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Comeback accomplished, so what's the next step for Tannehill?

I told you earlier that Ryan Tannehill took a step in his development on Sunday by rallying his team and helping to deliver a come-from-behind victory. Great quarterbacks must be able to do that, among other things.

But I stress that feat is only a step.

And there are other steps. Today, I asked coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman what other steps Tannehill needs to also take as he walks the path of development and growth.

"Consistency," Philbin said. "Continued improvement in decision-making. The decision-making is important. Continued improvement on accuracy and ball location. Probably those three things. Consistency, decision-making and ball location are probably three things I think of."

That's great nuts and bolts. And it is true Tannehill still must improve on his decisions and accuracy and do it over a span of time so that we see consistency. But Sherman believes that will breed something equally important.

Confidence.

Sherman wants his QB to have self-confidence and display it to the point where other players see it and believe, too.

"The next step for him is to continue to believe in himself and have the confidence he has and demonstrate it to the rest of the team, particularly to the offense," Sherman said. "When we had the ball there at the end of the game they all believed in him and trusted him. Just to be able to build off that confidence is the biggest thing."

Sherman isn't too worried about Tannehill's confidence. The coach believes it will grow. But the coach also believes the young QB better correct that terrible decision-making on that interception that was nullified by a Seattle penalty.

After the game, Sherman made sure he addressed that interception that wasn't with Tannehill in the locker room.

"We have to make sure he doesn't do that, which I doubt he will," Sherman said. "One thing I said before and I'll continue to say it is he's the first to know when he screws up and makes a mistake and is hard on himself. I'm glad we survived that, but I doubt very much you'll see that pass again."

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Tanne's next step is to get off the list of Dolphin QBs with names like Marino, Pennington, Henne, Lemon, Garcia, Mitchell

and get on the list that right now contains 1 name:
Griese, Bob (not Brien)

When Tannehill gets protection & he has a running game any idiot can see that the kid is already a pretty good starting QB. Against the Seahawks who have one of the better defenses in the NFL he went 18 for 26 which is a completion rating of 69.2%, he threw for 253 yards, threw a TD pass, ran the ball for 33 yards, & moved the offense down the field into scoring position down the stretch to win the game. He threw a total of TWO bad passes yesterday--one that was intercepted & another one that should have been if not for the bogus penalty on Seattle.

What more do you people want from this kid???

Well said, Draft Picks.

Brady, Brees, Rodgers throw stupid picks too, but they have the experience (and the teammates) to win regardless, most days.

Yep, Tanne will have to be consistent.

The Pats blew out the Jets and Colts. Sunday is going to be tough on the LBs and secondary. I'm hoping Coyle can come up with something to keep this game in check.

Likewise, can Tanne match scoring drives alongside Brady to keep it competitive?

Ryan needs to beat the patriots period end of topic

"Consistency," Philbin said. "Continued improvement in decision-making. The decision-making is important. Continued improvement on accuracy and ball location. Probably those three things. Consistency, decision-making and ball location are probably three things I think of."

Philbin is 100% correct. The difference between Tannehill & Chad Henne will be whether Tannehill can learn from this season & improve as a QB going into next season. Henne showed flashes of being a good starting QB but he never took that MAJOR step forward to where he improved on a consistent basis from his first season as starter.

Tannehill also has the advantage of better coaching than Henne plus the talent around him can only get better. To be winning ANY games with only two WR's involved in the offense is quite an accomplishment for any QB.

I want to see him run more... It adds another dimension to our offense which we badly need since our receivers aren't scaring anyone.... Russel Wilson killed us all day with those run/pass options... I don't want to turn him into Michael Vick but Sherman needs to start utilizing this kids athleticism more... Until we can find him more weapons... Keep Clay involved and Oh yeah,... Put Rashard Matthews in the line up more

Yep, it's all about consistency. Chad Henne had games where he looked like a Pro-Bowler. It's all about being able to do it week-in and week-out.

Also, don't throw late on a roll-out back across the middle of the field ;)

Tannehill always plays good when we THROW THE BALL DOWN FIELD! when we dont throw the ball down field we suck, when we do throw it long our offense is good. very simple. CONTINUE TO DIAL IT UP DOWN THE FIELD MIKE SHERMAN!

Well said, Draft Picks.

Brady, Brees, Rodgers throw stupid picks too, but they have the experience (and the teammates) to win regardless, most days.

Anderson,

No QB looks great when they're on their back. You saw what Brees & Rodgers looked like yesterday without protection & time to get rid of the football. This is what so MANY fans & people in the media don't understand about football--it's a team game!!!

Does anyone else notice that when Tannehill is getting clobbered it's his fault & it's b/c he sucks but when Brees gets beat up it's b/c his O-line didn't play well or his receivers didn't get open or b/c they couldn't run the ball. I'm not saying Tannehill is in Brees' class where Brees definitely deserves the benefit of the doubt but it's pretty damn funny.

Those runs were sweet to watch. It's Tannehill's perfect foil for dropping everyone back into man coverage which is where he got into some trouble with the interceptions. Bess and hartline are very good at finding the soft spots when defenses play zone but struggle in man coverage. When defenses go man, Tannehill taking off and running sure makes it hard on the defense. Next step in the evolution was on display.

"Tannehill always plays good when we THROW THE BALL DOWN FIELD! when we dont throw the ball down field we suck, when we do throw it long our offense is good. very simple. CONTINUE TO DIAL IT UP DOWN THE FIELD MIKE SHERMAN!"

Greg,

All of that is predicated on whether the O-line can protect long enough to allow those plays to develop & the ability to keep the defense honest with the threat of the run. Yesterday the O-line played one of their best games of the season.

When you're seeing our RB's get tackled in the backfield as soon as they touch the ball like what happened against the Bills then you know the O-line is not doing their job & our offense is f#cked.

We have no chance against the Pats, Im just being real folks lets not all be blind homers

We have no chance against the Pats, Im just being real folks lets not all be blind homers

Clue,

You never know. That's why they play the games. Based on the way we played against the Bills I didn't think we had a chance against the Seahwaks.

Are the Patriots a better football team??? Absolutely. Am I putting money down on the Dolphins??? No f#cking way.

these next five games will definetly tell how tannehill will finish the season and if he can limit his mistakes and continue to produce drives with very little to work with on offense...then you can call it a success..

7-9 is still very possible

Pats(Loss)
Niners(Loss)
Jax(Win)
Bills(Win)
Pats(Loss)---although miami could sneak this win if the pats arent playing for much at this point!!

There is no way the Pats score less than 49 points against us. They might have about 42 in the first half.

Pats 59
Fins 10

7 and 9 sucks! We'll draft 16 again and again and again!

WHRB, I have a feeling your boy SS will get picked on left and right

Yeah, this secondary vs the Pats doesn't exactly make me confident. Though there is always a chance and this version of the Pats isn't as good as previous years. Not saying the Dolphins are dead to rights, but obviously the underdog. If they can pressure Brady and keep the turnovers low (zero) then they have a shot. Which is what every team says vs the Pats.

Honestly if the Dolphins manage to split with them I will be pretty happy.

The pats will probably win big but 59-10...NO, i think miami shows a little more pride in their defense than that(and more than the bills or wets showed when they played each other)..

Pats might win by 2 Tds but thats about it....

At least 1 thing for sure the Dolphins will do is suff the run.

wont matter if tom brady has all day to throw the football in this game...the secondary in no way can keep up with the pats Recievers and Tight ends if no pressure comes on brady..thats a fact...gronks out which helps miami, unfortunatly dolphin killer welker is not!!!

Sherman always says Tannehill will not make the same mistake twice, yet we see it 3 or 4 or 5 times

Stop talking out of your Massachusetts arrsse Sherman

you sound like an idiot

no wonder Texas A& M fired you!

WHRB, I have a feeling your boy SS will get picked on left and right

Clue,

You're confusing me with someone else. He's definitely not 'my boy' but sadly he's the best CB we have right now. Compared to last year Smith has improved.

One of the big question at the end of the season for this team is do we let him hit FA or do we re-sign him b/c our depth @ CB is horrible??? Same could be said for Jake who I believe will get the franchise tag.

to be fair tannehill never tried to throw over the middle of the field when scrambling to his right before that game so hopefully thats one mistake he'll never repeat again...unless the reciever is wide open and has no one within ten yards of him...just sayin!!!

Clue, WHDP

Yeah, I just have hope for this coming Sunday. No real expectations though. pats were built for this and we match up very poorly against us. Every strength they have is a weakness for us. I will just be happy if the Pats don't shame Tannehill like they did to Luck.

Show some pride guys, it's ok just make them earn it!!

Guys the S Goldson from 49ers will be a FA at seasons end, dude is a beast. I say we go after him and Wallace in the offseason, get rid of Dansby and dont re-sign Long. The rest of the money on prem positions in the draft

"wont matter if tom brady has all day to throw the football in this game...the secondary in no way can keep up with the pats Recievers and Tight ends if no pressure comes on brady..thats a fact...gronks out which helps miami, unfortunatly dolphin killer welker is not!!!"

SuperPhin,

This is the game that I'd recommend our CB's to take Adderal.

Adderal cant help that slow footed Smith. Dude isnt quick enough to be an elite CB.

this win meant a lot of things, but a single concept(not to be overlooked) that appeared out of this game as sure as davone bess appears to have re-emerged is the concept or IMPORTANCE of a brady to welker like short yardage passing game. i stopped and thought to myself, if brady and welker can do this play after play, game after game, year after year, and succeed at it to the tune of an enormous amount of wins to that of a minimal amount of losses, then why can't bess and tannehill, seriously, if we could do what we did sunday at crunch time, with all that pressure, why can't we do it to the same magnitude to that of the pats...could MORE wins be THAT simple? tannehill should look to bess with the same safety blanket eyes as brady looks to welker.

Guys the S Goldson from 49ers will be a FA at seasons end, dude is a beast. I say we go after him and Wallace in the offseason, get rid of Dansby and dont re-sign Long. The rest of the money on prem positions in the draft

Clue,

Both outstanding, impact players which quite honestly our team clearly doesn't have enough of.

I'm with you. Long & Dansby both cost too much money based on their production this season. Obviously good LT's are hard to find but for that kind of money??? Sounds insane to me & it takes up WAY too much cap space. It's just not a great allocation of resources but I'm not the GM.

BTW--How are the Browns doing with their franchise LT Joe Thomas making over $12 Million a year???

Mando,

Will the game on Saturday we flexed to a night game?

*Sunday

Budtki,

First of all we need to re-sign Hartline but I agree that Bess has to be kept in Miami for the long term.

If we can sign or draft a top flight WR & TE to go with Bess & Hartline then you're going to see this offense function at a whole new level.

"This team only needs a TE, 2 WR, 2 CB, FS, more athletic guards & better LB's.

Other than that, things look peachy!"

Sad but very true. And maybe a LT if Ireland/Philbin get honest & tell Jake that his best football is probably behind him.

Hartline & Starks are the ONLY 2 players who deserve to be resigned.

Ireland should have learned his lesson in 2008, resigning Bell, Carey, etc long term on losers does not add W's.

Long, Bush, S. Smith should go. This team needs winners, not perennial losers.

This week could be huge for the dolphins' playoff chances. I know that the Patriots are red hot and look unbeatable right now but remember that Arizona beat them in NE and that anything can happen in the NFl.

If the Dolphins could pull out this upset then they may have control of the last playoff spot. They could be in a tie for the last playoff spot but would hold the tie breakers. The Steelers play at the Ravens without Big Ben and the Bengals have to travel to the West Coast to play the Chargers. Amazing that if the Dolphins can win against the Patriots they may be in control of their playoff destiny. That is much more than we anticipated with a rookie QB at the beggining of the year. Now let's get it done.

"Hartline & Starks are the ONLY 2 players who deserve to be resigned.

Ireland should have learned his lesson in 2008, resigning Bell, Carey, etc long term on losers does not add W's.

Long, Bush, S. Smith should go. This team needs winners, not perennial losers."

Yo Mama,

I'd love to see that happen. Hartline is a no-brainer & Starks is a big reason why our defense run is so good against the run.

I still find the offense a little mechanical. Not fluid like other teams. I love the defense. They played very well yesterday.

I know i am the minority but i think Miami keeps this game close and has a chance to win in the end, I believe miami will dominate both lines of scrimage and if we do not turn the ball over we could win. before Jets decide to have a turnover fest they were running on NE and the score was 7-0

Lets not get crazy we are not a playoff team lets just enjoy the process of building a quality football team that excels in all phases of the game we are a baby team and don't forget it I for one love our team so go dolphins let's. shock the world this Sunday BEAT NEW ENGLAND

Oh and don't forget tannehill was awesome yesterday

I am not predicting a win. All I am saying is where the Dolphins may be if they pull the upset. The Seahawks beat the Pats and we just beat the seahawks. Anything can happen.

Rock on miami

I am not predicting a Dolphin win. I am just indicating what could happen if we pull the upset. The Seahawks beat the Pats and we just beat the Seahawks. Anything can happen.

Ross called in a marker that he had with the head official Sunday and that helped the team get the muligan on the BONEHEAD throw into the end zone that was intercepted.Sherman says he wont do that again because Ross is out of markers when they play at home,incidently the head gardener also participated Sunday because of the debt he had with Ross,but he turned on the sprinklers at the wrong time,Sherman also says he wont do that again.

Pats 59
Fins 10

I hate the Patriots more than the Jets, mainly because of their QB and Coach, but also because we haven't beaten them in over 2 years. Don't want to be swept again this year,

Tannehill sucks balls yesterday and was bailed out

No question that the Dolphins are up against it this weekend but I refuse to roll over and die and I'm hoping this team does too. No way I'm putting any money on the 'Phins and they will be substantial underdogs. However, it's Philbin and his coached job to get these guys ready to play. Pats are playing great right now but it's not possible to do that every week. So between now and Sunday the coaching staff has to come up with a great game plan and pray we eek one out. I would say our season is on the line. There were some good signs Sunday, so we'll have to see if any of that carries over this week.

Craig M Craig M is that you? If it is gives us a favor and go kick rocks without shoes on.

And if Chris Berman the Buffalo Bills buffoon calls Ryan "Tanny-hill" one more time I'm going to shoot him.

I think Clay was the one guy who threw the Hawks defense off. We never used him to that extent before and I don't think Seattle was ready for him to make such an impact on the game. I think he was the one guy who opened up the field for the other WRs and made Tannehill's job a lot easier.

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The NFL has been crazy all year. We do not match up well against the Pats (then again who does). I am hoping that T-Hill grew after this game and that he comes into this game with confidence. We need to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Put pressure on Brady to help out our weak secondary. Then if we can run the ball well on offense and Tannehill can avoid turnovers we may have a chance. Philbin also has to let it all hang out, fake punts, on side kicks, throw everything at them.

Truman,

You're SO funny!!!....do you write your own stuff?

No turnovers, get the run game going and OLine protect T-Hill the way they did in the 4th quarter yesterday and we have a chance.

Remember that quite often we go toe to toe with the Pats but end up losing because of some awful mistake towards the end.

Home please read this you Jet loving poor soul.

On the Miami sideline, though, Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline was telling Tannehill to shake off the would-be interception.
“Never happened,” Hartline told Tannehill.
Officially, it never did.

But it was up to Tannehill to demonstrate his resolve, and he did. The result was a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive capped by a 29-yard pass to tight end Charles Clay to tie the score again.
“We never rattled,” Clay said.

That was mostly because Tannehill stayed calm.
And he demonstrated as much when the Dolphins got the ball back with 1:32 remaining … at their own 10-yard line. But in a situation in which Miami coach Joe Philbin couldn’t have been blamed for playing conservatively, he instead took an aggressive approach.

Tannehill’s response to Philbin’s act of confidence was to produce a brilliant sequence.
He passed to Davone Bess for a 19-yard gain and then scrambled for 15 yards himself. After a penalty set Miami back five yards, Tannehill found Bess again for 25 more yards. Tannehill then spiked to stop the clock, hit Clay for a small gain and handed off to Thomas for a short run that set up Dan Carpenter’s 43-yard field goal for the victory.

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