Ryan Tannehill went into yesterday’s game with his starting job very much on the line. He answered those questions impeccably with arguably his best performance as a starting NFL quarterback.
Tannehill and the Dolphins swept aside a woeful Oakland Raiders side 38-14. Tannehill went 23 of 31 for 278 yards as well as two touchdowns that should cement his place as the Dolphins QB for quite a while.
Tannehill knew just how much the win at Wembley meant.
"It was huge, not only for me but for the team as well," he said. "Just kind of shows the character we have as a team, being able to overcome everything that was going on and come out, travel through a long trip and play well."
Had the 26-year old been terrible against Oakland, the calls for his head would have been even more vocal than they were. That is even if Tannehill himself tried to play down the pressure he was under.
"I don't think so, not more pressure," Tannehill added. "I think I've been more excited for this week, this game."
"As the week went on and everything, all the distractions, to finally leave the country, have a long flight, and come over here and get ready for the game. I think I was more excited for this game than I've been for a game in a long time."
So the Dolphins are back to winning ways and their starting quarterback looks safe, but for just how long we will have to find out.