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Quarterback Ryan Tannehill's passer rating for the game ended up a mediocre 86.1 based on 21-of-40 passing for 307 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.
However, that passer rating does not fully describe the afternoon he had against the Ravens.
The offensive line had arguably its worst performance of the season pass-protecting for Tannehill. The pocket was collapsing inward on him on a number of throws, forcing him to throw early at times or off-balance at others.
Despite this, Tannehill had moments of sheer brilliance during the game. He completed big 40-plus-yard passes to Brandon Gibson, Mike Wallace and Charles Clay during the game. The pass to Brandon Gibson came at the most critical moment of the game under high duress from the Ravens pass rush.
Tannehill was sacked six times, and very few of them could be blamed on him holding the football too long. The Ravens' pass-rushers were just able to close in on him that quickly. He was first contacted by Ravens sackers within 2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 2.5, 2.5 and 2.2 seconds. The primary problem was the pass protection, not Tannehill's ability to get the ball out of his hands.
He also dealt with a number of drops during the game. Most quarterbacks are forced to deal with drops by their receivers; however the Dolphins suffered five drops, with a sixth catch out of bounds that functions similarly to a drop, on a total of 40 pass attempts. This constitutes an unusual number.
His ball placement contributed to two of the dropped passes by receiver Mike Wallace. However, Wallace's own route running was at least partially to blame for the ball not quite being where it needed to be for him to make a clean catch.
On the first of these plays, Wallace failed to get his head around in time so that he could be in better position to see where Tannehill tried to bring him with the throw. That was something that happened a week ago against the Saints, and Wallace has yet to get the issue fixed. On the second of the throws, Wallace failed to tag his route correctly underneath zone coverage. Tannehill threw the football where it needed to be, but Wallace was not where he needed to be.
On one other play, which will not be scored as a drop but did go down as an incomplete pass, Wallace showed zero awareness of the play call because he blocked in the end zone as if the play were a run or screen pass. Tannehill threw the ball to him in the end zone, but Wallace never even looked for it.
Of the 19 incomplete passes, Tannehill had eight go incomplete due to significant receiver error, two broken up by defensive linemen in the backfield, one quarterback spike to kill the clock and four broken up by defenders in tight single coverage.
The remaining four incomplete passes were the result of poor decisions or poor throws on the part of Ryan Tannehill.
It should be noted that one of these throws was nearly disastrous. In the first quarter, Tannehill threw a deep ball intended for Charles Clay up the right sideline. He utilized a pump fake to get Ravens corner Corey Graham to bite on the double-move, creating vertical separation for Clay. However, Tannehill never felt the free safety reading his eyes and cheating to that side of the field.
The would-be interception was overturned because safety James Ihedigbo failed to get both feet down before his hand hit the ground out of bounds. However, the play constitutes Tannehill's biggest mistake of the day and prevents him from claiming top marks.
Position Grade: B+