Tannehill Should Start Friday

When the Dolphins used their first round pick in the 2012 draft to select Ryan Tannehill, I wasn’t too excited about it. I was OK with it, but I felt it was almost a waste to use a high pick on a guy who might have to sit for a year or two. I didn’t think a guy who started only 19 games at quarterback in college would be ready for the NFL right away. Then, when he held out and missed the first couple days of training camp, I KNEW there would be no way he would be competing for the starting job right away.

If I had a dollar for everything I thought I KNEW in my life, I would be a rich man.

I’m not going to pretend I knew everything that was happening during training camp. I’ve had some things in my personal life lately that have kept me from keeping up with the Phin’s camp and what has been going on. But I’ve read here and there how Tannehill came in and jumped right into the QB competition almost without missing a beat. Friday night I saw a young QB who did not look the part of a rookie. He looked poised, had control of the offense, showed off his big arm and showed a nice touch when needed.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying he should have the starting job handed to him. It was one game against reserves. But I do think he showed enough to earn a start this week against Carolina. If this is a true competition, then it is his turn.