Tannehill actually has a good Time To Throw number
Last year’s 58 sack stat obviously stood out to all of us and the main areas of concern in my opinion were: #1- the play calling, #2 the offensive line, #3 the anemic running game and #4 Tannehill’s pocket awareness. Making this stat even more frustrating is the fact that he certainly is mobile but did not show a lot of inclination to take off when absolutely necessary. My best guess is the coaches did not want him to risk injury or turn the ball over. Many times it seemed that he did not feel the oncoming pressure and I’m glad he did not get injured. The bottom line is these sacks caused a loss of 399 yards and also the potential yards lost that could have been gained without a sack.
The time to throw is measured from the time of the snap until the release of the ball by the QB. This time has many interrelated facets such as the offensive scheme, the OL, QB mobility, reading defenses, and the running game among other factors. Some QBs just hold the ball longer than others. Peyton Manning’s TTT was 2.33 seconds last year and Tom Brady’s time was 2.54. Super Bowl Champ Russel Wilson’s was over 3 seconds reflecting Seattle’s use of a lot of play action and his ability to buy time and make plays.
This leads us to our own Ryan Tannehill. His TTT (from 2012) was 2.57 seconds and TTS (time to sack) was also a very low 2.48 seconds. It took him less time to get sacked than it did to throw a pass. By comparison Russel Wilson had a much higher TTS again reflecting the offensive scheme and his ability to create plays. What does this mean and how do we fix it? To Point #1 and the play calling. OC Bill Lazor and Coach Philbin are going to emphasize a diversity in play calling and an up tempo play speed. Tannehill has the ability to get rid of the ball quickly and without such predictable play calling and an up pace scheme, offensive production should go up along with a reduction in sacks. Point #2 and the OL. Along with the much publicized Martin/Incognito story, a limited running attack, and the extreme number of sacks even the casual fan is aware of this glaring problem. We have Branden Albert now and will have a strong emphasis in the upcoming draft on OLs. Point #3 the running game. Now that Knowshon is here we have his valuable running and pass catching abilities along with the possibility of drafting a good RB. And lastly, Point #4 the pocket awareness. Tannehill is not a lifetime QB like most of today’s QB’s. It has been well documented that he played wide receiver at A & M and was moved from WR to QB. I believe this really shows up in his lack of pocket awareness as the WR is always ready to take a hit whereas the QB is looking to make a play happen and avoid getting hit. Like markeyh, I feel that Tannehill has the ability to lead the Dolphins to success but has to demonstrate this.
I believe the first three points will be vastly improved. The fourth point, pocket awareness, is another matter. I feel that this is almost an intangible that a QB has or doesn’t have to a great extent. It may be improved with hard work, but that does not mean you will have Manziel-like awareness. The bottom line is the scheme has to fit the players and the players have to fit the scheme. Most likely, Ryan will have a much better chance to show his skills this year. After all, TTT and TTS are just stats. Yours Truly, saysMikey