The Miami Dolphins find themselves as one of the leagues few remaining unbeaten teams after three weeks behind the leadership of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However well Tannehill has played this season, he’s currently on pace to set an NFL record he likely would not want his name associated with. While Tannehill has thrown just two interceptions so far this season, he has committed five fumbles in the first three games.
At the current pace, Tannehill would have 26 fumbles for the season, eclipsing the mark set by Kerry Collins (2001) and Dante Culpepper (2002). Tannehill had nine fumbles last season, a number which set the Dolphins franchise record for a rookie.
Tannehill has been sacked 14 times in the team’s first three games. He was sacked last week five times in the victory over the Atlanta Falcons. While pass protection by the offensive line has been a problem, pass protection by the running backs has been an issue as well.
Miami faces it’s toughest test of the season this week as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints for a Monday Night Football contest. New Orleans currently have recorded eight team sacks and have the league’s fourth ranked pass defense on a vastly improved squad under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Tannehill needs to limit the turnovers if the Dolphins are to have continued success on the field.