Friday, January 8, 2016

3 KEYS – RYAN TANNEHILL

Ryan Tannehill has shown continuous growth for the first three years of his career. Unfortunately, the fourth year was met with great adversity. The young QB failed to improve in completion percentage, sacks, and in clutch situational football. With this in mind, my 3 Keys for  Tannehill this offseason is obvious.
  • Accuracy
  • Pocket Presence
  • Mental Fortitude

ACCURACY
Ryan Tannehill went from 66.4% completion percentage in 2014 to 61.9% in 2015. Now I’m fully aware that Football is the ultimate team sport and there are many impactful variables that are out of his control, but the fact still remains that it is the quarterback’s primary responsibility to get the ball from point A to point B in the most effective manner possible. The Quarterback’s mechanics and his relationship with the  receivers are the main culprits to poor accuracy. The solution is simple, REPITITION! As a fan I would like to see what this organization is calling “The Future” (Ryan Tannehill, Davante Parker, and Jarvis Landry) to come together this offseason and master their craft as one.
POCKET PRESENCE
C’MON MAN! You are a former Wide Receiver. ACT LIKE IT! Our Offensive Line is inconsistent, play calling is elementary at best, and audible packages are non-existent.  Whatever your reasons are for 45 sacks, the fact still remains that you have to possess an eject button in case you are taking fire. The offensive line and the QB's reaction time are the major concerns when you lead the league in sacks. The solution is AGILITY. As a trainer, I would like to see Tannehill get back to his wide out drills. 20 yard shuttle, 4 cone drill , and a lot of quick feet drills would go a long way to improving his escape plan. I would start all these drills from the same stance a QB is  in at the top of his drop back and shorten the distance to simulate a confined space. Having a partner swiping the broom would be the signal to start each one of these drills.
MENTAL FORTITUDE
Some people say you either have it or you don’t. I’m here to say “B.S”. Here are the numbers that proves this was a problem in 2015.
In the Red Zone Completion %             –    2014 (62.9%) 2015 (48.5%)
Last 2 minutes of the Game %               –    2014 (66.7) 2015 (58.9)
4th Quarter Completion %                     –     2014 (59.8%) 2015 (56.6%)
Within 7 points in the 4th Quarter      –     2014 (64.3%) 2015 (52.4%)
Now watch the face of Cam Newton as he realize, its time to be clutch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpOauh85wUY 
If you have a mental toughness problem the solution is this  5 Powerful Exercises to Increase your Mental Fortitud – Forbes This article is in regards to life, but translates well to the field. You have to be able to embrace discomfort because clutch  football with millions watching is not comfortable. You have to evaluate your core beliefs because they dictate how you think and the decisions you make.
At the end of the day I will be the first to admit that I am part of the minority that still believes Ryan Tannehill can be great in the NFL, but his success will be on life support if he fail to comprehend his shortcomings! To Ryan Tannehill I say keep your Phins up High!

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