Ryan Tannehill started all 16 games last season as a rookie, leading the Dolphins to a 7-9 record while weathering through an up and down season.
The No. 8 overall selection in last year’s NFL Draft knows his rookie campaign was a learning process, but vows to learn from his mistakes. Tannehill finished the season with 3,294 yards and 12 touchdown passes.
Ryan Tannehill joined WQAM in Miami with Jorge Sedano to discuss the toughest challenge of his rookie season, his welcome to the NFL moment, trash talking to rookie players and the amount of rookie hazing he took from the Dolphins’ veterans.
What’s the toughest challenge you faced this season?
“I wouldn’t say there was one big challenge that jumps out at me. It’s just a learning process throughout the entire season. I feel like I learned something in every game that I played. I got more confidence with every step that I made throughout the year. If you look back early on I wish we could have won a couple of those games that went to overtime early and then games we lost right now at the end, right after that, so we learned from those experiences and are looking forward to next year when we are put in the same situation and can come out with the win.”
Did you have one of those, “Hey rookie, welcome to the NFL moments?”
“Yeah I think so. It was in Houston, first game of the year. We were kind of backed up. I think we were about on our 15- or 20-yard line and J.J. Watt hit me square in the chest. That was my ‘Welcome to the NFL moment.’ When I went off to the side and looked at Matt Moore and said, ‘Alright, I guess I am in the NFL now.’ He kind of gave me some crap about it.”
Did you encounter a lot of guys saying things because you were a rookie quarterback?
“It’s kind of crazy. You don’t hear much going on. I am so excited. I am just tuned into the play call and tuned into what I am trying to get going on our side of the ball, so I never really heard, especially once we are at the line of scrimmage or anything like that or anything that is said from the other side. It could be whenever you scramble downfield. You are just kind of running back side by side to the huddle together and guys will get a word or two in, but for the most part I don’t hear too many things going on.”
How much flack have you taken from your own team?
“It’s constant. The guys in the locker room … we have a great locker room — guys who like to have fun. And you try to make the best of every situation, so you got guys like Richie Incognito and Anthony Fasano and Jake Long. Those guys will all take shots, especially at rookies and especially early on — you are going back to OTAs and camp and things like that. They definitely try to make you pay.”