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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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Posted by: Darkoak | April 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Who is calling who dumb? You come here all day feeding the trolls and reposting all their posts? Boy you be dumber than rat poop.

Reel,
You been in here quite a bit today continuously.
Might be time to cycle the meds brah.

Posted by: Questionable Intelligence | April 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Hey genius, trolling happens regardless of me. You post your moronic crap daily.

Get bent.......YES!

ALL NFL QB'S ARE LOSERS AND ALL BLOG POSTERS ARE

Winners. Makes sense to me brah.

ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF MIAMI ARE WINNERS EXCEPT

Ryan Tannehill - he is a loser.

Not it's starting to make sense.

T-Puke stinks.

WHEN I WANT TO SEE THE WINNERS OF THE WORLD I WATCH

The First48/Miami.
When I want to see the losers of the world I look at a Ryan Tannehill image.

HennePuke > TannePuke

THE NEW WORLD ORDER

Winners: the people living in filth and squalor and poverty and violence and ignorance and heat and humidity and horrid smells and horrid noises.

Losers: Young, white, millionaire, college graduate, NFL QBs that are married to hot looking women.

You do know how to make me stop.

TPuke
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Homers
Bwooooook!

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Tannehill is a winner not a wiener go miami go number 1 bBy

Troll must die blood eagle

Ragnaw loves me some dolphins

I am a dentist

Darkoak is a Shart that can type.

Ryan Tannehill, worst starting QB in the league?

Agree, all ten of those QBs are better than T-puke. He hasn't proven anything in two seasons. And he BETTER get the long throw accuracy right this time. Only giving him the benefit of doubt due to crappy O-line play, crappy running backs, and no weapons his first year.

NFL.coms 2 round mock draft has the Dolphins taking Chris Boreland at 50. That's would be a great pick up!


Can someone please cite an example of a famous quarterback who stunk at throwing the long ball and suddenly "learned" how to throw one while starting for a NFL team?

Posted by: tiredfinfan | April 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

He had a good OL and RB his 1st year. Jake Long and Reggie Bush. Tanny still stunk.

Ok, I just read all the posts.
I want my 5 minutes back.
Some people are cool. But there is ONE poster that's pretty much the dumbest person
I know. And that says a lot.

The First 48 = Valuable lesson to be learned every episode

Who watches First 48 for updates on their baby daddy?

ETF = KY gel , baby oil and Dorritos

I get sexual gratification putting down Tannescum, but I don't get it from anything else.

THE FIRST 48/MIAMI IS ON - TUNE IN TO SEE WHAT WINNERS

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Can someone please cite an example of a famous quarterback who stunk at throwing the long ball and suddenly "learned" how to throw one while starting for a NFL team?

Posted by: Franchise Of The Fallen

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Easy. Terry Bradshaw.

He was horribly inaccurate his first couple of years...was even routinely benched. Took years for him to get it together.

Last I checked, he was also in the HOF and had four rings.

Well, you asked.

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Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | April 06, 2014 at 06:35 PM


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Posted by: LOL! | April 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Did you get your daily dose of attention? Does that make up for the fact your family hates you? Does lashing out at strangers makes you feel less inadequate?

I think I have you pegged. Everyone here would agree.

Mando sounds like a jest fan... tannehill has a lot to prove? how can you prove anything when your OC won't let you roll out or your OL gives up 59 sacks? but the way mando whines about it.. tannehill has a lot to prove.. get real.. name one qb who could have the season RT had along with 59 sacks.. Peyton? his ankle would have given out.. Brees? his shoulder would be gone.. Brady? He gets happy feet with the OL he has now.. Romo? he sucks even when he has weapons.. he'd die behind Miami's line last year.. If last year doesn't prove we have the toughest QB in the league and that he can roll out or do some QB options then my beloved Dolphins are... the jets I guess, big sigh.. the dolphins have a lot to prove to tannehill that they can keep him upright so he can do his job..!!

FEAR THE FINS!!

Who is going around measuring penises?
Who has a ruler in their pocket?

Bradshaw was always an accurate passer.

Promichael, didn't see most of the Jets game, but how can you say there was good protection in the Bills game? Really???? Didn't he get knocked out of that game and when Moore play one series he threw a pick while under a ton of pressure. I did see a come from behind victory against the Pats late in the season. I guess we should go back to playing the Lemons and Feelys of the world.

Reel Dolphin in sight w Home is the winner of today's dumbest poster award! Congrats my friend!

Alot of unwarranted negativity towards Tannehill on here. Was he great? No but he did lead a team to .500 with the worst Oline in Dolphins history. Consider they couldn't pass protect or open up a hole/get enough push for a RB to gain 1 yd on 3rd and 1 so many times.

I say Tanehill performed admirably considering he carried the entire offense in only his 2nd season. If he didn't do it who did? Miller? Wallace?

Open your eyes to reality trolls, Tannehill is one of the best QB's to come into the pros in the past 5 years.

Tannehill is following the exact same career path as Chad Henne. The homers need to take off their rose colored glasses. We will never win without a much better QB.

1) Another dissappointing entry Mando. April 2014 is one of the worst month in this blog's history.

2) Josh MacCown (career backup), Matt Schaub (with mediocre Raiders), Flacco and Eli (with both millions in the bank and rings on their fingers) would have more pressure than Tannehill? This is stupid. Cashiers at Walmart have more pressure than Matt Schaub!

3) On that list, only Bradford (clearly) and Dalton (possibly) run the risk of getting kicked out, just as T-Hill if he does not produce this year.

We were used to Shula's Drafts, where always at least 2 Players each year became instant starters or immediate contributors. Now, it's been 20 years since we have had any consistency in drafting impact Players.

Tannehill is following the exact same career path as Chad Henne. The homers need to take off their rose colored glasses. We will never win without a much better QB.

Posted by: VaFin | April 16, 2014 at 03:59 AM

Henne never threw for over 20 TD's and he HAD a running game AND a premier WR in Marshall.

I think you need to take off your shite smeared glasses!

Leo just made the line worse than last year with that draft. Plus, Ebron is not there at 19.

Tannehill has a lot to prove to US Mando,,,,Us. We don't give a sh** about other QBs they don't play for the Dolphins, or not yet. The biggest bugaboo that vex's Tannehill is his throws over 25 yds. Tanne went 7-35 in passes over 30 yds, now thats pitiful.
You can blame it this or that, but the stats don't lie and I hate stats. Some say "stats are for losers",,,,well, the Dolphins are losers!!

All the QB's listed are better than Tannehill.

UGA's Aaron Murray is the real deal. I have watched this kid play and he is a winner. Bad luck he was hurt last year and could not finish the season or he would be ranked much higher. He would be a great pick in the fourth round. Moore is only under contract for this upcoming season and Devlin has proved nothing. Murray would be an insurance policy for Tannehill going forward (or his replacement) just sayin

Mando:

I like this article.

It isn't your usual Dolphins bashing. Tannehill is very underrated given his performance on a bad team.

He does need to work on his pocket awareness but given his patchwork OL perhaps that wasn't all on him. Also, he needs to get rid of the ball faster and I suspect with another year of experience under his belt he will. He improved quite a bit from year one to year two and hopefully the third year will be even better.

GO PHINS~!

Good job Salguero.

Most here won't believe you. But you are correct.

DragonFly34,

Speak for yourself. I care about other QB's. Good article Mando

All of you guys are straight LOSER and diffently Stupid to draft a Qb dont waste a pick! Next headline "dolphins going through another qb changing year " mann ya need to throw you computers away and smash your face in it ..tannehill is in his third year. He haves more to prove obvious ya are not blind to the numbers !

Kuechly = HOF
Tannehill = H0Shame
Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 15, 2014 at 06:43 PM

If there were a blog hall of shame

I have to disagree with your list Armando. I think it's a joke to have Joe Flacco on any endangerment list. The guy JUST won a SB. He's 1 yr removed, and someone REALLY thinks he's in a make-or-break year because he signed a huge deal. News flash, he signed the deal for what he DID, and the POSSIBILITY of doing it again, not what he's yet TO do. That's a joke to have him anywhere on that list.

Jake Locker, REALLY? Only dolts give a QB 4 Seasons to prove they are worthy anymore. This guy is a Chad Henne dud, it's just some are slow on the draw and don't want to believe their lying eyes. He's done, so no make-or-break anything.

Andy Dalton? ANDY DALTON? The guy who's GOTTEN his team to the Playoffs EVERY year he's in the league. Sure, you want more, but are you really going to chance replacing him with a guy who CAN'T even get there? Doubt it. SERIOUSLY doubt Marvin Lewis will replace him, so HE'S off the list.

Geno Smith. So, you're putting a 2nd year starter, who might just get demoted, over Tannehill who will be FIRED if he can't get over the 8-win bump. That's just a joke.

Josh McCown, pressure. You mean a career journeyman who isn't expecting anything (being in the league so long) who has a chance to finally be a starter. Seems like he has the LEAST pressure of them all. This is all gravy. He's already BEEN axed off the "competent starter" list. He had a good Season as a backup, so is getting his chance. But he surely understands one slip-up and he's back in the co-pilot's chair. I don't see how he has any pressure whatsoever. He's just taking it as it comes.

Kaepernick isn't going anywhere. Yeah, he wants to get paid, that's not pressure. What's really the difference between 18mil and say 12-15mil. I'd say not a lot. A few frivolous toys (houses, cars, boats). I wouldn't put him so high.

Here's my list: RG3, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, RYAN TANNEHILL, Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, Matt Shaub, Colin Kaepernick, Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler.

If Bridgewater is there at 19 we have to take him.

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 MVP on Defense
and only at 22 yrs old
2013 Most Valuable Player NFL Defense

and eventually HOF

Wheeler u say to that???

need a
qb still

"Easy. Terry Bradshaw.

He was horribly inaccurate his first couple of years...was even routinely benched. Took years for him to get it together.

Last I checked, he was also in the HOF and had four rings.

Well, you asked."

Well no I knew about Bradshaw stinking in general at first, but I didn't know it was specifically his inability to throw the long ball. Truly wondering if anyone has overcome this, because RT throws well except for this...

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