With his rookie season now behind him, it is now time for Tannehill to finally show everyone what he can do. It is clear that the Miami Dolphins front office has complete trust in his ability to lead this football team to the playoffs. This past offseason, the Dolphins went out and were easily the most active team in free agency and the draft. General Manager Jeff Ireland felt like it was time to give Tannehill the keys to his nice and expensive aqua and orange Ferrari. With big time free agent signings such as stud receiver Mike Wallace, one of the top tight ends in Dustin Keller and a very solid slot receiver in Brandon Gibson, Tannehill is in a fantastic position to succeed this season.
So why should you take my word that Tannehill will be one of the better quarterbacks in the league this season? Well, I’m not the only one who is raving about Tannehill coming into this season. If you type in Ryan Tannehill on Google, you will see that many featured columnist for sites such as NFL.com, BleacherReport.com and many other websites are very eager to see the potential growth of Tannehill this season.
Not only are columnist excited to see the progress of Tannehill, but many players on this Dolphins squad have been quite impressed by Tannehill’s growth. Players such as Jimmy Wilson and newly acquired linebacker Dannell Ellerbe have recently come out stating their opinions on the young quarterback. Recently, the Dolphins joined a cool trend that has been seen throughout the league. The Dolphins held a conference call between the players, coaches and personnel and the fans. When asked about Ryan Tannehill, third year defensive back Jimmy Wilson had this to say. “Seeing Tannehill as a rookie and seeing him now, I think he’s increased his skill level leaps and bounds,” Wilson said. “I think he’s more comfortable with the game. He’s bigger, faster, stronger and everybody knows he has a NFL arm.” Wilson wasn’t the only Dolphins defender who had high praise for Tannehill. Dannell Ellerbe told the fans that he has seen Tannehill make “a lot of good decision.”
So why is it that even though Tannehill wasn’t the best rookie quarterback last season, he has arguably received the most praise from players and columnist coming into the 2013-2014′ season? Well, it’s simple. Coming into this season, everyone knows the type of arm that Tannehill possess. Standing in at 6’4, 220+ pounds, Tannehill has the body to be a successful NFL quarterback. The most surprising thing about his build is he is still extremely athletic. It has been no secret that Tannehill is a very mobile quarterback. The fact that he played wide-receiver for a couple of years in college only helps his ability to run.
With everything that has happened in the AFC East over the past few months, you have to believe that the Dolphins are in the best position to win the division. It is obvious that the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills are in the process of rebuilding their respective teams and with the once dominate New England Patriots losing key offensive components, the Dolphins are looking like the team to beat in the AFC East. The loss of Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez are definitely going to affect their offense. Not only did they lose key offensive players, but the one star receiver they have left, Rob Gronkowski has a difficult time staying healthy.
This season coming up will say a lot about Ryan Tannehill. He will be the reason as to why the Dolphins are either a success story or yet another blown opportunity at a championship. We don’t know how the season will end up; however, it is going to be interesting to see how Ryan Tannehill handles himself in his sophomore season. With the opportunity of winning the division being very realistic, it is up to Ryan Tannehill to deliver. In my opinion, Tannehill won’t be a top ten quarterback as some are already predicting. I think that’s too soon and unrealistic. However, I think Tannehill will progress from last season and finish right around 12-15 in the 2013 quarterback rankings. Hopefully Tannehill can take this Dolphins team to the next level. It has been a long time since the Dolphins have consistently been good. I think Tannehill is the savior of this once great NFL franchise. I’m just hoping that I’m right.
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