I just got done watching the Jets and Tennessee.
And when I stopped shaking my head in disbelief (this took several minutes) it dawned on me that one thing Mark Sanchez has been unable or refused to learn through nearly four full seasons as an NFL starter, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill seems to do seemingly by instinct.
Sanchez, a mistake machine who has turned the ball over and NFL high 50 times the last two seasons, throws into double and triple coverage time and time and time again. It's like he's almost trying to throw interceptions.
He does it when he's got time. He does it when he's under pressure and seemingly panicked. He does it a lot.
He'll see one receiver and maybe two defenders and somehow believe that's a good place to go with the football.
It's incredible that he does it.
Tannehill rarely if ever does this and he's started only 12 NFL games.
"... On the film, there’s not a lot of they’ve got four, we’ve got one," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. "I think that’s a good place to start. And I think his overall awareness as a young player is very good.”
I'm not saying Tannehil is a great quarterback. He's not yet. I'm not even saying he's going to be great once he gains more experience and has more talent around him. We'll just have to see if that happens.
But Tannehill's chances of being good are, well, good if he makes good decisions. It's a fundamental principle. If he keeps the football out of harm's way, he already has the game-managing thing licked.
It's good to have the Miami quarterback in that place.
It's especially good when you consider the Jets quarterback isn't anywhere near that place.