Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill Struggled Against the Formidable Jets D

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 26, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball against the New York Jets on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Facing the New York Jets is a tall order to ask for any quarterback. Now, as a rookie, this task becomes all the more difficult as the constant defensive pressure from Rex Ryan's squad is nerve-racking as is. Adding top tier defensive backs that take a quarterback's favorite targets out of the game completely and that rookie quarterback will have a tough afternoon.

When Ryan Tannehill set out to take on the New York Jets, he knew what he was getting himself into. And when Reggie Bush went down with a knee injury after providing such a dynamic attack that the Jets had a difficult time responding to, the spotlight directed to Ryan Tannehill.

Luckily for him, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller helped pick up the slack, but the Jets were on the prowl defensively, waiting for Tannehill to make a mistake that New York could capitalize on.

It came at the start of the third quarter. At their own 18-yard line and up 10-3, Tannehill finally threw his first interception of the day to none other than LaRon Landry, who made Miami pay. The veteran safety took the ball to the house and scored a defensive touchdown to tie the game for the Jets.

Over the course of the rest of the game, Tannehill struggled with completions, only connecting with receivers slightly over 40 percent of the time. Finishing the day with just under 200 yards, Tannehill saw his Dolphins fall 23-20 in overtime thanks to a Nick Folk field goal.

Tannehill has shown some promise in his first few games, particularly against the Oakland Raiders. In this match-up against the Jets, a division rival, the competition was amplified and provided key experience for a quarterback getting accustomed to the NFL.

As the season progresses, it is almost certain that Tannehill will get more and more comfortable as a professional quarterback and his play will continue to elevate. The game against the Jets may have been a struggle, but there is definitely more to come from Ryan Tannehill.