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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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Kuechly is Clark Kent until the Reel Bullets Fly

then yup, ... German White Superman

and Cam is Super Nigga ! er mean Black Superman!

i merely evaluate what the pro's do. no pro ever drafted matt moore.

Exposing The Fraud,

You are exposing yourself again with your comments but most of the time you reveal some good humor so I read them.

64 NFL QB'S MAKE MORE THAN $1MIL/YR

And tens of millions of retard fans come to places like this to call them losers.

How did we get swindled out of our ability to reason so easily?

(32 starters +32 backups)

You said that THole will be on fire eH? You mean his
hemorrhoids will be aflame during the 2014 season eH?

Thanks a lot

ETF,

He will be competing against his inability to hit receivers on the routes over 10 yards, hitting Wallace in stride and just being more accurate. If he can not do that Philbin will replace him with Moore. We will not see T-hill remain in the game like he did in the last 2 games against the Bills and Jets with a horrific performance.

WHENEVER YOU SEE A STRETCH ESCALADE WITH TINT

You can be sure there are at least 2 NFL QBs inside pointing at us and what we do for a living and laughing at what losers we are.

Hang on, I think I have a poker stuck up my butt.

ETF,

Everyone knows that last comment is your pervert humor. The best thing about T-hill is his wife.....and so it goes.

OK FINFANS

READY FOR THE POLL OF THE DAY?


WHO IS THE WORST STARTING QB IN FOOTBALL?


A) CHAD HENNE

B) RYAN TANNEHILL

C) GENO SMITH

D) WHO CARES? LETS GO HEAT!

Every QB has something to prove every year. Hell even Russel Wilson has to prove he can do it without last years team to back him up. Brady has to prove he can win it all without video tapes and Adam Vinateri (still trying).

Fact is Tannehill has a lot to prove this season, anyone that thinks we're set with him is wishful thinking. We'll find out this season hopefully and I hope we address what is failing offensively so there's no excuses or justifications whether he's successful or fails.

The Dolphins need a quarterback who delivers in the clutch consistently on third downs, in the red zone and in the fourth quarter

An accurate QB who doesn't freeze like a Deer in the Head lights right before imminent death

A QB who doesn't fumble, bumble and stumble in the pocket

A QB who has a sense of awareness, that can step up or slide

A QB that knows when to run or throw the ball away when there is nothing else
instead of taking record number of sacks and blaming it on everyone else

What the Dolphins don't need and never needed was a reach at QB at number 8

and watch Kuechly at #9 go the Carolina Panthers and become
2012 Rookie 2012 MVP on Defense
and only at 22yrs l
2013 Most Valuable Player NFL Defense

and eventually HOF

Wheeler u say to that???

Home 4 GM

Iupati

&

Kuechly

Wow!

47 million for Fat Albert

Shirley u must be kidding ?

SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT

Winners: Bus drivers, custodians, bus passengers, the incarcerated, teen mothers, drunks, crackheads, brown men carrying 5 gallon paint buckets of mismatched tools

Losers: NFL Quarterbacks

Fat Albert sat out the end of last season four games becuz he thought he mighta had a knee injury

Albert had no Reel Knee Injury, just a lil stinger

and Fat Albert took 3 games of the yr b4 w a back injury

Now the Dolphins guaranteed Fat Albert 27 Million Dollars even if he never plays even one single snap

Home would have never done the deal

Home 4 GM

Posted by: ExposingThe Fraud | April 15, 2014 at 08:45 PM

There is more to life then just money. You have lots to learn, kid.

Although Home loved the play of Fiesty Finny in his day

@ yrs have passed and Finny w a broken face and chronic Hammy issue is not the same man

Finny outsmarted the Dolphins for 11 Million

Home would have never done the deal


Home 4 GM

2 yrs and Finny has done NADA

Home the Dolphins needed to make a splash, get the new coaches their guy at QB, and convince the fan base that were commited to improving the QB position.

Right or wrong they reached for Tannehill, which considering they were drafting a QB with their pick was not a reach as he was the next QB on most draft boards.

This season will show hopefully if he's the man or not. I'm personally sick of the gray area with him, I want to know without a doubt one way or the other.

Fish will try not to get hooked and REELed

Cuz the bottom of the 2014 Barrel is awaiting in the AFC east

Go Fish!

Darkoak went from ETF to Home, not knowing they are the same azzwipe! god is that boy DUMB.

Darkoak

Home already has spoken prior to the Tannehill pick

He certainly was not the man

LB Luke Kuechly was the man

have a HAARPy day !

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No more HAARPy days
for Tannehill
in 2015

I think the last game of the season said a lot about our leader...3 and about 20 he slides when the playoffs are on the line and comes up a couple of feet short. Geno Smith with nothing to play for puts his head down and takes out our cornerback and gets the first down. I'll still take Ryan over Geno, but those two plays speak to me. I need to see him get that first down next year and inspire the players around him doing it...

Wilfork, Mayo or Browner will rip of Tannehill's goofy head and bowl it don to the other end zone

Dolphins aren't going to spend a pick on a QB when they need a lot of depth elsewhere. UNLESS, it's a top-pick QB or Hickey really, really, likes him. Otherwise, I don't seem him using a pick that could otherwise strengthen the other weaker areas. Hate Tannehill all you want, he's still better than most, if not all, of the QB talent in this year's draft and then they have a little bit of security depth already, in case of injury.

Hickey isn't focused on the QB this year, that'll come next year.

Hickey finally catching on to Home speak about the fish signing too many Fat Guys and need play makers to score points

"You need playmakers and skill position played who can score touchdowns," Dennis Hickey said on 940WINZ when talking about receivers.

Posted by: Dose | April 15, 2014 at 09:00 PM

Loooooooser.......YES!

Home has another Moses supporter

Albeit
Home wants Ebron 1st
then Moses

trade up sightly and get both

So then the best way to see the options are from ESPN's dueling draftologists. Todd McShay says the Dolphins will then take Virginia tackle Morgan Moses. Writes McShay: "The biggest concern I have with this pick is whether the Dolphins think that Moses can play at right tackle, because he really came into his own during the 2013 season when he played left tackle after playing right earlier in his career. If Miami takes him here, it will obviously want Moses to start opposite newly acquired left tackle Branden Albert, so the Dolphins need to be comfortable with Moses making the transition. If they are, this is a great pick and potentially a steal at No. 19."

Posted by: Jagoff | April 15, 2014 at 08:56 PM

GFY......YES!

Bring us Moses:

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 35. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia, 6-6, 325, 5.28, 1-2...Naturally large -- sometimes too much so -- man with nimble feet and good overall strength. Has looked adept at playing either side. Enrolled at 350-plus pounds and will be one of those players who constantly fights against gaining weight. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/25/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Helped Themselves: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia - At 6-foot-6, 325 pounds, Moses possesses the frame you'd expect of a dominating run blocker and he showed the ability to clear wide rushing lanes throughout the week. Moses boosted his stock this week, however, by providing reliable pass protection, demonstrating the arm length (34 3/4"), balance and surprising athleticism teams are looking for in a top 64 selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: UVA's Moses parts the red D at South practice...Given the rapid ascension enjoyed by Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson at the Senior Bowl a year ago, one can't blame scouts for spending a lot of their time evaluating offensive linemen this week. Notre Dame's Zack Martin entered the week as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated offensive lineman participating in the Senior Bowl but with a terrific performance Tuesday afternoon by Virginia's Morgan Moses could result in a significant jump up the board. Alternately lining up at left and right tackle for the South team, the 6-foot-6, 325 pound behemoth showcased the length, quickness and balance to handle speed rushers like Auburn's Dee Ford (6-foot-2, 243 pounds) and Arkansas' Chris Smith (6-foot-1, 266 pounds), as well as powerful defenders like his former teammate, 6-foot-6, 298-pound defensive end Brent Urban.

Individual pass-rush drills favor the defensive players but other than one exception in which Ford beat Moses with a quick jab-step inside and explosive burst to his right, Moses handled left tackle duties well. When moved back to the right side, Moses also performed admirably, burying Urban with an emphatic pancake block that drew gasps from scouts in the stands. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OT-Morgan Moses, Sr., Virginia (22)...Moses started all 12 games at left tackle and finished his UVa career with 43 starts between both tackles positions and right guard. Moses was a key blocking component to help Parks became UVa's first 1,000-yard rusher in a season since 2004. The senior graded out over 90 percent in every game and averaged eight knockdowns per contest. Moses yielded only two sacks in 506 pass attempts, which included limiting Clemson's Vic Beasley (Bednarik and Lombardi Award semifinalists) to one tackle and zero sacks. - Virginia football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): T Morgan Moses, Virginia, 6-6, 325, Sr., Richmond, Va. (76)...Moses (Richmond, Va.), an early invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, started all 12 games at left tackle and finished his UVa career with 43 starts between both tackles positions and right guard. Moses was a key blocking component to help Parks became UVa's first 1,000-yard rusher in a season since 2004. The senior graded out over 90 percent in every game and averaged eight knockdowns per contest

09/09/2013 - Even in lopsided loss, Virginia OT Morgan Moses boosts grade...While Oregon is, of course, best known for their talent on the offensive side of the ball, these Ducks are significantly more powerful along the defensive line than in years past. Moses faced a gauntlet of pass rushers that ranged from speedy junior Tony Washington (6-3, 243) to stouter defensive linemen like Taylor Hart (6-6, 287) and Arik Armstead (6-8, 280). Regardless of the challenger, Moses held up nicely in what was just his second start at left tackle.

Moses showed good initial quickness and was smooth in his kick-step despite his inexperience dropping from the left side. He caught defenders with his long, strong arms and protected the edge nicely, giving Virginia quarterback David Watford enough time to scan the field throughout this game. His only hiccup in pass protection, in fact, ironically came when he was leaning too far left, allowing a counter-move from Washington to slip between he and left guard Luke Bowanko.

As one might expect given his bulk, Moses is a powerful drive blocker in the running game. He's also surprisingly quick to the second-level, showing enough foot-speed to latch onto linebackers. Moses' block of athletic outside linebacker Boseko Lokombo, in fact, provided the lane through which running back Khalek Shepherd scampered 45 yards for Virginia's only touchdown of the game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2013 - Even in lopsided loss, Virginia OT Morgan Moses boosts grade...With Oregon boasting as much individual talent as any team in college football,

Jets game, last game of season, virtual playoff, 3rd and 21, Tannehill takes off and slides feet first after gaining 20, no one within 3 to 5 yards of him, Tannehill a former wide receiver, slides feet first on a crucial play in a crucial game. Right then and there I knew he was a loser.

08/11/2013 - TOP VIRGINIA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Morgan Moses (6-6, 330, 5.48)....A native of Richmond, Va., Moses found the field early in his career and earned regular playing time, starting 30 games at right tackle the past three seasons. But with Aboushi now in the NFL, Moses transitions to the left side as a senior, a move that NFL scouts will watch closely. Moses is a large human being and one of the better 330-plus-pound athletes on the planet; very few blockers his size can get out in front of his running back and demolish defenders 30 yards downfield like he can.

Moses has a wide base, broad shoulders and uses angles well to shield defenders with strong hands to latch and drive. He tends to underestimate speed off the edge and lacks the recovery quickness to regain positioning, struggling with consistent focus at times. Moses lunges and bends at the waist too much, but his size and length combination usually allows him to get away with it. If he can hold up at left tackle, Moses will only bolster his already strong pro resume and projects as a better NFL prospect than his former teammate Aboushi. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

I'm a Loooooooser.......YES!
Posted by: Darkoak | April 15, 2014 at 09:23 PM

Cant argue that.

Don't feed the trolls Jerk Jerk, I mean JJ. Lol

Home Right On on Morgan Moses for the Miami Dolphins at starting RT

Go Dolphins!

O-line newbies to stop the cry babies

Albert, Moses, Fox, Smith and resign McKinney

to go w Garner & Pouncey

Go Dolphins!

Moses in the second sounds fair to me.

Terrell Davis said he would have about 4000 yards a season running behind Morgan Moses & his beard on the NFL Network

Moses says
He can do whatever Albert can do

Home says
check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOYQIhzguA4


Moses in the second sounds fair to me.
Posted by: Darkoak | April 15, 2014 at 09:45 PM

Can he play QB?

Tannehill is not even Jay Fiedler good.

Tanny reminds me of John Beck.

RYAN TANNEHILL 32 td passes, 11 int's, 5 Rush tds, 4500 yards passing in 2014. BOOK IT HATERS!!!!

"just saying" reminds me of Simple Jack from Tropicthunder

Posted by: JJ | April 15, 2014 at 09:54 PM

I guess you missed Home posting all over Moses and that he is tackle lol.

Reading comprehension problems, check!

Thad Lewis > T-Puke

Darkoak, JJ

Maybe ur really dense or simply don't follow football
butt just to clue u
Morgan is a tackle

freakin brains tems on here are something else, man

Al Sharpton A-Crack is > Just saying

just saying

One RT prospect in the upcoming draft that is currently projected to be available at 32 that I think the Seahawks would love is Morgan Moses. Moses started 43 of the 48 games that he played in during his Virginia career. 31 of these starts were at RT before kicking over to play LT in his senior season. He has tons of game experience, he is extremely durable and is versatile.

Additionally, Moses is 6'6" tall, weighs 314 lbs, and has 34 ¾" arms. To put this in perspective, James Carpenter was 6'5" tall, weighed 321, and had 34" inch arms when they took his measurements at the combine. Moses is essentially the same size as Carpenter was and Carpenter has never been misunderstood as anything less than a whale of a man.

Carpenter's size was something that attracted the Seahawks to him and it is something that will certainly catch their eye when it comes to Moses. After the Seahawks drafted Carpenter in the first round, Tom Cable said this about the pick,

"He was a left tackle at Alabama obviously, but he's a guy we'll start the process with at right tackle knowing he has the ability to move around if we need to. But I like a lot of things about this guy; a big, massive guy - 321 pounds, a lot of length and a lot of power."

If the Seahawks were to draft Moses, expect Cable to share similar sentiments because this is how Moses can be described. He was a LT at Virginia, if drafted by the Seahawks would compete immediately at RT, could possibly play LT, he's massive, has a lot of length, and a lot of power.

In my opinion, Moses is the 2nd best run blocker in the country behind Greg Robinson. When Moses gets his 324 pound body and 9 ¾" hands on defenders, he can move them wherever he wants to on the field.

I'm a Loooooooser.......YES!
Posted by: Darkoak | April 15, 2014 at 09:23 PM

Posted by: dbo the great | April 15, 2014 at 09:59 PM

Lol, nice!

U Get That, Huh ?

Home OUT !

SMH

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