I am so sick of hearing Orlando, Omar and all the other pseudo-expert "know-it-alls" tell me that Ryan Tannehill is "just a game manager." Bull you know what! Game managers can't throw the ball on the run to their non-throwing side of the field, stop and across their body deliver a strike for 55 yards, a la the Pittsburgh game to TE Gray. That is a play-maker. Game managers don't run for their lives and throw perfect completions for first downs - 3rd Down and 7 yards to go, Ryan escapes to his right and on the dead run delivered a perfect pass to a crossing Landry against the Buffalo Bills. That is a play-maker. Game managers can't do read option run plays for first downs in the red zone. That is a PLAY-MAKER. Strong-armed quarterbacks are rarely considered game managers. And, as Marino is fond of saying, "never doubt Ryan's arm strength."
Now, if you want to tell me he sucks. Go for it! You're wrong. If you want to tell me he has next to zero pocket presence; Well, you are 100% correct. This is Ryan's greatest weakness. If you want to tell me he makes terrible throws after being pummeled for most of the game; You are again correct. If you want to tell me that he is not accurate with ball placement; I will say that under duress you are partially correct (under duress on the run - he is really good), and with protection, you are wrong. Early in his career he had terrible ball placement, no doubt. His accuracy and general ball placement has gotten much better every year. If you want to tell me he can't throw the deep ball; well, the statistics do not bear that out. Ryan is actually one of the better deep ball QBs over the last two years. Early in his career, yes, he was below average. Frankly though, had Mike Wallace caught a few more and fought for a few more balls, it would have been much different.
Let's be realistic. Dan Marino, the greatest most accurate QB to ever play until Brady, had incredible Offensive Line protection for most of his career - Webb, Sims, Ruddy... just to name a few protected him and EVERYONE KNEW he was going to throw and yet he was rarely hit. Yes, he had the greatest pocket presence of any QB I have ever seen, and yes, he threw into tight windows that no one even attempts today, and yes, he had the fastest release of any quarterback ever. But, hey, we will never see another Marino in our lifetime. Ryan Tannehill will get better and better as the line protection and run game improves; But, most importantly as his line protection improves. Let's not forget that Tannehill has been hit more than any other QB in the last 5 years, except Andrew Luck. And, Luck throws a boat-load of interceptions, more than Tannehill. Let's not compare Tannehill to Brady or Marino. However, Tannehill is more than proficient enough to win a Super Bowl with a decent line. He simply has not had a very good offensive line his entire career. Had he played behind Dallas' Offensive Line, he would have been a star. In the first five games this season, the line did a horrible job protecting Ryan. This is exactly what Gase has been saying from day one. If the offensive line does its job, Ryan plays well enough to win most games. I think I will trust the offensive Guru, Head Coach Adam Gase, who is generally regarded as one of the smartest offensive minds in the league - over a few Wannabe Football Experts, like Orlando and Omar.
Ryan Tannehill is a play-maker. He is smart; actually an extension of the coach. And, just because he has a vanilla personality does not mean he plays vanilla!