Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill Shows Some Honorable Toughness

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 13, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins passes during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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There is no way to sugarcoat it. Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill had an awful outing in the Tennessee Titans' 37-3 rout of Miami on Sunday.

The former Texas A&M star attempted 39 passes, completing 23 of them for 217 yards. And some of those pass attempts proved to be ugly.

Early in the second quarter, one of Tannehill's passes was tipped and landed in the outstretched arms of Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy, who went off to the races for a 49-yard touchdown, putting Miami down 21-0.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers also grabbed an interception on the afternoon. But, what really stood out from Tannehill's performance came late in the fourth quarter.

With his two interceptions clouding his thoughts and over 11 minutes left on the clock, Tannehill attempted to bring about some sort of Dolphin revival as he slowly moved the offense deep into Titan territory. This was cut short when a pass intended for Jabar Gaffney was quickly picked off by rookie linebacker Zach Brown.

Brown had his eyes set on a pick-six as he sprinted past nearly all of the Dolphins players. Crossing the 50-yard line, Brown continued to break away in what seemed like a certain score.

That was until Ryan Tannehill ran him down, and with a solid below-the-waist tackle, knocked him to the pitch.

Although this does not seem like much, it says a lot about Tannehill's ability to, in a game that is clearly over, take responsibility for his mistake and really do something about it. For a rookie to have the guts and courage to take down an opposing linebacker is not only honorable, but earns the respect of his teammates and fans.

Ryan Tannehill might have bad games in his rookie season. That is understandable. But what impresses this whole organization is how he deals with it.