tannehill is looking like the real deal but credits much of that success to those around him and also the fact that he is getting more comfortable in the offense, which he states he started becoming more comfortable in around Week 3 and 4 against the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders.
“I think the guys around me, like I said. The guys around me are making plays and it’s just allowing me to get them the ball in space and let them work. That’s been fun for me. I think the offensive line is doing a good job keeping me off the ground and giving me time in the pocket. Once you do that, you create a lot more opportunities down the field.”
Tannehill said that there wasn't any moment where things started to click for him but instead, it has been more of a learning process each week of the past three seasons.
"I don’t think there is a moment. I think you learn as you go. Obviously, with the new offense, early on there were some growing pains, some learning curve to overcome. But I’ve finally settled in and gotten comfortable and started playing the game and not thinking about trying to make everything perfect. It’s working out for me.”
He has shown the ability to lead a team back when they are down in the second half and credits that to the confidence level that he and the rest of the team has in any given game.
“I think we have it, we just have to do it. We know how to do it, there’s plays being made all the time. Even in this last game, after an interception and they scored, we still went down and scored and got ourselves an opportunity. You have to recover an onside kick, which is a very low percentage. But I think guys know how to win and we know how to make plays. We just have to do it at the right time.”
However, Tannehill isn't satisfied with his progress so far this season, noting they still have a lot of football left in front of them and are still fighting to make it into the playoffs.
“No, no way. We still have a lot of football in front of us and we’re still fighting to get to the playoffs. Every game is huge for us at this point. Obviously, this one is a division game on the road, on the big stage, Monday night. This is a big game for us. Like I said, there is a lot of football in front of us and we’re ready to play every game.”
Regardless of whether or not the Dolphins make the playoffs this year, Tannehill looks like he's going to be the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins for a very long time.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. You can follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs