Gase has Tannehill’s back, provides closure at QB
By Sean Denison
Adam Gase has the chance to provide closure to a position that has haunted the Miami Dolphins for 16 seasons: quarterback. For Tannehill, the pressure’s on.
Declared a “quarterback whisper” by many around the NFL, Miami Dolphins new head coach Adam Gase seems like the perfect fit for the Dolphins. In fact, Gase takes over a franchise that hasn’t seen consistency at the quarterback position since Dan Marino hung up his cleats 16 years ago.
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Gase has experience working with the recently retired (and future hall of famer) Peyton Manning. He also worked with Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler, helping resurrecting his career last year in Chicago. Few then would argue that Gase has a respectable base of knowledge and experience coaching the most important position in professional sports. However, lifting his new quarterback Ryan Tannehill over the hurdle of mediocrity and into the upper-echelon of NFL signal-callers will perhaps be Gase’s ultimate test.
There’s no doubt that Ryan Tannehill has the size, arm, and athletic ability to be a top-tier quarterback in this league, but the four-time pro has issues performing in the clutch—on third down, in the red-zone, and in the fourth quarter.
In truth, the only thing that Tannehill has been good at in his four-years as the Dolphins quarterback has been playing inconsistently; he makes you scratch your head, curse out loud, and do things of which you’re not necessarily proud. He’s the ultimate migraine.
But despite being the ultimate pain-in-the-ass that he is, Dolphins fans from across the globe still have faith in their hearts and believe the tall, good-looking Texan can one day bring them to a place they haven’t seen their beloved team in for eight years: the playoffs.
The Adam Gase hiring could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for both the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill. Properly utilizing the asset (Gase) at his fingertips—learning, studying, and practicing what his mentor preaches—Tannehill will get every chance to silence his critics and reward his believers.
Most recently, after appearing in an NFL play 60 event at the league’s meeting in Boca Raton, Tannehill displayed his gratitude for his new coach. “Obviously, you’ve always got to play well to keep your spot, but just to have his confidence going in, and knowing he’s going to have my back, it means a lot,” Tannehill said via Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel.
Of course, only time will tell to see how this story will end. But for the most part, the Adam Gase experiment has the potential to bring some closure to South Florida. Sometime next season, the Dolphins will answer the question on whether or not it’s time to move on from Ryan Tannehill.