Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher (52) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Dolpins 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The Ryan Tannehill Conundrum

 

Here we go again. What is it the 10th time we’ve been through this since 2000? Oh sorry, it’s been 17 times. 17!

When the Miami Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill I was excited, but friends and family questioned the move. I embraced the team’s decision because Miami had drafted two quarterbacks in the first round in its history — Bob Greise and Dan Marino. I thought it was time the Dolphins made a real investment at quarterback.

Tannehill was raw and fairly inexperienced, but it was a better solution than Daunte Culpepper, Chad Henne, and Cleo Lemon had been. Sure, the expectations were higher, but the ceiling was too. Last year we saw flashes, but the offensive weapons were lacking. This offseason we watched as the team dominated the headlines on free agent signings, so now the excuses began to dwindle.

Wallace, Gibson, Hartline, Keller, Miller, and Clay — these were the pieces and Tannehill was supposed to lead them. Except that hasn’t happened. Sure, he rolls out every so often and throws a beautiful cross-the body pass into the end zone, but what about those horribly placed throws? Yeah, he’s completed one long pass to Wallace and that made us smile, but weren’t there supposed to be more? He’s underthrown or overthrown a receiver deep more than he’s connected.

I know it’s only his second year and I want this to work as much as the next person (Hell, I bought his jersey immediately last year), but when are we supposed to be put on the list of “Teams looking for a QB?” I relish in Miami not being on that list the last two years, but how long do we stay put?

Through Miami’s seven games this season, Tannehill has 11 TDs and 14 turnovers (nine INTs and five lost fumbles) In addition he’s been sacked 32 times. Need I say much more?

The Dolphins need a good quarterback. I don’t know if that’s Tannehill. He’s too inconsistent and predictable. Maybe that will change in time, but right now it’s a problem.

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