Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sherman: Tannehill 'keeps getting better and better'


Going into the 2012 draft, the general sentiment about quarterback Ryan Tannehill was that, while talented and athletic, he was too inexperienced to contribute in his first season.

After all, he had only logged 19 starts at quarterback for Texas A&M after spending his first two seasons as a wide receiver.

But, after winning the Miami Dolphins' starting signal-caller job in training camp, Tannehill has displayed unwavering poise and steady growth as a passer in his first five games.

"I think the film shows that he’s getting better," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said after Miami's 17-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, according to the team's media department. "I thought his decision making was good, threw the ball accurately, thought he had poise and, if you watch the tape, he looked like a pretty good quarterback.

"I was pleased with how he played [Sunday]. I think there’s some signs of development there.”

The rookie quarterback has increased both his completion percentage and overall passer rating in each of his past three starts, the last of which being a turnover-free effort that earned him a 92.3 rating, the best of his early career.

His coaches seem to be pleased with the progress he has been making.

"He just keeps getting better and better," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. "Very seldom does he make the same mistake twice. You tell him that you need to do this and he does it. So I think that his maturation throughout the course of the NFL season, going into Week 6, he has taken steps every single week."

Sherman knows Tannehill well, having been the head coach at Texas A&M for the past four seasons. He has overseen nearly every step of the young signal caller's development.

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