Written by Matthew Cannata
There has been much discussion ever since Ryan Tannehill was drafted as to whether or not he would be the franchise quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. Heading into year three, that question still remains unanswered but 2014 should go a long way to finding out the true answer.
In 2013, Tannehill finished in the top ten in the league in terms of passing yards with 3,913 and in the top half of the league in terms of yards per game and passing touchdowns. However, many choose to ignore these stats and instead focus on the fact that the Dolphins didn’t make the playoffs while blaming that on Tannehill.
However, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski wasn’t one of those people who saw it that way. As part of a video series ranking all 32 starting quarterbacks, Jaworski broke down film on him and believes he can eventually become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
Jaworski states that a good quarterback must help drive his team down the field, continue to get first downs and execute in the red zone. He believes that this is one area in which Tannehill excelled. In addition, his play action fake is his best quality, according to the ESPN analyst.
“Where Tannehill was at his best in 2013 was in the red zone,” said Jaworski. “He threw 18 touchdowns (in that area), with only one pick. He was also among the league’s best off play action with his defined either/or progression reads.”
While Tannehill was ranked 23rd overall, Jaworski believes that he can take the next step this year and become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
“Tannehill has the talent to become a top ten quarterback in the league,” said Jaworski. “With Bill Lazor, the new offensive coordinator in Miami, expect a more up tempo offense and a quicker pace that will help Tannehill in his continued development.”
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