Ryan Tannehill – 2012 Fins Starting QB


A New Era begins.


Well fellow Fins lovers, we have been in this position before (far too many times).  A new Quarterback has been named for the up coming season for the Miami Dolphins, rookie Ryan Tannehill.  He has looked promising in the pre-season up to this point, and in my opinion has earned the starting spot for the Dolphins this camp.

You will see many articles come out talking about how many QB’s the Fins have gone through since Marino retired in 99.  It is hard to blame them since it is such an easy (and lazy) story to write in this situation.  As fans I think we should use a form of selective hearing.  You know, when your wife or girlfriend is attempting to talk for like an hour during a game?  When the media babbles on about will RT be the next Miami QB to add to the list, I think we need to just nod our heads and pretend to listen while focusing in on each and every game, saving our criticism until we see this thing play out.  You all know I have been a Matt Moore supporter because I think he played well last year and he has been a great team player with the other QB’s during camp this year.  He needed to jump out and look better than Tannehill to keep the position and he just hasn’t done that yet.

Ryan Tannehill looks tough out there and the game doesn’t seem “too big” for him.  He seems to have the respect of his teammates already and is proving to work really hard at his craft.  He has made mistakes, he has telegraphed some passes and he has some room to learn.  That is what we call a ROOKIE.  As this season progresses let’s all remind ourselves that this is his first year playing and to look at the roster he is working with.  Who knows, maybe he will surprise us and make some of these younger receivers look better?  One thing is for sure; from what I’ve seen so far he will be working hard and giving everything he’s got for the team, whether you originally wanted him here or not.

How much will you be backing Tannehill this year?  Will you jump ship and be cheering for him to be benched with his first bad game?  Let’s be smarter and more logical than the feeding frenzy media and show what classy fans the Miami Dolphins really have.



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222 Responses to “Ryan Tannehill – 2012 Fins Starting QB”

  1. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Well, the offensive formations and play-calls seem a lot closer to the Sherman O I saw at A&M. Less vanilla than the previous few games.

    Maybe a few too many longer passes, but I think they’re trying to get Tannehill some juice before they yank him.

    So far, I’m happy with the style. Tanny looks good. Blocking looks surprisingly decent. Hmmmmmmm.

  2. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    ZERO pass rush. Their QB has been closer to spotting Sasquatch than our DEs.

    “With the first pick int he 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami DOlphins select..

    DaGuy Hoowannakillpassers. DE/OLB from University Wehaveheardof.”

  3. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Think we found our new starting #2 receiver: Javorskie Lane.
    Maybe we can adopt some Arena Football rules, and let Lane get a running start before we get him the ball. Devastation!

  4. professor lou Says:

    Yeah, they looked good with Tannehill in there and haven’t been able to do squat since. 2nd team offensive line can’t run or pass block. At least the receivers and hanging on to the ball this game. Matthews ran a real nice pattern.
    Maybe they’ll have another comeback led by Devlin this week. WEEEE!
    Wow! Javorskie Lane! My new favorite Dolphin.
    Disappointed that Miller can’t get anything going in the run game. Would be nice to see them just get him a little daylight to see what he could do in the open field.
    Hoping to see some more of Matthews and some Fuller and Egnew in the 2nd half.

  5. professor lou Says:

    Wow. This is just getting out of hand. They can’t stop anyone. Totally disgusted over lack of effort. Philbin and Coyle are going to have a field day with these guys when this game is over.
    Nice catch by BJ over the middle. Run blocking absolutely sucks.

  6. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Matthews just moved up on my respect-o-meter.
    He looks like he might be able to play.

    So expect him to be cut before the game is over. 😛

    OK, ok. To me, he makes the roster. We’re running out of skinny fast dudes.

  7. professor lou Says:

    I know it doesn’t mean anything at this point in the game but Devlin looked really good on the drive. Very accurate. Miller had some nice runs and Matthews did well on that drive as well.
    It will be interesting if Devlin could do what he did against Carolina in this game. He could end up moving up to 2nd.

  8. professor lou Says:

    quentin lawrence won’t be making the 53.

  9. professor lou Says:

    this was just bad all the way around.

  10. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:


    Hard Knocks, Ep. 4

  11. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    I saw a few (and I do mean few) encouraging things:

    1. Javorskie Lane. Dude can deliver a hit on a tackler. Need to get him more involved.
    2. Tannehill played decent. Nothing special, but good enough to keep starting. I like the kid personally. I just hope his quarterbacking matches his charm eventually. Going in the right direction so far.
    3. R. Matthews. Played well, second game in a row. Only receiver I saw tonight that stood out in a positive way.
    4. Back-up O-linemen. Some of them can play well. I didn’t notice Jerry, and that’s a good thing.
    5. Trusnik. Not the most skilled guy, but determined. Worth keeping.
    6. Corners didn’t play as bad as reported. They had no help, and were close on most plays. They’re better as a group than the safeties or linebackers.

  12. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Discouraging things:

    1. Naanee. Our #2 looks like a “#2” (know whatta mean?). I have yet to see anything that tells me he’s a keeper. Doesn’t catch with his hands, plays small, soft, and shrinks in a crowd. Meh. Double meh.
    2. Pass rush. Haven’t seen one. Do we pay DE’s, or are cheerleaders dressing up with 90# jersies?
    3. Linebackers. Apparently no one wants to be one for the Dolphins, because they’re all waiting for someone else to take the job. Tentative, confused, and underwhelming.
    4. RB’s. We were supposed to have about 5 solid guys. We have about one (Bush), and he’s not a bruiser. For all the talent they’re supposed to have, they look cautious and easy to bring down. Thomas played the best tonight, and he looked average. Miller didn’t look good until the 5th string defense was in. Hope they catch well, because running through the line isn’t their specialty.
    5. Clay is the only TE to make plays, and I think he’s not really a TE.
    6. Someguys are going to be cut. Other guys won’t be, but need to be replaced anyway. Overall talent level just isn’t competitive.
    7. Very very thin depth at most positions. DTackle looks good. That’s about it.

  13. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Small addition to my “encouraging” list. Saw Cunningham make a nice play ove the middle. Apparently he made some catches after I turned the game off (early 4th quarter).

  14. professor lou Says:

    Receivers: I keep Hartline and Bess, Matthews and Moore. The rest is a toss up. Maybe Fuller? Definitely don’t like the propspect of Naanee staying.
    I liked what I saw from Aaitui on the d-line and also Randall.
    Lawrence needs to find work elsewhere. He can’t play corner.
    Thigpen is a keeper. Sooner or later, he’s going to start breaking some big one’s on returns.
    Didn’t see enough from Egnew to think he’s a lock. Miller doesn’t impress in the running game either. He had some nice runs late in the game against the scrubs but that’s about it. Other than that, he’s shut down.
    The offensive line unfortunately still looks like a work in progress left over from the Sparano era and it’s a toss up.
    The commentators made a good point last night. This team really is nameless. Besides Reggie Bush, who else is there?

  15. Texas_Dolfan Says:

    DT and FB Jeff, don’t forget Nitrain Lane II. I would add Tannehill to the list but I know you guys wouldn’t.

    For WR we need to make some cuts. out with the old and in with the new no matter what. I keep Bess, Fuller, Mathews, Cunningham, Hogan and sign a couple others or make a trade for 1 and sign 1 other FA.

  16. professor lou Says:

    On the contrary. I was very pleased with the way Tannehill played in this game. Happy to see him doing as well as he did. I don’t like the pick but he did surprise me with his throws and I hope he can keep it up.

  17. Texas_Dolfan Says:

    You guys just like to disagree. 😉

  18. Texas_Dolfan Says:

    I think everyone knows I am a fan of Tannehill. I bought a jersey the day after the draft.

    I think he’ll be a lot better QB than people anticipate. Of course it will take time for the doubters to jump on board but they will sooner or later. 🙂

  19. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Texas_Dolfan Says:
    August 30, 2012 at 10:51 am
    DT and FB Jeff, don’t forget Nitrain Lane II. I would add Tannehill to the list but I know you guys wouldn’t.
    Check my post @2:36am. All these are on it. So agree.
    And don’t ask why it says 2:36am. Sumpin up wit my ‘puter settings.

  20. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Watching hard Knocks last night, and was very interested in Ireland’s handling of the cut or traded folk.
    Handled Brown and Chaz adequately. Did OK.
    Then Davis…
    IMO he did about as poorly as you could do in handling the situation. It was petty how he belittled Davis before finally allowing him to leave. Absolutely unnecessary, and inaccurate as well. He wasn’t traded because he failed, he was traded because Indy tripped over themselves to get him, and Davis did have some struggles which made the trade a fair value. Ireland reiterated he wanted to keep him unless he was wowed by an offer. Petty antics on criticizing Davis before he’d allow him to leave.

    Ireland sounded belittling, petty, and annoying.
    For his part, Davis seemed as dumb as a stick. Maybe that’s why he’s not starting. But still… GM’s should have better people skills than that.

    I’m sorry, but I just DO NOT like that man in any capacity.
    Well, he’d be a good undrafted free-agent scout for th next GM. That’s it.

  21. Jon Says:

    new post up

  22. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Lou, Kudos for stepping off the Moore train. I know you were really up on him.
    Personally I like Moore. He’s from my hometown, and is a very likable guy, and is a value at back-up (he’ll play better in regular season if called on). I’m impressed with how at ease, and affably he takes his back up role. Vey admirable, and necessary for a young team with little or no veteran leadershop, or identity. Griping back-up QB’s would hurt the chemistry.
    I’m hoping he stays next season.
    Yes, I know I called for us to trade him way back when. Back then, we would’ve gotten a fair draft pick for him. Now? A conditional 7th at absolute best, even if he promises to sign an extension. Not worth it by any stretch.
    Good guy to keep around.
    Also knows the teams in each conference 😉

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