Adam Gase: Ryan Tannehill will “absolutely” be ready for 2018

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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is headed for surgery on his left knee after partially tearing his ACL last December and re-injuring it in a practice 10 days ago, which leaves Jay Cutler at quarterback in Miami and Tannehill looking toward 2018.

On Saturday, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that Tannehill will “absolutely” be healthy for the start of that season while recounting his feelings when he heard that Tannehill would have the season-ending surgery.

“It was probably tougher for me because it’s more and more real,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “The fact that it’s him — he knows his body, he knows how he feels. It’s unfortunate for him. He’s worked so hard to be available for us. Those guys put in a lot of work during the offseason to get to this point.”

Tannehill was at Saturday’s practice and Gase said he is “doing everything he can” to help Cutler get comfortable in the Dolphins offense. Cutler signed with the Dolphins last Monday and did not play in their preseason opener.

Being “absolutely” ready to return in 2018 doesn’t mean Tannehill will absolutely be returning to the Dolphins, although any decisions about next season are likely to wait until well into this season at the very least.

13 responses to “Adam Gase: Ryan Tannehill will “absolutely” be ready for 2018

  1. This was set to be an important prove it year for Tannehill with an out in his contract that would have only entailed a $4.6m cap hit. We shouldn’t be surprised to see a restructure of his deal before the new league year.

  2. If Cutler has a very good year, look for Tannehill to be traded for a high draft choice, and Miami will draft a QB in the first round of 2018 draft. Cutler will stay and mentor a rookie.

  3. dabears62 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 9:22 am
    If Cutler has a very good year, look for Tannehill to be traded for a high draft choice, and Miami will draft a QB in the first round of 2018 draft. Cutler will stay and mentor a rookie.
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    Cutler is on a one year deal. No one is going to trade a high draft pick for a damaged and still relatively unproven Tannehill. It’s too bad he re-injured the knee. Things looked like they might be coming together for him Under Gase last year before the initial injury.

  4. I never liked Cutler’s attitude or body language. But everyone hates the guy so much and jumped all over him for the wisecrack about qbs not needing to be in shape. I thought it was funny and I’m starting to like the guy. I’d like to see him have a big year just to prove everyone wrong – just not too good when they play the Pats.

  5. Dolphins fans should be happy this happened now they can send a first round pick to the pats for jacoby brissett and actually have a QB who wins big games

  6. As a dolphins sth I’m thrilled no Turnoverhill this year. I’ve seen enough 7-9 8-8 seasons, he’s a below average QB with no accuracy,no leadership skills and cannot win meaningful games,this belief he’ll become a quality NFL QB someday is pure fantasy.

  7. Tannehill has an excellent chance of returning as a starter in 2018. At 30 he is relatively, young coming off his best year and an excellent team player. This year there are at least six teams who would have jumped at Thill before the draft.

    With the Dolphins chances to start are probably less than 50-50. The two most likely exceptions.

    1. Cutler leads the team to a significant improvement. (12 wins in regular season and one playoff win). In that case I do not see the team moving from Cutler.
    2. Cutler has problems and the team bombs and as a result Miami picks in the top 10. In that case the Dolphins may opt to get a top QB draft pick and move away from both Cutler and Tannehill as Thill 17.4 million salary is on the high side.

    But if Cutler leads the team to a record between 8-8 and 10-6, unless the Dolphins get a playoff win, Gase would likely go back to a younger Tannehill after surgery. Even if they pick a QB early in this case the Dolphins may not have access to a top prospect and they probably would be OK to pay Thill 17 million on a one year contract.

  8. jaycutlerleadsdolphinstosuperbowl52 says:
    August 13, 2017 at 11:50 am
    As a dolphins sth I’m thrilled no Turnoverhill this year. I’ve seen enough 7-9 8-8 seasons, he’s a below average QB with no accuracy,no leadership skills and cannot win meaningful games,this belief he’ll become a quality NFL QB someday is pure fantasy
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    1. Below average QB. Not true. When he had a good coach he was ranked 12th in the NFL in passer rating and led a team to the playoffs.
    2. No leadership skills. Says who? The offense really liked him last year.
    3. Cannot win meaningful games. When a team falls to 1-4 every game is an elimination game. The seven games that he won in the next 8 starts were all meaningful. Two of the three games he won against NE were meaningful This is just not correct.
    4. The fact that he may become a quality QB is pure fantasy. ??? A qb that wins 7 of the last 8 games is a quality QB.
    5. No accuracy. Last year he had a 67.1% completion rate. That was the sixth highest in the NFL last year.
    Of course you are entitled to your opinion. But the facts that you are relaying on are very inaccurate.

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