Of the 20 players on offense that dressed, seven of them were rookies (quarterback
That’s almost half of the offense under first-year Head Coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, and when you take into account that center
“We’ve got a lot of young guys with a lot of experience throughout the year,” said Tannehill, who completed 20-of-35 passes for 235 yards. “A lot of guys stepped up and got a lot of playing time early in their careers obviously. So hopefully we can use that as a building block, really grow this offseason as a unit, come together and really get to know this offense as we go into our second year in it and really come together and grow.”
Tannehill became the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to start all 16 games of his rookie season and Martin followed in the footsteps of Pouncey by starting all 16 games, the first 12 at right tackle and the last four at left tackle. Even though they fell short of helping Miami finish the season with an 8-8 record, the confidence these players gained from the amount of playing time they got is immeasurable.
Obviously, the suddenness of the season coming to a close is new to this rookie class and the realization that there is not another game next week to prepare for began to set in inside the locker room. Now it’s the bigger picture of working on improvements during the offseason.
“It leaves a bad taste in your mouth not playing well and then not coming out with a win or even scoring,” Martin said. “It gives you something to think about during the offseason and this gives me a lot of motivation and tangible things to work on during the offseason.”