Movie Quote of the Day:
“Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.”
– Alan Garner, The Hangover (2009)
If you haven’t heard, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill signed a contract extension to stay in Miami. The new contract is a six year-$96 million deal, with $21.5 million guaranteed. In case you’re bad at math, that’s a total of $16 million per year.
The Miami organization has been getting some harsh criticism from football fans for giving Tannehill a contract extension of this magnitude. I understand where the fans are coming from. To be fair, Tannehill has never taken Miami to the playoffs and Tannehill has a total record of 23-25 as a NFL starting quarterback. Also, Tannehill has never had jaw-dropping stats, at least when you compare him to the elite quarterbacks of the NFL (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, etc.).
Since entering the NFL in 2012, Tannehill has an average completion percentage of 61.9, he’s thrown for 11,252 yards, posted a passer rating of 84, and thrown 63 touchdowns, but he’s also thrown 42 interceptions.
Like the title says, I’m defending Miami’s decision to offer Tannehill this kind of contract mainly because who else are they going to get? There’s not much out there that’s a better option than Tannehill, unless they make a trade.
I’m a believer in Ryan Tannehill. I thought he was overrated when he was in college at Texas A&M, but he’s exceeded my expectations in the NFL.
One of the main reasons he has been impressive, to me, is the fact that the offensive line in Miami has been awful. Tannehill has been sacked a total of 139 times (46.3 per season) in his three seasons in the NFL.
Tannehill was sacked 46 times last season (third most in the NFL) and still had a 92.8 passer rating, he completed 66 percent of his passes, he threw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, and only had 12 interceptions (quarterbacks like Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Andrew Luck all threw more interceptions than Tannehill).
Even with being sacked an absurd amount since getting to Miami, Tannehill has shown signs that he can be pretty good.
This is the year Ryan Tannehill is either going to break out or not. Personally, I think it’s going to be the first one. I think he’s got the pieces this season. His offensive line will be the best he’s had since getting to Miami and he’s got a lot of weapons at wide receiver and tight end.
The future looks bright in Miami and I think in a few years from now, Tannehill will have proven to be worth that $96 million contract.
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