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Ryan Tannehill 'needed' a win, says Don Shula

Miami's rookie quarterback needed the confidence boost that came with ending his team's losing streak last weekend, according to Don Shula.

Marc Serota

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula recently spoke with NFL AM about the quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the team's victory over Seattle last Sunday. Shula said the victory was an important one for the rookie quarterback.

"He needed that game, he needs that confidence in order to move on in his career," Shula said.

Prior to that win, the Dolphins had lost three consecutive games. The victory improved Miami's record to 5-6.

Tannehill completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 253 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Seahawks. It was his highest passing yardage total since Week 9 and his highest completion percentage since Week 6.

Tannehill and the Dolphins will try to build on that victory when they host the division-rival New England Patriots this weekend. The Patriots lead the AFC East with an 8-3 record, while Miami currently sits in second place. Despite its losing record, Miami is not far out of the mix for a Wild Card playoff spot.

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