Rock Sexton wrote:
you've already admonished him for the Marino comparisons. Enough already.
Oh right .... because you've said nothing up to this point how often he's posted it.
When you're a mod, come talk to me about how many times I can post about anything I feel like.
I'm not saying he's Marino, or anything like Marino. Your making your own arguement on that one. All I'm saying is he's going to break Marino's rookie passer record. That's it. I'm only pointing to the fact that he's going to break an almost 30 year old team record. That to me is a step in the right direction for this franchise. You can think whatever you like.
In addition, Tannehill only played one series against the Jets. That has significantly lowered his average yardage per game. If you take out the Jets game he's probably averaging something more like 235 yards per game. If you spread that out over a season that is about 3,700 yards in a seasons time. I'm sorry but that is good for a rookie passer. For a comparison, Manning threw for just under 3,800 yards his rookie season, the second highest mark of all time.
While I agree with you that the lack of touchdowns is alarming, and possibly a sign of bigger problems, I think it has more to do with the team around him than Tannehill himself. Here is why. Just two weeks ago this team was in the top five in the NFL in redzone efficiency, now I think we're something like 13th. So clearly we were not completely failing to score in the redzone. In our only trip to the redzone last week, Tannehill threw a strike to Bess.
What this team struggles with is drive killers. Like Carpenter's missed FG, or Hartline's fumble, or Bush's fumble and Incognito's penalty the week before. Yes Tannehill has 11 interceptions this year, that's about one pick per game, not good at all. But we've also got 9 fumbles lost (about 1 per game) by runningbacks, receivers, etc. this year. We're also the 5th most penalized team in the NFL. We average 5.7 penalties per game this year, and we've been averaging 7.0 penalties the last three games. That too is unacceptable. This is a young team that is making a lot of costly mistakes.
So while Tannehill certainly isn't helping things, he's the best option we have right now, and he's just part of a much bigger problem happening right now with this team. In my eyes, Philbin and the rest of the staff need to address Tannehill's INTs, the rest of the team's fumbles, and penalties. We're playing like an undisciplined football team right now. Until we play more disciplined and with more consistency, expect more of the same. We need to learn to win as a team. That might take some time.