ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- The Rams defense will look to stay hungry following a nine-sack performance against the division-rival Cardinals last Thursday night. So what’s on Sunday’s menu? The Dolphins and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Aside from five minutes in an opening week 30-10 thumping at Houston, the Dolphins have been competitive in each of their games this season despite a 2-3 record -- not bad for a rookie quarterback and a rookie head coach.
“We like the fact that we told our team the other day, I think if you watch our film, you would have to say that we have played five games and I think our guys have been ready to play five times,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “That is a good place to start and we have turned the ball over way too much. Good offenses don’t do that and we have got to get that straightened out.”
Tannehill, drafted eighth overall in April’s NFL Draft, has only been sacked nine times this season but is susceptible to turnovers with six interceptions and two fumbles (one lost) in his first five games. The timing of the pick selection came as a surprise to some, but it came as an easy selection for the Dolphins.
“Number one, we thought he was a good athlete for the position. We thought he had the physical traits that we were looking for. We thought he had a strong arm. He moved very well. He threw the ball on the move well. We thought he had good accuracy and a strong arm. Obviously, our offensive coordinator (Mike Sherman) had a history with him, so we kind of knew how he ticked so to speak,” Philbin said.
Tannehill and Sherman are both new to the Dolphins organization this season after spending time with the Texas A&M football program. Tannehill was a quarterback and wide receiver under Sherman, who was the head coach at the school from 2008 until last season.
“It’s a big help. You know just like I said having the same foundation coming in. Just learning parts of a new playbook instead of an entire new playbook, and then just having some familiarity definitely eases the transition,” Tannehill said of playing under Sherman in Miami.
The Rams will play the Dolphins at noon (St. Louis time) on Sunday.