The Miami front office reportedly is sold on quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Which, on the surface, suggests that the new coach of the Dolphins will be required to feel the same way.
Ultimately, that’s not necessarily the case.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Dolphins won’t insist that the next coach commit to Tannehill, if the next coach determines that Tannehill isn’t the answer. Tannehill’s contract provides considerable flexibility beyond 2016, making it easier to move on if that’s what the next coach believes should happen.
That said, the Dolphins remain confident in Tannehill — and they’re confident the next coach will feel the same way. If the next coach doesn’t, the organization will be prepared to react accordingly.
Still, before dumping Tannehill, the next coach of the Dolphins would be wise to have a viable alternative in place. If the coach doesn’t want Tannehill and gets his way, the coach will be even more accountable if his preferred option fails.