Sunday's game between the Jets and the Dolphins will be the most difficult assignment Ryan Tannehill faces so far in his three-game professional career. I'm not saying it because the Jets offer the best talent or are necessarily the best defense Tannehill has faced.
The Jets are simply the most aggressive and most multiple defense Tannehill has faced.
The Jets will come with every blitz imaginable and some that haven't yet been imagined by the rookie. And that will be a stiff test.
But all is not lost.
Tannehill has seen the blitz before. He saw it 13 times against Oakland last week and handled it progressively better as the game wore on.
Tannehill was blitzed seven times by the Raiders in the first half of the Miami victory. He completed three of those passes.
In the second half, he was blitzed six times and he was an impressive 5 of 6, including completions on all three of his opportunities in the fourth quarter. The kid got better as the game wore on.
That suggests Tannehill may take a while to adjust. But he will adjust.
Our friend Joe Alvarez, who last week provided this blog with every Tannehill throw in the Houston game, is back this week with the video below of every throw the quarterback made against Oakland. Joe actually improved the look of the video by showing you the blitzes the Raiders used.
It's pretty interesting stuff.
By the way, Joe was kind enough to include touchdown runs by Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller in this video. Meanwhile, I'm going to include for you the column about Reggie Bush that I wrote in today's Miami Herald.
It shows how Bush has not been exactly what anyone -- including the Dolphins -- thought he would be. He's been more.