Any time the Miami Dolphins have lost a football game the past five seasons, a hefty number of fans have trained their ire on quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The criticism on Tannehill has risen significantly over the years and especially after the Dolphins signed him to a big contract in 2015.
And so, predictably, the Dolphins 31-24 loss to New England Sunday has brought a wave of Tannehill criticism on social media.
That criticism isn't shared by me or ProFootballFocus.com and the metric site's grades this week.
Per PFF, Tannehill had a very good afternoon in a stadium where he has experienced some of his worst games as a pro. His 85.9 overall grade was the second best in the NFL this week. He was able to pick apart the Patriots' defense when he wasn't blized (25-of-32 for 270 yards and two touchdowns) for an NFL QB rating of 96.6.
Facing an early 24-3 deficit, the Dolphins had no choice but to drop the rushing attack from their game plan. Tannehill led the team in carries with six while starting running back back Arian Foster only got three carries. Jay Ajayi (inactive in Week 1) was second on the team with 5 carries. Foster, who was expected to have a big role in the offense catching passes out of the backfield, wasn't targeted once in fivepass route snaps, while Ajayi ran 21 routes and was targeted four times.
WR DeVante Parker made his regular-season debut after battling a hamstring issue for most of the preseason. He led the team in targets (12) and was able to make eight catches for 106 yards on the afternoon. Parker is a red zone threat because of his size, but he's also a deep threat. Twenty-five percent of his targets were on deep balls 20-plus yards down the field.
WR Jarvis Landry ran 73.9% of his routes from the slot against New England, slightly up from the 69.9% he ran in 2015 and was able to bring in 8 of his 9 targets from the position. He ranked third in yards per route run from the slot in Week 2 at 3.74.
Although the Dolphins' offensive line has only allowed one sack through two weeks, they have allowed 20 pressures - ninth most in the NFL. Their six QB hits allowed is 3rd most in the league, and their pass blocking effeciency is 19th overall.
Ndamukong Suh was unblockable on Sunday afternoon, recording 10 tackles and 7 stops on the day against the run. He was tied for the No. 1 ranking against the run among defensive tackles, per PFF. The Rams Aaron Donald also ranked at No.1. Indeed, Suh is the NFL's top-rated run defender among DTs.
With that said, Suh is struggling to get after the QB on passing downs, as he has only recorded four total pressures on 72 pass rushing snaps through two games. He is ranked No. 29 among DTs, per PFF.
LB Kiko Alonso had another solid day against the run, recording 8 tackles and 4 stops on the afternoon. However, he was exposed in the passing game for the second straight week, as he allowed four on five targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in coverage against New England.
Defensive end Cameron Wake was only on the field for 16 snaps on Sunday, 15 of which were passing plays. Wake is PFF's 37th rated edge defender.
After being questionable all week with a concussion, DE Mario Williams had a strong game on Sunday, recording six QB hurries on his 33 pass rushing snaps. The six hurries tied for the most in the league this week, and his nine QB hurries through two games is the most in the NFL.
Despite that, Williams is the 56th rated edge defender in the NFL. Indeed, Miami's edge defenders are not exactly impressing. Andre Branch is the 74th rated edge rusher and Jarvis Jones is the 101st rated edge rusher in the NFL, per PFF.
PFF is including 104 edge defenders in its ratings this week.
Second-round rookie cornerback Xavien Howard had a solid showing on Sunday, allowing only three receptions on seven targets for 27 yards. His 12 tackles from the cornerback position ranks 4th in the NFL through two weeks, and he is also tied for first in the league with three assists, showing a willingness to play a physical style of defense the Dolphins are seeking.