http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/...in-crunch-timeCounting last season, his rookie season, Tannehill is now 5-2 in December with 13 touchdown passes and three interceptions.
That's the type of thing you need from a passer as we move toward the playoffs. It's crunch time, and Tannehill is coming up big.
To get an idea as to why, I went back and studied a bunch of his games, some early in the season as well as he last three. What I saw was a quarterback who has ditched some bad habits -- patting the ball for one -- and has taken on a calmness in the pocket.
It helps that the offensive line is playing better, but Tannehill seems so much more sure of himself as he sits in the pocket and makes his reads. He always had the big arm. But now he waits to use it rather than just firing at the first moving target. The patience is his biggest plus now. In the past, he lacked it.
That's how you can tell the game is slowing down. He sees it better. But he's also using his eyes to influence defenders, which he didn't do much of as a rookie and struggled with some early this season.