I don't want to be too hard on Tanny; he has improved noticeably and his arrow is still pointing way up. However, with the exception of the completion to Gibson on the last drive of the Ravens game, I had a flashback of Chad Henne. Now, that is likely the last time I will ever mention those two in any sort of comparitive utterance, but that moment made me think a lot about what I was seeing on the field.
I saw a young quarterback who is still behind the curve mentally. Tanny outplayed Andrew luck in game two of the season and I could not have been happier. Thinking back to that game, however, there was one area that he did not outplay Luck and continues to fall short: he fails to recognize when a play is not going to open up.
Tanny wants to make a play every time the ball is in his hands. I love that about him. I also hate that about him because he takes sacks that Luck doesn't. The offensive line may not be great, but the lack of pocket awareness is glaring and he needs to realize that you have to throw the ball away.
Think hard now; can you remember Tanny throwing the ball away in a game this year? Anyone? Buhler? He may have once, maybe even twice, but I can't remember if he did. I saw Luck throw the ball away. Heck, I can't think of any other quarterback in any other game in 40 years that I haven't seen throw the ball away at least three times in a game.
A quarterback that makes quick decisions also makes his offensive line look like pro-bowlers. Marino rarely got sacked, not because he had such a great o-line, but because he made quick decisions and got the ball out of his hands quickly (though ok, he DID have a darned good line too).
Tanny has to right this part of his game and do it quickly, because every team we face will tee off on him until he fixes it. It's enough of a weakness that it may cost the team some games and maybe cost us the Ravens game already. The more he gets hit, the more chances for a fumble and having to make up extra yards or points. Not a good winning strategy.
If the running game could get going it will help, but when the opposing defense knows they can stop the run, make us one-dimensional, and then tee off on Tanny because he holds too long, we could be in serious trouble by season's end.
Let's hope the bye week helps move the curve back on track.