The Case for Ryan Tannehill

 

By: CZZI

 

Normally I do not get much into the draft since it is a “crapshoot”, however, today I felt it necessary to address this issue for one prospect, Ryan Tannehill.  I will present the best case I can as to why I believe the Dolphins will trade up for him.  If you disagree than by all means please do.  First some background on T-Hill:

 

 

Age: 23

Hometown: Big Springs,Texas, the town of the Big Sky, Big Heart, Big Spring,

Population 25,233

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 222 lbs

College: Texas A & M

Father was a Coach

Statistics:

 

CAREER STATS (http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/232059/ryan-tannehill)

SEASON

CMP

ATT

YDS

CMP%

YPA

LNG

TD

INT

SACK

RAT

2011

327

531

3744

61.6

7.05

79

29

15

9

133.2

2010

152

234

1638

65.0

7.00

64

13

6

12

137.0

2009

4

8

60

50.0

7.50

28

0

0

2

113.0

2008

1

1

8

100.0

8.00

8

0

0

1

167.2

 

Last game/season statistics:

MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS

Won 33 -22 over Northwestern

 

CMP

ATT

YDS

CMP%

YPA

LNG

TD

INT

SACK

RAT

This Game

27

40

329

67.5

8.23

38

1

1

1

139.8

Season

327

531

3744

61.6

7.05

79

29

15

9

133.2

December

27

40

329

67.5

8.23

38

1

1

1

139.8

Season Record: 7 – 6

 

Now statistics are statistics in that it is a matter of your conference and the quality of the team and the teams you played.  So with that in mind let’s see what we have here.

 

The Dolphins are in need of a quarterback that has the potential to take the team to the next level and is capable of being a team leader.  Leadership is not learned, it is in you or it is not in you.  To quote a great coach, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile”. Vince Lombardi.

 

Now how do we know if T-Hill is a good leader?  Well we cannot decipher that since we are not privy to his inner workings.  However, there are some clues, firstly, pro scouts, talking heads, many professional writers have stated that he has a strong work ethic, poise, maturity and not afraid to take on any task.  Second, he started as a wide receiver and during his time at that position attended every QB meeting. Third he has the ability to adapt and is bright, smart and articulate.

 

From the IMG Performance Institute:  T-Hill has worked closely with former Heisman Trophy winner Coach Chris Weinke, improving his quarterback skill set and has worked on his speed and agility with Coach Loren Seagrave the Director of Speed and Movement at IMG Academies.  Coach Seagrave had this to say of T-Hill, “Ryan is a great guy, really a quiet leader, he has so much confidence and I got a chance to watch the walk through.  Some of the guys he was familiar with and some he wasn’t, watching him interact keeping those guys positive and keeping the momentum moving forward was impressive.  His leadership ability in addition to him being very gifted physically makes him a great NFL prospect”.  Fourth, the current Offensive Coordinator was his previous Head Coach.  Familiarity is important, Mike Sherman is a good coordinator and I would think he would not have kept him as a starter if he did not have these attributes or the ability in the future to develop them.

 

The IMG Performance Institute trains athletes in improving their running efficiency and is widely known in the sporting world for performance enhancement.  They are not some talking head, stat reader; they know performance and potential physical abilities.  So he has very positive leadership traits and physical, athletic ability.

 

Next up, is he capable of being an NFL starter?  That question has been answered since he has moved up the charts and has the physical abilities.  But, what about his skill sets.  Let’s take a look at that.

 

Once again from IMG:  Coach Seagrave is very impressed with Tannehill’s work ethic and perseverance.  Tannehill on his pro day showed he was able to pivot, roll out and throw on the run very accurately.  Tannehill surprised many with his 40 yard dash time coming in the 4.5’s, silencing any doubts about his foot not being healed.  Seagrave has been working with Tannehill over the past two months reprogramming his nervous system in reference to his running technique. (http://blog.imgacademies.com/2012/03/30/loren-seagrave-talks-ryan-tannehill/).

 

Scouts were so impressed with T-Hills time they did not request to see a second attempt on the 40 yard dash.  So you say this is just one coach at some performance place.  Well, the man is the expert in his field.  It verifies the premise of leadership, performance, skill set and work ethic, all of the attributes of a good player.  So does he have what it takes to be the Dolphins next QB?

 

Let’s hear from some experts.  On the Mike and Mike radio show Ron Jaworski stated that the Dolphins need a QB and T-Hill would fill the bill.  He has a big arm, pocket presence and is mobile.  His touch passes are good and needs some work as well as his reading of the secondary, however, all of these can be overcome with coaching.  Listen to Jaws here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=7809224

 

Todd McShay, NFL draft expert agrees and states that T-Hill will be a good QB with time.  You can listen to the interview here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=7805037

 

Some GM’s as stated by McShay said he would be a good choice, sort of like Aaron Rodgers, that you are going to have him learn the system and he should not start right out of the box.  By the end of the season he would then be able to step in and take over.

 

I think that the coaching staff that is now in place is able to develop him into the starting QB, with patience and working on his skill sets.  Philbin worked with Rodgers and we know what happened inGreen Bay. T-Hill has the size, mobility, mind, leadership, arm strength and lastly the work ethic to make it happen.

 

The only question, are the Dolphins gutsy enough to pull the trigger on a prospect that has some unknowns?  My opinion is they will because of the Sherman connection, Phibins’ working knowledge of developing a raw talent (Rodgers) and the need for a gifted athlete that loves competition and has the desire to succeed.

 

Finally, they traded Marshall,why, maybe they did not want a veteran who is unsuitable for a young QB to succeed (we know Marshall for his erratic behavior/comments), for two, third round draft picks, why would they desire those third picks?  Bargain chips to get T-Hill?

 

Post Script: If they get T-Hill, he will have a good chance to start since I believe he has knowledge of the Playbook, due to his association with Sherman.

 

Here are some videos for your perusal:

 

 

425 comments on “The Case for Ryan Tannehill

  1. Walker on said:

    Piggy,
    I know we’ve had this conversation before but were you at the Lollapalloza the day before Andrew hit, with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden? I think you said you were. Mobfest Pre-1 maybe?

  2. Piggy: He got fouled a couple of times down the stretch and they won’t call it. Bosh played very good w/Wade out. :)

    • The Flying Pig on said:

      The only thing I think we need out of Bosh is consistend rebounding

      He really should be averaging 10 a game with or without Wade
      I get that he is the 3rd option on offense and will usually score inn the teens, but he be rebounding more and playing better defense

      I thought Boston exploited him in the last few minutes of that game

    • He scored 17 in the last 5:35….lmao.

      • That was awesome to hear the crowd in NJ yelling Let’s Go Heat…lol, felt like vice versa for a Jets game at Joe Robbie/Jock Starp/RandomBeer/Life Ins. stadium.

  3. The Flying Pig on said:

    Yes, I was as that Lollapalloza before Andrew hit

    I don’t remember a hanging out with the band story

  4. Walker on said:

    Piggy,
    I smoked a j with Eddie and Chris an hour after their sets and they had done a Temple of the Dog couple of songs.
    Nobody in the audience knew who the hell they were and they were roaming through 100k drunken teens. I had just sparked one and was like, Dudes, great show, wanna hit? If I recall correctly, they both took a hit. I’m not sure if we share DNA or not but it was pretty cool. I also met Shaq at Dairy Queen on the same day and gave him directions to the Orena. My girlfriend at the time was like, who are all these people? lol

    • The Flying Pig on said:

      I saw Pearl Jam when Ten was out at the Cameo Theater in Miami which is not a big venue
      That was before they werea household name
      It was a great show

  5. Have a great night boyzzzz!!!!

  6. picaroon on said:

    Doesn’t matter who we pick as long as the front office is so terrible. We will change direction and they will be useless for the next coach.

  7. The Flying Pig on said:

    Okay, I’m out
    See everyone later

    Have to get to writing Under The Porcine Eye: Tight Ends

    BTW expect a visit from the undead on the new one

  8. Walker on said:

    Gigi,
    You would prolly be pissed to know I sold a Hot Tuna surfboard to Woody Harrelson too!! lmao

  9. LET’S GO HEAT!!!

    LET’S GO PANTHERS!!!

    LET’S GO MARLINS!!!

    LET’S GO DOLPHINS!!!!

  10. Mike E. on said:

    Goodnight G, Piggy

  11. Walker on said:

    Good night all, I suppose I need to go to bed too so I can monitor the kids christmas tree the fcat and watch my paycheck depend on it. Later peeps

  12. Mike E. on said:

    Ok – I guess everyone is out – Peace all.

  13. son of a son of a shula on said:

    I’m still phucken here – what?

    Alright later folks

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