Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Turnover-prevention is Tannehill's best trait so far


Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions in his first ever NFL start, a Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans.

He's a quick-learner.

Now entering Week 10, the first-year signal-caller hasn't thrown an interception since the end of September and has attempted 98 consecutive passes without getting picked off. He had six picks in his first four games.

"... he is his own worst critic and he is hard on himself and very seldom does he make the same mistake twice," Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said Monday, according to the team's media site. "The fact that he hasn’t turned the ball over in that many snaps I think speaks volumes on his decision making and where he is going with the football.”  (photo: June Rivera)

Tannehill's safe handling of the football is a major reason the Dolphins are 4-4 and still in the playoff hunt. Miami hasn't asked him to do too much, as he's thrown just five touchdowns.

The Dolphins' defense and special teams have been good enough to keep them around and occasionally put points on the board themselves, which is as good a formula as a team can ask for with a rookie behind center.

After spending his first two collegiate seasons at receiver, a position at which he scored 10 touchdowns, Tannehill tallied a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio his last two years at quarterback.

Sherman was Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M and knows him as a player maybe better than anyone.

"He is just going to keep getting better and better and better," Sherman said. "He has light years to go, but he has come a long way too."

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