Ryan Tannehill: 'I look for a big jump in myself, in production and wins'

Ryan Tannehill wants to improve even more. (USATSI)
Ryan Tannehill wants to improve even more. (USATSI)

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In his second season in the NFL, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill clearly improved his game from his rookie year. His completion percentage was higher, he threw more touchdowns and had a better touchdown-to-interception ratio, he threw for more yards, and he won more games.

In fact, he did well enough to rank No. 7 among all quarterbacks according to the Pro Football Focus metrics -- as a comparison, he was No. 13 in 2012 -- and, with another good season, he might be thought of as a top-10 NFL quarterback.

But, not surprisingly, Tannehill wants more.

"I have to make a big jump, I'm aware of that," Tannehill said, via ESPN.com. "I’m putting in the work, putting in the time to get myself physically ready, mentally ready and learn this new offense that we’re going with this year. So there is still work to be done. But I look for a big jump in myself, both in production and wins. That’s what we ultimately play for is wins. So, I’m excited to see what this team does."

While Tannehill improved last year, the Dolphins offense didn't play well when Miami had the chance to go to the playoffs, losing 19-0 to the Bills in Week 16 and then scoring just seven points in a Week 17 loss to the Jets. Tannehill was less than impressive in both of those games, and the late-season slump helped lead to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

But like last offseason when the team added receiver Mike Wallace, the Dolphins have spent part of their time lately acquiring more help for Tannehill. Players like left tackle Branden Albert, guard Shelley Smith and running back Knowshon Moreno.

Some observers, though, still aren't impressed with Tannehill.

Wrote former Bears GM Jerry Angelo on The Sideline View: "He’s an athlete who is trying to develop into a QB. His arm is good, but his accuracy is questionable. He isn’t comfortable from within the pocket. Led the league in sacks, something isn’t right, given he’s an athletic QB. Protection is one thing, ‘feel’ is another. When things aren’t going well, he can’t pull himself or his team out of it. Those aren’t good signs for a signal caller."

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