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Tannehill much to prove, but not the most to prove

This is the time of year we get caught up in bottom of the roster free agent signings and the visits of college prospects that will be drafted on May 10 (in rounds 4-7) or picked up as undrafted free agents.

Can we be honest?

All that is well and good, but the difference for the Dolphins in 2014 will rest mostly in the hands, and right arm, of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Entering his third season and first season away from the Mike Sherman offense he's known and sometimes but not always loved the past five years, Tannehill has a ton to prove. Is he ready to make a jump from mediocrity? Is he the future of the Dolphins franchise? Can he be a winner?

Tannehill recently told ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson that, "I've got to make a big jump."

So the Miami quarterback understands the grace period of the past few years is over. Fans want to see more from him -- in the pocket, in big games, on his deep throws, on the leadership front. And coaches, who are counting on him to produce so they can stay employed, are similarly going to ask him to raise his level of play.

But as with all things, the local focus clouds the reality that even though Tannehill is under the microscope in South Florida, he's not nearly under as much pressure as other quarterbacks around the league.

ESPN's NFL live today had a segment on quarterbacks with the most to prove in 2014. It was an interesting exercise. And it showed why Tannehill may feel the need to show significant growth ... but he's not under the kind of pressure other QBs are about to face.

Consider the Salguero list of QBs with the most to prove in 2014:

10. Tony Romo ... He's coming off back surgery and he has the weight of the Metroplex and America's Team on his back. His defense has been terrible and if he doesn't play well, his team will stink. Oh, and by the way, critics don't trust him in late-game situations and he hasn't gotten his team in the playoffs since 2009.

9. Joe Flacco ... That $120 million contract was a wonderful reward for winning the Super Bowl in Feb. 2013, but what did he do for an encore? Flacco's defending champions missed the playoffs last year and were actually eliminated from the playoff hunt in a game Flacco threw three interceptions. Flacco finished 2013 with 19 TDs and 22 INTs.

8. Jake Locker ... This is probably his final chance to prove he's a franchise quarterback before the Titans move on to finding a new franchise quarterback. Locker, going into his fourth season, not only must prove he's a good player but that he's also durable. He played only seven games last season and hasn't played more than 11 in any of his three NFL seasons.

7. Andy Dalton ... It's no longer about the regular season for Dalton and the Bengals, although he's had some notable failures there as well. But Dalton has been terrible in getting what is considered an otherwise very good NFL team to play well in the playoffs. And if you cannot play well in the playoffs, you aren't elite.

6. Eli Manning ... He had a terible season (27 interceptions) behind a terrible offensive line. And he's recovering from ankle surgery. The fact he recovered from his last terrible season with a Super Bowl win and has won the Big One twice is good enough to give Manning the benefit of the doubt for now. But keep playing poorly in 2014 and New York will turn on him.

5. Geno Smith ... Terrible quarterback play was a thing in New York last year. The difference between Smith and Manning is the Jets went out and got a guy to replace Smith in Michael Vick. So the job is Smith's for now, but he has to prove he's better than slightly terrible to keep it.

4. Josh McCown ... Remember him? He was in the Dolphins' 2008 training camp but became expendable when Chad Pennington decided he wanted to play for Bill Parcells. Well, last year McCown was the Godsend, this time to the Bears. He was amazing in throwing 13 TDs and only one INT. And now he's Tampa Bay's starter. But he has to stay on the course he plotted last year to keep the job. And given his career history, that will require hard work.

4, tied. Sam Bradford ... The Rams are committed to him as their franchise quarterback and are paying him $14 million this year as a result. But that takes a lot of faith because Bradford has been unable to stay on the field long enough to convince many people outside the Rams organization he's elite. Pressure is on to do that this year.

3. Colin Kaepernick ... He's been good and he's helped a very good team get good results. But he wants a new contract that pays around $18 million per year and doesn't have the benefit of a championship or classic QB style to drive home the point. So what's it going to be? Are you an $18 million QB? Are you championship caliber? Or not?

3, tied. Matt Schaub ... In 2009 he threw for the equivalent of 2.7 miles (4,770 yards) and was considered a solid if not spectacular starter. But last year, playing for a talented team with great receivers, a fine running back and behind a solid offensive line, Schaub became a human pick six machine. And that got him benched and eventually cut. He's been exiled to the NFL version of Siberia (aka Oakland) now were he must play well to simply stay in the league.

2. Johnny Manziel ... He's not even in the NFL and already he's a magnet for controversy. Does he have a bad attitude? Does he feel entitled? Or does he indeed have that magic he showed at Texas A&M and will it translate to the NFL? Is he the next Russell Wilson or Fran Tarkenton? Oh yeah, whatever QB needy team that takes him will be under immediate pressure to play him.

1. Robert Griffin III ... The Redskins in this draft will continue to pay the ransom of draft picks they gave up to get him and hope that after a terrible sophomore campaign, RG3 can return to his rookie form. The question is will he prosper under QB whisperer Jay Gruden? Will he stay healthy? Will he be more than a spread option, one-read thrower?

So you think Tannehill has a lot to prove? He's not even in the top 10.

It's all relative, folks.


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Rd 1. TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Rd 2. WR Jordan Matthews, Vandy

Rd 3. LB Christian Jones, FSU

Rd 4. OT James Hurst, UNC

Rd 5. OT Luke Lucas, KSU

Rd 6. G Zach Fulton, Tennessee

Rd 7. OT/G Andrew Norwell, OSU

Posted by: Leo | April 15, 2014 at 05:42 PM

That's an awful lot of writing just to predict a 6-10 2014 season. :)


This blog makes zero sense. No one ever said Tannehill had more to prove to anyone. How the heel you branch this off to where you took it Armando?

There isn't a dolfan in a America who gives two flying f--ks what happens to those qb's you listed. Has absolute ZERO to do with the 2014 fate or none fate of Tannehill.


None of your top 10 players play for the dolphins.

T-Puke has already proven he stinks. Why does it take the Dolphins 4 years to realize it?

Salguero: "local focus" distorts fans' perspective on NFL as whole.


Salguero: [walks away, whistling]


None of your top 10 players play for the dolphins.

Posted by: Finfan | April 15, 2014 at 06:04 PM

See Im not only one seeing this as a complete not going anywhere blog writing. Guess Armando thinks of all his lowly audience here as the "dumb peanut gallery".

Many of them do not even know Armando berates them when referring to them as "The Peanut Gallery".

The term "Peanut Gallery" alone can be looked upon as racially charged. Blacks could not sit atop in movie theatres and "whites" would pilfer them with peanuts and only God knows what else down below.

Excellent perspective. Tannehill is here for some time yet.

Ugh, hate to say it but I don't see the Dolphins drafting a QB. They're going to give Tannehill a year or two under Lazor and they're not going to replace Moore this year.

Exactly wrong approach.


Every QB you listed is better than Tannehill. In fact, Manning, Flacco, and Kaepernick are franchise QB's. And Manziel may be the best QB coming out of college in the last 10 years.

I think the name Sam I AM is religiously charged as God is the great I AM. It also mocks the Cat in the Hat.

As for racial charging, shove it up your arse, Sam.

I think we will see a big improvement in Tannehill this year
better coaching
better offensive line
Will have a new receiver from this draft
Will have a running game so teams cannot stack 8 or 9 in the box against him when they knew we were going to pass
a more versatile cadence ( I hope) to throw off defenses and even get some offside penalties against them
So overall I am confident we will see a much better performance this year
Obviously the Draft will tell lots. If we get a good RT and another receiver or TE we will become a much better offensive team
And if we add a good Guard also to boot then we will have a hell of a running game even if we do not draft a RB which I think we will. (At least a fullback to pick up third and one or fourth and inches.
So I for one am optimistic we will be better and wish Hickey lots of luck in this his first draft.

Interesting article. But Tannehill has to prove he has the accuracy to be an NFL QB. The others have at least proven that.

I think the name Sam I AM is religiously charged as God is the great I AM. It also mocks the Cat in the Hat.

As for racial charging, shove it up your arse, Sam.

Posted by: Sam I'm Not | April 15, 2014 at 06:13 PM

That's the best you got Armando?

It seems to me that Tannehill made some excellent throws last Season, all he needs is consistency in throwing them.

Jake Locker? They are still trying with him? Puhleeees


The thing is, none of your bloggers want to read anything but Tannehill bashing. For some reason it gives them gratification.

Romo, Flacco, Manning, and Kaepernick have nothing to prove.

There are a bunch of good form QBs in this Draft with potential to become great Players in the NFL. I would draft one of them.

Not surprisingly from a guy who can't spell 'Arctic' (and doesn't even know where the Titanic sunk), you have it COMPLETELY BACKWARDS, Sam.

In the days of racial segregation, black patrons were required to sit in the UPPER seats at theaters---further away from the stage or screen---rather than the lower seats as you stated.

Additionally, the origins of the term "peanut gallery" had no racial connotation whatsoever. It referred to any patrons sitting in the cheap seats in the days of Vaudeville who were known to be rowdy and often heckled and tossed peanuts at the performers.

How many other things will you get wrong today?

How many of the other QB's have had 2 years with a horrible OL and no running game plus 58 sacks and keeps on ticking ? None
enough said
Give the kid a chance he will be one of the best QB's this year
all it took is some changes.
The biggest of them is getting rid of Sherman

Excuses galore for TannePuke. Same as we heard for Henne.

SAM is under the delusion that he is bright.

You can't help people like that, teacher. They have no idea that they're dimwitted.

Not Armando. Only a tool would think himself important enough that the blog author is going to blast him using a fake name. LOL.

This will be a much better year for Tannehill
Whether we make the playoffs or not, he will prove that he is a good Quarterback.
he will have more weapons just by improving the OL and the running backs.
Thanks for pointing out the obvious Armando. Good article

Prove it this year or get out of town. Leave your wife.

Tannehill will be cut after next season. He's just terrible.

Who's saying Manziel is the best in 10 years?

Let's see how many teams trade up for him.

Kuechly = HOF

Tannehill = H0Shame

locker lit us up last yr, for a head shrink u have shiity memory.

Good points Mando

Butt Face . . . It

Tannehill has done nothing yet
butt fail and disappoint

There r all those negative records in Miami and the NFL
Tannehill did earn those

Realist is so lame
Everyone knew Henne sucked.
Tannehill almost threw for more yards than Henne did in 2 years.

I'm a Miami Dolphin fan. I route and cheer every game no matter what. I don't care if they go 12-4 or 4-12. I like my fins!

Draft qb 1st rd until we get it right. Ireland didn't. :)

Tannehill did pass almost 600 times for almost 4000 YDs mostly in catch up junk yards

We know it's nothing passing for almost 4000 yards when u have almost 600 attempts in todays NFL

and over 1000 of those yards were junk in garbage time

the Tanny lovers bring it up
cuz they got nothing else

Every qb on Armando's list was a better college qb than Tannehill.

Armando's list is full proof Tannehill is doomed to fail. Draft Manziel now! :)

Always stay to the left of this Page. You go to the right side and some annoying commercial will begin to play. Armando seems to be Lefty.

Tannehil >RG3>Dalton>Gabbert>Locker>Ponder

I'm a Miami Dolphin fan. I route and cheer every game no matter what. I don't care if they go 12-4 or 4-12. I like my fins!
Posted by: Voegel | April 15, 2014 at 06:46 PM

You must like dial up telephone and internet too, right?

Hickey is doing an amazing job except for paying way too much at 47 Million for Fat Albert or 11 Million to Finny

Signing 3 o-linemen and a blocking RB means we have a lot of fat guys that don't score points

Shirley we r competing for 3rd place w the Bills again this season

This is going to be exciting playing against Wilfork, Mayo, Revis & Browner
players that did not play against us last year on defense

Going to be exciting playing against Mike Vick who played injured last season and still had a higher QBR than Tannehill

Decker and his 24 Passing TDs primarily in the Red Zone
Chris Johnson who is a Dolphin Killer and even w a knee injury earned 1500 all purpose yards last season

Dont forget about Jacoby Ford and the JETS 12 draft picks

or the Bills new LB Trio which is all the talk of the NFL


Jake Locker sukkks, has always sukkkked and will forever sukkk = to Chad Henne.(Why no trade Bridegwater to Jax for 2 rds picks)

I'm a Miami Dolphin fan. I route and cheer every game no matter what. I don't care if they go 12-4 or 4-12. I like my fins!
Posted by: Voegel | April 15, 2014 at 06:46 PM

You must like dial up telephone and internet too, right?

Posted by: LOL | April 15, 2014 at 06:50 PM

Remember, this guy "route" for his team. What happened to the good ole days when a fan would "root" for his team?


Jake Locker beat Ryan Tannehill. So did 2-4 other qb's who will soon be out of the NFL. :)

Ryan Leaf, er, . .. Tannehill is not a franchise QB

The Bumbling sports owner idiot annotated Tannehill's jersey number to be retired right at the draft when the reached for this idiot

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home

"Annotated?" He wanted explanatory notes next to his jersey number?

You mean "anointed?"

This would be a great year to get a NY JET jersey w all players autographing it in Training Camp

Classic year for the Rex Ryan's team

Armando, the readers hate this post because it makes the case clearly that the sky is NOT falling. And the people here hate that.

Good work.

This would be a great year to get a New England Patriots jersey w all players autographing it in Training Camp

Classic year for the BB & Tom Brady's team

Def in the AFC championship game


You argue against your own opinions daily. Tannehill beat Brady Ben and Luck, so I guess he is better.

Dude, let some gas out of the bag...

You mean "anointed?"

glad u figured that out


In realizing that Tanne has to learn a new offense, does that give him a pass on making the "big leap"? Maybe the only reason he has played as well as he has is because it was the same offensive he ran in college. Wonder how he would have looked if he had a new off. to learn his rookie yr. I'm not sure how he will flourish in lazor's play calling but i think this is his last yr to be the guy. draft a QB and put some pressure on him and lets see if he steps up.


Reel, so you spend so much time posting about an awful team. Why not find a team you like? Happiness too depressing for ya?

Gotta get a 20 ox mug of 100 Captain Morgans and fresh tropical fruit juice to wash down this Jordan belfort sized handful of meds

bb in a couple min's

Home, no one cares about your boyfriend Kuchy boy.
Get a life.
Why don't you tweet him since you love him so much?

42.1,45.6 LAST 2 CRITICAL games,THOLE Played well eH? Those aren't TD to points ratio numbers eH? Guess eH? JAJAJAJAJAJA eH?

Well three of the Dolphin receivers got injured. If that was on Tannehill it's very hard to validate. However if Tannehill was able to hit Wallace in stride the Dolphins would have made the playoffs. The Dolphins have invested a lot in T-hill but I expect that the preseason will bring on a real heated competition for the starting QB position. Moore may have some flaws but he won when given the chance and he has great touch on the deeper routes. I also expect the Dolphins might go for a QB in the 3rd or 4th round.

Armando has no need for advertisements here. With the Troll producing hits under 1000 names and with his salary from TMH, he has enough $$$ to live comfortably, without any luxuries though, as it pertains to a very Religious Man.

Jew Seltzer,

Got a Jordan Belort sized handful of Meds and have a 20 oz 100 proof Capt. Morgans and fresh tropical fruit juice on the way

not sure what kind of mood to expect
it will be fun and exciting anyWHOO!

Chris Johnson sign yet? :)

Kuechly is Clark Kent until the Reel Bullets Fly

then yup, ... German White Superman

and Cam is Super Nigga ! er mean Black Superman!

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