Ryan Tannehill: 'I have plenty of arm'

DAVIE, Fla. -- One of the many topics being discussed in South Florida during the bye week is the ineffective deep ball by Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

#17 QB
Miami Dolphins

2013 STATS

  • Att182
  • Comp114
  • Yds1383
  • TD6
  • Int5
  • Rat85.5

Deep passes have not been a strength of Tannehill’s in two seasons in Miami. It’s one of the few passes Tannehill struggles to make with consistency. Often, speedy receiver Mike Wallace has to slow down and fight a defender to make the catch.

However, Tannehill isn’t as concerned as outsiders with his deep ball.

“I feel like I have plenty of arm to get it there,” Tannehill said. “It’s just trusting him and throwing it out there. ... When you’re throwing the ball that far downfield there’s going to be a small margin of error, where one or two yards make a big difference.”

What’s baffling is Tannehill has no issues with other throws. His short and intermediate throws have zip. He can use touch when necessary. Tannehill even showed off his back-shoulder throws last week against the Baltimore Ravens, which are arguably the most difficult passes to complete in the NFL. But the deep pass has been off.

Throwing deep and getting his long-ball timing down with Wallace is something Tannehill wants to get fixed during the bye week. Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has coached Tannehill since his college days at Texas A&M. Sherman is confident Tannehill has the ability to throw deep.

“There’s no question about that,” Sherman said. “It’s just getting the rhythm and timing.”

Tannehill has thrown for 1,383 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s completed 62.6 percent of his passes and has an 85.5 passer rating.