Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) fumbles the ball as he is tackled by New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (behind) and outside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins head coach worried about pass protection


The Miami Dolphins are fresh off their first loss of the season to another undefeated squad, the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Tannehill has a league high 18 sacks on the season, that is cause for some concern in South Beach.

“It’s a big concern,” head coach Joe Philbin said. via the Palm Beach Post.

“We got down by 25 points I believe. In the first half they really hadn’t hit Ryan at all. We had a very good running game, we were protecting the quarterback, we were throwing the ball relatively well, we had good balance. Then when we got down 35-10, that’s when the onslaught began. 18 sacks (in four games), that’s 4 1/2 a game. Too many.”

Tannehill wasn’t ready to throw his line under the bus.

“We’ve got five guys up front that we’re confident in,” Tannehill said. “The guys on other side of the ball are (talented) too. We knew that coming in, that they had a good pass rush.”

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