Dolphins OC says “it should be a compliment” to call Ryan Tannehill a game manager

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One of the big stories coming into this season for the Dolphins was head coach Adam Gase’s plan to give quarterback Ryan Tannehill more control over the offense at the line of scrimmage than he had under Joe Philbin the last four years.

That shift in responsibilities played into the idea that this season would be a referendum on whether Tannehill was the right man for the quarterback job in Miami and midseason suggestions that he’s a game manager would be viewed by many as a negative. After all, the term is usually used as a negative way to describe a quarterback who isn’t talented enough to carry an NFL offense.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen doesn’t see things that way. Tannehill has taken a back seat to running back Jay Ajayi in the last three games, averaging 201 yards per game through the air while Ajayi has been running for 176 yards per contest. The Dolphins have won all three games after opening the year 1-4, which means things have been managed pretty well.

“No quarterback should be offended,” Christensen said, via ESPN.com. “It should be a compliment, but it kind of has this derogatory term of making you a non-playmaker [and] you just manage the game. Absolutely not. … I think game manager for a quarterback falls in that one that has this negative connotation, but not inside the coaching rooms it doesn’t. Not at all.”

Tannehill may not be the absolute ideal when it comes to quarterbacks, but they don’t make nearly enough of those for every team to have one. Even the ones who might fit the bill as the absolute ideal need to manage games to win consistently, however, and the last three weeks have seen Tannehill avoid turnovers while his team won games. That’s what the Dolphins need, whatever words you use to define what he’s been doing.

25 responses to “Dolphins OC says “it should be a compliment” to call Ryan Tannehill a game manager

  1. As long as that line is healthy, the Dolphins can be a dangerous team when they don’t shoot themselves in the foot with stupid penalties

  2. A game manager would have run for the 3rd & 6 to get us the first down so we didn’t have to punt & let then get down the field & score almost losing the game!!! Thank God for Drake & his 95 yard kick return!!! We can’t have mediocre QB getting paid big money!!! At least he’s not throwing interceptions!!!

  3. I totally agree with the OC–“game manager” is exactly what the media and others called Bob Griese, who won a couple of Super Bowls–only after winning Supe 7 and going unbeaten, they started calling him a “field general”. I know many think this is a negative term for a QB, after all, that is what they call Alex Smith, who, like Tannehill, took a while to settle in. But all Smith has done is take the Chiefs to the playoffs, and both he and Tannehill have made a few plays if you know what I mean. How is throwing a 50 yarder to Landry or Stills NOT making a play?

    Tannehill’s problem was Philbin and his OCs–that is why Tanny has not progressed the way Russell Wilson and some of the others from that 2012 draft class have. But now he has a guy, Gase, who knows what he is doing, and making Miami mainly a ball control team–a running team–is a great idea, considering that the Dolphins won Super Bowls when they were a run-first team with Griese, and did not won Super Bowls when they were a pass first team with Marino.

  4. and correct me if I am wrong..

    but does the “game manager” label only apply to QB’s of winning teams?? I dont recall many losing teams having a QB with that label….

    so yeah I’ll take it.

  5. magnumpimustache says:
    Nov 10, 2016 11:33 AM
    Is there any truth to the rumor that the Dolphins are going to be the first NFL Team to move to Canada?
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    Yes, and owner Stephen Ross just spent over $500M upgrading the stadium.
    BTW – it doesn’t matter if Tannehill is playing as a game manager, as long as the team continues winning.

  6. Alex Smith, Russel Wilson, Denver QB, Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Hoyer, all have made the playoffs recently as “game Managers”.

    So what’s it going to be, Tannehill can put up stats with a bad team and miss the playoffs or put up stability with a good team and make the playoffs? Either way, someone will find a way to bash him.

    News flash, none of those QB’s mentioned are capable of taking a average-bad team to the playoffs. There are maybe 2-3 QB’s in this league who can take a bad team to the playoffs (Brady, Luck, Rogers).

  7. Sneaky good team playing well under the radar. Call him what you want but he is having a solid season. The OL is finally all healthy and as long as they stay that way Miami will make a playoff push.
    Bosa wont be a factor this Sunday either. Our OL is too good for that to be an issue.

  8. I don’t know why the term has become derogatory. The power of the media, I presume. “He’s just a game manager.”

    Well, buddy, EVERY quarterback worth his salt is a game manager, no matter how good a passer.

  9. As Bill Walsh said of DeBerg, the quarterback that he replaced with rookie Joe Montana in 1980, “He’s just good enough to get you beat.”

  10. A game manager is not worth 100 million. U don’t pay that kind of money to a guy who hands off and throws only when absolutely nessesary or just to keep the defense honest.

  11. I’m looking forward to the Jan. 1st game. I think that should be a telling barometer of where Thill and the Fins future is going.

  12. Marino was a play maker. No question.
    But after his first 3 years he only gave us 4 double digit winning seasons in 14 years after that, plus four 9-7 seasons and six 8-8 seasons or less.

  13. djscottyb says:
    Nov 12, 2016 4:01 AM
    Marino was a play maker. No question.
    But after his first 3 years he only gave us 4 double digit winning seasons in 14 years after that, plus four 9-7 seasons and six 8-8 seasons or less
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    Marino had a great arm. Probably could have been a big league pitcher. But Marino was with his arm, as RG3 is with his legs. You tend to rely on those great physical gifts to the point where you were never forced to develop the really good mental aspects of the position. Marino’s arm and quick release compensated for the fact that he really wasn’t a very smart QB. But boy did he have a gun.

  14. tonebones says:
    Nov 12, 2016 6:07 PM
    djscottyb says:
    Nov 12, 2016 4:01 AM
    Marino was a play maker. No question.
    But after his first 3 years he only gave us 4 double digit winning seasons in 14 years after that, plus four 9-7 seasons and six 8-8 seasons or less
    *********************
    Marino had a great arm. Probably could have been a big league pitcher. But Marino was with his arm, as RG3 is with his legs. You tend to rely on those great physical gifts to the point where you were never forced to develop the really good mental aspects of the position. Marino’s arm and quick release compensated for the fact that he really wasn’t a very smart QB. But boy did he have a gun.
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    Marino was not a dumb QB but he did not read defenses like some of these guys can now. Marino had sharp reflexes, no fear and a cannon. As the plays developed, Marino scanned the field, not for a read of the defensive alignment or coverage, but rather for who was actually open. As soon as he saw an open receiver the ball was immediately gone.

  15. “Marino was a play maker. No question.
    But after his first 3 years he only gave us 4 double digit winning seasons in 14 years after that, plus four 9-7 seasons and six 8-8 seasons or less.”

    Could it be because he was literally the only reason Miami won those games?

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