I've been hearing quite a bit about Ryan Tannehill and how some think he is the next coming of Marino while others think he is the next Chad Henne. I had been very pleased with what I had seen through the first 8 games (4-4 record for the team). Thought he had played well enough for the team to be 6-2 / 7-1 with a few FG's here and any defense against Andrew Luck's Colts. I am not advocating annointing him the next all-pro for 10+ years, but I also think he is an obvious upgrade for us over any QB since #13 played.
He had played very well...until we went through Tennesee and Buffalo. Then things started to look shaky. Many claimed they had found the answer, don't blitz and he can't beat you. But none of that really scared me either. I am a big fan of Davone Bess and Brian Hartline...as your 3rd and 4th options, but not as the 2 main receiving threats. So to me he was playing well for what he had, and it didn't help our OL was playing awful or that he looked limited in his mobility (possibly from his injury). Too often I think we forget he is playing with a very limited cast, which I do think can be good if we are able to run the ball.
To me the 4th quarter of this game, in particular the last drive. Made me a full believer in Tannehill. He needed to prove to be clutch, something he was not always in college or so far in the pros. Going from your own 10 to FG range was exactly what we needed to see. Even with a limited supporting cast and sometimes his inexperienced throws (INT wiped off board by roughing the passer call) I wanted to see him do something special.
I remember watching Henne make plays "on-schedule" (or good protection, make correct read and he is open), but never able to make plays when what was drawn up wasn't there. Tannehill showed that early this season, breaking the pocket and finding Hartline open, but had not done it since his injury (which I guess may have been worse than let on). Watching him run the ball when needed and make plays with his feet is something we haven't had here in a long time. Watching him win in the clutch is something we haven't had here since...well since Marino.