Nearly perfect day nets Tannehill AFC offensive player of the week

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The last two weeks have brought vastly improved results for a Dolphins team that appeared to be sinking four weeks into the season.

They’d fired coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle after a 1-3 start that was well below the expectations placed on the team heading into the year. Two blowout wins followed those departures, including last Sunday’s 44-26 rout of the Texans.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill sparkled in that game, completing 18-of-19 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns. All four of those scores came in the first half and three of them covered more than 50 yards as Tannehill got the ball into the hands of his receivers and watched them scamper through the Houston defense for easy scores. As a result, the Dolphins led 41-0 before taking their foot off the gas in the second half.

Tannehill’s accuracy enabled him to set an NFL record during the game. Including his Week Six outing, Tannehill completed 25 straight passes at one point and replaced Donovan McNabb as the player with the most consecutive completions in NFL history. All of that led to a perfect passer rating and renewed hope for the Dolphins as they head into Thursday night’s clash with the Patriots.

43 responses to “Nearly perfect day nets Tannehill AFC offensive player of the week

  1. I’m a huge Fins fan. But Tannehill needs to pass whatever reward or credit he gets for that game on to his receivers and to Lamar Miller. Matthews and Landry deserve all the credit for those touchdowns, Landry specifically was a monster on his first TD. I love my fins but Tannehill is miles away from gaining the trust of the fan base. Let’s see a couple successful bombs downfield, please!

  2. Dolphins fans have Marino Fever, a condition that makes one believe a QB should get more credit the longer the ball is in the air as opposed to how effective the play was. They have used it for years to pretend Marino was a better QB than Brady and Montana, a totally foolish position.

  3. As a pats fan I cant tell if Miami will be a great matchup on Thursday, or if the Dolphins just look amazing because they palyed two of the 5 worst teams back to back.

    Still, props to Tannenhill and his receivers for putting up great numbers in basically one half. They could easily have doubled their output if they had actually tried the whole second half.

  4. Brady should have gotten it but he doesnt care……455 against the “best D in the NFL”…….THANK YOU FOR ADDING MORE FUEL TO THE FIRE FOR HIM……

    Yea because he threw the ball over 54 times

  5. doc305 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 10:12 AM
    I’m a huge Fins fan. But Tannehill needs to pass whatever reward or credit he gets for that game on to his receivers and to Lamar Miller. Matthews and Landry deserve all the credit for those touchdowns, Landry specifically was a monster on his first TD. I love my fins but Tannehill is miles away from gaining the trust of the fan base. Let’s see a couple successful bombs downfield, please!
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    Tannehill had a great game. People used to complain because he didn’t put the ball in a place where the receivers could get YAC. Now, that he is doing that, the criticism has shifted to the receivers get the credit because of the YAC. He can’t win with the critics who simply look for things that they can complain about. There are plenty of us in the fan base that that trust Tannehill. He is not great but he is plenty good enough to win with and he is getting better. As for the bombs downfield. I can remember 3. All were good throws. And all were wiped out by stupid penalties. He has been throwing and completing more downfield passes because of the play action. Those stats will get better when the penalties drop.

  6. The guy wins an a NFL Award and still the majority of comments are negative. That is how I know the Dolphins are heading in the right direction! Fear and Jealousy, plain and simple. So, I guess since the ball didn’t travel 50 yards in the air, it shouldn’t count? Perhaps we should also not count INTs against QBs if they are tipped by another player or in and out of the WRs hands? Generation Y and Millenials – always have excuses or someone to blame, but never a solution.

  7. doc305 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 10:12 AM

    He looked like Tom Brady out there, get the ball out quick and let the receivers do 90% of the work. When the teams picks and blocking schemes are good, it doesnt matter who’s under center. Matt Cassell, the thirds string QB won 11 games in the Patriots system. Its not the qb, its the scheme.

  8. “It’s the scheme”

    Why don’t the Bills use the same scheme then, since they have everything but a QB.

    Buffalo. SMH.

  9. Where are the Voices of Reason to point out all of the points Miami scored and gaudy stats Tannehill accomplished were against a lousy and terrible Texan team that has stopped playing to win and whose back-up QB wanted out so badly, he deliberately missed the team flight to get the Texans to cut him.

    Clearly, the standards applied here are variable and lowered for bad teams who beat-up on other bad teams.

  10. I find it hilarious how people troll Tannehill and other QB’s who do not throw deep balls the whole game.

    “he threw 4 TD’s, but since he didn’t throw the ball more that 20 yards than they don’t count!!!”

    He put the ball exactly where it needed to be for his receivers to make a play after the catch, that’s what the Texans gave them. Last time I checked, the Patriots keep winning over the last few years using a dink and dunk offense. Hard to load up a deep ball when the o-line cannot block for more than 3 seconds.

    To try and troll someone after they put up the line T Hill did, and they won, because he didn’t throw the ball the way you wanted is pretty lame. Try to find something else.

  11. “Where are the Voices of Reason to point out all of the points Miami scored and gaudy stats Tannehill accomplished were against a lousy and terrible Texan team that has stopped playing to win and whose back-up QB wanted out so badly, he deliberately missed the team flight to get the Texans to cut him.

    Clearly, the standards applied here are variable and lowered for bad teams who beat-up on other bad teams.”

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    So why didn’t Smith, Newton, Winston, Ryan, Luck and Bortles put up these kind of stats?

    I mean, based off of your logic, the Texans are “lousy and terrible” then every QB who plays them should be able to put up these kind of games right? The only other blowout was to the 6-1 Falcons.

  12. No they are not the same team which almost lost to the skins,they are much improved & may not beat the Hatriots thursday but will be competitive which they were not under Philbin

  13. Brady should have gotten it but he doesnt care……455 against the “best D in the NFL”…….

    Brady threw for 355 yards. NOT 455 yards. Fixed it for you.

    ” “I thought we played better as the game went on,” said Brady, who was 34 of 54 for 355 yards”

    This is copied from the New England Patriots web site.

  14. tigerlilac says:
    Oct 28, 2015 10:28 AM
    Dolphins fans have Marino Fever, a condition that makes one believe a QB should get more credit the longer the ball is in the air as opposed to how effective the play was. They have used it for years to pretend Marino was a better QB than Brady and Montana, a totally foolish position.
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    Marino was still the best pure passer NFL has ever seen, and in a era when there was no rules protecting the QB or receivers. If you’re old enough to have seen it, you won’t argue that point.

  15. Okay Pats fans time for reality. I love Brady (Michigan Man) but at this stage in his career if you remove him from the Pats they still have a shot at the playoffs. You remove Gronkowski and they battle the Bills for the basement.

    Phins up!!

  16. Those saying that Miami only beat the Texans and the Titans need to wake up and realize they beat the living **** out of those two teams.

  17. magnumpimustache says:
    Oct 28, 2015 11:21 AM
    I am really looking forward to Miami getting their butt kicked Thursday.

    Miami Is the same team which almost lost to the redskins.
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    The odds are not in the Dolphins favor. The pats are undefeated and have already beat a couple teams with defenses everyone thought were the some of the best. They playing the Dolphins at home where they win well in excess of the league average (mysteriously). The Dolphins brand new head coach with 2 weeks head coaching experience is going up against the most experienced HC in the NFL. So there should be no reason for them to win and really why should anyone, myself included, think they will… But, what if do, then what? Are all you pats fans going to come back here and admit you were wrong about the Dolphins?

  18. Fear and jealousy of a guy that makes Bill Lazor modify his offensive schemes to that of a Pee Wee team because he can’t throw the ball more than 10 yards with any accuracy? Uh…no.

    Ryan Tannehill is not a good QB.

  19. Last time I checked, the Dolphins are 2-1 in the last 3 against the Pats, and that was with less talent than they have now and a with a coach who obviously held the team back from showing the teams potential, for some reason. I’m not saying the Dolphins are going to win, but to say it’s going to be a blowout or not close is just dumb.

    I don’t understand why this is such a shock as to why they played the way they did the last 2 games. Before the season, EVERY analyst had the dolphins in the playoffs and some had them as a SB darkhorse, because of the talent….now for some reason, because they pummelled 2 bad teams, they don’t have the same talent from when people were picking them as a playoff team?

    It’s not out of reason to believe that the real shock was the way they started the season, and now we are seeing the real talent come through as playoff contenders.

    If they get blown out by the Pats, then sure, too much hype….But if they win or even make it a game, what will the new excuse be as to why they are just a ‘flash in the pants”.

  20. “Ryan Tannehill is not a good QB.”

    Your team has been beaten 2 out of the last times by a not good QB, oh and…

    not good QB’s don’t break NFL passing records.

    not good QB’s don’t break team passing records once held by one of the greatest QB’s of all time.

    not good QB’s don’t become 1 of 5 players in NFL history to throw for 4k yards and rush for more than 300 yards in the same season.

    not good QB’s don’t complete 94% of his passes in a game.

    Try again bro.

  21. Remember when the deep ball bashing brigade complained about Tannehill wasting Wallace’s talent because the lack of deep balls was the QB’s fault? Check out Wallace’s numbers in Minnesota. Under 300 yards, 1 TD and the longest completion is 22 yards. Don’t bother with the argument about Bridgewater either. That Diggs kid is ripping it up.
    Tannehill has thrown accurately deep several times. Some were caught and some were caught but wiped out via penalty. Parker has had two long catches called back on penalties and he has not had many targets at all.

    The Patriots are hard to beat, especially at home. New HC Campbell needs an edge that BB has not seen enough to counter. That is likely going to be Parker or Stills deep ( if the line holds). The run game is now respectable and that means the play action will freeze the safeties.

    They cannot practice like they have been due to the short week and that will make it things harder but the Dolphins must start well. This defense is built to attack when they have a lead. If the fins score first, get a stop and score again getting a 10 point lead then Brady might be in trouble for a bit. No doubt he is a great QB, but with constant pressure (especially up the middle) he becomes more and more frustrated. The key to this game is how Miami’s secondary plays. Playing off the line makes those pick plays harder to execute but it leaves safety valves for Brady on quick pressure. Playing close gets you picked (with few actually flagged) and big plays happen if the line doesn’t get to Brady. I am hoping for a good game. Good luck to all.

  22. doc305 says:

    I’m a huge Fins fan. But Tannehill needs to pass whatever reward or credit he gets for that game on to his receivers and to Lamar Miller. Matthews and Landry deserve all the credit for those touchdowns

    If you are going to call a player out, at least watch post game/practice interviews. He gave them the EXACT credit you are seeking and was extremely humble about it.

  23. “Best qb in the class of 2012. Not even debatable at this point, is it?”

    I still think Luck is a better QB, even though he is struggling, but I think T Hill is closing the gap. Nobody else in that class is worth mentioning though. The others either are benched, or is successful because of the team they were put on.

  24. What we have had to look at the first four weeks no wonder we have gone a bit mental this week with back to back blowout wins let us enjoy. Patriots have had success and plenty of wins for years it doesn’t mean the same for you give us a little slack and let us enjoy our little run. You guys want everything let the poor have a slice.

  25. And that is how you executive produce.

    Stop calling every play on Parker ( non pick play cost the game few games back) let him start to become the next Warfield already.

  26. “I am really looking forward to Miami getting their butt kicked Thursday.
    Miami Is the same team which almost lost to the redskins.”

    and NE is the same team who was only one TD better than the 3-4 dysfunctional Colts and Rex’s 3-4 Bills.

    Lets hope for a good competitive game on Thurs.
    Campbell and the Phins will bring talent & energy.
    Belichick and the Pats will bring talent & strategy.

  27. shaka49

    Fear and jealousy of a guy that makes Bill Lazor modify his offensive schemes to that of a Pee Wee team because he can’t throw the ball more than 10 yards with any accuracy? Uh…no.
    ___________________________

    Ummm.. pretty sure the idea is to Win football games. I don’t think you get points for “how”. I Coached a High School team in Maryland that never threw a single pass and went 9-1. We even ran the same exact play consecutively until it produced less than 5 yards! Good Coaching is designed around a scheme that fits your existing players. It is about execution, but you would know that is you ever played the game.

  28. Tannehill couldn’t get anything done in the second half against a team that’s the worst in the NFL

    they also gave up 4 scores of a 6 score lead by 11:00 in the 4Q with a realistic chance to win and if the Texans had kept rolling it would have been the biggest comeback in NFL history

    last week was a freak occurrence and it will never happen again as long as Tanny is there

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