Miami Dolphins fans have high standards when it comes to quarterbacks. Can you blame them? Through the majority of the 80's and 90's they had one of the best ever. A certain Dan Marino.
It's not fair that fans should compare each Dolphins quarterback since Marino, to Marino, but they do. Once you've had the best, you expect the best, its just the way it is.
Ryan Tannehill is the latest QB to be at the helm of the dolphins offence and after his poor performances to start the season - after a very promising pre season I must add - he has admitted he must to better:
“It’s not discouraging, it’s frustrating,” Tannehill said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “I’m upset at myself the way I’ve played, so obviously I want to get it corrected. But we’ve got a long season ahead of us and it starts with this week. You flip it around in one week and you play well and then you start stringing good games together. So it’s just a matter of going out and taking care of business this week.”
Stats don't lie, and lets face it - so far this season - the former first round pick doesn't have great stats. Tannehill has a passer rating of 76.1 (29th in NFL) and has completed 49/81 passes, for 419 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. Not good enough.
At least Tannehill has acknowledged that he must do better. If they are to improve on last seasons 8-8 record and make the playoffs they need they're leader to be at his best. He has all the tangibles, he just needs to hit his targets - after all he has some good ones.
“I just haven’t been putting the ball in the right spot,” he said. “I haven’t been at my best and it’s got to change, and it’s got to change fast.”
Worst cast scenario for Tannehill is that he gets benched for back up Matt Moore. Whilst Matt Moore is capable, he is hardly going to set the world alight. Tannehill will get every opportunity to pull it together in Miami. The Dolphins hierarchy are all in, its just up to him to make sure they stay there.