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?