Ryan Tannehill: The Future Is Looking Bright

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Jun 11, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass during practice at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

“With the eighth pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select, Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M.” (Roger Goodell) While the mixed reactions of boos and cheers rang throughout Radio City Music Hall, the Miami Dolphins war room was nothing but cheers. Other than Chad Pennington, the Dolphins haven’t really had a quarterback to get enthusiastic about since Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino retired. Despite the long drought of mediocre play at the quarterback position, the Dolphins were still a team that always seemed to be right on the verge of a playoff appearance. Throughout the non-Marino years, the Dolphins transformed into a ground and pound team, that always finished in the top ten defensively. With the Dolphins completely transforming over the past decade, fans throughout the Dolphin nation always missed having a real, step back pocket passer.

When the Miami Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill two years ago, hope was once again restored throughout the Dolphin fan base. During the rich history of this franchise, prior to drafting Tannehill eighth overall, the Miami Dolphins have only drafted three quarterbacks in the first round. With Tannehill being drafted in the first round, he has joined the likes of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Bob Griese.

In my opinion, Tannehill’s first NFL season was definitely simplified. Unlike the more successful rookie quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, Tannehill’s first season was without a doubt a learning season. In his first season with the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill didn’t exactly have weapons lined up on the outside. With no real star wide-out on this team, Tannehill found himself struggling at times. Despite the fact that outside of Reggie Bush, he didn’t really have any weapons, Tannehill still had a very efficient rookie season. Tannehill completed almost 60% of his passes, while throwing for 3,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Although Tannehill wasn’t the best rookie quarterback in the NFL last season, there are still many positives that you can take away from it, if you compare him to Griffin, Luck or Wilson. For example, Ryan Tannehill’s Passer Rating was 76.1, while Andrew Luck’s was 76.5. Many people believe that Andrew Luck was the most successful rookie quarterback last season, just because of the fact that he was put in a really bad situation and quickly made a well below average team a contender. If you look at their efficiency, Luck wasn’t that much better than Tannehill. Tannehill also threw for a higher completion percentage than Luck and also had fewer turnovers.

Now it’s time to compare Tannehill to Robert Griffin III. Before I compare, I just want to say that RGIII was the best rookie quarterback last season. Although there isn’t much to compare between the two, Tannehill did throw for more yards than Griffin last season. Even though Tannehill threw for more yards, the two really didn’t come close, as RGIII blew Tannehill out of the water in just about every statistic last season.

Last but not least, Russell Wilson. Coming into last season, Wilson wasn’t even supposed to be the starter. Unlike Tannehill, Luck and Griffin, Wilson wasn’t drafted until the third round. After watching Wilson play at such a high level last season, I am now a firm believer that where you are drafted doesn’t make a difference. As I grow older and continue to mature, I am starting to understand the game of football more. It isn’t about your position being drafted or the amount of money you signed for over the offseason. It’s about whether or not you can play. If you can play, you will always have that one coach that believes in you. Before I continue to go off track, let’s get back to what I was talking about; comparisons. Last season Tannehill threw for more yards than Wilson. Much like Griffin, Wilson beat out Tannehill statistics wise.

Now let’s take a look at their teams. Andrew Luck had a Hall of Famer that he could always rely on in case he needed him with Reggie Wayne. Russell Wilson had players such as Sidney Rice, Golden Tate  one of the best running backs in the league, Marshawn Lynch and the number one ranked defense. Out of all of these quarterbacks Robert Griffin probably had the most weapons offensively. Last season the Redskins had Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Pierre Garcon, and one of the leading rushers, Alfred Morris. Unlike these quarterbacks, Tannehill had Brian Hartline and Reggie Bush. Throughout his career, Hartline has never been a go to receiver and Reggie Bush. Did I forget to mention that the Dolphins had arguably one of the worst offensive lines in the league last season?

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  • JPer

    I applaud your courage Justen. Asking for constructive criticism takes courage – and confidence. You are one of the few people who gets this right: a NFL… I have heard Mike Greenberg of ‘Mike and Mike’ say an NFL regularly.

    I like your article. IMO, it’s a bit wordy – I believe you can make your point being more succinct. Also, check your grammar.
    You told us something about yourself, so I will reciprocate:
    I recently took an early retirement package from an extremely successful company, I was the Director of Franchise Development. Creating presentations and giving them to individuals and groups was part of my job description. I have given presentations to the retired NFL and NBA player groups.
    if you would like me to truly copy your article and make some suggestions, I would be glad to do so. No matter what, I wish you much success and again applaud your courage.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Thanks for the comment.. Much appreciated.
      As far as the copying and making suggestions go for it. Always looking for ways to improve myself!!!

    • Gaige T

      Terrible grammar JPer

      Why is there a dash after “courage” in the second sentence?
      “You told us something about yourself” should end with a period or continue after a semicolon.
      Also, “extremely successful company” is incorrectly followed by a comma.
      The letter “I” is not capitalized at the beginning of the last paragraph.

      I would be happy to review your posts before you comment in the future so you don’t come across as an egotistical, uneducated ass. It is going to cost you though. You must be a Jet fan.

  • JPer

    Thank you for the kind words Gaige. I feel sorry for you and hope you correct your meds, I have been a Dolphin fan since Shula moved from Baltimore to Miami. I am curious why you felt the need to attack me when I am reaching out to offer constructive criticism to Justen – at his request – in a friendly manner. (I will use dashes wherever I care to, thank you.)
    As to my minor typos, miss prissy, i didnt realyze this was a exam. I try do bettr nxt time. The Latin name for people like you is Jerkus Erectus.
    Please get a life. You are typical of the cowards who hide behind a computer, You want to meet me and talk to me like this to my face? No, I didn’t think so, cowards don’t do that do they?

  • JPer

    Justen, I will not post here again. It is obvious Gaige T could really be you using a pseudonym to attack me for daring to present myself as being in a position to critique you. Either way, I am recovering from major back surgery and have better things to do than waste my time on this right now. I wish you success, but will probably not read any future articles written by you.

  • Johnny

    Great article… So what if his grammar wasn’t spot in.. He got his point across and I agree totally… BTW, I really liked that touch pass to Bush for a TD.. Dropped it right into his bread basket..
    Again, great article.. Keep up the good work!!

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Thanks man… Appreciate the support.

  • Jcartwright67

    The QB class of 2012 will be under a statistical microscope for many years to come. I’m not as concerned with the beginning as I am with comparisons after three years into their careers. Really, all we can hope for is improvement over last years performance. Its simple for 2013 and our schedule: more game winning drives. Tannehill’s performance in the last five minutes of the first five games will dictate our 2013 campaign. They will be close games against quality opponents and I think our D will keep things interesting and set up opportunities for wins late in the 4th quarter.

  • Paulmatthew22

    I totally disagree with the statement Miami had arguably one of the worst offensive lines last yr,.I would put it in the middle of the pack at worst,.Like the Bears were better?,.or the Rams?,.or the Jets?,.or the Panthers?,.or the Eagles?,.Or jeez,.the Cowboys?,.Doug free doesnt play for the Dolphins!,.We werent that bad!,.Even our backups played admirably!

  • JPer

    You are a real Ahole Justen. Just a little immature Jwboy who mommy protected from the real world. Full of yourself because mommy told you her little angel was perfect – Not! You are actually a poor journalist, Justen/Gaige. Sorry for being nice on my original review. You rambled incessantly. You also know why I am pissed off at you. You are not in my league little man.
    I will not open any replies – glad I am not as immature as you still are. Contact me when you grow up (as if that will ever happen)…

    • Justen Rosenberg

      That’s so rude oh my goodness gracious! D:

  • JPer

    A writer needs to develop the proper temperament in dealing with personal attacks and criticism. Whether you care to believe it or not, I am glad you didn’t rise to the ‘bait’ of a supposed personal attack. Unless ‘Gaige’ decides to jump in, you handled this very well. You could have also tried to disarm me by saying something like, “Thank you for your valuable insight, etc.”
    You are probably aware that there are quite a few angry trolls in cyberspace who enjoy using the ploy of personal attacks and criticism to get their kicks. I am not one of them.
    As you write and your exposure to the public increases Justen, so does the risk of encountering one who can get a rise out of you.

    I will close out with the motto of the coast Guard, “semper paratus.”