Ryan Tannehill has played 60 games in his NFL career, which is a pretty decent sample size on which to judge him. He had a so-so rookie season in 2012 but made progress in 2013 and 2014. Last year, in fact, he threw for a career-high 4,045 yards, a career-high 27 touchdowns and a career-low 12 interceptions.
This year, however, theres been a bit of a drop-off. Tannehill has completed 61.4 percent of his passes – down five percentage points from last season – for 3,077 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 picks.
Is Tannehill, who turns 28 next July, still the future in Miami?
“Well, we signed him here for a reason long-term,” Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “He brings a certain skill set that not a lot of guys have. I’ll just say this about Ryan, as it goes with the rest of this team: He needs to play better, and better days are ahead of him. Better days are ahead of us. But ultimately, there is a certain way to play this game with Ryan Tannehill, and there’s a certain way to use him and ask him to be used. That’s what we’re trying to get back to. There’s very few quarterbacks in this league that you can just ask to throw the ball 50-something times and you feel good about that. Obviously (there’s) Brady and Rodgers and Brees. Everybody else, you have to identify their strengths and then your team does well. So yeah, to answer your question, I think he can be the future of this team. We just have to use him the right way.”
Campbell, of course, hopes that he is part of the Dolphins’ future as well. After Joe Philbin was fired in October, Campbell was named interim head coach. He won his first two games by double digits but has since lost four of six, with the two wins coming at Philadelphia and against Baltimore by a combined three points.
Campbell, who said he has “seen more downs than ups” in his six years with the organization, does not know whether he’ll be named the official head coach heading into next season.
“I haven’t felt anything one way or the other,” the 39-year-old Campbell said. “Ever since I took this over, from the first day that they gave me this opportunity, all I’ve thought about is winning games. And if I want to keep this job – which I do. I would love to keep this job. I feel like I was born to do this. Well, you got to win, and that’s all I’m looking at is finding a way (to win).”
The Dolphins (5-7) would likely have to win out to even have a shot at the postseason, but Campbell said he’s focused squarely on the Giants (5-7). The Dolphins host the Giants, another 5-7 squad, on Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET.
“You got to win,” Campbell reiterated.