During the first three games of preseason 2013, Ryan Tannehill has amassed a 106.5 QB rating. He has played primarily against Starters and 2nd String guys (quasi-starters). He has not thrown a pic. He has thrown for two Touchdowns. He is throwing at a 59.6% completion rate, with at least 3 drops - all against Houston. Had the catches been made, he would be at 68.96% (actually pretty accurate - even though he is labeled as inaccurate) completion rate. Tannehill is flat-out fast for a QB. He can run for first downs when there is no one open. And finally, Tannehill has a very strong arm.
The Eye Test:
Ryan Tannehill holds the ball too long. He takes unnecessary sacks. He throws behind his receivers sometimes and/or leads them slightly the wrong way. He seems to have happy feet sometimes, and seldom makes that shuffle to the open (less congested) part of the pocket. He should have been picked-off at least once this preseason had the defender held-on. Sometimes, Tannehill makes questionable decisions and has a tendency to lock-in on receivers.
Tannehill is a young QB. I don't care where he was drafted. To gain the skill of an elite QB takes time. Marino and a few others are the exceptions to that. Elway needed time. Brees needed time. Bradshaw needed a lot of time. It makes no difference where a person is drafted. That type of thinking is the problem with most teams. By comparison, take a look at Bill Belicheat. He drafts a lot of guys, most of whom never work out and he releases them - no matter their draft stature.
Tannehill does appear to get better with every game. Yes, he does still make mental errors - sometimes. But, even in preseason against his stiffest test thus far, Houston, he had his best statistical performance. How is that not progress? He got better each game... I would think Phins Nation would be ecstatic at this progress. Why do so many of you think Tannehill is a chump?
How am I wrong here? Make me understand.