Have you noticed what has happened this Miami Dolphins offseason?
Well, a lot of things have transpired since the end of 2015. Players have come. Players have gone. Coaches have come, coaches have gone. And in the exchange that is the rebuilding process for the 2016 Dolphins, one thing remains an over-arching theme that cannot be denied:
It's all about Ryan Tannehill.
From the very top of the organization to the bottom, direction defining moves have been made with the quarterback in mind.
Let's take them in reverse chronological order, shall we?
The recent NFL draft was supposed to be all about defense for the Dolphins. Defense, defense, defense.
Except ... It was about offense. Six of the eight draft picks play on offense.
The first round pick is offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and he is going to be a starting guard, if the current plan doesn't get adjusted by the start of the season. And that will address the single most glaring weakness on offense the past four years while Tannehill became the most sacked quarterback (184 sacks) during that span.
Third round pick? Running back and most likely a third-down back at that, so a mismatch Tannehill is supposed to be able to employ out of the backfield.
Another third rounder? Wide receiver.
So this draft, unintended or not, is supposed to greatly help Ryan Tannehill.
The hiring of a new head coach? Adam Gase was hired because he's dynamic and young and comes with a great history of getting quarterbacks right. He comes having helped lift Peyton Manning to a TD throwing record in 2013 -- Gase's first year as the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator.
Gase arrived, having rehabilitated Jay Cutler last season in Chicago from an aloof, seemingly unhappy guy who made a lot of mistakes, threw a lot of interceptions, and didn't have a lot fun playing, to a guy who can once again be considered a franchise quarterback in the Windy City.
The Dolphins hired a Quarterback Whisperer for Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill under Gase gets a coach who is going to have his back. I wrote that over a month ago. Indeed, if you want to catch up on all the columns I've written, go to the Armando Salguero page at The Miami Herald, bookmark it and go there daily for updates on my latest work. (Yeah, come here too, of course).
But I digress.
You know Joe Philbin, who once wanted to draft Derek Carr to replace Tannehill, didn't always have Tannehill's back so there's that.
Tannehill is going to get to audible this season. Yippie for Ryan Tannehill! He never complained publicly about not having the full range of that option under Philbin but Tannehill privately hated the constraint the past couple of years. Now, those chains are going to be coming off as the offense progresses.
It's about Tannehill, folks. And the degree that is true stretched all the way to the team's building philosophy for 2016. When the team set about to rebuild for '16, the fact Tannehill is here played a key role in determining what that rebuild philosophy would be.
"What we're trying to do is get better. We're trying to win," owner Stephen Ross said when I asked what outline the team was following this offseason. "I think we have a lot of great players. When you have a fifth-year quarterback, you shouldn't be rebuilding."
[Update: A reader reminds me that getting rid of Brent Grimes was, in part, caused because the cornerbacks wife made Tannehill a constant target of her social media criticisms and the team didn't want that. So that move was to a degree for Tannehill.]
The Dolphins are doing everything they can to help Tannehill. Dan Marino is constantly around the building and available to lend advice, watch tape, whatever Tannehill wants. Peyton Manning recently visited the team's training facility to look in on Gase and, I'm told he spent time with Tannehill, as Barry Jackson also noted.
The point is ...
The head coach is here for Tannehill.
Hall of Famers are available to help Tannehill.
The draft balanced out for Tannehill.
The first-round pick is about protecting Tannehill.
The offseason philosophy for building the team was done with Tannehill in mind.
What else is there?
This team has done everything imaginable to make it work for Ryan Tannehill.