Monday, August 19, 2013

Eye Test or over 106 QB Rating, is Tannehill Tanne-Thrill?

The Thrill:

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.

Analysis:

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.

3 comments:

  1. You are right... with the defense we have and once Jerry comes back we should have a very good team. Losing Keller stinks, hopefully we can find a replacement soon.

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  2. You are right... with the defense we have and once Jerry comes back we should have a very good team. Losing Keller stinks, hopefully we can find a replacement soon.

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  3. Tannehill has all the talent to be an elite QB: size, toughness and a cannon arm. He just needs reps and those take time.
    Most fans want instant gratification and are unwilling to be patient. But that is what is needed here with such a young team being led by a young QB. People forget that Marino sat his first year behind Woodley on the defending AFC champs. Aaron Rodgers sat for 4 years behind Favre.
    Sustained success takes building a solid organization which is even more difficult when you are in a division with perennial 12+ win team at the top of it. You can easily start each season with 2 loses before you even kick off.
    Tannehill is getting better but he may be 2-3 years away from elite status. I am happy with good and getting better. The proof will be in the pudding come September 8 when the games truly count.

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