Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tannehill faces new challenge in first career rematch


So far in his rookie season, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has responded well to adversity and improved steadily through his first six games.

But Sunday, he faces a different test. For the first time, Tannehill will play against a team he's already seen once when the Dolphins travel to East Rutherford, NJ to battle their division rival New York Jets.

The Jets defeated the Dolphins in Week 3, 23-20, capitalizing on a number of critical turnovers by Miami's offense to narrowly win in overtime. Tannehill played statistically his second-worst game of the year to date, completing just 16-of-36 passes for 196 yards and an interception.

This week is an opportunity for the rookie signal-caller to improve on play against a single opponent and make adjustments to a defense he has already seen, and one that has seen him.

"They know what we're primarily doing and we know what they're primarily doing," Tannehill said in his Wednesday press conference, according to the team's website. "It's going to be about who executes better."

The challenge faced by Tannehill, as well as Miami's first-year coaching staff, is to pick up on tendencies from the creative, multiple-front New York defensive scheme and adjust their gameplan.

The Jets' defense has played well in recent weeks, helping make up for the loss of all-world cornerback Darelle Revis, who went down with a season-ending knee injury in the second half of that Week 3 game in Miami.

While the Dolphins can take much of what they learned in the first matchup, they will also need to anticipate the changes the Jets will make adjusting to Miami, as well as the improvements the New York defense has made since five weeks ago.

"Both teams have changed a little since Week 3, so there's going to be some differences in the game," Tannehill said. "It's just going to be a matter of executing."

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