Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) heads back to the sideline during a game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Do Or Die Season For Tannehill?

With the 8th selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  Tannehill, who is now entering his 3rd year as a starting quarterback in the NFL, is often being compared to several other successful quarterbacks in that 2012 draft, including the number one overall selection Andrew Luck, and last year’s Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson.  With a majority of fans having high expectations for Ryan Tannehill, many skeptics believe this upcoming season may  be Tannehill’s last year as a Dolphin’s starter if the team doesn’t succeed.

In comparison to other quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class, Ryan Tannehill is the only quarterback to not make it to the postseason out of the five premier quarterbacks drafted (Luck, Griffin III, Wilson, Foles).

In relevance to personal statistics however, Tannehill ranked first in passing yards last season, 3rd in passing touchdowns, but was also sacked the most, and threw the most interceptions.  Although Tannehill has shown maturity in running the Miami Dolphin’s offense, and progressively improved his deep ball late into last season, Dolphin’s fans are hoping Tannehill can improve his maturity and production in his third NFL season.

With a totally revamped offensive line heading into the upcoming NFL season, many Dolphin’s fans believe a secure offensive line will enhance the productivity from Ryan Tannehill in the pocket.  Coming off of the 2013 season, where the Dolphin’s offensive line gave up the most sacks in the league, the offensive line was on the Dolphin’s list for the highest priority heading into the offseason, ultimately to protect Tannehill.

Tannehill, who was selected the same season the Dolphins signed new head coach Joe Philbin, may have more to worry about than just his own job.  Philbin, who is 15-17 as the Miami Dolphin’s head coach is on the hot seat as well coming into the 2014 NFL season. With a new offensive coordinator and General Manager, expect to see some organizational changes if an unsatisfying season occurs.

With a tough 2014 schedule for the Miami Dolphins, expect an extra push from the Dolphins to make it into the playoffs, and ultimately secure the long-term hopes for Tannehill and Philbin.


Do you think Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin should be on the hot seat heading into the 2014 NFL season?

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  • Ralph

    Joe Philbin absolutely. He has no fire to fire up players. He’s more of a businessman and I’m not too keen on that. As for Ryan, I think he has potential to be a very good quarterback. Was really hard to judge last year because of the amount of times he been sacked. We have a tough schedule so if he can do a little above average. I would definitely consider him for another season.

  • tpl

    I think if tannehill doesn’t impress this year miami will draft a QB in the middle rounds, of course the backup QB, Matt Moore, is overpaid so maybe miami uses a second rounder.

  • Jorge101

    Philbin should have been gone last year. T-Hill should be made to compete for his job more than the 1 quarter he played his first year he got the job. Joe P doesn’t seem to know much about anything except keeping things tidy. I’m embarrassed my team has a coach who reads his post game speeches from cue-cards. This will be a wasted year! Win one game to get into the playoffs and he shows up flat to both games?

    • gofins60

      Exactly! Philbin is NOT Head Coach material. There’s a reason why in all his years of coaching he’s never been the top guy.

      • Pentax Shooter

        You mean like Rex Ryan, Bruce Arians, Marvin Lewis, Mike McCarthy and countless other successful Head Coaches? You may be right that Philbin is not HC material, but your supporting argument is ridiculous, as virtually all HC’s start out as assistants, and most of them were assistants for a long time prior to getting an HC gig.

        Bill Belichick was an assistant of some sort for 20 years.

        • gofins60

          Good point. I still don’t think that Philbin is the answer, so we’ll just agree to disagree!

  • Johnny

    You know.. I really feel bad for Tannehill.. I believe he’s our first Franchise QB since Marino.. But the Dolphins aren’t giving him a chance to succeed in this league!!! His 1st year he had Hartline and Bess as his 2 primary WRs.. In year 2, he’s sacked 58 times!! SACKED 58 TIMES AND STILL THREW FOR ALMOST 4,000 YDS!!! Give him an OLine and how about some BIG targets. Give him a big WR or TE!!! It’s like if he doesn’t throw the perfect pass, it’s hitting the ground.. No WRs really fight for 50/50 balls.. If you don’t hit Wallace in stride he won’t make the catch.. He doesn’t come back on underthrown balls to make a catch or draw a pass interference.. No size on our WRs and even our top TE is small for a TE… Just give him a chance to succeed.. Give him the weapons he needs… I really think THill is our QB for years to come.. But.. It seems like it’s now or never for him… Basically if he doesn’t put up the number and the Phins make the Playoffs, he’s gone?? Come on!!

  • David Thompson

    Philbin is definitely on the hot seat this season but Tannehill should not be. The kid threw for nearly 4000 yards last year and 24 TDs, that kind of production despite 58 sacks is why PFF graded him #7 in the league as a passer. He deserves 2 more years with a competent offensive line, offensive coordinator and wide outs. Any 1st round QB should be given 3 years at least, in his case he shouldn’t have started his first year given his college experience and last year we all know what happened, pick one to consider a wash. I have no problem drafting a mid-round QB for competition, they can always be used as back-ups or trade bait down the road but the job is Tannehills and that should be made clear by the organization. He doesn’t need to feel the heat that Philbin does.

  • Pentax Shooter

    Don’t understand why Tannehill would be anywhere close to being on the hot seat. Sounds like one of those “media creation” things that this blog has been critical of in the past.