Every new Miami Dolphins season comes with the realization that the glory years of Dolphins past slip farther and farther away. The search for a legitimate NFL starting QB has been as elusive as playoff appearances. With my Aqua and Coral glasses firmly in place I will make a case for hope.
Ryan Tannehill is not witout strengths. RT is a great guy, extremely intelligent. The kid is as tough as nails. His athleticism flashes big plays with his legs. His weaknesses are well documented. Poor pocket presence. Accuracy in general long ball accuracy in particular. Finally, in big moments of the game he seems to come up short.
This QB profile reminds me of Rich Gannon. Gannon and Tannehill have many of the same strengths, smart, tough, athletic. Both also struggled with consistency early on. Gannons struggles ended as soon as John Gruden arrived in Oakland. Gruden was a brilliant young offensive mind who allowed Gannon to be involved in formulating the game plan. This involment led to a gameplan that played to Gannons strengths. Gruden called the Plays, Gannon executed the offense. Their relationship grew stronger with each passing sunday. This playcaller QB relationship led to a rebirth of Gannons play, which led to a rebirth of the franchise.
Adam Gase is strikingly similar to John Gruden. Some folks call him genius. This Gase/Tannehill marriage will lead to a rebirth of the Miami Dolphins franchise. Do I believe this %100. No, but as a Dolphins fan hope is pretty much all I have.