Dec 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills defensive in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Ryan Tannehill

Well, when you’re heralded as the savior of a franchise before you even take a snap, it’s fair to say that expectations are set pretty high. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had the eyes of every Dolphin fan on him from the moment he was selected with the number eight overall pick. With that in mind, he had a decent rookie season. There were highs and lows, but in the end he showed enough to leave fans wanting to see more.

Nationally, Tannehill often gets overlooked when talking about the 2012 rookie quarterback class. With the profound successes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russel Wilson this year, Tannehill’s season gets lost. Honestly,  Tannehill’s season isn’t comparable to many of his rookie contemporaries. Luck, Griffin and even Wilson all entered the year with a higher level of polish than Tannehill and an argument could be made that Tannehill started for the team with the weakest roster. That’s not to say that Tannehill had a poor season and it isn’t making excuses for his struggles, but the lack of talent around Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t be ignored.

When you take Ryan Tannehill out of the context of his draft class, his numbers are respectable. He threw for nearly 3,300 yards, 12 touchdowns along with thirteen interceptions and he ran for 211 yards. He ended the season with a quarterback rating of just 76.1, but if he throws more touchdowns that rating will go up. His rookie numbers are eerily similar to numbers put up by Joe Flacco and Chad Henne in their first years as starters. Those two may represent different trajectories Tannehill could be heading. Let’s hope he improves the way Flacco did and doesn’t stagnate like Henne.

By now, it’s common knowledge that Ryan Tannehill only started 19 games in college. This off-season he has plenty of room for growth. He has shown enough to excite the Dolphin fan base, despite being overshadowed by other rookie QBs. During his best games, he showed a strong arm that could hit his targets accurately and protect the ball. He rarely repeated mistakes. In his worst games, he was inaccurate and made mistakes that led to turn overs. Usually with a young QB you take the good with the bad. That’s what we will do this year and hope for tangible signs of improvement in 2013.

Ryan Tannehill’s 2012 grade: B -

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  • Gdlow

    Awful good rating for how he really performed…Some of you writers (not all) seems to want to blame everyone else (poor receivers, poor line, etc) for Tannehill just being a average at best QB. Forget he is a rookie…he was a starter…If excuses need to be made for him being a rookie, he should not have been starting…The one excuse I will afford him is that offensive coaching was not any better if as good as last year..

    My rating a D+ (at best)…

    • Sal Biase

      The problem with ignoring the fact he is a rookie is that… he is a rookie. I know with players like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and RGIII out there is seems to indicate all rookies should be able to come in and lead the team to instant success, but that’s unrealistic. I stand by my B-. He played average. If this were his second year, he would have played at a C caliber, but he is a rookie adapting to the NFL and for that he played average enough to earn a B-

    • Mattpatrick5

      Either way you want to shake it, the WRs on this team are terrible, plain and simple. Andrew Luck had Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, and Donnie Avery. RGIII had Pierre Garcon and a very underrated Santana Moss, as well as a great RB in Alfred Morris. Russell Wilson had Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, and Doug Baldwin to go with a stud RB in Marshawn Lynch. These teams surrounded their Rookie QBs with talent. Our best WR, Brian Hartline (who only knows how to run 2 routes) wouldn’t even start on either of these teams. Also, if you ever watch any highlights on Hartline, he ALWAYS falls down after the catch. He provides no YAC yards at all to help out Tannehill. Defensive Coordinators watched film on him and figured him out quickly. That’s why after week 5, his stats/production dropped significantly. The NFL is a two way street. Good QBs need to make big time throws and “good” WRs need to make big time catches. Both of these need to occur in order to be successful. Do me a favor, go back and look at some of the circus catches Reggie Wayne and TY Hilton made to help our their Rookie QB Luck. Unfortunately for Tannehill, he didn’t have that luxury since he only had WRs with the talent level of a JV High School football team. I think Tannehill deserves a gold medal for even winning 7 games this year with the complete lack of weapons around him. So as you can see, I absolutely put a LARGE part of the blame for this season on our WRs.