Ryan Tannehill

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Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill, in white Miami Dolphins uniform, steps back into the pocket before throwing in 2013.
Tannehill playing for the Dolphins in 2015
No. 17 Miami Dolphins
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-27) July 27, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Big Spring (TX)
College: Texas A&M
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2015
Passing attempts: 2,020
Passes completed: 1,254
Percentage: 62.1
TDINT: 80–52
Passing yards: 13,892
Passer rating: 84.9
Stats at NFL.com

Ryan Timothy Tannehill III (born July 27, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins eighth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Early years[edit]

Ryan Tannehill was born in Lubbock, Texas, but grew up in Big Spring, Texas. He attended Big Spring High School, where he played high school football and basketball and ran track. He played 10 games at defensive back his sophomore season. As a junior, he passed for 2,510 yards and rushed for 922 at quarterback. He took his team to the playoffs as a senior, passing for 5,258 yards and rushing for another 617. He had to miss two games due to a separated shoulder in the second game of his senior year. He also posted three receptions for 62 yards and compiled a 39.2 punt average with a long of 84 yards as a senior. He received second-team District 4-4A honors for both his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.[1]

In track & field, Tannehill competed in the hurdling and jumping events. At the 2006 District 4-4A Championships, he placed third in the 300m hurdles (41.24 s) and earned a second-place finish in the triple jump event (13.19 m).[2]

College career[edit]

2007 season[edit]

Tannehill redshirted his first season (2007) at A&M.

2008 season[edit]

Before Tannehill's second season, Mike Sherman took over as head coach. In summer camp, Tannehill competed against veteran quarterback Stephen McGee and redshirt sophomore Jerrod Johnson for the starting quarterback position. He finished third in the contest, behind Johnson and then McGee. Sherman, whose offense utilizes true receivers, moved him to wide receiver.

In his fifth game, he posted freshman school records of 210 yards on 12 catches. After his six receptions for 78 yards in the Iowa State game, he broke the freshman school records for receptions and receiving yards.[3][4] Tannehill finished his redshirt freshman season with 844 receiving yards, which was 11 yards shy of breaking Robert Ferguson's record set in 2000.[5] He attempted only one pass at quarterback the whole season.[6]

Tannehill had expressed his desire to become the starting quarterback at A&M: "I still think of myself as a quarterback, I still want to be a quarterback here at A&M. Hopefully that’s the way it turns out. But if things don’t happen that way, and Coach thinks I can better help being a receiver, then I guess I’m okay with that."

2009 season[edit]

During the 2009 offseason, Tannehill and Jerrod Johnson competed for the starting quarterback position; the job went to Johnson.[7]

Tannehill finished the 2009 season with a team-leading 46 receptions for 609 yards and four touchdowns.[8] About 80% of his 46 catches went for first downs or touchdowns.[9] He picked up All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors for his performance.[10] He only took eight snaps at quarterback the entire season.[6]

2010 season[edit]

Tannehill vs Iowa State in 2011

Tannehill continued to play receiver during the first six games of the 2010 season. Over those six games, he made 11 catches for 143 yards.[11] He attempted 4 passes during the season opener.[12]

He saw extensive action at quarterback during the Kansas game, splitting time with starter Jerrod Johnson. Tannehill finished with 12-for-16 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns.[13] In his first career start at quarterback, Tannehill led the Aggies to a 45–27 victory over Texas Tech. He set a school record with his 449 passing yards.[14] He also made a 33-yard pooch punt, his first career kick.[15]

Tannehill quarterbacked the Aggies to a victory over No. 11 Oklahoma, which moved the team into the top 25. He helped the team maintain the top 25 ranking through victories over Baylor and No. 9 Nebraska. During the Nebraska game, he punted twice since the starter was injured.[16] He and his team defeated Texas to finish off the regular season. He picked up All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.[17]

2011 season[edit]

In 2011, Tannehill started all 13 games (including the bowl game) at quarterback for the Aggies and served as team captain. He threw for 3,744 yards and 29 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions. He completed 61.6% of his passes and posted a quarterback rating of 133.2. He also ran for 3 touchdowns. Tannehill lost the final game of the regular season to the University of Texas on Thanksgiving Day.

Tannehill concluded his quarterback career at Texas A&M with a total of 5,450 passing yards 42 Touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.

Career statistics[edit]

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Texas A&M Aggies
Year Passing Rushing Receiving
GP GS Rating Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2008 1 0 167.2 1 1 100.0 8 0 0 2 −8 −4.0 0 55 844 15.3 5
2009 2 0 113.0 4 8 50.0 60 0 0 4 −5 −1.3 0 46 609 13.2 4
2010 8 7 137 152 234 65 1,638 13 6 51 76 1.5 1 11 143 13.0 1
2011 13 13 133.2 327 531 61.6 3,744 29 15 58 306 5.3 4 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 20 134 484 774 62.53 5,450 42 21 115 369 3.21 5 112 1,596 13.8 10

Through the completion of the 2011 season.[18]

Professional career[edit]

Tannehill and Jake Long

Tannehill ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at his pro day.[19] He was considered the #3 quarterback prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft class behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Tannehill with the 8th overall pick.[20] He was the first quarterback selected by the Dolphins in the first round since Dan Marino in 1983. He became the 17th starting quarterback by the Miami Dolphins since Dan Marino and only the third quarterback taken 1st round in franchise history following Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Dan Marino.

On July 28, 2012, Tannehill signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins worth approximately $12.684 million, with an option for a 5th year, as reported by the Miami Herald.[21]

On August 20, 2012, Tannehill was named the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans. He was the 17th starting quarterback since Dan Marino retired.[22]

2012 season[edit]

In week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, Tannehill started his first career regular season game which ended in a 30–10 loss. He finished with 219 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.[23][24] Two of his three interceptions were tipped at the line of scrimmage by defensive end J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans. In response to Tannehill's performance, Joe Philbin stated “We’ve (also) got to do a better job in (pass) protection, and at times the receivers have to protect the throw from the quarterback. So I would say, as is usually the case, there is a little bit of culpability across the board.”[25]

In week 2 of the 2012 NFL season, Tannehill improved dramatically in a 35–13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Tannehill passed for an even 200 yards, with one touchdown and zero interceptions, as well as 14 yards on the ground to go along with one rushing score. Tannehill seemed to fix his tipped ball problem by having zero passes batted down in week 2.

By the end of week 3, Tannehill had completed less than 53% of his passes, and also had only 1 touchdown to four interceptions.[26]

In week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals, Tannehill threw for 431 yards,[27][28] surpassing the Dolphins' single-game record for most passing yards by a rookie quarterback, set by Dan Marino in 1983. Tannehill's mark was 1 yard shy of the NFL's single-game passing-yard record by a rookie quarterback, set by Carolina's Cam Newton in 2011. He threw for 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in the 24–21 OT loss to the Cardinals. In week 16, Tannehill set a franchise record for longest run by a quarterback by rushing 31 yards in a single play. The previous record was set by Pat White who had a 30-yard run during the 2009 season. During that week 16 game against Buffalo, Tannehill also became the fifth quarterback in team history to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season.

Tannehill went on to set franchise rookie records for passing yards, attempts, and completions.[29]

2013 season[edit]

Tannehill with the Dolphins in 2012.

In Week 1, Tannehill started his 2nd season on the road against the Browns. He went 24/38 for 272 yards a touchdown, an interception, and was sacked 4 times in the 23–10 win.

In Week 2, Tannehill and his Dolphins traveled to Indianapolis to take on the offense led by Andrew Luck, also a 2nd-year QB. Tannehill went 23/34 for 319 yards for a touchdown but also was sacked 5 times and lost a fumble in the 24–20 win.

In Week 3, Tannehill went home for the first time, taking on the Falcons. He went 24/35 for 236 yards for 2 touchdowns, an interception, got sacked 5 times and lost a fumble in the close 27–23 win. He led his team to a 3–0 start for the first time since 2002.

In Week 4, the young QB struggled on the road against the Saints. He went 22/35 for 249 yards and also a touchdown pass, but also committed 4 team turnovers as he was intercepted 3 times and lost a fumble. He was sacked 4 times in the 38–17 loss.

In Week 5, he and his team headed back home to take on the Ravens. His team could not hold on after leading 13–6 at halftime. He went 21/40 for 307 yards and threw a touchdown, and was also sacked 6 times in the 26–23 loss.

In Week 7, Tannehill went 19/37 for 194 yards and threw 3 touchdown passes, 2 interceptions and lost a fumble while being sacked twice in the 23–21 home loss to the Bills.

In Week 8, Tannehill and the Dolphins traveled to Foxborough to take on the Patriots as he went 22/42 for 192 yards throwing 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, losing a fumble, and being sacked 6 times in the 27–17 loss.

In Week 9, the Dolphins traveled back home to take on the Bengals. Tannehill went 20/28 for 208 yards with a 1-yard TD run despite being sacked 6 times due to the tottering offensive line in the 22–20 win in OT.

In Week 10, the Dolphins traveled to take on the winless Buccaneers. Tannehill went 27/42 for 229 yards while throwing 2 touchdowns, one interception, and two sacks in the 22-19 loss.

In week 11, the Dolphins took on the San Diego Chargers at home. Tannehill completed 22 of 35 pass attempts for 268 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in a 20-16 win, despite being sacked 4 times.

In week 12, the Dolphins hosted the Panthers in a 20-16 loss. Tannehill got his first of two consecutive 300 yard games, completing 28 out of 42 attempts for 310 yards. He was sacked 3 times.

In week 13, the Dolphins were at the New York Jets. For the second consecutive week Tannehill topped the 300 yard mark with 331 yards, going 28 of 43, with 2 TD's, one interception, and one sack to notch the 23-3 win.

In week 14, the Dolphins traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Tannehill completed 20 of his 33 attempts with 3 TD's, one interception, 2 sacks in a 34-28 win.

In week 15, the Dolphins hosted the New England Patriots. Tannehill had his best game of the year, going 25 of 37 for 312 yards with 3 TD's and no INT's. He was sacked 4 times in the 24-20 win.

In week 16, the Dolphins were on the road to take on the Buffalo Bills. Tannehill followed up his best game with a lackluster performance going 10 of 27 for a paltry 82 yards. He was sacked 7 times in the 19-0 loss.

In week 17 the Dolphins hosted the Jets. Tannehill went 20 of 40 for 204 yards, one TD, 3 interception, and 0 sacks in the 20-7 loss. This was the only regular season game in which Tannehill was not sacked.

2014 season[edit]

Mike Sherman was the Dolphins' offensive coordinator in Tannehill's first two NFL seasons, and was the head coach at Texas A&M when Tannehill played there. However, during the 2014 offseason, the Dolphins hired new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, giving Tannehill a new playbook to learn for the first time since high school.[30][31]

Tannehill's 2014 season was his best statistically, as he set career highs in passing yards, passing touchdowns completion percentage, pass attempts, pass completions, passer rating, and rushing yards, as well as a career low mark in interceptions. However, his 6.86 yards per pass attempt was only higher than four other quarterbacks that season.

2015 season[edit]

On May 18, 2015, Tannehill signed a 6-year $95 million contract extension with the Dolphins through the 2020 season.[32][33] In an October 25, 2015 victory over the Houston Texans, Tannehill became the 64th quarterback in NFL history to have a "perfect passer rating".[34] In the same game, Tannehill set the all-time NFL record for consecutive completed passes with 25, completing his first 18 passes of the game and the final 7 of his previous game.[35] Four days later, he threw for 300 yards, completing 28 of 44 pass attempts, but added two interceptions as the Dolphins lost, 36-7, to the New England Patriots.[36]


Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2012 MIA 16 16 484 282 58.3 3,294 6.8 12 13 76.1 49 211 4.3 2 35 234 9 4
2013 MIA 16 16 588 355 60.4 3,913 6.7 24 17 81.7 40 238 6.0 1 58 399 9 5
2014 MIA 16 16 590 392 66.4 4,045 6.9 27 12 92.8 56 311 5.6 1 46 337 9 2
Total 48 48 1,662 1,029 61.9 11,252 6.8 63 42 84.4 145 760 5.2 4 139 920 27 11

Dolphins franchise records[edit]

  • Most passing completions in a single season: 392 (2014)
  • Most passing completions in a rookie season, 282 (2012)
  • Highest completion percentage, career: 61.9 (2012-2014)
  • Highest completion percentage in a single season: 66.4 (2014) (Min. 500 attempts)
  • Most passing yards in a rookie season, 2012 (3,294 yards)
  • Most passing attempts in a rookie season, 2012 (484)
  • Longest rush by a quarterback, 2013 (48 yards)
  • Longest rush by a rookie quarterback, 2012 (31 yards)
  • Most consecutive pass completions by an NFL Quarterback, 2015 (25 completions)

Personal life[edit]

Tannehill graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology in May 2011 and had planned to become an orthopedic surgeon.[37] Ryan and his wife Lauren Tannehill,[38] whom he met at Texas A&M,[39] were married January 2012.[40][41]


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