As the months have gone by in the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins disappointing 2015 season, more and more information has begun spilling out of the locker room regarding all that was wrong with the methods used by the coaching staff and players alike.
Now a player has come out publicly and suggested that the way the Dolphins coaching staff did things wasn't necessarily the correct choice of action, and it comes as a surprise due to the relationship this player had with the previous regime.
Veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings, who worked closely with former head coach Joe Philbin during their time together with the Green Bay Packers, recently went on CBS Sports Network's That Other Pregame Show (TOPS) and was asked whether or not he felt Ryan Tannehill was "the guy" for the Miami Dolphins.
What Jennings said was inconclusive, but the words he did use suggest that the Dolphins have in many ways stunted the potential growth of their quarterback, and as a result, even entering his fifth year in the NFL, no one knows for sure what Tannehill's ceiling really is.
"I don't think anyone knows yet. I really don't," Jennings said. "He's been kind of babied -- and I don't mean that in a bad way for him. He has the work ethic and the desire to be great. He just hasn't been given the reins to where he has the liberty and freedom to call the shots sometimes.
"It's almost like taking a baby, and he's six years old and no longer a baby. And he still has a bottle in his mouth. You gotta take it out and see if he can drink out of a cup."
All throughout the season, there were questions about whether or not Tannehill had the ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage through audibles, a basic privilege just about every starting quarterback in the NFL has, and it was later revealed that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor essentially revoked that privilege for no other reason other he just didn't feel Tannehill was capable.
This in itself is a problem whether you believe Ryan Tannehill is the answer in Miami or not. Fans of Tannehill will be upset that their QB has spent his career handcuffed. Naysayers of Tannehill will be upset that the coaching staff has found a way to let people continue making excuses for him.
The time has come for Tannehill to start being fed something other than the milk he's been given for his entire career, so it can be decided once and for all whether it's time to move on from him, or settle in for the long haul. Hopefully, Adam Gase will make that happen.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater