The Dolphins admit their play during Sunday’s game was sloppy, and ‘experts’ such as ESPN’s Merril Hoge are piling on.
It took all of five passes for the questions to begin about Ryan Tannehill.
Five preseason passes, mind you.
Tannehill’s lackluster start to the 2013 exhibition slate — he completed two of his throws, was wild on two others and chucked the fifth into the turf to avoid a sack — is a ridiculously small sample size to make any sort of meaningful evaluation.
But that didn’t stop pundits such as ESPN’s Merril Hoge, who was already hitting the panic button on the
1 a.m. SportsCenter early Monday.
“He looked awful; the offense looked awful,” Hoge said. “What I saw early on, I would be bothered if I were a coach of the Miami Dolphins.”
“It definitely felt sloppy,” Tannehill said. “When you start off with a turnover, first snap, obviously, that’s not the way you want to go into a game. It took us a little while to get going.
“That’s not the way you want to play football.”
Josh Samuda, who started at right guard and appeared to play well, put it bluntly Sunday: “You can’t really judge what we did tonight.”
Added Philbin: “Not a great gauge. I think sometimes games take on their own story line, so it’s hard to get a real good gauge. Obviously, I don’t think we had a fast start to the football game.”
Tannehill had hoped to build success on success. Instead, he said, he has to build success on failure, a process that begins in earnest Tuesday when the Dolphins return to practice. They have a quick turnaround; Miami next plays Friday in Jacksonville.
Which means the pundits won’t have to wait long to make another snap judgment.
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