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Time to raise the bar for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
« on: May 23, 2013, 11:30:27 pm »
Time to raise the bar for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

The Dolphins have only produced one losing record in 12 seasons the team had a starting quarterback produce an 85-plus passer rating the past three decades

DAVIE The ball was firing out Ryan Tannehill's hands as if he were playing a game of hot potato.

The decisions made during the one OTA practice the media watched this week were quick, and the passes were more precise.

A dig to Dustin Keller delivered right on the back shoulder of a linebacker.

A quick hitch to Mike Wallace arrived swiftly.

Tannehill noticed Brian Hartline had gotten behind the starting safeties during 11-on-11 drills and floated a deep ball to last year's leading receiver, allowing him to catch it in stride, putting Hartline in a foot race to the end zone just like the one they teamed up for in last year's record-setting performance against the Cardinals.

Tannehill was sharp in that game. He looked like a franchise quarterback, right up to his final snap a game-sealing fumble in overtime.

During this week's practice, the first where the offense faced the defense, Tannehill looked like a quarterback ready to take that next step. And it was refreshing, exciting to witness.

It is clear Tannehill feels comfortable in year two. This is his offense. These are his new weapons.

The Miami Dolphins are his team. And now he's no longer a green, inexperienced rookie.

Tannehill has turned the page from this time last year, when Miami's 2012 first-round pick looked like he needed a diaper during OTA sessions.

Back then he was being sacked every fourth throw, and was spraying the ball all over the field to long shot receivers he wasn't familiar with. He wasn't Pat White bad, but after watching him in OTA last year few of his teammates felt he was in David Garrard's league, despite running an offense he knew the best.

"Last year at this time my head was spinning. I was just trying to figure out how things worked. I didn't really know how the day went, how the offseason went, how practices went," Tannehill said. "So being in it a year, I am completely comfortable. Now I can go out and focus on all the little things that go into the game."

The biggest question is how far can he take the Dolphins?

We've been on this road before. The Dolphins were supposed to be Chad Henne's team in 2010. Management got him a Pro Bowl receiver in Brandon Marshall and he was expected to take a drastic step forward.

He never did.

The next offseason they got him Reggie Bush, a better center in first-round pick Mike Pouncey and a new offensive coordinator.

But he was still a dud woodbooger.

The organization propped Henne up as a new and improved leader. Problem was few on the team truly believed in him, and fewer followed.

By now we should know what fabricated hope sounds like.

"One way to describe him is he's a gym rat. He loves football. He's been here an awful lot," coach Joe Philbin said of Tannehill, the quarterback whom he's attached his wagon to.

"He's been working out with the guys on their own, nothing orchestrated by us, well before the offseason program began. Those are all good indicators that somebody wants to be good. That's kind of step one.

"If you don't have players that want to be great, it's hard for them to keep climbing and keep accelerating their development. That's point number one that we're excited about."

Tannehill needs to show us what real hope looks like, and he needs to present it to South Florida by leading the Dolphins to a winning record for the first time since 2008, which means nine or more victories.

This second-year starter can get there by improving his completion percentage, throwing more touchdowns than interceptions, and performing better in the fourth quarter, when wins and losses are typically decided in professional sports.

Fourth-quarter performances are what separates the mediocre from the average, average from good, and good from great.

Last year Tannehill was mediocre in that department (finished 23rd with a 83.0 fourth-quarter passer rating), and as a result he produced just one fourth-quarter victory is six tries.

If he improves in those areas Tannehill should produce an 85-plus passer rating, and during the past three decades when the Dolphins have a starting quarterback behind center with that type of efficient, solid play the franchise has produced just one losing season in 12 years.

An 85-passer rating would have made Tannehill the NFL's 17th best quarterback last season.

Is that really too much to ask for from a player we all hope shows signs he's a franchise quarterback?
Keep up the good work Matt Moore!

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Hey I hope he turns out to be a "franchise QB," I really do. But he doesn't have to be THAT great to win it all. You & I know teams have won the Lombardi Trophy with lesser QB's. But I for one can't wait to see how he pans out and I think he's gonna be pretty dayum good! Go T-hill !

Henne the WOODBOOGER!
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yea, yea, Tannethrill.....yadda yadda....lol. Look, I hope he pans out, I was rootin for him last year, and I will this year
(well in the games I get to watch, no ticket for me this year). I still say he has accuracy issues, and he has to realize
he's no Roethlisboyga, he can't sit back in the pocket too long trying to be patient on making his throw, he cannot
take the hits Ben takes and it don't hurt to take off and run every now and again, which I will admit, he started doing much
better towards the end of the season.
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BY....THE....WAY.... F.I.S.H. ...........2 things:

1, What's up with Heman for you this year? Did you see my thread? I know we always let back former players first before others, but
I find it hard to believe ALL 14 from last year are returning, so I would like for you to play. How 'bout the forum? It's pretty simple,
and exclusive to just Heman, we can still talk Dolphins here. I am going to start sending the link out soon, and we will see what happens.

2, My ESPN keeper money league, the commish is now finding out who's returning, I told him I know someone who
will take over an unclaimed team. You're still up for that one too, right?
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NFL Ticket? Why? Money issues? I know things are really tight these days. Things are tough. Or is it b/c you have become so displeased with Ireland and some of his draft habits. btw i still think Dion Jordan was a huge ****. Possibly a **** that shouldn't have been made seeing as how we had such blatant needs at defensive backfield, and offensive line. If DJ turns out to be a force JI looks like a genius but if he isn't a force, well.........  what then? Hell be considered a much bigger bust than even Eric Kumerow or Billy Milner, both Shula picks. This is a Cybil Sheppard pick


Chuck, gimme a holler on the telly phune I have a question pertaining to Heman that is better off NOT discussed on the net. You should have my # If not I'll email it to ye.

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Keep up the good work Matt Moore!

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Ok Fish, I will try tomorrow (Tues). Today is an old dayer at work for me.
As for the ticket, yea sick of SOS, also getting rid of Directv soon, it is just getting rediculous
in price and I hardly watch it now.
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OK I'll keep my phone handy.

An "Old dayer?" You mean "all dayer?" Yeah thats gotta be it........ ;D
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OK I'll keep my phone handy.

An "Old dayer?" You mean "all dayer?" Yeah thats gotta be it........ ;D
Yea, it was all dayer, sorry used my phone for that one.
I called you about 4pm today, got your voice message. I know you sleep a little during
the day, so I'll try you in the morning on Thursday.

Are you gonna join the new forum? Please do... http://hemanleaguedraft.createaforum.com/index.php
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I joined a ways back but that forum must have been the one you told me about that create-a-forum put the bollix on for lack of use. Anyway I registered just now, OK?
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I joined a ways back but that forum must have been the one you told me about that create-a-forum put the bollix on for lack of use. Anyway I registered just now, OK?
OK, I have had a few folks not answer back on whether they're playing or not.

Would you care to be an odd changer if need be?

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Hey Fish, just heard from James (atomicbuddha)
He is sitting out both Heman and the ESPN keeper
leagues, sure you can't change your mind?
R-e-a-l-l-y hope you could take his spots now!  :-\
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Since you made the above post we finally ended the phone tag thing. We talked and after much deliberation I decided to play ff again. I've got a lot of reading to do though. After not playing ANY ff for 2 years a lot has changed and especially this offseason there has been a lot of player/FA activity as well. See ya soon.
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From:
http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/7/3/4491474/ryan-tannehill-creating-buzz-around-nfl

Yesterday, during an appearance on ESPN's NFL32, Chris Mortensen said Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has created the most "buzz" this offseason. Can he back it up when the play starts?

As the NFL offseason continues to drag on, rumors and speculation rule the day. From possible free agent signings (Vonta Leach?) to potential contract disputes (Rehsad Jones?) to roster overhaul (Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Brent Grimes, etc.), a lot of things around the Miami Dolphins have created buzz this offseason. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, no quarterback in the league has generated more buzz than Ryan Tannehill.

Appearing on ESPN's NFL32, Mortensen points to the praise coming from the Miami receivers about Tannehill's downfield accuracy and how quickly he is getting rid of the ball.

Tannehill threw for a franchise rookie record 3,294 yards last year, with 12 touchdowns. However, he also was picked off 13 times, with a 58.3% completion rate. Those numbers have to improve for Tannehill, if the Dolphins are going to succeed with all of their new weapons.

Today ESPN's Ron Jaworski backed up Mortensen's observations after watching Tannehill's game tape from last year. According to Jaws, Tannehill "showed a lot of positive traits" in 2012, despite the lack of receiving weapons around him. Tannehill displayed an ability to "subtly move within the pocket to avoid pressure."

In just his first year in the league, "Tannehill was very good at throwing with bodies around him," what Jaws calls "a muddied pocket." He continued, describing the subtle movements and dealing with a crowded pocket as "advanced NFL quarterbacking."

Jaws did point to the Miami quarterback's third down performance last season as an area that must be improved. Tannehill had "the worst rating od all starting quarterbacks, including seven of his 13 interceptions" on third down.

The Dolphins are expecting big strides forward from Tannehill, who they selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 Draft. He became the Dolphins' first rookie quarterback to start opening day, and led the team throughout the season, only missing a portion of one game due to injury.

The Dolphins added several receiving threats to the roster this year, including Wallace, Brandon Gibson, and tight end Dustin Keller. The team also re-signed last year's leading receiver Brian Hartline, and are looking to third year receiver Armon Binns to add something to the offense as well.

Miami opens the preseason in just over a month, playing the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game.
Keep up the good work Matt Moore!

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btw I haven't heard anything about Vonta Leach. If he signs with us it will boost our offense considerably.
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If money is not an issue then what is it? Contract length? Does Leach want a contract for 1 year or 3-4?

Wonder if the Phins are in a stalemate with they want 1 year and he wants more or vice versa.
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