Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at New Era Field.

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Dolphins Close Book On Tannehill Era

Curtis Stevenson
March 15, 2019 - 3:56 pm
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The Ryan Tannehill era is officially over.

In a surprising transaction, the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback for the last seven seasons was traded to the Tennessee Titans. In addition, the Fins threw in a 6th round pick in next month's draft and received a fourth round pick in the 2020 draft and a seventh round pick this year. Tannehill was most likely going to be released as the franchise is moving in a different direction under new head coach Brian Flores and General Manager Chris Grier, so to get anything for him was a pleasant surprise. Tannehill was billed a as a game changer when he was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

The Dolphins first quarterback taken that high in the draft since Dan Marino was supposed to solve that position’s problems since number 13 retired more than a decade prior. For a variety of reasons, it simply did not work out. Multiple head coaches and offensive coordinators, along with a mixture of good to average talent on offense, never came together for the quarterback.

He had some good moments under center, but there simply weren’t enough of them at crucial moments. He started 88 games for Miami and his record was a pedestrian 42-46. His team did make the playoffs in 2016, but he was sidelined with a knee injury late that season and it ultimately cost him the entire 2017 campaign.

Last year in 11 starts, he threw for 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions as the team went 5-6 in those games. It was more of what we saw in prior seasons, some good, some bad, and a lot in the middle. During his time here in South Florida, there was a lot to like about how he conducted himself as the face of the franchise. He was a hard worker, smart, a good teammate, durable, and had a good skill set. Fans waited for him to take that next leap into NFL stardom year after year, but it never came and annual disappointment was a constant theme for Dolphin nation. As he has now moved on, the big question is who do the Dolphins move in at quarterback? They have two raw and inexperienced guys on their roster right now in Luke Falk and Jake Ruddock. That is not good.

The draft next month could be an option or, a journeyman player like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh McCown in free agency. No matter what, it's a new beginning for a team that has to fill that void to have any chance of turning this thing around. We shall see what transpires next. Stay tuned as it will be fascinating to watch how they go about doing it.

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