Ryan Tannehill aims to step up leadership

DAVIE, Fla. -- The leadership of the Miami Dolphins recently has taken a huge hit in the local and national media. The Dolphins are going through a major controversy involving bullying and harassment accusations with guard Richie Incognito towards right tackle Jonathan Martin.

The story has left many to wonder what is going on with the leadership in Miami. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin met with the five remaining members of the leadership council Wednesday to discuss issues within the team. Incognito, who is suspended indefinitely, was the sixth member.

Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill is another member of the Dolphins’ leadership council. Tannehill is not a loud, vocal leader. But this situation certainly has forced him to narrow his focus on leadership.

“Well, I feel you need to be a leader. Obviously we need leadership through this tough time,” Tannehill said. “Do I need to go do something drastic that’s not myself that’s going to say, ‘Hey, what is he doing?’ No. But do I need to step up and be consistent, be a leader and hope to get this team on the right track? Yes.”

The Dolphins are struggling both on and off the field. Miami (4-5) has lost five of its past six games, and the team has become a national punchline during the Incognito-Martin scandal. The Dolphins are in the NFL spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Tannehill, as one of the major voices of the team, had a message for Dolphins fans who have already grown overly frustrated with this year’s team.

“Just hang in there. We’re going to battle through this thing,” Tannehill said. “We’re going to get this situation sorted out in the locker room that whatever needs to take place, whatever decisions need to be made, that’s what we’re going to do. On the field we’re just going to keep pressing forward and continue to fight and get better. We’re in a tough spot right now but at the end of the day we’re still in the playoff hunt.”

The Dolphins will host the San Diego Chargers Sunday in a game with wild-card implications in the AFC.