Chris Grier says no decision on Ryan Tannehill’s future has been made
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins introduced Brian Flores on Monday as their new head coach and Chris Grier took questions. One about the future of Ryan Tannehill.
Chris Grier was asked if the team was going to move on from Ryan Tannehill as some in the media have reported in recent weeks. Grier was non-committal in his response but did say that no decision on Tannehill’s future has been made.
"“No, I don’t think that’s fair, because Brian (Flores) just got here. You really need whoever is going to be his offensive coordinator and the rest of the offensive staff to get here, which is not finished. Let them sit down and evaluate the roster and look at him, because maybe they say, ‘Hey, he’s got something here that we can work and fix,’ if people think there is something wrong with him. I would say that’s not fair. There have been no decisions made. I’m not making anything … I’m not giving my opinion on the players. I’m letting them watch them so we can get together and talk about what we think.” – MiamiDolphins.com"
In some respect it is fair to have the new staff evaluate the quarterback but if there is one person that will be able to evaluate Ryan Tannehill quickly it is Flores. Flores has had to prepare for Ryan Tannehill twice each season that Tannehill has been healthy. He knows what he can and can’t do.
The other side of that coin is Chad O’Shea who will take over the O.C. roll and will need to make his two cents known about Tannehill as well. Still all signs are pointing towards Tannehill leaving and the fact that Grier is holding court and saying no decision has been made, says more about trying to entice teams to trade for him.
On Monday Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweeted that in the Dolphins press room, an image of Tannehill had been removed and replaced with another player. The Dolphins player pictures were of Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jerome Baker, Reshad Jones, Laremy Tunsil, and a couple of others but not Ryan Tannehill.
This is a big change for the Dolphins who image on everything they produced to market the 2018 season. Tannehill is still expected to be released after the team attempts to orchestrate a trade. In Cincinnati Tannehill’s former QB coach Zac Taylor will be introduced today as the head coach of the Bengals. Still that is an unlikely landing spot.
The Dolphins are still expected to draft a quarterback and possibly draft one this year and next year if they feel they have a shot at turning around the franchise but for now it’s all an evaluation process. A process that will begin now that Flores has been hired.