Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill wasn’t worried about Miami drafting QB
In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, there was much speculation that the Miami Dolphins were leaning toward possibly taking a quarterback in the first round. However, the team decided to go in a different direction by taking former Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick.
Since then, the Dolphins have been quite firm with the notion that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the clear-cut starter for the team for the 2018 season. During a recent interview with Pro Football Talk Live, head coach Adam Gase voiced that Tannehill was not the bit concerned about the team taking a quarterback in this year’s draft.
“He’s one of those guys who’s going to worry about himself and keep working. He’s not going to worry about what’s going on outside,” Gase said.
Gase hasn’t wavered from his position of fully supporting Tannehill throughout the process, which has created a great deal of comfort from his quarterback that he will be the starter next season. In fact, he has emphasized that although the 29-year-old missed the entire 2017 season due to an ACL tear that he certainly display potential the year prior that he was breaking through. as led Miami to seven wins out of their last eight games.
During that stretch of games, Tannehill had finally to begin to look like a viable starting quarterback throwing for 13 touchdown passes. This high level of play from him is what Gase and the Dolphins coaching staff has continued to lean on for their confidence in him on the field.
What should also be noted is that Tannehill still has three more years on his four-year, $77 million deal that runs through the 2020 season. In essence, it could be difficult for the team to move him or take on the rest of his contract if they thought about going in that direction. What this may all shape up to be is a make-or-break campaign for Tannehill to show that he can be the franchise quarterback that can lead the team to success that the organization is hopeful that he can finally become.