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Game day: Ryan Tannehill's time

With one notable exception, everyone seems to know the NFL is a quarterback league. (I'll get to the exception in a minute). And so today's game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins should favor the Dolphins, because, Miami's quarterback is simply better than New York's.

Jets starter Geno Smith has promise. Has a good arm. Has the desire.

But he's a rookie. He has much to learn. And he's prone to mistakes. Very.

He leads the NFL with 22 turnovers.

The Dolphins?

Ryan Tannehill has shown in improvement this season over his rookie campaign. It's not as much as OC Mike Sherman promised -- remember, he said Tannehill would be the NFL's most improved QB.

But 2013 Tannehill is slightly better than 2012 Tannehill.

And, as I write in my column in today's Miami Herald, at this late stage of the season, Tannehill is poised for a big finish to the year. I cite multiple reasons why I think Tannehill can turn his play up several degrees and actually tow the Dolphins into the playoffs.

I think he can do it. He thinks he can do it.

My problem is the Dolphins aren't necessarily asking that much of him. Indeed the Dolphins, under head coach Joe Philbin, deny the undeniable by saying a hot quarterback cannot carry a team. Philbin goes so far as to deny Aaron Rodgers carried the Packers during the Super Bowl run that he himself witnessed first hand.

My problem with that is if the coach, and by extension the coaching staff, is not asking great things out of Tannehill or other players because they are of the mind that players are just interchangeable parts -- all equally important and none more valuable than any others -- then they are less likely to get great performances from their players.

I hope Tannehill overcomes this thinking.

I think he can.



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Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 01, 2013 at 10:34 AM

What a ghey post name.

2 watt should be feasting on Rex Ryan right about now.

Good points in your Sunday column Mando. But you're preaching to the choir. If Ross retains Philbin & company, look for more of the same next year.

I might have to rethink my most valuable player being Clay as he has disapperared in some games the one I remember that they could have used him was against Tampa.
dusty bottoms guess what Im going to blame Shermans "golden system" the one he thinks works no matter whos playing.
I think I might have to go with Vernon as most improved the reason I havent mentioned him is that I dont remember sacks,hurries and stops as easy as Tds or key 1st downs after watching all those hours of Dolphin football on TV.

"...because they are of the mind that players are just interchangeable parts -- all equally important and none more valuable than any others..."

Yes, Dolphins players are like wooden chess figures- they must fit the system. A player showing unusual ability playing outside of their schemes has very little increase in value to this staff. Consequently, the "no special plays for Wallace" quote attributed to J Philbin; R Bush gone; B Marshall gone, etc. It's a system where players like B Hartline can do well but in which those with extraordinary talents may consistently underachieve.

can we please just send a message and cut patterson

I posted some QB facts for you trolls to choke on this morning...Look above and gobble it up. As always I post facts/stats you guys just talk the same old tired opinionated jaded crap.

My bad I meant to type MOST IMPROVED not MOST VALUABLE in relation to Clay and Vernon at 10:43.

The foot ball game is today.

This is the only place where I hear other Dolphins fans calling for Philbin's firing. It's a mindset that simply does not exist aside from you weirdos, even though I'm sure you have thoroughly convinced yourselves otherwise.

Kris, you spoke wisdom when you said great QBs make coaches look better. We'll see how this month unfolds, but so far Philbin isn't looking like the genius that coordinated the head-of-the-class Green Bay offense. Partly he never called the plays there (only came up with the game plan), and he never had to handle the decisions a HC is involved in (defense, managing the locker room, etc.). Much like his record (possibly over 2 years) Philbin looks to be a mediocre HC.

I don't know if Miami wins. They're in every game, but it always comes down to the last few minutes. Sometimes, you just need to blow a team away. I guess we don't have the consistency to do that.

I think if Ireland is fired then so is Philbin. The new GM will want "his" type of coach in charge

Mando says Tannehill needs to put the team on his shoulders, I disagree. I think he just needs to make plays in the 4th quarter. Generally, we're in the game in the 4th quarter, with a chance to put it away. And then the offense sputters. And then the defense folds. If Tannehill can make those early 4th quarter plays, especially this week, he puts the pressure on the opposing QB, and Geno Smith hasn't shown the consistency to step up to that pressure. We make those 4th quarter plays, and we probably come away with a victory.

Posted by: real world | December 01, 2013 at 11:01 AM
real world, like MTV 'reality show' Real World?

It has to be discouraging for Nyets fans to look up and see a whole section of Phin fans today. It makes sense with all the transplants to show up to their games in Miami...but for Phin fans to claim a whole section in NY. WOW.

...they are of the mind that players are just interchangeable parts -- all equally important and none more valuable than any others…

That's the point Armando. The Dolphins DO believe this - that's what is wrong with this team. That's why they take out the best defenders at crucial times in a game, believing that there is not difference in talent. That's why Thomas and Miller "share" time carrying the ball. -- It's one of a few big flaws with Coach Philbin and his colleagues in the coaching both. Expect great things from Wallace, expect great things from Dion Jordan, expect great things from Wake, and expect great things from Ryan Tannehill…then maybe great things will finally happen for the Dolphins franchise! It all starts today!

Above average QB play makes everybody better...coaches included.....

Posted by: Kris | December 01, 2013 at 09:00 AM

Wow, such wisdom.

Ryan Tannehill has average stats and is a below average QB

If the Phins run the ball more than 10 times today, they will lose. The Jets can be and must be thrown on right from jump street. Miami wins if THill throws for 300+ with 2 TDs. If the Phins get ahead early, Geno will melt.

Look guys don't get too excited about what Philbin said it's coachspeak. What do you expect him to say...yeah our 2nd yr QB is our franchise player and the most important player on the team? Get a grip on reality will ya?

Clearly as the hair on Joe's head
.... .albeit it's not much
Aaron Rodgers was the hot QB that carried the team

Clearly Philbin is in denial one a player has an outstanding performance, he does carry the team to victory

Philbin was only a practice coach in GB

Wallace 3 TDs today

Whadda Ya Think !?

Such wishful thinking from the homer crowd.


Tannehill has this years Tennessee game today or next week.

I was right about the 1-5 start btw.

It just came after 3-0.

Am I going to be the only one left here when The Dolphins are 5-9 ?

Will the Dolphins be ranked 28th just like their offense when the all important power rankings come out this week ?

Will The Dolphins be in last place by days end ?

Go Jets, go Bills !!!

So many questions answered today.

"Helluva team"

If our first play on offense is the read-option, hold-the-ball-too-long, handoff to Miller up the middle (which usually goes for negative yardage) I think I'm going to punch a hole in my wall.

I think I'm going to punch a hole in my wall.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | December 01, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Use your head when doing it.

Moore as starting QB

Tannehill as WR

Philbin with a George Costanza hairpiece

Inconito w all the lunch money

J-Mart in a mental intitiution

What's happening to this Bozo franchise ?!

Marino w a Love Child !?

J-Martin w Blue Lipstick ?!

Wow! The Jets are favored at this moment by LV. WTH is going on in here? Miami was favored by almost 4 on Wednesday. Let me double check that.

Tannehill resembling a folding chair ?!

Totally cool that all those Dolphins fans are "taking over" a couple of sections but the truth is Miami has ALWAYS had a huge following at road games. Watch a replay of the famous "fake spike" game sometime. Half the crowd in that end zone leaps for joy when Marino throws the winning TD.

Anyone who has been to a Dolphins away game (and I've been to a bunch) has seen this. I was once in the crowd at a Dolphins/Ravens game (not long after the franchise ha moved from Cleveland) where the Miami fans were about 30-40% of the total and easily making more noise than the home folks. They were NOT happy!

Mando - getting older, fatter and wearing his pants over his naval w a tight belt ?!

Tampa Bays third round pick
QB Glennon way better than Tannehill already
and taller than our 3rd over all pick DE Jordan ?!

Might be Tannehill's last game

Brady is soooooooooooo Awesome and we got, ......
.......... tannehill


Geno due for a good game today

Bills def found a franchise QB in Manuel

Dolphins will consider what Home has known all along

Tannehill not an NFL franchise QB

hope RT works out but who knows. deosn't seem to have a good deep ball yet, his pocket awareness is still terrible. hopefully he runs more today when Rex starts blitzing the hell out of us.

go dolphins!

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 01, 2013 at 08:58 AM

On your epitaph it's going to say:

"He finally left my basement" - Mom

Pat White would make a good/improvement QB coach for Tannehill

Too early to say Home on Manuel, but he has had his moments this year.

3 more failures for Ireland besides RB Thomas and his illustrious career


All (3) 2012 NFL Draft picks by Ireland


Ireland sucks without question. Not many here would defend him.

Playing the Jets at home means Geno gets booed. Works for me.

Home's pick for the Phins
Rookie of the Year-Defense LB Luke Kuechly
is about to help his team WIN 8 in row

Go LB Luke!

Go Go Kuechly !

Second best thing to not making the playoffs is beating the stinking Jets t their house.

Wallace 3 TDs today
Whadda Ya Think !?
Posted by: Home on the Phins | December 01, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I'd say pass that blunt son....

lol@The Menace

Wallace 3 TDs today and ....
Foil Up !

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Home says Foil Up, the game is starting!

Go Fish!

Coaches know they are only as good as their QB, of course a good QB carries the team. Any coach that says they don't want their QB to carry the team should be fired.

You have false hope in Tannehill. He is not a serviceable NFL quarterback and is impeding the progress of the franchise. If Matt Moore was leading the Dolphins this year, they would make the playoffs without question.(2-3 more wins) With Tannehill, the Dolphins have no prayer. He can't make the crucial passes that are necessary to succeed in the league. He also has poor pocket awareness and decision making. He will take down the GM and Head Coach if they place the fortunes of the franchise with Tannehill.

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