Why Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill asked teammates to work on Victory Monday


After the longest game in NFL history ended in victory, Dolphins coach Adam Gase suggested his players could take Monday to rest.

Victory Monday, as it’s known in the league.

But Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill suggested to his teammates that they show up for work. And they did.

“It says a lot about the guys that we have,” Tannehill said Wednesday. “And how guys want to get better. We’re early in the season. Adam threw us a bone giving us some time away, after a long, long Sunday. But we knew as a team, as a group, that we needed to be able to learn from that.”

Tannehill, 30, has emerged as a more forceful leader this season. He is demanding more of teammates and himself.

“There were a lot of mistakes that were made,” said Tannehill, who threw two touchdowns but also had two interceptions. “Left a lot on the field. And with the way that the season is set up if you don’t get that tape in on Monday, you don’t have time for it Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. You’ve moved onto the next game. So just wanted to make sure we learned from the tape. And the guys did a good job of coming in and being engaged.”

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he was not surprised at Tannehill’s actions. Gase has continuously praised Tannehill’s work ethic, dedication and evolution as a team leader.

“He’s really always been like that,” Gase said. “He’s always trying to pull those guys in. He’s done it after practices on Fridays. He’s always looking to get with those receivers, especially, and the tight ends, to make sure they’re all on the same page.”

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Tannehill is a team captain this season. He feels good about the teammates he’s returned to work with after a year away from the game.

“I just think it means we have good guys in the room now,” Tannehill said. “Guys that are hungry to be great. I think we’re not where we want to be yet. But we’re on the right path. And we’ve established the habits that are going to take us there.”

Tannehill watched the Jets dismantle the Lions on Monday Night Football. He was impressed by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.

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 “He responded well to the first play,” Tannehill said of Darnold’s Pick Six interception. “But the way he responded was admirable. You definitely respect how he led his team.”

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What would Tannehill tell his rookie self? 

“If I knew then what I know now, I think that’s how everyone feels,” Tannehill said. “But yeah, you just kind of have to go through the process, and take the lumps along the way. It’s definitely a growing process.”


The Dolphins hope to cause some lumps on Darnold’s body on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. But Tannehill watched the film and he knows the Jets defense can do some damage, too.

“The defense played really fast,” Tannehill said. “Something that jumped out to me on tape is just that they played fast the whole game... They give you a lot of looks. They do a good job of mixing everything up front. They play physical. I think within the box. Then you add 33 (Jamal Adams) last year, he’s a strong, physical, fast player. He generates a lot of pressure from the edge.”

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Tannehill is 4-5 in his career at the Jets, with a 27-23 victory in November of 2016. He had lost there in the three previous meetings. 

“I like playing on the road,” he said. “No matter where it is. The hostility of the environment. The feeling that you know you’re kind of alone as a team. You really have to stick together, anchor down, feed off the crowd as much as you can, even though they’re rooting against you.”

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