There's No Sugarcoating It, Ryan Tannehill Choked on Thursday Night Football

Jeremy Sickel@ IIINovember 16, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins calls signals against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins (4-6) are now losers of three-straight games after Thursday night's 19-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. While there are many areas to deflect the blame, look no further than rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the struggles of the offense.

Tannehill completed only 14-of-28 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. With five interceptions in his last two games, things are starting to unravel for the signal-caller and the Dolphins.

If the NFL has taught us one thing, it is that the quarterback inherently shoulders the bulk of the blame when things are going badly and receives the most praise when things are looking up.

Right now, the Dolphins are in an undesirable spot and Tannehill is finding that the learning curve is harsh in the pros.

However, Tannehill can't be entirely at fault for the Dolphins' woes. Though he did lay an egg on Thursday night, how much of that can be attributed to play-calling or not having enough playmakers around him?

The Dolphins have nice offensive pieces to build on.

Running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas create a solid backfield and wide receivers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess have been productive this season. Plus the offensive line will only get better with time.

However, Miami needs someone that can stretch the field or defenses will continue to create havoc against them on the first and second levels. 

As long as this holds true, Tannehill will continue to struggle. But wasn't that expected out of the rookie this year anyway?

The key is for Tannehill to learn from his mistakes. Getting up to speed with the pro game and eliminating his rookie jitters now will do well for the quarterback and the Dolphins offense moving forward.

As long as the front office does its part in bringing in more reliable pieces, games like tonight will be the exception and not the rule for Tannehill in 2013 and beyond.


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