Ryan Tanehill Must Face Pressure from New York Jets
The 2012 NFL Draft was built on hype for quarterbacks. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were viewed as certain future superstars. They both have performed up to these high standards at times. Injury concerns have derailed Griffin’s career at least for now. Luck’s strong arm and mobility allow him to make plays in a variety of ways. His second year has looked more efficient with only nine interceptions. It could be stated that Miami Dolphins signal caller Ryan Tannehill currently seems like one of 2012’s best quarterback selections. Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden likely will be gone after two lackluster years.
Through 15 games in 2013, Tanehill’s numbers are solid with 23 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Standing at 8-7, Miami needs help to clinch their first Playoff berth since 2010. They are alive, however, if they can defeat the New York Jets.
Now shifting focus to New York, creating pressure on Tannehill is important. I have spoke at length about their outstanding line, but it can’t get enough attention. Muhamad Wilkerson deserved a Pro Bowl invitation at defensive end. Rookie Sheldon Richardson plays well on the opposite side. Quinton Coples has seemingly adjusted to his new role at outside linebacker while defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison clogs up the middle and can also get after QBs.
New York is done after Week 17, but coach Rex Ryan’s job remains in limbo. Last week demonstrated that Gang Green loves Ryan while fighting for him. Tanking for draft position does not look like their plan, so winning could be helped by forcing turnovers from Tannehill.