Since the days of Dan Marino, the Miami Dolphins organization and it’s fans have been looking for a franchise quarterback to call their own. They may have found one in Ryan Tannehill who has three seasons under his belt since being drafted 8th by the Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft. As Tannehill heads into his final season Miami has a tough decision to make, whether to lock up the QB to a long term deal or use a 5th year team option.
Dol-fans are split in support of the quarterback, whether it’s his inability to throw the deep ball or it’s his record with the team. The 4th year QB,who is arguably the 2nd best quarterback in his draft class behind Andrew Luck, has been progressing every year. In 2014 he threw 27 touchdown passes the most during his time with the Dolphins. He also threw the least amount of interceptions of his career last season totaling only 12. Tannehill completed 66.4% of his passes ranking 5th among all quarterbacks in the NFL. Critics can not deny the QB’s grit as he has not missed game ever while being sacked more then any other player at his position since his rookie season.
Even though the numbers seem to be on Tannehill’s side they may be a bit misleading. Many critics credit the QB’s nice completion to the type of passes he is throwing. A large portion of his completed passes were short distance passes. Of course some of that has to do with the offense he is running, first year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor implemented his pistol offense last season that had most of the receivers running short routes. Then there is the “Tannehill can’t throw the deep ball” arguement which may be the strongest part in the argument against the QB. When throwing the ball more the. 20 yards down the field, the quarterback was only able to complete 16 out of his 52 attempts. Tannehill may not have utilized former Miami receiver Mike Wallace to the fullest as the QB only had 3 TD passes that were over 20 yards far.
The Dolphins front office is not afraid of spending money to lock up key players as this offseason they have been big spenders. In March, they signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a 6 year, $114 million dollar contract. More recently, Miami resigned pro bowl center Mike Pouncey to a large contract extension, signing him to a 5 year deal worth around $50 million dollars. There have been rumors of the Dolphins discussing a long term deal with Ryan Tannehill, something similar to Andy Dalton’s deal which was 6 years $115 million dollars but mostly incentive based. “We are prepared to make Tannehill a very, very, very, very rich man” said Miami Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannebaum to the Miami Herald. This is a storyline to watch over the course of the next few weeks as the 2015 NFL offseason progresses and this decision can change the course of the Miami Dolphins franchise.