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Mike Sherman shares thoughts about Tannehill

Much has been speculated about what offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, formerly Ryan Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M, really thinks of the quarterback. I suppose we'll never know the full story unless someone gets Sherman drunk on truth serum.

But Sherman released a statement Thursday night giving you some of his thoughts on the topic:

"Ryan Tannehill is a unique individual. Much has been said about his intellect and athleticism. What hasn't been discussed is his unselfish nature and his "team first" mentality which fits in with coach Philbin's philosophy. four years ago when we were down receivers I asked him to play that position for us because we needed help there. He put his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback on hold to accommodate my request in order to help his team win.

"As far as his quarterback skill level is concerned, I doubt there is a player on Jeff Ireland's draft board who has been scrutinized more than Ryan Tannehill. The general consensus is that he is a talented quarterback with a tremendous upside. As his former head coach, I agree with that evaluation. He has just scratched the surface as a quarterback. His learning curve, however, will be enhanced and accelerated simply because he is coming to an offensive scheme and terminology where he has a lot of familiarity.

He is an extremely competitive person and will embrace the responsibility that goes with being the 8th pick in the NFL draft. There is no doubt he will work to exceed those expectations.

I am excited to have him in the quarterback room with Matt [Moore], David [Garrard], and Pat [Devlin]. He will be a great addition to that group. It will be very competitive to say the least."


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NOT been able to, that is.

Tannehill lost 6 games his senior year. How does anyone expect him to succeed in the NFL when he didnt even succeed in college ball?


Your point is well made. Since when did it become a problem to have too many good QBs on your team? Isn't the problem that we never seem to have enough.

I agree with Ireland's comments that QB has become a STRENGTH on this team. Name another time we had this kind of depth at QB? I can't think of one. How great that the 8th pick in the draft can take his time to learn, rather than be rushed and that he'll have to EARN his playing time, rather than just being handed the job. Good job Ireland....

Another positive: We need O-Line and a pass rusher. This draft is deep enough in those positions to the point where at #42 we may end up with someone at one of those positions who has late 1st round talent. Martin (Stanford), Upshaw (Alabama), Glenn (Ga.).

This says it all from John Gruden and his QB camp.

Let me tell you something about Ryan TannYhill. I love to say his name with a y in the middle instead of an e . Let me get on point with this young man. I had a chance to talk to this football throwing machine and this young man is going to wow you in a serious way. I tell ya I can't wait to see this kid get in there and start throwing becuase let me tell you this young man has a cannon attached to the right side of his body.Boy I tell you he comes right out of Texas A&M where they teach smart stuff and man I can't even say some of the words they use there but this kid is going to impress from day one.

Posted by: John Gruden

TGH, Did it ever occured to you that his teammates sucked. There wont be another A&M player drafted until at least the 5th round. Plus the team had something like 64 dropped passes but he completion pctg was at 63% or something clsoe to that

Let me tell ya Mel, I disagree. I had a chance to get this here Ryan Tannyhill out there on a field after talking xs and os and I came away mightily impressed by this young man. You can't tell me this doesn't get ya fired up! Look at him glistening there like some kind of football god.

Now we need protection and weapons.

Pass rush will help on the other side as well but first I think protection and weapons.

Couple of names out there that I'd be curious if guys think we should be interested in. One is Michael Jenkins, CB in a Dallas and the other is Osi Umenyiora. If these guys could be had for late round picks, is this something we should look at? I know Jenkins gets a bad rap but I'm not so sure part of it isn't the guys he plays with and the system. Thoughts?

How can people be so down on a QB that hasn't even had an NFL practice????

The Redskins gave up this year's 2nd round pick, a first round pick in 2013, & a first round pick in 2014 just to trade up for RG3. I think it's laughable that people say he's a can't miss prospect. Maybe he'll be great or maybe he'll get beaten up behind a bad O-line. Time will tell but RG3 isn't as big as Luck or Tannehill who have legitimate NFL size to take a hit. I think the Redskins are crazy to trade all of that for RG3 unless he becomes the next John Elway for Shannahan.

Must we debate the QB position all day? The pick has been made.

Now we've got to build a tean around him. We need a WR, pass rusher, a G/T,and a DB that can start.

You People can't really focus outside of Tannehill, can you? NE and the Jets have added soon to be perennial all-Pro pass rushers and they will destroy our offensive line if we don't reinforce it. It's an emergency, you know?

It was mentioned during the draft that Texas A&M dropped a ridiculously high amount of passes. The talent level around Tanny wasnt nearly that of other teams in his league. Ok St, Oklahoma, ect. His numbers would look much better if he were surrounded by Weeden's supporting cast. (not knocking Weeden, I like him alot)

As a result of playing against superior talent, and his own team dropping passes, you end up with a guy trying to do too much at times, forcing passes, which leads to INT's. And also a lower completion % than he prob deserved.

Let me tell you about RG3 . I had a chance to play head games with this young man and I was talking west coast rocket32 screen and zball 22 flange crossover off tackle and this kid - just - plain -gets -it!

Now about this Ryan Tannyhill... boy I tell ya , you can't tell me that he doesn't remind you of you know who and I mean where did this kid come from , coming out of nowhere like that doing his thing out there . Boy you gottta love this kid and what he's going to mean to that town over there .


Big time yes on Umenyiora. We are in serious need of depth at DL with Langford and Merling gone.

He would more than likely want more money than we're willing to give though.


Guards are easier to find than Tackles. If there's a top tier Tackle like Bobbie Massie on the board we need to take that kid.

The book on Martin is that he's a finesse player which is not what you need from a RT. I want a beast like Nate Solder or Bryan Bulaga who can both pass protect & punish defenders so we can run the ball.

The O-line is Philbin's main area of knowledge. If you trace his coaching career this is where he made his bones.

I agree Garbage,

And 1 thing a good leader always does is except blame and not pass it out. In all those things he takes it on his shoulders and does not say anything bad about his supporting cast.

Tannehill's name should not be mentioned in the same breath as Luck, RGIII or Weeden.

He'll be the Todd Blackledge of this group.

Another need that gets overlooked is another corner. When Miami plays teams that throw it alot and spread it out (i.e. NE), its not Davis & Smith that are the problem. Its usually the nickel guy that kills us. And guys like Brady find that weak link. (see: Benny Sapp). A 3rd cover guy in todays NFL isnt a luxury, but a necessity.

I like Ireland more every time he picks without lard ass parcells...could be something good starting in Miami, excited about our coaching staff...

Aloco said:



You should think before you speak. The rookie wage scale slots Tannehill at 4 years, 12 million. He will be making about $3 million a year....

Silly monkey....

Anyone who doesn't know the limitations on players pay should just shut up. "I think we can sign Tannehill for $6 million a year." Try being informed before you "think."


Lets wait until tonight is over with to crown him king.

This is a deep talented draft and we need to come away with some good ones.

WHDP, that wasn't the point I was making. I'm fine with Moore this year. Fine with him next year if he keeps developing.

My point is, we can't EXPECT him to be the long-term option. We NEEDED a QB to develop who might become the franchise guy we always wanted. People were saying Moore would be the guy, and I'm saying he hasn't shown that in the past, so what's to expect he'll continue to grow? He could have just had a good year.

It's better to have more than less. So if Moore becomes a superstar, we STILL have the ability to trade Tannehill if he's starter material before we want him to start. I agree, it's a good problem to have multiple starting-grade QBs.

Luck will not make $8 million a year. He will be limited to about $25 million for 4 years. Rookie wage scale. Pretty simple.

Cam Cameron, the first round pick last year, got a 4 year/22 million deal.

I say we all panic and run around screaming like lunatics. After all we just spent 3 hours watching a draft . Are you giddy like me? Do you just want to rage? You can't tell me that real life stuff is more important than this stuff!? Custom made hip hop songs for Luck (rhymes w/ wtf?)and commish Rodg G. fist bumpin homeys in bad suits actin like he' not a wasp.
Dudes like Kipe feedin us juicy tidbits about the the future even if more 99% of it will never come true. I tell you I am fired up.And don't tell me that the NFL is the most overhyped thing on the planet w/ 365 24/7 coverage . I neeed more Andrew Luck RG3 feel good stories!!!

Moore is a short-timer as is Garrard. Period. Anyone who suggests we would keep Moore and trade Tannehill is simply delusional.

The more I watch Mel Kiper, the more I become convinced that he is inordinately FOS.

If Kiper has bad things to say about Tannehill, then my hopes are even higher that he can become a franchise QB

Hindsight is a b#$@h but what the hell was the Trifecta thinking when they passed on Matt Ryan to take Long?

Were they really convinced that Henne would be a steal in the 2nd round


was the contract for a QB 1st pick going to be way higher than the contract Long signed?

I believe it was the money.

So look how much it's cost this franchise.

Four years of futility?

Tannehill is worse then Henne IMO. This is a fatal marketing attempt to sell tickets. Ross and Ireland coninue to bury this franchise 10 feet under.

Lemme tell you about this kid Ryan Tannyhill.
How can you not like him? Who saw that pick coming? That guy in the red zone at A&M, was not only a weapon for them, but he's really established himself as a force with what he can do in different alignments. I saw his coach just line him up at receiver and let me tell you this young man impressed right out of the box when they got him there. I wish I had 10 of him as houseboys.

Swamy, Go back and look at the Scouting reports for Ryan, Flacco, and Henne.

they are not far off at all as far as a percent grade. Meaning all 3 were considered on the same scale, with each one doing one or two better than the other.

then look at the difference of Jake Long vs ALL other lineman in that draft, Night and day.

It was a proper pick at the time

John don't you have some juice to pound??? :)

This is a rinky dink franchise run by a cheapskate owner and a classless, incompetent GM. You have to be a terrible consumer to continue to support this garbage team.

Lemme tell you about Matty Ice in the A.T.L. ... that young man is fatally flawed. He doesn't have the 'it' factor you're looking for in a leader. If you have to ask what 'it' is you're never gonna know. I did a simulated huddle in my office and looked him right in the eyes and called a play and said 'Pattycake snowflake puppy dog disco biscuit on 2' . He just ran out crying.

Should've drafted Mallet LAST YEAR. Tannehill is a long way from being an NFL QB.

Dearest Fed up fin fan,
The world is a cage for your impotent rage.

Ok John that last one was funny..your getting better.

I shouldn't encourage though. Your taking up space needed for yet another Tannyhill debate.

If we did not pick Tannehill the jerks on this forum would be complaining about that. Are all of you Jet fans just here to talk s**t like your favorite pig Rex Ryan does in New Jersey?
Go home and get intimate with a Coney Island hot dog.
And don't forget to not get your dresses messy either.

By the end of the draft we could have the Long brothers as bookend OT's.

We wouldn't be arguing about the QB pick this year if the Trifecta made the right pick years ago, Matt Ryan.

Lost opportunities are said to be LOST because you come to realize too late that you didn't consider it an opportunity when it was staring at you in the face.

Funnt to hear some guys on here say that Kirk Cousins has 'IT'. If by 'IT' they mean the ability to be working in Walmart in 2-3 years, then I agree. Where do people come up with this stuff? He's got 'IT' and yet nobody else feels that way....unbelievable!

Scotty your last post was funny! Yeah I forgot, Mallet's ready to be a big star now. Teams are knocking down the Pats door to get him. Pats aren't even convinced he's the answer or he would have seen the filed by now or they wouldn't have resigned Hoyer.

I wanted Cox in the first round.

I'll just have to settle for one TE or two WRs.

Swamy, VERY easy to be the Monday morning QB. The problem you are not considering, is we could of picked Ryan and he would have been henne in our offense. Our philosophy would not have been different. We would still have drafted Ted Ginn... I mean, if we had an offense and players in place as Atlanta has for Ryan, we would not be looking at Tannehill at all, because Henne just might have succeeded.

To look back at that stuff makes no sense, Ryan on the dolphins would not have changed the philosophy that the coaching staff we brought in would have utilized.

Liberace wanting Cox in the first rd is a little TMI isn't it?

To look back at that stuff makes no sense, Ryan on the dolphins would not have changed the philosophy that the coaching staff we brought in would have utilized.

Posted by: Poizen | April 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This is correct. I would have done everything possible to blunt his development. I love it when a QB gets a hot hand and then I pull him out of the line-up for a bonehead wildcat play.

Bottom line is people the draft is a gamble. What if Chad Henne would have worked out? You never know all of you are trying to sound like experts on a blog but in reality you are a bunch of nobody's if you knew better you would be the damn GM but your not! So shut up and cheer your team on or go kick rocks! If you don't like who they picked if this guys succeeds a couple years from now you guys will be on here requesting to smoke Ireland and Tennehill's pole. Let's it play out before you start giving you're "expert" opinion d**che bags!

I wanted Cox.

Posted by: Liberace | April 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This is not the place for that kind of talk.

Which is the best impact pass rusher left that fits our scheme??

Ahhhh.....now I remember why I haven't checked in on this blog for awhile. Sometimes you just have to remind yourself.

Where do some of you come up with these numbers....Pouncey $5M/yr???? The dude signed a 4 year $9.2M deal....do the math....how the hell does he make $5M/year? If he made $5M in one year, it would mean that he would make just over $1M for all other years.

Rotoworld is your friend!!!!


Also...love the Tannehill pick!!! Go Phins!!! I'm out, probably forever; the vast majority of posters on this blog just plain suck!

Amen Poizen! That's why I like this pick Philbin and Sherman?! Wow our offense is gonna be explosive people you have no idea what these guys are about to bring. I've been waiting a long time for a coaching staff with
this type of football knowledge and experience not to mention play calling wow can't wait for the season to start! I mean I got two words for you Dan Henning.....

Like it or not, without him even taking one snap, you losers lost hope, sure Tannehill will sit, You expecting to win the super bowl this year? And every year after that? Lets get real. Tannehill was a great choice, all the experts agree. I'd rather listen to them more then you losers. Now on to round two, big needs yet.

Courtney Upshaw, Janoris Jenkins, or Peter Konz, in that order. Never lose faith, never, the fight is on!!!!

Why would anyone with an I.Q. higher than "shrub" give any credence or weight to ANYONE'S opinion here regarding the prospects for Tannehill or any other rookie for that matter?

Not to be rude, but you guys really do know NOTHING about this stuff. You're wrong on a CONSTANT, yearly basis but because nobody is crutinizing your work or paying you to do it, it doesn't matter and there are no consequences.

Pronouncing a draft "great" or "awful" before they have even played a single snap of pro football is complete lunacy and moronic in the extreme, yet you just can't help yourselves.

I don't fall for it and know full well how clueless and uninformed you truly are. Maybe others are more naive, so good luck with that.

Bob do you have a FB I want to be friends GO PHINS!!!!

Miss you wolf. You were one of the few voices of reason on this blog. Not the same on here without you, bud.

Craig M! How you been bro?

Wouldn't be ironic if Henne has a top ten QB season with the Jags?

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