Can Dolphins protect Tannehill?

Can Dolphins protect Tannehill?
October 4, 2013, 7:00 am
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by New Orleans Saints linebacker Martez Wilson (95) in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, two days before their road game against the Dolphins.

Two-minute topic: How often can the Ravens get to Ryan Tannehill, the NFL’s most-sacked quarterback?

OWINGS MILLS - The Dolphins (3-1) have done a lot well this season, but keeping Tannehill from getting hit isn’t one of them. Tannehill has been sacked 18 times, the most of any NFL quarterback.

The Dolphins need to find a formula for blocking Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, or Tannehill is going to suffer.

“You’re always hungry,” Suggs said. “But that’s not just with this team – that’s with every team. You definitely want to get out there and pressure their quarterback.”

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin admitted his team’s pass protection has had numerous breakdowns.

“It’s a unit wide issue No. 1,” Philbin said. “It’s not just the offensive line, or one individual on the offensive line. We have had issues at the running back position in terms of the protection, at the tight end position, there are times when our quarterback has held the ball too long. Unfortunately we have kind of had the whole spectrum of things.”

The Ravens hope to put Tannehill in obvious passing situations. The more that happens, the more sacks they are likely to get.

“We can’t let them have third and shorts,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “When it’s third-and-eight, the whole playbook is open to us. We’ve got to get them to that.”

Morning thought: “I haven’t seen it. I’ve got a few other things I’m working on.”

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