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Miami QB Ryan Tannehill improving


MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball against the New York Jets on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Joel Auerbach)

You expect a rookie quarterback to have trouble against a Rex Ryan defense, and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill had his worst game of the season in an overtime loss to the Jets, completing only 16 of 36 passes and throwing an interception. But Tannehill’s learning curve since that game has trended upward dramatically.

He passed for a career-high 431 yards in a loss to the Cardinals and then led two efficient wins over the Bengals and Rams to put the Dolphins at 3-3 and in second place in the AFC East coming out of their bye week. In the past three games, Tannehill has completed 67 percent of his passes for an average of 279.7 yards per game.

“His decision-making is improved, and I think our protection has been better,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said in a Wednesday conference call with the Jets’ media. “He’s got a feel for the guys on the ballclub in terms of anticipation, where they’re going to be and what adjustments they might make against a particular coverage. He’s throwing the ball a little more accurately.”

Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson said the Dolphins have tweaked their offense to help Tannehill out, and his completion percentage reflects that change. “He’s getting more comfortable, and it’s our job to make him uncomfortable,” Wilson said.

When Tannehill spoke to the media, he acknowledged that he’s learning to take better advantage of the Dolphins’ short passing game. “I think we’ve grown up a lot,” Tannehill said. “I think I’m just taking what I’m given and not trying to force things downfield, being able to take shots when guys are open. You want to be able to give guys a chance downfield. But not having to force things and being able to get eight or 10 yards on a checkdown, I think that’s been the biggest growth.”

Tags: Ryan Tannehill , Joe Philbin , Miami Dolphins , Kyle Wilson , New York Jets

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