Ryan Tannehill was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons Sunday following the Miami Dolphins' 30-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Fans in the second half chanted "We want Moore!" in favor of backup quarterback Matt Moore, as Miami went on to lose for the fourth time in five games.
Tannehill was 12-of-18 for 191 yards, two interceptions and a season-low 62.3 passer rating. But it was the six sacks and quarterback pressures that were more concerning, according to Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
"Well, I know when we have 18 drop-back passes and he's hit or sacked on nine of them, and then the completions we do have, he's got guys in his face," Gase told reporters Monday. "So I'm supposed to blame [Tannehill] for that? I get a look at the whole picture. I'm calling the plays. I know what it's supposed to look like and it's not looking like that right now as far as what's going on around him.
"When we start cleaning some things up and we give him a chance to perform at the level that I think he's going to perform."
Gase has a fair point. Sunday marked the third game this season where Miami's underachieving and banged-up offensive line has allowed five sacks or more.
However, it is difficult for many in South Florida to have a similar perspective after watching Tannehill struggle for the fifth consecutive season. There have been issues with former offensive coordinators, former head coaches, former receivers and, yes, former offensive lines in the past. In many ways, Tannehill's evaluation in 2016 is heavily influenced from what he showed from 2012-15.
Tannehill's numbers this season aren't great, either. He's thrown for 1,272 yards, six touchdowns, seven interceptions and has a 83.6 passer rating as Miami is off to a 1-4 start. But Gase wants a full 16 games to make his determination on Tannehill before deciding if he's the long-term solution.
"Everybody wants to blame that position," Gase said. "It's the easy one to do because you can see completion, incompletion, interception. When you hit your back foot and you get sacked, there's not much you can do about it."