Jul 21, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Tannehill Needs Less Marino More Than Fiedler


Ryan Tannehill is entering his second season with the Miami Dolphins and today marked the first real practice time as camp opened yesterday.  Media pundits and fans are quickly trying to find a way to classify the young QB.  Is he more like Dan Marino?  Fans can only hope.  Is he more like Chad Henne?  Fans dread the thought.

In reality, Tannehill does not need to be Dan Marino.  In fact, he would do himself and his team well by steering clear of the Hall of Fame South Florida icon.  Since Dan Marino left the Dolphins have gone through something like 16 different QB’s from Jay Fiedler to Daunte Culpepper.  None of them worked.  So here we are waiting to see exactly who Ryan Tannehill will become.

He needs to become Ryan Tannehill.  A QB who falls somewhere below Dan Marino and above Jay Fiedler.

We all know that Marino had almost everything you would want in a QB.  Arm strength, accuracy, drive, will power, leadership, ego, attitude, and feel for the game.  It’s often said that no QB should feel the pressure of living up to such lofty expectations but lets face one undeniable fact about Dan Marino.  He took this team to exactly one Super Bowl on his shoulders.  One.

The days of Marino were his and his alone.  The teams failure to find and successfully cultivate a running game was as much Danny’s fault at wanting to throw the ball every down as it was the coaches fault for drafting poorly.  Ryan Tannehill has the arm, needs the attitude and leadership, must find the exeperience, and will have the balance of a running game to off-set the air attack.

No Dolphins QB’s could come close to the numbers of Marino and while Fiedler never approached even a quarter of those stats he did lead his team.  His ability to move out of the pocket and then up field was something that Marino could not do and is something that Tannehill can do.  Fiedler didn’t have the arm strength that Marino had and while Tannehill doesn’t either, his is far closer to that of Danny’s than to Jay’s.

Tannyhill needs to cultivate the mental aspects of Fiedlers game which resembled more of Chad Pennington’s methodical approach.  His knowledge of the system should serve him well and his ability to move out of the pocket and up-field will turn 2nd and 3rd downs into first downs or short yardage situations.  Fiedler had the respect of his team and Tannehill also needs to find that as well.  Marino simply commanded the offense, it was his and no one questioned it.  Tannehill doesn’t need to own the offense he needs to lead it.

With Marino’s arm strength and vision and Fiedler’s mentality and legs, Tannehill should find a medium ground that comes in between them.  Put the rest of the Dolphins historical QB errors in a box and forget about them.  He needs to find his own self it’s the media and fan expectations that should find this sort of placement between the two QB’s who last held the helm the longest.

If I were going to place such lofty hopes on this youngster, that is where I would expect him to fall because frankly, those are the tools that he has shown he is capable of displaying.

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  • Johnny

    First off.. Marino’s name should NOT be mentioned in the same sentence as Fiedler!!! Marino is a Hall of Famer (1st ballot) and is probably 1 of the top 3 QB to ever play the position!!! If he had a running game, OLine and better D . He would have won multiple SuperBowls..
    And how can someone “find experience”??? That is the most ridulous thing I have ever heard… In my life!!!
    Is this thing ran by 12 yr olds??? Maybe ignorant college students?? CRAZY STUPID!!!!

    • Angel

      Hahah true true. Just cause he’s playing with the same franchise as the Great Marino does NOT mean he can some how find a way to duplicate himself to Marino.
      The path to the draft leading to Tannehill being selected, I was saying Tannehill is just as good as Luck and Griffin III. Time will tell.

      • txmedic5

        I like Tannehill more than Griffin, not as much as Luck as a pure passer but I see he can be very good in the NFL.

    • txmedic5

      Dude, you have no idea how much that pained me to write. But look beyond it and it’s true. Tannehill doesn’t need to become Marino he needs to be between what Marino was and what Fiedler was. Whats sad is since Marino Fiedler is the most consistent QB this franchise has had and that is freaking sad.

      If you go back into the archives you will see that I am so far removed from being a Fiedler fan that I damn near slit my own throat as i wrote this.

  • Ranadicus

    Marino set all the major rookie passing records, went to the playoffs, led the AFC in passing and started the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and he only started 11 games. Tannehill already isn’t Marino.

    Also, the decision to pass so much was on Shula, not Marino and Shula has admitted as much.

    • txmedic5

      It was on both don’t believe everything Shula says…he has always protected Marino. Marino loved to call his own plays and why not he was great at it.

  • rsweetz73

    The main reason Marino didn’t play in more Superbowls was the defense. Nobody scores 40+ points on a regular basis

    • txmedic5

      I will give you that. Tom Olivadatti Dear God another one I had choke on to bring through my lips!

  • Sydney Weaver

    Shula71 still cant get the sight to accept me so I’m still posting with my daughters facebook.

    I think Tx is right on the money. Everyone hated Fidler, but he did what was asked of him and managed the game. I still think we are all being duped I think Devlin is being groomed not Tanhill.

    I think Tanhill had better figure out a way to not jump pocket so quick and think we are all going to be scratching our head at the lack of running game and short yardage situational play. I hope that I am wrong, but I think we are going to have a very anemic offense this season and could even see the D fall a little if the new middle does not pan out as planned.

    Ireland used the good old Jedi mind trick and was able to clean house as probably was needed, but presents so many risks that if it does not gel quickly we could open the season dropping four or five straight. Trying to keep it real guys. You are basically throwing in another new offense and now changing the D drastically. It could all turn out pretty, but I’ve been watching our Dolphins long enough to know you cant jump on the playoff predicting wagon to early.

    Pennington was my favorite QB since Dan, wish he could have given us three or four years. Still not sold on Tanhill and think Moore could have taken us to the playoffs last year, but basically what I’m preaching is this is another rebuild year and do not be suprised if Devlin is the next Jersey you are buying with that Ugly new logo. Go Dolphins Bring back 80′s logo without helmet.