Five rookie quarterbacks are starting in the NFL right now, and Dolphins center Mike Pouncey says he’s snapping to the best of the bunch.
“I think he’s the best rookie quarterback in the NFL right now,” Pouncey said of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, via FoxSportsFlorida.com.
The Dolphins will face the Colts on Sunday in a matchup with No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, and it will mark the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that two rookie quarterbacks, each with at least three wins as starters, faced each other in a game. Although Luck was viewed as a sure-thing entering this year’s draft and Tannehill looked like more of a long-term project, Pouncey thinks Tannehill is already better than Luck, already better than Washington’s Robert Griffin III, and looking more like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“I think he’s better than RG3,” Pouncey said of Tannehill. “Their games are different. RG3 can throw, but he can also run. Tannehill’s a smart quarterback. I think he’s going to be one of those elite guys like Tom Brady when it comes said and done. Just his composure. His leadership in the huddle right now is just phenomenal. . . . I do see Tom, and the way he coordinates and runs his offense is the same as Tannehill does.”
Luck was asked on Wednesday about Pouncey’s comments, and he declined to take issue with them.
“That’s great,” Luck said of Pouncy talking up Tannehill. “I hope my teammates would have my back in the argument but I understand there’s different opinions and it’s great that his teammate is supporting him like that.”
With the winner of Sunday’s Colts-Dolphins game in the driver’s seat for an AFC wild card berth, it’s easy to see why both teams are happy with their rookie quarterbacks.