Note: With the start of Dolphins training camp set for Friday, the Palm Beach Post will take a look at the five biggest questions surrounding the team. Today, we focus on whether new head coach Adam Gase can turn Ryan Tannehill into a franchise quarterback. We’ll shift to a different question each day leading up to the start of training camp.
As usual, all eyes will be on quarterback Ryan Tannehill this season.
It seems like Tannehill is in as good a position to succeed with the Dolphins this season as he’s ever been. The 28-year-old has reliable weapons at receiver, an improved offensive line and a “quarterback guru” as his head coach.
That puts all of the pressure on Tannehill to have a career season. If he doesn’t produce, the criticism surrounding Tannehill could be at an all-time high.
Through four seasons, Tannehill has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 15,460 yards, 87 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. Those aren’t bad numbers, but the Dolphins have not made the playoffs since Tannehill became the starting quarterback as a rookie in 2012.
Enter new head coach Adam Gase, who built the reputation of a quarterback whisperer during the two years he spent as an offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning in Denver. Manning passed for NFL records 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns under Gase in 2013.
Tannehill isn’t exactly Manning, but there is hope that Gase will be able to work his magic on him too.
Tannehill has thrown for more than 4,000 yards over the past two seasons, but he hasn’t been the best at getting the ball downfield. The Texas A&M product ranked 21st in the NFL last season with 7.18 yards per pass attempt, which marked the first season in his four-year career that he surpassed seven yards per pass attempt.
Gase and the new Dolphins coaching staff have focused on improving Tannehill’s footwork this offseason. Will a new coach mean a new and improved Tannehill?
That’s the big question.
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Will new-look Dolphins secondary be effective?
Will Dolphins offensive line be improved this season?
Can Adam Gase turn Ryan Tannehill into a franchise QB?