Offense : 2012 recap and what to expect in 2013

As the Miami Dolphins free agent spending spree is all but done, I would like to express my thoughts of Ryan Tannehill in his rookie season and what my expectations are of him in his sophomore season. Some sports analysts and writers were not impressed with what they saw of Tannehill last season as he began very shaky, committing costly turnovers and not being able to drive the offense forward and throwing for only 12 touchdowns and his top receiver, Brian Hartline, had only caught 1 touchdown in spite of having over 1,000 receiving yards. Fans and outsiders may view this as a failure. But I, on the contrary, saw it as success. If the top offensive weapon on your team is Brian Hartline there is a problem. Hartline, a good receiver, is simply not elite talent and doesn't have the speed to be a legit deep ball receiver, which he was forced to do last year. Ireland had failed to surround Tannehill with a  true number 1 receiver as opposed to other QB's in his rookie class who walked into better situations ( Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, for example). You are not going to win 10 or 11 games with Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, and Marlon Moore as your top 3 WR's. You need 1's and 2's to with the 3's and 4's (Thank you Mr. Ireland) and the lack of enough playmakers cost this team in 2012.  Our upcoming 2013 season, however, is the first season in which we may officially begin to judge Tannehill as the checkbook was opened and the top free agents on the offensive side of the ball, Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, and Brandon Gibson will be wearing Dolphin uniforms next season. We have a deep ball threat now in Wallace who will be able to spread the field, something this offense lacked last season, an upgrade in the slot receiver position in  Gibson, and a very good possession receiver and route runner in Keller. I liked what Tannehill did last season with nothing to work with. Now he has the weapons to win, what happens next is up to him.

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