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Sherman sees signs of a fifth- or sixth-year quarterback in Tannehill

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How well is rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill playing for the Dolphins?  Well enough to draw very high praise from his offensive coordinator.

He’s ahead of where I thought he’d be,” Mike Sherman said, via David Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  “I always want him to be better and better.  But he’s doing things now you expect in the fifth or sixth year for a quarterback.”

The guy who quickly is becoming the franchise’s best quarterback since Dan Marino reminds Sherman of another Miami Hall of Famer.

“He’s off-the-charts smart,” Sherman said. “He’s a Bob Griese-type of quarterback mentally.”

Sherman compared Tannehill to another Hall of Famer which whom Sherman, the former Packers head coach, is somewhat familiar.  “He doesn’t hold onto the previous play,” Sherman said.  “Brett Favre was the same way.  He wasn’t worried about the last interception.  After an interception, a lot of guys are hoping you call a run.  He wants to pass.”

The fact that Tannehill has done so well after only six games makes us wonder where he’ll be after 12 games.  And, of course, that twelfth game will pit Tannehill for the first time against Bill Belichick and the Patriots.  We’ve already circled that one on the Week 13 schedule.

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55 Responses to “Sherman sees signs of a fifth- or sixth-year quarterback in Tannehill”
  1. mazblast says: Oct 17, 2012 10:38 PM

    This is what you’d expect any OC or head coach to say about his rookie QB. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.

  2. footballfan84 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    Dude is solid.

  3. billsfan37 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:41 PM

    I wish the Bills drafted him!

  4. realnflmaster says: Oct 17, 2012 10:41 PM

    Out of the league in 2 years. J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! WOOOOO.

  5. dolfanatik says: Oct 17, 2012 10:41 PM

    Can’t Wait! ( Bart Scott Voice)

  6. cdrion21 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    is that qb mark sanchez…cause if so def

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    Umm….

    5th or 6th year of a 1st round QB, or a 7th round QB?

    Can he give us a list of 1st round QBs that have been at this development level after 1 year and which ones took 5 or 6 to get there?

    Off the charts smart? Really? Can I see that chart and your testing methods? How do other players on the team score for smarts? Is Ryan in an elite special category by himself or is it commonplace for Dolphins to be off the charts?

  8. phillyb6 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:44 PM

    Well hasn’t Sherman seen him for like 5 years?? yea some were at WR but the comment kinda makes sense…

  9. canetic says: Oct 17, 2012 10:46 PM

    He’ll make a great announcer someday.

  10. dmaq1 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:48 PM

    YEAHHH BUDDY!

    Keep talking about my DOLPHINS QB… it’ll take me a while to get used to that.

  11. thermalito says: Oct 17, 2012 11:02 PM

    Ryan Tannehill looks like a better QB after 6 games than Alex Smith looks after 7 years.

  12. egomaniac247 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:06 PM

    Off the charts smart…..

    Does he know which division he plays in yet?

  13. firedup1 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:28 PM

    If he had Bowe he would even be better.

  14. jhorton83 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:30 PM

    The guy who thought the Chiefs were in the NFC East is “off-the-charts smart”? How does that work?

  15. finsuppatsdown says: Oct 17, 2012 11:31 PM

    @ thestrategyexpert

    Look stuff up before you comment. RT17 graduated 3 in his class in a large high school. RT17 was pre med with a 3.6 gpa in college. RT17 was often seen studying chemistry on the bus at Texas a&m. The coaching staff claims he reads defenses like a veteran qb. So yeah that’s fairly smart don’t you think?

  16. burrito12 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:31 PM

    Nothing against Tannenhill, But Mike Sherman is not an expert on player evaluations which is represented by his horrible drafts as the Packer’s GM/Coach.

  17. ddogdaddy says: Oct 17, 2012 11:43 PM

    I say good for you guys. My oh my what a year this shaping up to be. It has always been a have or have not league but now the teams that used to be in the have’s are now not so much. The teams that were normally the have nots now are getting a taste of the have’s and they like it. My feeling is the playoffs are going to look considerably different this year. Why not the Fins, Seahawks, Vikings and heaven forbid the Redskins playing and the Steelers, Packers, Cowboys and the not so normal lookimg Patriots sitting at home wondering WTF happend.

  18. igotgamenj says: Oct 17, 2012 11:50 PM

    If a Qb can come into Miami and break Dan Marino’s rookie record for most yards passing in a game and be 2 yards away from breaking the NFL record…. yea the Kid is good.

  19. jwreck says: Oct 17, 2012 11:51 PM

    mazblast says: Oct 17, 2012 10:38 PM

    This is what you’d expect any OC or head coach to say about his rookie QB. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.
    ________
    Yes and no. While “this is what you’d expect any OC or head coach to say about his rookie QB,” the remarks take on a new meaning when the quarterback can back it up with on-field play.

    Honestly, if you think there’s nothing to see, you clearly haven’t watched Miami play. Tannehill looks like he will be the second best quarterback in the AFC East within a couple years.

    While I feel that Griffin is a dramatically better player than Tannehill; as far as the “doing more with less” award goes, Tannehill is the clear rookie of the year, if not league MVP. The dude can straight up play.

    On a completely separate but semi-related note, I just found it interesting that there are no sixth year quarterbacks starting in the NFL right now. Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, the league’s two fifth year starters are both pretty darn good, but I just thought it was interesting to note what horrible years 2007 and 2006 were for NFL caliber passers

  20. igotgamenj says: Oct 17, 2012 11:57 PM

    Ryan Tannehill isn’t just staying composed under pressure, he’s the NFL’s most efficient quarterback under pressure. According to Pro Football Focus, Tannehill has a league-best 86.0 accuracy percentage under pressure and a second-best 62.3 completion percentage under pressure

  21. tannethrill says: Oct 18, 2012 12:06 AM

    Ahead of schedule is a simple way to put it but frankly the team is being viewed as ahead of schedule so it makes sense the QB is as well.

    Right now it’s about maintaining above average results with weapons that have not been tailored to him or invested in. He’s doing that and the results are suggesting he’s the difference. Look at this initial grouping as his baseline stats because the circumstances suggest he should be failing right now.

    Taking this a game at a time and just enjoying being in it. Appreciating watching young talent mature and hoping it continues.

  22. daaabears says: Oct 18, 2012 12:08 AM

    It’s nice to see Miami with some hope.

  23. daaabears says: Oct 18, 2012 12:16 AM

    It’s nice to see Miami with some hope for the future, heck, maybe even this year.

  24. jaredo10 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:18 AM

    that boy RT is a stud.. wont be surprised if he has a better carrer then Luck and RGIII .. Dolphins are offcially backkk

  25. Deof Movestofca says: Oct 18, 2012 12:19 AM

    @realnflmaster: You talking about San-cheesy or Tebow?
    @thestrategyexpert: Are you always so overly literal when analyzing comments made by coaches of your favorite team or just those made by Dolphins’ coaches? I’m guessing not.

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:25 AM

    Philbin needs to keep that moron (Sherman) on a short leash.

  27. stallyns1 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:37 AM

    Keep in mind this is the guy who gave in to Brett Favre for his every wish. And even though he was a real good coach he was a horrible GM. Set the Packers back for years.

  28. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 18, 2012 12:38 AM

    “And, of course, that twelfth game will pit Tannehill for the first time against Bill Belichick and the Patriots.”

    ========================

    From what we just saw from Russell Wilson, if Tannehill can throw the ball FAR, he should do just fine against that vaunted Belichick pass defense.

    Apparently, in deference to Buddy Ryan’s old “56″ defense, Belichick has developed the new “35″ defense – as in, “stop covering the receiver if he runs more than 35 yards downfield”.

  29. squinn21 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:55 AM

    Jets fans getting mad on here cause Tannehill is already better than that scrub Sanchez. Jets suck! Gonna be fun smashing y’all in couple weeks.

  30. blackngold4life says: Oct 18, 2012 2:04 AM

    Ummm didn’t he run the same plays in College? That’s 75% of the battle, but I give dude credit he’s lookin Better then Sanchez or Fitzgerald

  31. soflosportsfan says: Oct 18, 2012 2:28 AM

    I was a little skeptical about taking Tannehill in the top 10 of the draft. Then early reports had him stuggling in camp, but he has more than held his own and the future of the Miami Dolphins looks brighter than ever.

  32. calloustongue says: Oct 18, 2012 2:42 AM

    Says the idiot that gave Favre no targets and killed the Pack’s salary cap signing overrated defensive lineman. Sherman shouldn’t be allowed to coach pop warner much less pro.

  33. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 18, 2012 2:43 AM

    Yeah, yeah, that’s what they said about Ryan Leaf………Wait, no they didn’t, lol!!!

    Keep up the good work Tannehill!!!!!!!!

  34. randallflagg52 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:54 AM

    I’m impressed by Tannehill, I thought he’d take a little more time to develop as a QB in the NFL. He looks like Miami’s best QB since Marino retired.

    That said Russell Wilson is better so far, I can’t believe Seattle got that steal in the 3rd round. If my Ravens didn’t have Flacco I wish they would have drafted Wilson.

  35. eventhorizon04 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:18 AM

    “thestrategyexpert says: Oct 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    Umm….

    5th or 6th year of a 1st round QB, or a 7th round QB?

    Can he give us a list of 1st round QBs that have been at this development level after 1 year and which ones took 5 or 6 to get there?

    Off the charts smart? Really? Can I see that chart and your testing methods? How do other players on the team score for smarts? Is Ryan in an elite special category by himself or is it commonplace for Dolphins to be off the charts?”

    How about you get a life, since the number of “thumbs down” you’re getting indicates you’re pretty bad at being funny on the internet?

  36. Sometimes Interesting says: Oct 18, 2012 5:19 AM

    I’m really enjoying all the positive Dolphins coverage on here lately.

  37. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 18, 2012 6:15 AM

    Remember the movie Castaway? You know how Tom Hanks’ character looked and felt when he was floating in the ocean he saw the ship pull up to him?

    That’s what we feel like down here. We’ve been on a deserted island since 2000. We have been all alone with nothing at QB . We’ve lost 12 years of our lives. “What? New England’s been to how many Super Bowls? Wasn’t their coach the guy from Cleveland? Isn’t their QB Drw Henson’s backup at Michigan?”

    Maybe it was a lucky pick by Ireland, but Ryan Tannehill has saved us. He’s good. Real good. Going to be even better. And if your QB is good, in this league, that’s almost all you need.

    Going to take time to get used to this.

  38. orthomarine says: Oct 18, 2012 6:47 AM

    Ahhhh

    Let me feel your hate jets fans…. Good……

    Tanne is for real, our coaches are good, and your stuck with Sexy Rexy, Dirty Sanchez, and Teblow…..

  39. vaphinfan says: Oct 18, 2012 7:39 AM

    He is much better than I thought he would be but I would like to see him seal the deal in the end instead of having our defense on the field fighting and scraping not to give up a field goal like the previous 3 games.

  40. z561 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:18 AM

    Sighhhh. And with the same pick a year earlier, my Jags end up with Gabbert.

  41. annes22 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:23 AM

    What a lot of negative comments on here today, from the Dolphin haters. It’s all fans who have crap QB’s I guess?? Well, just get on with it, and we will see where Tannehill is at the end of the season. So far so good. One thing for sure, he looks a lot better than Sanchez and Tebow.

  42. liltifer says: Oct 18, 2012 8:54 AM

    We need a nickname for him. What about Tann Marino?

  43. rgthrizzle says: Oct 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    Tannehill has been very solid for a rookie, but rookie of the year? MVP? Working with less or not, there is no way he is better than RG3. Maybe you haven’t seen what RG3 is working with. Bottomline, Tannehill has thrown 4 tds and 6 picks with a 76 rating. In his defense, he has no receivers but let’s not put this guy in the probowl just yet

  44. hehateme2 says: Oct 18, 2012 9:46 AM

    Rookie Tannehill> 4 year “starter” Sanchez. lol

  45. slomax10 says: Oct 18, 2012 9:52 AM

    You would have just circled that game…..you guys have been the biggest critics of the phins all year and now you’re interested in that game. Should be blacked out from you guys watching it.

  46. reticarga says: Oct 18, 2012 9:53 AM

    He’s already equalled Marino’s tally of Super Bowl rings.

  47. fordraptorforum says: Oct 18, 2012 9:59 AM

    “Ryan Tannehill isn’t just staying composed under pressure, he’s the NFL’s most efficient quarterback under pressure. According to Pro Football Focus, Tannehill has a league-best 86.0 accuracy percentage under pressure and a second-best 62.3 completion percentage under pressure”

    Great stat, thank you. Regardless of what is said about Sherman’s past, anyone who is saying Tannehill looks anything less than legit is clearly not watching the games. He looks a LOT better in action than he does on the box score. The only thing that matters long term right now in Miami is finding a franchise QB, and so far it looks like the search is over

  48. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 18, 2012 10:06 AM

    Mike Sherman is a good coach. As for player evaluation just check his draft and
    FA record with the Packers. He sucks.

  49. gatorguru says: Oct 18, 2012 10:26 AM

    Following the post-Marino era of great qb’s such as Jay Fiedler,Ray Lucas,and now Tannehill.As a Jet fan,not worried bout this bowel movement.He may be better that the immigrant we have at qb though.Its Tebow time.

  50. tommynatorii says: Oct 18, 2012 10:35 AM

    As a Fins fan, I’d like RT to improve under the radar w/o alot of eyes on him.
    As for Sherman, he’s an employee of the Fins, and is helping to sell tickets.

  51. stlpimp says: Oct 18, 2012 10:35 AM

    This bust is averaging about 200 yards a game and only has 4 td’s vs 6 picks… Whissue these delusional dolphin fans on his jock? if luck or rg3 had a start like this, you would all be complaining… This bust is not the real deal, he was drafted too high, and he won’t even be as good as mark Sanchez ( which is setting the bar low) the fins will. E drafting yet another qb in the next 5 years…. The disfunction wil continue LOL

  52. edweird0 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:36 PM

    stlpimp says:
    Oct 18, 2012 10:35 AM
    This bust is averaging about 200 yards a game and only has 4 td’s vs 6 picks… Whissue these delusional dolphin fans on his jock? if luck or rg3 had a start like this, you would all be complaining… This bust is not the real deal, he was drafted too high, and he won’t even be as good as mark Sanchez ( which is setting the bar low) the fins will. E drafting yet another qb in the next 5 years…. The disfunction wil continue LOL

    Says the person whose franchise QB lost to this supposed “bust”

  53. notwerk says: Oct 18, 2012 1:10 PM

    Well, stlpimp, he was good enough to hang a 112 qb-rating on your garbage team and send you Rams home with a big, fat “L.”

    I know, it stings.

  54. axespray says: Oct 18, 2012 1:14 PM

    Sherman the GM was AWFUL…
    Sherman the coach is good…

    His scheme probably prolonged Favre’s career by about 4 years….

    Run The football, max protect…. Dude was hardly sacked …

  55. kev86 says: Oct 18, 2012 7:32 PM

    Hope it works out. I miss the Fish being good. Only thing I don’t like us the smug undefeated 72 squad. Too over the top for me. They are grateful for my team so no biggie. sincerely a giants fan

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