Miami Dolphins

Dolphins’ win streak at 3 after dominating San Diego Chargers

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scrambles out of the pocket for a first down in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) scrambles out of the pocket for a first down in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Whatever Dan Marino is telling Ryan Tannehill, keep it coming.

Because on Sunday, the student looked a whole lot like the teacher.

Tannehill, who let slip this week that Marino has been tutoring Miami’s quarterbacks, wasn’t the only reason the Dolphins stomped San Diego 37-0 on Sunday.

But he was the biggest reason.

In a game featuring a potential Hall of Famer in Philip Rivers, Tannehill was the best quarterback on the field — by a mile.

He completed 24 of 34 passes for 288 yards. He threw three touchdown strikes.

He didn’t have an interception. And he posted the highest passer rating of his career: 125.6.

“He’s had a lot of good games, but today was unbelievable man,” said center Mike Pouncey. “The kid just made play after play.”

Tannehill’s start — 6 for 6 on Miami’s opening drive for 63 yards and a score — was great.

But what he did later was even better.

Tannehill’s 21-yard touchdown laser to Rishard Matthews in the third quarter didn’t just put the game away, it demonstrated how far he’s come this year.

Just a few weeks ago, the play could have ended in disaster. Chargers defensive tackles Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes collapsed the pocket, forcing Tannehill to double-clutch.

But instead of taking the sack, he rolled left and kept his eyes downfield. The field opened up in front of him. Tannehill, who had 47 yards on four carries, might have been able to run for the first down.

His coach, the heavy-hearted Joe Philbin — who coached less than 48 hours after losing his father Paul at age 93 — was shouting at him to do so.

Making reads

“They had the first three guys covered, almost threw it to No. 4, pulled it down, escaped to my left and Rishard did a great job of uncovering and creating space to the outside,” Tannehill explained. “I was about to run it, but then I saw him with no one around him and then just got him the ball.”

It sounds simple. But making something out of nothing has been a stumbling block for Tannehill, now 40 starts into his career.

His first three games in 2014 were so uneven, there were questions about whether he would get benched. But now, Philbin’s infamous refusal to name Tannehill the starter ahead of the Oakland game might have been the best thing to happen to the young quarterback.

Ever since, the Dolphins have gone 4-1, outscoring their opponents 153-68. Tannehill’s statistics so far have the look of a player leading a winning team.

Hot streak

He has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,907 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. His passer rating: 90.8.

On Sunday, Miami dominated from the opening whistle, handing a playoff contender its most thorough thrashing since stomping the Patriots in 2008.

You might remember that as the Wildcat game.

But there were no gimmicks Sunday. The Dolphins (5-3) simply outplayed the Chargers (5-4) in every phase of the game.

The defense recorded its first shutout since 2006. Brent Grimes had two interceptions. Reshad Jones had another. Olivier Vernon forced a fumble that Jared Odrick recovered.

Matthews, Jarvis Landry and Charles Clay all had touchdown catches. Lamar Miller had a score on the ground. And Miami outgained San Diego by a whopping 441-178.

“This year, it seems like it’s been the best game we’ve played for sure,” Philbin said. “It just seemed like we had control over the game throughout.”

Added tackle Branden Albert: “We can play with anybody. As long as we are on our ‘Ps’ and ‘Qs’ we can play and be on top of our game …we can play with anybody.”

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