Since moving to South Florida, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he has visited Miami just once, for no more than three hours.
The Weston resident now has more time to relax — he’s eager to check out Coconut Grove — and also reflect on a rookie season in which he finished between 17th and 32nd in a dozen key statistical categories.
Asked what this season proved to him about his long-term potential, Tannehill said Monday: “It has given me a lot of confidence. I have a lot of room to grow, a lot of things I can work on and be better at. That excites me. I feel like I grew in a lot of areas, but I still need to do a lot more growing.”
Tannehill finished 27th in passer rating at 76.1, barely behind Andrew Luck (76.5) and ahead of only Jake Locker, Brandon Weeden, Chad Henne, Mark Sanchez and Matt Cassel.
He finished 32nd and last in third-down passer rating, 20th in yardage, 23rd in completion percentage and tied for 27th in touchdowns (12). Among major categories, Tannehill finished best — 17th overall — with 13 interceptions.
“He made a lot of progress,” coach Joe Philbin said. “I’m confident with the work ethic he has, the passion he has.
“You hope in coaching, between your first and second year, you see that growth. There is usually a pretty big curve. We’re excited about the possibility of improvement with him.”
Center Mike Pouncey was even more effusive, saying, “We got lucky when we picked that kid. We want to get him some help.
“He’s going to do great next season.”
Among Tannehill’s regrets: “We left a lot of chances out there. I had a lot of chances to win games that we weren’t able to do. We’ve got to make those big plays. Maybe it’s a better throw, maybe it’s making a great catch in a tough situation. Maybe it’s a tackle. It never was the same thing. We need to find a way to make the big play at the big time late in the game.”
He said that while the team has a “good nucleus … it’s going to be a matter of taking advantage of the offseason, making the right moves. The guys upstairs will do a good job bringing good guys in here.”
He plans to stay in South Florida for the most part and take “a little time to relax and get away from it for a little bit, let the body rest up … catch up on TV shows I haven’t had a chance to watch. Then I’ll go back and closely evaluate the season.”
This and that
• The Dolphins will have five of the first 82 draft picks — 12th, 42nd, somewhere between 51st and 62nd (depending on how the Colts do in the playoffs), 77th and 82nd (from the Bears).
• The Dolphins finished 27th in the league in offense — 17th rushing and 26th passing.
Only Kansas City (211), Arizona (250), Jacksonville (255), Philadelphia (280), and the Jets (281) scored fewer points than Miami’s 288.
• The Dolphins finished 21st in defense — 13th rushing, 27th passing. ... The statistical areas the Dolphins were best in were red-zone defense (first), gross punting average (second) and kickoff-return average (third).
• Philbin was noncommittal about whether the coaching staff will return intact. Of his own work this season, he said, “I definitely need to improve like everybody else. I am going to sit down with every one of the [players] and ask for their input.”
• Cornerback Richard Marshall, who had back surgery, said he couldn’t say for sure if he will be ready for the offseason program this spring but will be fine for the start of training camp. ... Tight end Charles Clay, on crutches after knee surgery, said he will be fine for offseason practices.
• Asked what young players, besides Tannehill, who he’s particularly excited to see improvement from, Philbin surprisingly mentioned only rookie linebacker Josh Kaddu.