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    Tannehill belongs with Luck & RG3

    Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was not the No. 1 overall pick like Andrew Luck.

    Tannehill did not win the Heisman Trophy or enter the NFL with the hype of Robert Griffin III.

    Tannehill does not have the endorsement deals, commercials or name recognition of Luck or RG3. But six games into the season, it's time to put Tannehill in the same conversation with his rookie counterparts.

    Tannehill won his third game of the season and second in a row Sunday. He led Miami to a gritty, 17-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams to get the Dolphins (3-3) back to .500 heading into their bye week.

    It wasn't a pretty game, but it was another winning performance from the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. Tannehill stood tall, took some shots and kept fighting against a physical St. Louis defense -- the same group that battered Kevin Kolb with nine sacks a week ago. Tannehill was sacked twice and hit three additional times. But he answered with 185 passing yards and two key touchdowns. Tannehill's passer rating was 112.0.

    But here's the rub: Tannehill now has more wins (three) as a rookie starter than Luck (two). RG3 won his third Sunday afternoon. Ultimately, victories are the best way to judge a quarterback, and Tannehill is quietly at the top of the first-round class with virtually no fanfare.

    I asked Tannehill on Sunday night if he felt slighted at not being mentioned in the same sentence as Luck and RG3 so far this year.

    "With wins, our team will get more recognition. That's all I care about," Tannehill responded. "We want to go out and get wins and string them together. Personal recognition doesn't even matter."

    Tannehill's arm and poise are making Miami a dangerous team. The Dolphins won their second straight against an opponent who entered with a winning record, and they're doing it with a rookie quarterback who is getting better each week.

    Perhaps what was most impressive Sunday is Tannehill, for the first time this season, led Miami to a win without a running game. Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush (12 carries, 17 yards) had by far his worst performance of the season, and Miami's defense uncharacteristically gave up 462 yards.

    This was a game Tannehill had to win with his arm, because nothing else was clicking around him. He didn't panic. Tannehill completed 21 of 29 passes (72.4 percent), including a beautiful, 29-yard touchdown throw to receiver Marlon Moore. Tannehill's second touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano gave Miami a 17-6 lead it never relinquished.

    "He definitely plays as if he's a seven-year veteran in my mind -- maybe a 10-year vet," Moore said of Tannehill. "He's so calm and poised. He controls the offense and that's what he's here to do."

    Scouts pegged Tannehill as talented but not NFL-ready. He had just 19 career starts in college. Few thought Tannehill could come in right away and adjust to the speed of the NFL game.

    But Tannehill is proving a lot of doubters wrong and vindicating Miami's front office and coaching staff. For example, Luck was considered the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year's draft but has one more interception and one fewer victory than Tannehill.

    "His growth from game to game has been incredible," Fasano said of Tannehill. "He has a very bright future."

    This is just the beginning for Tannehill. As Tannehill gets better, so will the Dolphins. That's a scary thought considering Miami has been in every game but one this season.

    The Dolphins enter the bye week at .500 and as one of the NFL's early surprises. Much of the credit can go to their young, under-the-radar quarterback. Tannehill is developing much faster than expected and opening up possibilities for Miami this year that most people didn't expect.

    "I will say this: Our whole team is underrated," Moore said. "We're not in the spotlight or expected to do anything. So as long as we keep winning games, it doesn't matter what the outside says about us."

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    Awesome read. He absolutely belongs in the conversation


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    But that would mean all the analysts were wrong

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    You gotta post the espn link you copied this from.
    But good read

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    my man TheBigTuna Plagiarizing
    but good read, post the link
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    Quote Originally Posted by krest213 View Post
    my man TheBigTuna Plagiarizing
    but good read, post the link
    Hhaha I thought it was his opinion then I read the quotes from players lol

    really good article tho

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    I have to admit, I was apprehensive about our teams future going foward when we drafted Tannehill. Considering he was a converted WR, and his led his college team to a measly mediocre record, i really didn't know what to expect from him or ultimately the Dolphins as a whole. I was one of those fans on the "suck for luck" bandwagon, but I see something special in Tannehill, and I will go out on a limb and say that Tannehill will have the better career than both Luck and RGIII. Lets see how far he takes us this season.

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    i dont think any of them belong in the RG3 category who is leading ROTY race by a mile
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    Quote Originally Posted by tunnicliffderek View Post
    i dont think any of them belong in the RG3 category who is leading ROTY race by a mile
    Tannehill almost sets the rookie single game passing record and you think he does not belong in the same category as RG3? Come on I know how much you love the guy but even you cannot deny what Tannehill has been doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunnicliffderek View Post
    i dont think any of them belong in the RG3 category who is leading ROTY race by a mile
    One question, if last draft you were picking for the Dolphins and you could pick between a rookie Dan Marino or RG3 who would you pick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunnicliffderek View Post
    i dont think any of them belong in the RG3 category who is leading ROTY race by a mile
    Your crazy but can't expect anything less from you Derek

    Quote Originally Posted by Grabmeone2 View Post
    One question, if last draft you were picking for the Dolphins and you could pick between a rookie Dan Marino or RG3 who would you pick?
    This is a very one sided question and unfair question... Are you a lawyer?? Or a politician for that matter?

    I might as well ask, do you want Philbin or a first year Don Shula?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildPhins10 View Post
    Your crazy but can't expect anything less from you Derek



    This is a very one sided question and unfair question... Are you a lawyer?? Or a politician for that matter?

    I might as well ask, do you want Philbin or a first year Don Shula?
    That is exactly my intent. For most people it might seem unfair or one sided. But Derek would still consider taking RG3 so case closed, all the ballots are in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunnicliffderek View Post
    i dont think any of them belong in the RG3 category who is leading ROTY race by a mile
    Im not gonna say Id rather have Tannehill over RG3 at this point, but I think Tannehill is the safer bet long term. Mobile QBs are a shorter shelf life as their athleticism fades and they must rely on their arm more.

    Tannehill has the size and arm strength to have long term success as a QB in this league. He has already proven that he can make all the throws and succeeds under pressure as well. Let alone the fact that we have a very mediocre WR core to boot. I think we have ourselves a franchise QB.

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    thats where most people pideon hole RG3. they see him run 70+ yards down the side line and assume his arm is average or good . its quite the opposite as he is a better passer then he is a runner.

    i actually dont think Luck will ever see a SB. Patriots have Mallett and 2 elite TE's heading forward. Miami has alot of pieces going forward and have alot coming to build on it. alot of teams in the AFC have a long way to build their teams for the future. for example the Colts will likely spend the entire draft on trying to upgrade their defense and Dolphin fans know its a bad idea to spend a whole draft on one side of the ball. not only do they need beaucoup defensive players they need OL,RB,and more receivers as Wayne is at the end of his career. you can say well Rodgers and Brady can win a SB with no OL or D or what have you but Luck isnt a gunslinger type of QB and when he came out i believe he was at his ceiling. Ravens and Pitt have alot of future building also

    TBH when thinking of the future and thinking about the young talent on teams right now and what teams could add to it i believe Miami and the Bengals are the future powerhouses of the AFC.

    NFC wise looking at the talent i think Redskins will be the top powerhouse going forward even though they lack some draft picks.

    i also believe we have a franchise QB and one of the best young franchise QBs in the league to build around. finding the franchise QB is the hard part. once you get one you can have crap draft after crap draft like the Pats and still be contending
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNoel View Post
    I have to admit, I was apprehensive about our teams future going foward when we drafted Tannehill. Considering he was a converted WR, and his led his college team to a measly mediocre record, i really didn't know what to expect from him or ultimately the Dolphins as a whole. I was one of those fans on the "suck for luck" bandwagon, but I see something special in Tannehill, and I will go out on a limb and say that Tannehill will have the better career than both Luck and RGIII. Lets see how far he takes us this season.
    I really wish people would quit saying that Tannehill is a converted WR or a WR that was switched to QB. He is a QB, he was a QB, he played WR for what 2 years until he won the starting QB job. He is a QB that played WR not a WR that plays QB.

    end rant

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