The Miami Dolphins started the season with three straight wins, looking like playoff contenders.
But after four straight losses, the Dolphins are beginning to fade. Accordingly, quarterback Ryan Tannehill has dropped off, with 10 turnovers during Miami’s current skid. Tannehill admits he is not playing his best football.
“Obviously we aren’t at an all-time high right now,” Tannehill said. “But we’ve got to get back on track. That’s the only option we have.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Dolphins, who battle a good defense in the 6-2 Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday at 7:25 p.m. on NFL Network. While the secondary has earned lots of attention, quarterback Andy Dalton has quietly played well for a Cincy offense that ranks in the top 10.
The contest is on Halloween night, and Miami can only hope not to be haunted by the ghosts of last Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots.
Tannehill had three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble following a sack that led to a touchdown. All of those mistakes would allow New England to score 24 consecutive points in the second half.
Tannehill said Tom Brady and the Patriots simply made plays.
“I’m not going to get into whose fault that was. But they hit us at the right time and got the ball out.”
It seems Tannehill is hitting the wall near the midpoint of his second season. He is stressing to carry the offense during the losing streak and had a right throwing shoulder injury last week.
However, the Miami coaches point out that Tannehill isn’t the only struggling player on offense. The offensive line has allowed 26 sacks and the run game has been inconsistent.
The book is out on Tannehill. More teams are blitzing and looking to force turnovers. An important part of Tannehill’s growth will be improving on picks and ball security.