It's no secret that head coach Adam Gase was brought in with the intention of him "fixing" quarterback Ryan Tannehill and turning him into a top ten QB in the league.
But the first step was for Gase to take a good, long look at Tannehill's tape and see what he had to work with. Now in veteran mini-camp, Gase got the chance to see what Tannehill could do live and in person, and it seems that the veteran quarterback showed something his rookie head coach could look forward to.
“I guess I’m still trying to figure out a few things; but, I guess I didn’t realize how live his arm was." Gase said on Wednesday. "The more I watch him throw, it’s effortless. That ball travels down the field pretty good and he’s hit some big plays, and then just underneath having some touch. It’s been good to kind of just get out here and see things live. When you watch it on tape, you don’t get a great feel for on tape compared to when you see a guy throw live.”
Tannehill's fate is up for grabs right now, and most critics are giving him only one more try to prove he's not a mediocre quarterback despite his individual accomplishments.
He'll have pretty much everything a quarterback could need in 2016. They drafted a stud offensive lineman in Laremy Tunsil who many say is the best o-line prospect to come out of the draft in years, and he'll likely take the guard spot next to Branden Albert who's recovered and ready to go.
He'll also have his weapons returning from last year and a coach who knows how to get the best out of his players' individual talents rather than trying to squeeze them into a role they're uncomfortable with, which Tannehill stated he was excited about.
"I think just the mindset of Coach Gase and the way he wants to attack the field; the multitude of things we can do – whether it’s on the ball, in the huddle, moving guys around, creating matchups – he focuses a lot on that." Tannehill said. "And that’s what this game is; it’s a game of matchups. So I’m excited for that – to be able to get on the ball, work with him, get us in a good play and create those matchups where we can have an advantage.”
If things don't work out this year, if improvement - or more important, consistency - isn't shown, that it would indicate that Miami should probably try to move on from Tannehill and draft a new QB in 2017. No doubt Miami Hurricane Brad Kaaya is on the minds of many fans in Miami already.
He'll have one year to get this right with Adam Gase. If it doesn't work out, there's a significant chance Tannehill will have played his last season in aqua and orange.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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