By: DBolt

After listening to WQAM recently and hearing some very uneducated opinions on Ryan Tannehill from some Fin fans, I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at his progression and development from 2010 to today.  I am not going to go in and go into a statistical analysis, but rather try to show you what his starting plateau was in college to where this young man is now.  It has been pretty amazing just how much he has improved and how quickly he’s done it.

In 2008 & 2009 Mike Sherman told Tannehill he needed him to move to WR to help his team and Ryan made the sacrifice to help his team and did a very nice job.

In 2010 he was inserted as the starting QB for Texas A&M against Kansas University.  Prior to this Aggie nation was complaining about QB play and the offensive line, which had two freshmen at the OT position who would go on to become top ten NFL draft picks in Luke Joeckel & Jake Mathews.  Tannehill would enter this game and never look back as the starting QB for the Aggies.  I am going show a few videos below of his progression from his first start to his 2nd game against New England in 2013.  When watching these videos you will see a really nice learning curve and some really quick advancing strides he’s made over the 4 short years that he’s been a starting QB.

This is his first game as a college QB 2010:

Bowl Game 2010 vs LSU 5 games later:

This is against SMU opening the 2011 Season:

Below is his final collegiate game vs Northwestern:

Here is his game versus the Seahawks in 2012 rookie season:

And finally the Patriots game last year:

I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to look at all these videos and I do apologize for that, but I think what you see when you take the time to look at this is a young man who has shown significant growth from day 1.  He is still not a finished product and has a lot to work on, we all agree on this, but he has ascended very rapidly and still is not close to his ceiling which is the scary part.  It will be very interesting to see what elements Bill Lazor is able to add to Ryan’s game.  As I posted here the other day Pro Football Focus did a breakdown on Ryan and it shows that there’s something special developing down in Miami.


•  Graded at +12.1 on second down.

•  Ranked third with +8.0 grade on passes thrown in 11-to-20-yard range.

•  Despite perception, graded at +2.7 on passes thrown at least 30 yards in the air.

•  Showed good improvement throwing the ball in between the numbers (+15.0).

•  Graded at +9.1 on passes outside the numbers to the right.

•  Among the league’s best when throwing from a clean pocket (+20.5).

•  Graded at +7.7 against third-down blitzes.

•  Ranked fourth with a +16.3 on 7-to-8-yard drop-backs.

•  Ranked second with a +15.6 grade on drop-backs lasting 2.1 to 2.5 seconds.

•  Among the league’s best when throwing to outside wide receivers (by alignment) at +16.0.

•  Graded at +8.0 when throwing to tight ends, including a +4.6 grade when throwing to tight ends in the slot.

•  Graded at +8.1 on hitches and +7.9 on go routes.


•  Graded at -0.5 on 3rd-and-10+ and -1.3 on 3rd-and-long.

•  Below average on passes in the 21-to-30-yard range (-2.8).

•  Graded at -3.6 when pressured.

•  Graded at -1.4 against third down non-blitzes.

•  Struggled to a -4.1 grade on 4-to-6-yard drop-backs.

•  Graded at -3.6 on drop-backs lasting 2.6 to 3.0 seconds.

Once again, by no means is he near being a finished product, but he is rapidly ascending to that and I believe soon we will be seeing one of the top QB’s in the league.


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