Rock Sexton wrote:
You're absolutely right, Tannehill won eight games because of his athleticism. It was pure athleticism that helped him throw for over 20 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards. There was absolutely zero IQ involved. Tannehill tanked our season, that's why we went 8-8. It had nothing to do with the stable of mediocre runningbacks who failed to crack 4.0 yards per carry as a unit, and an offensive line built of popsicle sticks that gave up a team record number of sacks (23 more than the previous season when Jake Long was the left tackle).
It's funny you mention the lack of run game in contrast with his "nearly 4,000 yards". Part of the problem was in fact dropping Tannehill back to pass too much so that yardage is a bit skewed to begin with. Dude was 7th in the league in attempts and a piddly 28th in Y/C and 27th in Y/A. His 24 TD's were in improvement over last year, but his INT's were still too high at 17.
You make Tanny sound like he's some cerebral QB out there and you seem to think that people (GM's, scouts, fans) are incapable of doing their own analysis on the player sans the O-line. I don't recall anything in Angelo's assessment saying that Tanny played with the best offensive unit in football. In fact he specifically said "protection is one thing, FEEL is another". That's been a major point of contention for those of us who see him nothing more than inconsistent right now.
All things considered if we had run the ball more and his pocket presence was a little better, my guess is those sack totals come down a bit. Instead we just had him heaving the ball like he was Drew Brees.
You're right, that was a bit over the top (sorry about that). But I was trying to prove a point that I think you're being a bit overcritical of the kid. All things considered, he improved quite a bit this season. I think I saw somewhere that he finished top 12 in the NFL in completions, yards, and touchdowns. That means he's getting awfully close to being a top ten quarterback, which is a very nice change considering all of the poor quarterbacking we've seen over the past decade plus.
As far as Tannehill being an intelligent quarterback, he absolutely is. He had the second highest Wonderlic score coming out of college (behind only Luck). He's been learning NFL style offenses under under an NFL coach since he was a college freshman. I absolutely think he has what it takes "between the ears". I don't buy that athlete playing QB stuff for one minute. That kid has looked like a quarterback on the field from day one since he arrived in Miami.
Also, nobody is talking about it, but if you look at our season, Tannehill basically carried us the entire season. We lived and died each week on his performance. That is a heck of a lot to ask of a second year quarterback. Of all the young quarterbacks in the NFL, can you think of any player who did more with less? I could see an argument for Luck, but Luck wasn't playing behind that offensive line (and Tannehill beat Luck in Indy).
When it comes to the sacks, I think someone posted on another thread that Pro Football Focus only charged Tannehill with three sacks this season. That being the case, I really can't blame him much for the other 55 sacks the line were charged with. If anything, I feel that Tannehill doesn't hold on to the ball long enough (could be related to the number of sacks he was taking).
The run game to be honest with you had to do with a couple of things. I feel the first and biggest impediment to our run game was the offensive line. We simply weren't opening up the holes. I think that if we improve the line, you'll see Miller, Thomas, and Gillislee crack that 4.0 ypc mark. The second issue, was that we were playing from behind a lot. We started slow in a lot of games. This put us in situations where Tannehill basically had to sling it most of the game.
I 100% will agree with you that the kid needs to be pushed this season. It really is a make or break season for the team. If we don't keep moving forward, then it all could come crashing down. I think we all understand that our owner isn't afraid to push the restart button if we don't do better than 8-8. Long story short, 2014 is the year that Tannehill has to put all doubts to rest and prove he's the guy. Just being good isn't good enough. The kid has to prove he has the stuff to be great.
That said, try to cut him a little slack. He's developing just like he should. I don't think anybody will be surprised when Tannehill improves again in 2014 and the team takes another step forward.
P.S. I too would like to see us take some pressure off of Tannehill and get the ground game going. I think a more balanced attack would extend his career. At the rate he's taking sacks, he won't last ten years in the league. I think this kid has a bright future. I really hope it doesn't get ruined by a lack of protection (i.e. injury).