The fickle mob will be back at it again if we start off slow this season.
I think it depends on who is starting at quarterback, I think guys like Garrard and Moore will have a much shorter leash now that Tannehill is in Miami. That being said, anything less than six wins wouldn't bode well for Tannehill.
I know patience isn't something any one of us wants, especially when we have had to exhibit so much of it for so long, but the knock on Tannehill is that he isn't "ready" for the NFL. So if he went out there and didn't win games his rookie year, what do people expect?
Peyton Manning led his team to 3 victories his rookie year.
Yes, but here is the problem. Andy Dalton took the Bengals to the playoffs last year. Cam Newton set the rookie passing record last year. Both of thsoe teams got instant gratification. Dolphins fans will want that instant gratification if Tannehill is the starter. If Tannehill is put in, then the fans will assume that he is 100% ready to start and 100% ready to lead this team to a winning record. Fans want to win now, but that isn't always a reality, especially on a rebuilding team like ours.
I just hope that most people come around to the idea that if he plays this year in whatever capacity, it won't be the worst thing in the world. It's a good idea to develop your quarterback now so that in two to three years when the team is rebuilt around him we'll have successful team that can be competitive for a long time. That development could come on the sidelines this year, or it could come on the field. Either way he's going to be developing. If he starts the process will just be accelerated.
Another thing to consider is that Brady will likely be gone in a few years. The AFC East will be an open competition. This means if Tannehill turns out to be a good franchise quarteback that the division could be ours for the taking. Speeding up his development could be what is best for our future success.