Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill set career highs with 4,045 passing yards and 27 touchdowns in his third NFL campaign and was rewarded with a $96 million contract extension this off-season.
BritViewNFL is not about to suggest Tannehill found some magic potion to raise his game to new heights in 2014, but it is a fact that he was able to lean on the legendary Dan Marino, who threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns in a Hall of Fame career with the Dolphins.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide if there is a link between the two.
In an exclusive interview with BritViewNFL and NFLUK.com, Tannehill told me: “We watch tape together – there are times when we’ll sit in the film room and watch a practice or a game together.
“To be able to pick his brain is really cool because I get to ask him what he sees and how he played back in the day. It’s a unique experience. He’s been around a lot more in the past year and it’s been great to have him around and to use him as a resource.”
With Marino in his corner and millions of dollars in the bank, Tannehill is obviously in a buoyant mood this off-season, but he also remains fiercely driven to succeed on the field.
Tannehill said: “We’re chasing a championship and we’re not going to stop until we get it. I think we’re close. We have the most talent on this roster since I’ve been here and I think we can win a lot of games.”
You can watch Neil Reynolds’ full interview with Ryan Tannehill on www.nfluk.com ahead of the new NFL season and also read feature articles on the Dolphins quarterback on NFLUK.com and in the official gameday magazine sold at Wembley Stadium in October.
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