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Ryan Tannehill On The Biggest Game Of His Career


Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill spoke to the media about the biggest game of his career against the New York Jets this Sunday.

(On what Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace has meant to him) Its great to have two really good players. They both can go get the ball, theyre a little bit different in their styles of play obviously but two guys that really helped this offense out this year.

(On if he believes that the Bills timed up their cadence from the game) I havent talked to him about it. It was brought to my attention that he had thought about that during the game. Those guys would probably know more than I would know during the game if their getting a jump on us upfront because obviously their looking directly across at the guy from them. Im sure its something well evaluate this week.

(On if you can change you cadence during the game or at halftime if the opposition is timing the cadence) We always have the ability to change the cadence. If it was something wed discussed of course were going to move on it during a halftime or whatever.

(On if its possible for a quarterback to target a specific cornerback, and if he can target Dee Milliner) Well hes been playing very well the last couple weeks so you have to give respect to that. Our offense is not so much to pick on a guy, you kind of go through your progressions and if you have a matchup youll take it. I dont think we completely focus on singling out one particular person.

(On how important is making the playoffs to adding a stamp of legitimacy to their season) Well itd be nice obviously, but all we can control is this game. We have to go out and play. I think its going to be a motivated Jets team coming down. We beat them at home a few weeks ago, and I think theyre going to want to come and do the same thing to us. Were going to have to be ready to play. What happens from there, well see.

(On what he sees differently from the team on film compared to when they faced them previously) We knew going into the first game that they had a good front seven, some good pass rushers upfront. I think we just did a good job of blocking them throughout the game the first time we played them. It seems like theyve gotten back on track since weve played them so its going to be a good matchup.

(On if they can see the season as a success if they dont win on Sunday) Im not worried about that. Im totally focused on winning this game.

(On what does the public miss about Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace that will give them clues to the person they are) I would say (Brian) Hartlines detail, day in and day out, coming out to practice every day, being detailed in how he runs his routes, working extremely hard. I think Mike (Wallace) is a funnier guy than people know. He has a handshake with each of the offensive lineman that he does all the time, during practice and during games. He definitely brings a little juice to the huddle that way.

(On how hes feeling) Good, good.

(On if there are any affects, does he feel fine) No, I feel good.

(On if there is anything that the Dolphins did vs. Buffalo that can be corrected) Well theres a lot of things that we can fix, that are correctable. Obviously, not much was done well in that game from an offensive standpoint. I dont think we came out flat or there was no sense of deadness in the locker room leading up to the game, during the game on the sideline, anything like that. We just didnt execute well, they played a good game and we didnt. Definitely theres a lot to be fixed but its not something where we didnt come out ready to play or something like that.

(On if he will have to change something to keep the defense away from him) Thats football. When you play a team, especially a team that has a coordinator that has close relationship with another team, and they have success against you, you have to expect to be able to defend the things that you didnt do well the previous game. Were going to have to have a plan, and execute better than we did last game obviously, be able to pick up the pressures and get the ball out on time.

(On if he feels like this is his biggest game in the NFL) Obviously we know its a big game and we realize the implications of this game, were not stupid. We have to approach it 1-0 because if we dont win this game then theres nothing else, or no chance of anything else. Were approaching this game 100% focused on the task at hand. We know that its a talented Jets team that can make big plays is coming to town and well have to be ready to play.

(On if the week feels different) Well it feels different in the sense that its a 1-0 season at this point. Its black and white 1-0 season as opposed to theoretical 1-0 season.

(On knowing all the scenarios involved with this weekends game) Right, yeah you know, we know the situation that we are in.

Source: Miami Dolphins Media


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