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Mike Sherman: Tannehill will be most improved quarterback in 2013

Ryan Tannehill, Dan Marino, Bob Griese AP

After one year in the NFL, Ryan Tannehill has started almost as many games as he did in college.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman thinks the 16 games of experience his quarterback, who started 19 games for Sherman when both were at Texas A&M, gained during his rookie year will pay off with significant improvement in his second NFL season. Sherman went so far as to say that Tannehill will show more improvement than any other quarterbacks from the 2012 draft class.

“This young man will be the most improved quarterback in the National Football League from year one to year two this year – I promise you that,” Sherman told the Dolphins website. “He’s working extremely hard.”

Some might suggest that showing more improvement than Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson isn’t all that impressive since all three of them played at a very high level in their initial NFL seasons. They all made the playoffs while Tannehill and the Dolphins were left out of the postseason after finishing with a 7-9 record. Even if that’s true, though, improved play from Tannehill would be one of the quickest ways to turn that record into a winning one.

It should help that the Dolphins have added a slew of new weapons for Tannehill to work with. With Tannehill’s command of the offense presumably at a higher level after his first year in the pros, having Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller should lead to bigger payoffs than he was able to manage with last year’s crop of receivers. Put that together with the standout debuts for the other 2012 rookies and it’s hard to argue with Sherman’s assessment of the year to come.

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  1. offthelows says: May 1, 2013 12:01 PM

    Given how much money the Dolphins spent at the WR position, he better be.

  2. blacknole08 says: May 1, 2013 12:09 PM

    Sherman may be on to something. Tannehill has been in the same offense for the past two seasons and the Dolphins added some more weapons for him to throw to.

    I would also say that the Dolphins overachieved last season, based solely on where “experts” had them rated going into last season. And, if Carpenter makes a few more kicks they could have won 10 games.

    Will they win the AFC East this year? Probably not, but they could be a playoff, or at the very least a sleeper team this year.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 1, 2013 12:10 PM

    Only had 19 college starts because he wasn’t as good as Stephen McGee or Jerrod Johnson. He was 23 before he became a full time college starter. Same age as Blaine Gabbert is now.

  4. fazzle1 says: May 1, 2013 12:16 PM

    As a Bills fan, I hate to say it, but I think Tannehill will have a 4000 yard season this year. I know it sounds crazy on paper, but he already had 3300 last year and now has a LEGITIMATE #1 WR to throw to in Mike Wallace.

    Plus look at their schedule, they play Jets(minus Revis) twice, Bills twice, Pats twice, Cleveland, NO, SD, Carolina. That’s ten games against defenses that nobody would think twice if someone threw for 400+ against them.

    Not to mention 3 games against questionable defenses in Indy, Baltimore (who knows how good they’ll be this year?) and TB (sure they added Revis, but they were god awful last year, how much can he really help?)

  5. xpensivewinos says: May 1, 2013 12:17 PM

    An “improved” Tannehill still isn’t as good as a “even if they just stay the same and don’t improve” Luck, Griffin or Wilson……

  6. steelerdeathstar says: May 1, 2013 12:17 PM

    But Tannehill is already better than Gabbert.

  7. gl2006 says: May 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    Tannehill threw for just under 3300 yards last year in 16 starts. Gabbert has thrown for 3800 in 25 starts over the past 2 seasons.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: May 1, 2013 12:21 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    May 1, 2013 12:10 PM
    Only had 19 college starts because he wasn’t as good as Stephen McGee or Jerrod Johnson. He was 23 before he became a full time college starter. Same age as Blaine Gabbert is now.

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

    Yet ask any GM if theyd rather have Tannehill or Gabbert?

    Tannehill was such a good athlete that they had to have him on the field so he played WR the first part of his career at A&M.

  9. sirsupersouthern says: May 1, 2013 12:21 PM

    How will Tannehill improve without a starting caliber left or right tackle to protect him?

  10. soonerthunderviking says: May 1, 2013 12:22 PM

    It will be out of him an Christian Ponder…..They already have RG3 and Russ on too high a pedestal

  11. willsco16 says: May 1, 2013 12:22 PM

    He’s the only rookie QB last year,that got any PT, that wasn’t very good. So this makes sense.

  12. apmn says: May 1, 2013 12:26 PM

    Stephen McGee and Jerrod Johnson both played pretty well for the Aggies before their respective shoulder injuries. No shame in Tannehill not starting before them, especially considering what he was contributing at WR. He is probably going to be a very good NFL quarterback when all is said and done.

  13. garyhd01 says: May 1, 2013 12:28 PM

    sam Bradford should give him a run for this spot while the dolphins added 1 rocket in Wallace who talked out of place w/o thinking already, lost cook and jake long we got both of them and you got Gibson who we didn’t try to resign this isn’t sour grapes but with the mighty mites we added in the draft bradfords weapons are looking scary but….we shall see good luck fins

  14. nflgreedleague says: May 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    So if Wallace gets hurt how much better are the weapons for Tannehill?
    Gibson little better then Bess maybe
    Keller little better then Fasano sure
    Lamar Miller better the Reggie Bush someday maybe?
    Seems to me they still lack depth in offensive weapons
    Patton in the 4th or Swopes in the 5th would have made alot of sense

  15. gojags says: May 1, 2013 12:35 PM

    Tannehill will be a very good QB. Watched him play against the Bengals last year. He played really well that game being a Rookie. Has a good poise. Good for the dolphins.

  16. hehateme2 says: May 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    It’s a reasonable statement. Tannehill showed he has all the tools last season. Given the fact that he had the fewest good players to work with compared to the “others” should be factored into this.

    He has a lot of upside and I look forward to the re-match with Luck. He’s already beaten Wilson and won’t see RG whatever for a while yet.

  17. akfinfan says: May 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    Are you really comparing Tannehill to Gabbert?? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    QUOTE:
    thegreatgabbert says:
    May 1, 2013 12:10 PM
    Only had 19 college starts because he wasn’t as good as Stephen McGee or Jerrod Johnson. He was 23 before he became a full time college starter. Same age as Blaine Gabbert is now.

  18. hehateme2 says: May 1, 2013 12:41 PM

    “Tannehill threw for just under 3300 yards last year in 16 starts. Gabbert has thrown for 3800 in 25 starts over the past 2 seasons.”

    Plus he doesn’t play scared like Gabbert. Tannehill will be the better pro.

  19. peytonsneck18 says: May 1, 2013 12:43 PM

    Wallace is overated!!!

  20. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 1, 2013 12:47 PM

    Tannehill also was the QB of a horrid team. 7-9 was a minor miracle. Very limited talent team across the board. Also they were attempting to fit old parts into a new system. This is why Jake Long appeared so overmatched. He is a straight ahead mauler that was cast into a zone blocking scheme. Good luck with that.

    The Dolphins will need another year to acclimate to the WCO and Coyle’s hybrid 4-3.

  21. dolphinsfootball says: May 1, 2013 12:48 PM

    “lost cook and jake long we got both of them.”

    Gotta tell you, if Jake plays like he did his first 2 years, you have a great tackle. If he plays like he did last year, Bradford will be spending lots of time on the turf. It was sad to see Jake being routinely manhandled. For his sake I hope it was that he was playing hurt and that he’s healthy now. If not, the rams will need a Plan B.

  22. jjrs89 says: May 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    Check out the gut on Marino!

  23. brutus9448 says: May 1, 2013 1:01 PM

    gabbert won’t even start for the jax. Henne is gonna win that battle.

  24. brutus9448 says: May 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    it’s funny the Rams fans are so excited to get Long. Go watch the rams-phins game from last year and you’ll know why the phins didn’t want him back at that price. He’s not close to the same player he once was but he still wanted elite money.

  25. finsuppatsdown says: May 1, 2013 1:20 PM

    First of all Gabbert may not start over Chad Henne…LOL. As a Dolphins fan I can tell you how pathetic that is. RT17 improved a lot over just the season last year. He was one of the best QBs under pressure last year with no weapons on offense. As to the tackle position, try reading up on something and not just listening to the idiots talking during the draft. J Martin played significantly better on the left side in replacement of Jake Long last year. He showed up to OTA’s having added like 30 pounds of muscle. He will be a very serviceable left tackle. The Dolphins are trying out several tackles today so the answer at right tackle is coming soon. I have not been this happy about an offseason in a long time. With all the new playmakers on O and D this team has the potential to be really special. I see this team getting a lot better this year. They do have a tough schedule, especially early. If the Dolphins come on strong early, look out AFC.

  26. redislander10 says: May 1, 2013 1:24 PM

    So basically what you are saying is that if Jake Long plays like he did last year, Bradford will be joining Tannehill on the turf/grass this year??? At least the Rams have hope for a potentially solid line at the moment. The Dolphins just have a giant hole at left tackle.

  27. cantonbound13 says: May 1, 2013 1:29 PM

    They still don’t have a #2 wide receiver. I hope Wallace stays healthy.

  28. skylark70455 says: May 1, 2013 1:31 PM

    Tannehill threw for just under 3300 yards WITH:

    a.) A maybe #2 WR who recorded his first 1000 yard season with Tannehill, despite missing the entire off season/preseason with medical issues. (Brian Hartline)

    b.) A game, but slower than molasses slot only WR – who was just traded with a 7th round pick for an upgrade of 9 slots in the 4th round, and a 5th round pick. (Davone Bess)

    c.) A mediocre at everything TE. (Anthony Fasano)

    and almost literally NOTHING ELSE.

    Would be a minor miracle if he didn’t improve a lot with the new weapons he’ll have this season.

  29. wannstache says: May 1, 2013 1:34 PM

    This is one of the the big problems with this regime. They brag about what they say is going to happen, and it never does. This is way too much pressure to put on a kid who has yet to prove he can be an effective starter. It takes 2-3 years for most non-elite QB’s to adjust to the NFL. Shut up and give him a chance.

  30. ninerfan81 says: May 1, 2013 1:44 PM

    By improvement do you mean he’ll actually know which teams play in the AFC?

  31. brownoholic says: May 1, 2013 1:55 PM

    Not saying he’s GOOD, but with Chudzinski & Turner in and Shurmer & Childress out, Brandon Weeden could be most improved this season…

  32. scmems07 says: May 1, 2013 1:56 PM

    The trolls are out in flocks today. Tannehill will show the most improvement next year than his fellow rookies, Wilson has topped out, he will never throw more than 30 tds or 4k yards, rg3 needs to stay on the field and I don’t think he can, luck will shatter the numbers but most people expected that from him. Tannehill showed more poise and pocket presence than any of the rookies, went through his reads, didn’t panic and showed improvement every game. He will be a top 10 qb very soon.

  33. orakpocalypse says: May 1, 2013 1:59 PM

    Well him being the worst of the new QB’s, I guess there’s nowhere to go but up. Sure he might be most improved, but that still won’t make him a threat on the level of rg3, Kap, or Wilson. I guess it’s between him and Weeden. Good company.

  34. gojags says: May 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    @thegreatgabbert

    Sorry to say Gabbert cannot be good. He can be mediocre at best. I’ve to admit Tannehill is way better than Gabbert.

    The “great” and “gabbert” can never be in the same sentence.

  35. dbones750 says: May 1, 2013 2:14 PM

    Tannehill was overlooked last season b/c of RG3, RW3, and Luck. He had a solid rookie season with little help at WR. He will not have a sophmore slump.

  36. nelly837 says: May 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    Ha Ha Ha sure he will, oh wait a minute the fish’s GM spent their wad on WR but forgot to get any offensive lineman. Gonna be kinda hard to pass for 4000 yards throwing from the sitting position. He will lead the league in sacks though !

  37. seaeagle707 says: May 1, 2013 2:33 PM

    “Improvement” is a relative term. Tannehill didn’t come close to the stats put up by the top trio of rooks last season. So yes, if he does come close to their last year numbers, that will be a marked improvement. But since the trio all posted impressive records, should any of them improve this year by as little as half-again, then I believe that “they” will be the most improved. Once a player has posted top tier stats, any improvement will come at tremendous cost.

    I also think that you should let him play the season, without the pressure of everyone “expecting” big improvements. Its tough enough on the field in NFL games without having those expectations rolling around in your head.

  38. hehateme2 says: May 1, 2013 2:49 PM

    joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 1, 2013 12:47 PM

    Tannehill also was the QB of a horrid team. 7-9 was a minor miracle?

    Clearly, you’re not watching the games. The Dolphins were several field goal kicks from winning 9-10 games. Not great but certainty not “horrid.”
    However, I agree the overall the talent was lacking. We now see the plan they were preparing for the big offseason THIS year.

    To say that they were “horrid” is simply ignorance.

  39. wannstache says: May 1, 2013 3:04 PM

    Don’t forget, opponents of all of last year’s rookie QB’s now have a year’s worth of NFL tape on these guys. Teams like the Patriots thrive on tape, so year 2 could actually be rougher for some of these kids. See Cam Newton, for example.

  40. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 1, 2013 3:20 PM

    Hehateme2, I mean that with appreciation for the job Philbin, Sherman, Coyle and the rest of staff did with that team. They were purposely stripped down and rebuilt yet still had a 7-9 record. Kudos to the players and coaches.

    Yes, that offseason team they assembled in 2012 was horrid. The developed some guys, drafted some guys etc. and had a fairly good result.

  41. scmems07 says: May 1, 2013 3:40 PM

    seaeagle707 says:

    “Improvement” is a relative term. Tannehill didn’t come close to the stats put up by the top trio of rooks last season. So yes, if he does come close to their last year numbers, that will be a marked improvement. But since the trio all posted impressive records, should any of them improve this year by as little as half-again, then I believe that “they” will be the most improved. Once a player has posted top tier stats, any improvement will come at tremendous cost.

    I also think that you should let him play the season, without the pressure of everyone “expecting” big improvements. Its tough enough on the field in NFL games without having those expectations rolling around in your head.

    he threw for more yards than wilson and rg3, more accurate than luck, though luck and tannehill had more responsibilities to throw the ball more than 30 times a game because of the lack of offensive talent, i dont think rg3 or wilson threw more than 30 times in a game, and if they did it wasnt too many games. tannehill had a higher YPR average (once he started running), the only thing that did’nt match up was td’s and that has more to do with his recievers inability to get open downfield and get open in the redzone. if tannehill does’nt produce this year with his new offense then i would say he is not as good, but the book is still out imo. i believe he has all the tools and abilities to be just as good or better than any of his 2nd yr counterparts.

  42. laxcoach37 says: May 1, 2013 3:54 PM

    It is a reasonable statement becuase this Dolphin Fan is not thinking Tannehill was as good as Luck, RGIII and Wilson, but he has the potential to be.

    The one fact you left out was the Dolphins could easily have had the Colts WildCard spot had our crappy Kicker Carpenter not missed once, but twice in 2 games in OT. We should have been 9-7 at the very least.

    Tannehill made the majority of his INTs from tipped balls. He improved all that by week 3. The difference with Tannehill is he learns from his mistakes. Is he a Hall of Famer; no but certainly a franchise Quarterback and we have been searching for one since Marino. Nonetheless, everyone can keep hating except for the Jaguars fans… you have no right to say anything with your QB’s and Uniforms.

  43. bobbyhafner says: May 1, 2013 4:01 PM

    i can see this, rember, Tannehill beat Russell Wilson in a 4th quarter comeback, we lost to luck because of Carpenters botched fieldgoals. yeah hes had quite a few off games, but he was a RAW rookie, alot of people thought he wasnt going to start, he won 7 games when most of the NFL said miami wouldnt win more then 1 or 2 games when he was named the starter, he was the 2nt most accurate quaterback in the LEAUGE last year with avererage recivers and 2 rookie wideouts, RG3 and Wilson had more weapons, with an improved defense who can give him the ball more, and even if Wallace only ran deep routs. witch he doesnt…. watch some film. that takes doubble coverage away from heartline, keller, and gives miller a great amount of running room, dont forget we have Charles Clay whos proven he can make plays as a fullback/tight end, i think miami could make it to the playoffs and unseat the patriots as the #1 in the AFC east, not saying were going to the superbowl, but i see the sith lord billicheck feeling a major disturbance in the force.. and brady is getting uneasy..

  44. dg0122 says: May 1, 2013 5:02 PM

    He was mediocre in college… he will get Big Sherm fired again

  45. axespray says: May 1, 2013 5:33 PM

    weren’t the dolphins considered a 3 win team entering the season last year – they won 7 games and could of had several more wins if their kicker didn’t mimic Mason Crosby.

    Tannenhill will improve, with Joe and Sherman coaching him, he’ll improve (mostly cause of Joe).

  46. thetannchise says: May 1, 2013 7:32 PM

    Not entirely sure that the OL issues are as severe as everyone on this site seems to think. I thought J. Martin filled in nicely at LT as a rookie. All Ireland needs to do is give it some depth and it will be okay, not great, but good enough.

  47. nobandwagonridersallowed says: May 1, 2013 7:51 PM

    I don’t fret about, Tannehill one iota. He showed me last year that he can stand tall in the pocket knowing a defender is coming head on to smack him in the mouth. He showed growth and a willingness to learn and get better. He showed leadership. He took command in those huddles. Had anyone payed attention to the Phins vs. Colts game last year, they would’ve seen him go back and forth play for play with, Luck.

    Had it not been for some things beyond his control (missed kicks and Sean Smith not being able to find the damn ball which allowed Ty Hilton to score on a deep TD on 3rd & long) people would recognize his abilities. This kid is up and coming and for once in a long time I don’t have to worry about who’s taking the snaps from week to week. Btw 3 of his interceptions came on his very first NFL start @ Houston. (All were balls that were batted up in the air). Houston was pretty good at that last year.

  48. zackattack006 says: May 1, 2013 10:40 PM

    I saw that Fins vs. Colts game, and I totally agree, Tannehill showed some leadership and swagger… It’s a shame the defense didn’t helped him out. It reminded me of the Dan Marino’s Era. No defense or running game to help him out.

    Also, I agree that Luck had a better offensive support than Tannehill… Tannehill’s WR squad was awful last year; perhaps one of the worst in the league.

  49. FinFan68 says: May 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    Tannehill is one of those guys that doesn’t talk trash and expect the accolades be thrown at him. He puts in the time and actually LEARNS from his mistakes. His numbers are a bit deceiving but need some improvement. He will put up better numbers with an improved supporting cast. He has tons of ability and the desire to succeed. He has a strong arm and enough agility/speed to be a factor when scrambling. The kid throws well on the run and that should give Wallace and the other receivers some extra time to get open. Tannihill was limited by the coaching staff but he was allowed to audible. When he did, he made the correct calls. I am not saying this kid is the next Marino or Montana but he can be very good. He is a smart QB and has very good leadership traits that are natural rather than rehearsed. Those that underestimate Ryan Tannehill because he didn’t play as flashy as the guys drafted with him are in for a surprise.

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