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Ryan Tannehill doesn’t know if he’ll start any games this year

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Andrew Luck knows he’s the starter in Indianapolis and Robert Griffin III knows he’s the starter in Washington. But the third quarterback taken in this year’s NFL draft, Ryan Tannehill, says he doesn’t know if he’ll start at any point this season in Miami.

Asked by Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio if he thinks he’ll start any games during his rookie season, Tannehill said he isn’t sure.

“I don’t know,” Tannehill said. “They haven’t told me anything. I’m just going to go in and compete. That’s what I want to do every day, go in and compete. . . . I want to play, but I don’t think they’ve really spelled out their plans for me.”

Tannehill is nowhere near as NFL-ready as Luck or Griffin, and probably not as ready to start right away as the fourth quarterback drafted, Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden, either. But Tannehill does have one advantage over every other rookie quarterback in the league: He’s playing in the same offense as he was in college because his coach at Texas A&M, Mike Sherman, is the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator. As a result, Tannehill says he knows the playbook already.

“I know the majority of it — I knew the majority of it going in,” he said. “The majority of the offense, the majority of the playbook, is really similar or exactly the same as what we did at A&M.”

What Tannehill doesn’t know is whether he’ll be using that knowledge on the field, or holding a play sheet on a clipboard while standing on the sideline and watching Matt Moore or David Garrard.

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  1. brutus9448 says: May 18, 2012 12:25 PM

    the colts or the skins don’t have a shot at playoffs and they don’t have any better veterans on the team.
    Matt Moore had the 12th best QB rating in the NFL and the phins had the 5th best defense. They actually have a shot at playoffs.
    Even marino didn’t start in miami right away.

  2. trollhammer20 says: May 18, 2012 12:31 PM

    I hope Tannehill never goes to work for the CIA. I bet d-coordinators in the AFC East are already sitting down with a hard drive full of A&M videos to get the early edge.

    He should have said Sherman was making radical changes and it would take him some time to get a handle on them.

  3. lolb23 says: May 18, 2012 12:43 PM

    In related news, Stephen Ross doesn’t know if he’ll change the logo from a dolphin, to a toilet.

  4. mistersmith22 says: May 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    brutus9448 says:
    May 18, 2012 12:25 PM
    They actually have a shot at playoffs.

    ————————-

    How, exactly? They’re not going to catch up to the Patriots or even the Jets, not this year at least, and Buffalo is improved too. So they’re not going to win the division, and too many good teams (DEN/SD, BAL/PIT/CIN, NYJ/NE, and maybe even the Raiders) have to fall flat for them to get a Wild Card. No chance of Miami in the playoffs this year.

  5. borisbulldog says: May 18, 2012 1:21 PM

    Sadly, MIA fans will find out that Tannehill was probably a better WR then QB!

  6. lbmclean says: May 18, 2012 1:29 PM

    he knows the offense but is not nearly as NFL ready? got it

  7. ripster65 says: May 18, 2012 1:34 PM

    yeah….right. Do the Dolphins even have to say anything to him? There’s NO WAY he doesn’t get a t least a start or two. They need a QB now! They didn’t draft him #8 to sit around “studying” Moore or “grooming to be the next” Garrard. I’m not saying Tannehill is the answer by any means but, yeah, he’ll get some starts.

  8. lbmclean says: May 18, 2012 1:37 PM

    “I bet d-coordinators in the AFC East are already sitting down with a hard drive full of A&M videos to get the early edge.”

    lol, you think the NFL has never seen Sherman’s offense before. FYI Sherman was a NFL OC and HC before HC at A&M.

    you can know a guys offense, but you will only succeed against it if that OC fails to guard against tendencies.

  9. lbmclean says: May 18, 2012 1:39 PM

    it doesn’t really matter at this point, because the absolute second a contender loses their starting QB for the season, Moore will be traded to that team.

  10. skinsfan4 says: May 18, 2012 1:45 PM

    brutus9448 says:
    May 18, 2012 12:25 PM
    the colts or the skins don’t have a shot at playoffs and they don’t have any better veterans on the team.
    Matt Moore had the 12th best QB rating in the NFL and the phins had the 5th best defense. They actually have a shot at playoffs.
    Even marino didn’t start in miami right away.

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    Marino started in game 6 his first season and went on to the Pro Bowl that year. Tannehill can only hope his rookie season goes that well. And the Skins do have a shot at the playoffs. They beat the Giants twice last year. Giants won the division at 9-7. Skins lost a lot of close ones last year with Rex Grossman at the helm. RG3 will make his share of mistakes, but the team will still be better than last yeare.

  11. annes22 says: May 18, 2012 2:18 PM

    Some of you talk complete crap on here. You have no idea how the Dolphins are going to play this year.
    Wait until you see what happens, and then you can talk rubbish again.

  12. gojags says: May 18, 2012 2:40 PM

    Matt Moore will easily beat out David Garrard

  13. jeziyo247 says: May 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    Where’s the confidence? You should always gave the mentality of becoming a starter or you’re just gonna go thru your career as a backup.

  14. rcali says: May 18, 2012 3:34 PM

    Way to reach for your 1st round pick Dolphins.

  15. matthewcarlson1 says: May 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    he sure interviews like a pro… saying all the right things without really saying anything at all

  16. bchapman2011 says: May 18, 2012 7:08 PM

    It all boils down to speed of the game. He walked in knowing 85 percent of the playbook so if he gets acclimated to the speed difference between college and the NFL, he will be the day 1 starter.

  17. ductguy says: May 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    Tannehill may be saying its the same offense but who knows anymore that could be a bunch of bull and that’s why he’ll hold a clipboard bet its a lot different but I truly hope this guy turns out to be great cause if not were doomed for atleast another 5+ seasons so he has my full support!! Go phins puke on jets!!!

  18. lbmclean says: May 18, 2012 8:54 PM

    @ductguy

    did you see the Gruden QB camp with Tannehill?

    Gruden asked him about the spread option and Tannehill said Sherman hated it but had to add it to the WCO. so you are right, but they may be so close in so many respects that Tannehill can’t go wrong claiming to know it. did Tannehill play under center in college? I haven’t seen it. so the execution can’t be exactly the same but the nomenclature, pass patterns and progressions are probably the same.

  19. jimmymarlinsfan says: May 18, 2012 8:57 PM

    Lots of irrational comments in here but it’s aphids story so it’s to be expected

    He probably shouldn’t start this year at all but if disaster happens and he is forced to start, then we hope for the best

    But the dolphins last year were a case of poor coaching, poor offensive line and really good defense take away a couple of plays that may have occurred differently had the offense been better…getting rid of dropsy Marshall is a big step in the right direction and I think Philbin will have better game plans than Tony fist pump which will lead to better play all around

  20. nremi85 says: May 19, 2012 3:57 PM

    We need Edwards or Plexico orbowe or t.o
    I would go broke to get a ring

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