5 Ways Joe Philbin Can Take Pressure off Ryan Tannehill in 2013

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5 Ways Joe Philbin Can Take Pressure off Ryan Tannehill in 2013
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Taking a look at the landscape of the second year quarterbacks of 2013, the Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill likely has more pressure on them than any of the others.

Tannehill's pressure will stem from the fact that to many fans and experts, he has to lead the Dolphins into the playoffs. The table was set well for him to do that as Miami went to work this offseason by making their defense younger and faster, while their offense has more weapons than they did last season.

Sure, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III will be facing some pressure of their own, but barring injuries, those three are almost guaranteed to be starters in 2014 due to their 2012 success. And at least one of them is expected to lead his team into Super Bowl contention (which would be Wilson, who does have the best team set up around him).

With Tannehill, nothing is guaranteed unless he gets into the postseason. For all of his moves, Jeff Ireland is still a potential lame duck this year, with his future hinging on the results Miami brings. If Ireland is out, a new general manager can take his place and decide that Joe Philbin isn't fit to be his head coach, and Ryan Tannehill isn't fit to be his quarterback. That might be a bit unfair, considering that both are only their second season, but it's the reality of changes to such an important part of the staff.

So what can Coach Philbin do to minimize Tannehill's pressure and allow him to play within himself and to the best of his abilities?

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