Ryan Tannehill: The weak link the Jaguars must exploit

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Sep 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sun Life Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Dolphins 34-15. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll come right out and say it, I don’t believe in Ryan Tannehill.

I’ve never quite understood the allure of the fourth-year quarterback and think he regularly flirts with being above average but frequently settles comfortably as an average quarterback in the NFL. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Plenty of teams get by with an average quarterback. But it certainly doesn’t inspire confidence.

Last year the Jacksonville Jaguars took on the Miami Dolphins after Tannehill was running hot. He entered that Week 8 game after amassing 799 yards and six touchdowns while completing 72.3% of his passes.

I predicted that the Jaguars would cool him off, and they did. Tannehill finished his game against the Jaguars with 196 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while completing just 55% of his passes.

He was in a groove when he took on the Jaguars last year and they knew how to exploit him. It was an ugly 27-13 all the same for the Jaguars, but they managed to limit the opposing quarterback and that was critical. It was also important because Tannehill is widely viewed as a young, up-and-coming QB in the NFL.

Of course, the Jaguars had history on their side then. Entering that Week 8 game, Ryan Tannehill had never posted a quarterback rating of 100 or better in back to back games. He finally broke that streak in Weeks 10 and 11 of last season, but at that point he had been coming in hot after a 123.6 rating against the Chicago Bears. He predictably delivered an 81.8 for the Jags game.

With that minor hiccup behind him, what can we expect from Tannehill in Week 2 of the 2015 season?

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