Curious Case of Ryan Tannehill

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The annual NFL Draft is less than a week away.  Quarterback is the hot topic for the Miami Dolphins.  But WHY?  They have 2012 1st round pick Ryan Tannehill slated to come back after missing 20+ games with an ACL tear. 

No, this injury should not be overlooked, but consider this.  Adam Gase came to Miami because of Ryan Tannehill.  Those were his words, not mine.  Tannehill, who turns 30 in July, is still considered to be in his prime.  This will be his 3rd year of the Adam Gase offense.  Why does all this matter?

Rich Gannon.  Yes, the 2002 NFL MVP, 4x Pro Bowler, 2x 1st team All-Pro Rich Gannon.  Considered a middle of the road, average QB turned NFL MVP.  How?  Jon Gruden.  In 1998 Oakland hired the young hot shot former Philadelphia OC to become the Head Coach at 35 years of age.  

 Could Tannehill become Gannon?  No one knows, but let’s look at some numbers

Gannon spent 10 seasons with 3 teams (Minnesota, Washington, KC) prior to signing on with Oakland prior to the 1999 season.  This was Gruden’s 2nd season as HC in Oakland.  Prior to his Oakland debut, Gannon was 31-27, 56.8 Comp %, 63 TD’s, 47 INT’s, 75.6 QBR.  Hmm?  No one knew what to make of Gannon upon his arrival, but by year 3 in Grudens system, Gannon was 30-18, 63.8 Comp %, 79 TD’s, 34 INT’s, 93.3 QBR.  Quite a jump.  (Year 4 was MVP year, but Callahan was still running Jon’s system)

Did his success just happen by chance?  No, coaching changed his success.  Tannehill has the chance to follow a similar path.  Tannehill was heavily involved in the failed 2017 campaign while rehabbing his knee.  To me that speaks of someone who wants to be great.  Will he be, probably not, but neither was Brad Johnson, Joe Flacco, Nick Foles, Trent Dilfer…. you get the point.  To me, Tannehill can be better than the aforementioned QB’s, a pro bowl level QB.

Could this draft provide a windfall of good-great QB’s?  SURE.  But it could also be that 2011 class of Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder type draft.  No one knows.  The draft is a crap shoot, but, while I like some prospects in this draft, I have to trust a man who has forgotten more football than I’ll ever know. This coach knows what his QB is capable of as well. 

One last thing, with all the QB hoopla in the draft, let me give you 3 QB stat lines from the same draft, and you tell me which one you prefer (without google). 

QB A:  62.7 Comp %; 18,455 Yards;  106 TD’s; 66 INT’s;  86.5 QBR; 37-40 Record


QB B:  59.2 Comp %; 19,078 Yards; 132 TD’s; 68 INT’s;  87.3 QBR; 43-27 Record


QB C:  65.5 Comp %; 16,206 Yards; 99 TD’s; 55 INT’s; 93.7 QBR; 26-30-1 Record

If you chose QB C, congrats, he’s NEVER been to the playoffs, nor had his team in position to make the playoffs.  If you chose QB B, congrats, he’s a .500 QB outside of his division and 20-5 in his division.  QB A, has never been to the playoffs, and .500 within his division.  Which QB did you pick?  Let us know in the comments below.

Many variables go into NFL football and QB play.  Don't count out Ryan Tannehill just yet. 


Comments

  1. Wow you are really clutching at straws here. QB ratings have gone up greatly on ave since Gannon played so you can't compare them in any way. Bottom line is Tannehill isn't the answer and never will be, use your eyes.

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  2. Tannehill is not the answer and now it's too late to get something for him. Smh. We need to get better people in that front office to manage the roster.

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  3. EVERY QB who got better at QB (ALWAYS) did it with another team!!!!!! Never with the same team. If tannehill makes a change from mediocrity, it will definitely have to be with another team; in another city.
    We should have moved on from tannehill 3 years ago. They should bundle tannehill and a 1st round pick to Cleveland or the Giants for the 1st or 2nd round pick.

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