Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Winning and losing in any sport is a funny thing. When you lose, you want to get over it as quickly as possible but with a win, you take that time – perhaps 24 hours or so – to really bask in it and understand what you accomplished. However, that’s short lived and in a production business such as the NFL, you’re only as good as your last game. That’s why Ryan Tannehill is moving on from the Oakland Raiders and looking forward to the Green Bay Packers.
“You have to come out and play every week. I'm excited about the step that I took and that the offense took this past week, but we have to build off of it. It's just a step. We have a lot of football in front of us still, and we have to keep building on it. You know, you execute in practice and keep going. I think that we've had good practices the last weeks. We just haven't had the transfer over to games. To have a good week of practice and come out in the game is definitely a step in the right direction. Now, we just have to keep it going.”
Against the Raiders, Tannehill completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. He averaged 9 yards per completion. Joe Philbin was impressed with the way he played and handled himself.
“I thought he played very well. I thought he had good rhythm. He had good tempo. He had good command. He was very decisive out there. I thought he threw the ball very accurately. I thought he made some plays with his feet, as well. I thought he made good decisions in the run game whether to give, whether to keep, whether to throw the bubble screens, etc. It looked like he played a very good football game.”
“You know, he's a very, very consistent individual, and he prepares well every single week. He's a very competitive person. He wants to do well. He wants to contribute, and I thought he played very, very well. I thought he had an excellent game.”
If Tannehill wants to continue to silence his critics, he will need to come up with another solid performance against the Green Bay Packers on October 12. The good news is that he sounds like he’s prepared to make that happen.