ESPN insider article

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  1. phinfanNY08

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    I am not sure if this was posted today, but this is on ESPN.com regarding Tannehill and his potential. Well written article with many good points. Here is the article:

    [​IMG]Tim Heitman/US PresswireRyan Tannehill's ability to handle pressure has helped him get off to a fast start.

    The 2010 season was really the pivotal season for the 2012 draft and the quarterback class that will define it. Future No. 1 pick Andrew Luck became an All-American for the first time at Stanford. He threw 32 touchdown passes in typically mistake-free fashion and moved to the top of draft boards to stay. Future No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III came back from an ACL tear that erased his 2009 season, completed 67 percent of his throws and made a case for scouts to ditch the "athlete" label and focus on his promise as a quarterback.

    Ryan Tannehill, on the other hand, started slowly. Through six games, his numbers were light, and it was clear he wouldn't repeat his Big 12 all-conference honorable mention performance of 2009.

    After all, through those first six games, Tannehill caught only 11 passes.
    "He was a good wide receiver," then-Texas A&M QB coach Tom Rossley told me, "but he never even went to the wide receiver meetings." That's because Tannehill was really a quarterback, even if the all-conference year at wide receiver said differently. He just had to wait his turn, just as he did on draft day. It's also why, after an initial NFL stretch in which he's thrown for the third-highest yardage total in NFL history for a rookie in his first five starts -- even if he'll again have to wait his turn for attention behind the guys taken before him -- Tannehill could have the ceiling of a star.

    Let's start with his QB company and their NFL arrival.

    Through the first five weeks of the 2012 season, the quarterbacks of the 2012 draft class haven't just looked good -- if you add Brandon Weeden to the mix, they're on pace to become the most prolific QB rookie class ever. Personnel strategy has played a huge role. Luck is off to a stellar start partly because the Colts kept Reggie Wayne, then built their entire draft strategy around adding pass-catching options. So is RG3; the Redskins have tailored their offense to his talents and raided the WR free-agency market before he arrived. Even Weeden is putting up solid totals amid the Cleveland misery, with more passing yards than Philip Rivers or Matthew Stafford. Again, the Browns also added offensive help with each of their early picks.

    Then there's Tannehill. Like the case in 2010, with Tannehill, it's a little different.

    Miami not only didn't add help in the passing game this offseason, but it shipped Brandon Marshall, its only significant receiver target, to the Bears. And the Dolphins didn't draft help, either -- waiting until the sixth round to add a wide receiver. How bad was their wide receiver situation entering the season? No Miami wideout ranked within the top 80 in 2011. Luck, RG3 and Weeden didn't walk into beautifully finished offensive homes, but comparatively, Tannehill was handed a plot of land and a stack of misshapen lumber. This for the guy who was busy catching passes for Texas A&M while the competition honed its NFL-caliber QB skills.

    Through all this, Tannehill has put up not merely yardage but very good performances against pressure, and Miami could easily be 4-1 given its pair of overtime losses.

    Why has it worked? There are a number of reasons.

    "His time at wide receiver actually helps him," Rossley said. "He can understand the whole concept, from the depth or routes, to the little signals for when a route isn't there, and how the wideout might adjust on the fly."
    [+] Enlarge[​IMG] Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PresswireTannehill is a former college WR with superior athleticism.



    So although Tannehill's best targets are Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, guys who were previously a backup and a slot receiver, respectively, both are off to the best starts of their careers. Tannehill might be still working on his craft as a quarterback after just one full college season as a starter, but he supplements that with a personal understanding of where his receivers should be. His ability to anticipate is beyond where many thought it would be (author included).

    It shows in his ability to handle pressure. While Tannehill was set up to be another Blaine Gabbert, a rookie overmatched against pressure given limited college reps -- and with a weak surrounding cast of receivers -- he's thrived against it. Thus far, against five-plus rushers or a blitz, Tannehill has completed 61.8 percent of passes with a QBR of 71.5 (that's good), according to ESPN Stats & Information. And it's not a tiny sample -- only Drew Brees has faced more blitz pressure, and Brees has completed passes at a lower rate (58.9 percent).

    Tannehill has wideout-level athleticism -- colleague Todd McShay clocked him at a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at his pro day -- and it's something he's starting to show in the pocket. He has missteps but shows pretty good instincts when tacklers are nearby. Young quarterbacks often struggle when the pocket collapses, because the instinct is to move backward, away from pressure. Not only can that bring rushing defensive ends back into play, it makes throws longer, and gives defenders added time in coverage. In watching the tape from his first five starts, Tannehill is showing an instinctive ability to climb the pocket and step through edge pressure. In last week's win at Cincinnati, he constantly frustrated the pass rush with his feet, moving laterally and through the pocket, looking occasionally like an Aaron Rodgers knock-off.

    "That sense of pressure transfers," Rossley said. "Receivers start with safeties behind them, turn upfield into pressure -- they can't just move backward."

    Because of his ability to extend plays combined with his great arm strength, Tannehill has opened up a deep passing game Miami wasn't supposed to have. Rookie quarterbacks often are asked to keep it simple, check it down and get plays called to minimize reads. Reroll the tape of RG3 in Week 1 at New Orleans for an example. But currently, Tannehill is second in the NFL in completion percentage on passes that travel 21-plus yards and 4-of-7 on bombs, or passes that travel 31-plus yards. He's hitting his spots, too. Arizona corner Patrick Peterson said after Week 4 that Tannehill's ability to hit tight windows was impressive. His experience as a receiver plays a role. In the NFL, Rossley notes, you don't really have "windows" as much as you have an ability to anticipate where a window will open up. If you throw to a void, it will close by the time the ball arrives. If you throw to where a void will be, you have a chance. "One word," Rossley said. "Anticipation. He has a better sense of it than probably anyone I've coached."

    The anticipation is part familiarity. Tannehill has gone to a system under former A&M head coach Mike Sherman that gives back in local knowledge what the rookie lacks in experience. But it's not just the routes; Tannehill also calls the same protections he did at A&M and can use the same terminology. Miami may lack pass-catching talent, but the QB with a biology degree and a backup plan to be a surgeon isn't lost in translation.

    Compared to fellow rookies, Tannehill isn't some wunderkind. But context matters. Other rookies were given immediate help while Tannehill saw his best pass-catcher leave, and Miami's 15 dropped passes haven't helped. Luck and RG3 started for three full years (or more) in college while Tannehill was still catching passes well into his junior year. Of the three, Tannehill might have the third-best rookie season. But he was supposed to be a total project. Now he appears to have the ceiling of a star.
     
  2. FinsNCanes

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    It's pretty encouraging. I hope it doesn't blow up in our face.
     
  3. mtlfinfan

    mtlfinfan Resiliency is the key.

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    one of the best articles out there!!!!!!

    and stop being freaken paranoid..nothing is going to blow up in our face!
     
  4. FinfanInBuffalo

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    Most amazing points:

    1. against five-plus rushers or a blitz, Tannehill has completed 61.8 percent of passes with a QBR of 71.5
    2. only Drew Brees has faced more blitz pressure, and Brees has completed passes at a lower rate (58.9 percent)
    3. Tannehill is second in the NFL in completion percentage on passes that travel 21-plus yards and 4-of-7 on bombs, or passes that travel 31-plus yards

    He has showed good pocket awareness, and understanding of how to avoid pressure once he senses it, and the ability to throw accurately on the run. That is a lethal combination.

    One final point, 3 of the 5 defenses he has faced are in the top 6 best completion % allowed. 3 of the 5 defenses he has faced are in the top 6 in sacks. 3 of the 5 defenses are in the top 11 for QB rankings against. In other words, he has faced some good defenses.
     
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    I keep telling people he is the second coming of Aaron Rodgers
     
  6. datruth55

    datruth55 Starter

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    Who is the author of the article?
     
  7. Danny68

    Danny68 Dolphins on 3! Super Donator Finheaven VIP Donator

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    "Tannehill might have the third-best rookie season"
    Nope, he's gonna end up having THE best!!!
     
  8. Dolphinator530

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    I think alot of people looked at the receiver thing as a big negative against him. But if I recall correctly the Gurden QB camp episode with him he was ALL OVER it with how much it can benefit him. Talking about how much easier he can communicate with receivers on route combos and hot routes because he has a true not just a fundamental understanding of the position.

    He continues to grow and he is working incredibly hard. All you hear is Tannehill stays late with Gaffeny, Tannehill first guy in to watch tape hell he wanted to be like a surgeon he guy knows about hard work. His effort continues to bring his football and QB IQ closer to his physical tools. Very exciting times.
     
  9. FinfanInBuffalo

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    One other important thing. Tannehill wasn't even getting all the first team reps until late in preseason. He is performing with much less experience than his peers.
     
  10. maineevent12

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    cant imagine how good he will be in a few years when we lock a solid big frame redzone target/possesion reciver, and add some serious talent on the oline for pass blocking instead of balanced blockers.
     
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    His ceiling is definetly very high. It's exciting to see him develop into what looks to be a long time franchise QB.
     
  12. Slim

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    I have a major stiffy!!!
     
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    Good point, forgot about that.
     
  14. MiamiNative0722

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    I wish we kept Marshall.
     
  15. njFinsForever

    njFinsForever Offensive Mindset

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    Yea just imagine if he had a true number 1! Right now safeties don't have to cheat to one side so his windows for throws are even smaller. Hopefully Ireland or whoever addresses that in the offseason. Should be priority number 1. Anyone know of any potential guys in the draft we may target?
     
  16. foozool13

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    great read. thanks.
     
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    Believe me you don't, in the long run Miami will be a better team because of the trade.
     
  18. 1972fins

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    I've watched every NFL game he's played and it is obvious he has real talent, the kind of ability we haven't seen in Miami in a very long time.
    I guess after watching 17 ****ty QBs you know when you see a good one.
     
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    I told you all that JI's failure to draft a wr and the trading of BM was nothing short of "dereliction of duty". I personally would have pulled another deal in the second round for Rueben Randall just like the DT deal of last year. Why not, we had two 3rd picks. So he should have sent a 3rd and a 5th for a low 2nd rd pick.
     
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    You could see at Gruden's QB camp that he had fire in his eyes - he relishes every minute

    He steps up in the pocket like Dan Marino - he has a little field general in him already

    When he gets comfortable he will be taking chunks of yardage with his legs - something Dan could never do
     
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    Nah, keep the balanced blockers. Otherwise we become a one dimensional team ah-la the Marino era. Tannehill can throw on the run and keep plays alive. The blocking he's getting right now is plenty good.
     
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    Outstanding article, there is no question that T-Hill is going to be a STAR period, he's the real deal........now if we can just get a stud WR :)
     
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    Not me. It would have prevented T-hill from succeeding. Every wide receiver on this team,is trying,to help him. Marshall would have been trying to destroy him.
     
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    great read FINS Up..
     
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    Great read.
     
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    Robert Woods from USC being one
     
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    He's gonna go far. The force is strong with this one
     
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    Yep....the last thing he needs is a WR that demands the ball, and is a ticking time bomb to boot. He (Bmarsh) is doing well in chicago as of now, because he is with his buddy Cutler. Still have to see how it plays out though..those redzone drops can come at any time now!!
     
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    Addition by subtraction getting rid of Marshall. Hartline, Bess and Newbs are not gonna put themselves ahead of the development of the young Q. I am a little more interested in seeing how the coaching staff develops. Wanna see Philbin get these guys ready for a winnable game today vs Rams, the first game with us favored.
     
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    Very good read, thank you. I can't wait to see how T-Hill develops in the next few years...
     
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    egnew is dressing to day woohoo the fins will win.
     

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