Rock Sexton wrote:
Junkie, I like you Man..........but you've got to stop with comparing benching Bush to possibly benching Tannehill. The QB position if different from any other position on the field. If you bench your QB, then your saying he can't do the job and the team is going in a totally different direction.
If we're talking accountability then EVERY
player should be held to the same standard. Luckily for us we have a guy like Matt Moore in case you want to send a message to Tanny for a series. I'm seeing talk about this being two games in a row with a fumble for Reggie, well this was the second 3 interception game of the year for Ryan. Rookie or not that cannot be tolerated. It's not like the kid doesn't already know the job is his for now, so sitting him down SHOULDN'T
Reggie has been the consummate pro and works harder than any other guy in that locker room. It's not like he doesn't already know he needs to be accountable for his mistakes.
No matter how you want to spin it, a rookie quarterback throwing interceptions and a veteran runningback fumbling the ball are two completely different things. Rookies will make rookie mistakes, they'll struggle from time to time. In those instances it's the veterans job to pick them up, not make matters worse. That was the message I think Philbin was sending to Bush. He was saying that Bush is a veteran leader on this team, he's a pillar of the lockerroom, and big mistakes like that early in games aren't going to be tolerated. Philbin told Bush by benching him that he expects more from him, he expects him to lead by example, not fumble the ball.
With Tannehill, we're still coaching him up, he's a rookie, not a veteran. He's still learning. Part of that maturation process means getting back out there and learning from your mitakes. A perfect example was the 2nd interception. Tannehill saw the linebacker draped over Fasano so he thought he'd throw the ball to Fasano in order to draw an easy flag. Well, no flag came and the ball got picked. Even the announcers noted that the guy was all over Fasano. But no flag came. What's the lesson to be learned? Don't count on the refs to throw the flag. I doubt we'll see Tannehill make that same mistake again.
With Bush's fumble, what can you really tell the guy that he doesn't already know. Bush's fumble was a careless mistake made by a veteran leader. I'm sure Philbin has made that point to Bush. Philbin is a straight forward guy, he doesn't mince words. If he has a problem with a guy, he confronts that guy immediately. He calls the guy over and tells him what he expects, how he expects it, and that's the end of it. I seriously doubt that not benching Bush would have changed the outcome of that game. I seriously doubt that as one poster put it, that Philbin will loose the lockerroom.
I think we're all overreacting here. I fully expect Bush to get the majority of the touches Thursday. I fully expect that the entire team is circling the wagons and has moved on to focusing on Buffalo.