Miami Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey on what he likes about returning Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill looks good in that Dolphins throwback, doesn’t he? (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS — Jay Cutler certainly tried his best this season.

But I guess his best — well, you know the rest.

But guess who’s in line to return as starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins in 2018?

That’s right. None other than Ryan Tannehill, who looks much better right now, doesn’t he?

“Ryan is a good quarterback, man,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said in the locker room Sunday following a season-ending loss to the Buffalo Bills. “He can really run the ball really well. He can make every throw. We really felt like coming into this year that he was going to have a big year. And just injuries happen in this league and it just sucks for that to happen to him. At that time.”

Let’s compare Tannehill’s 2016 to Cutler’s 2017:

Tannehill: 13 starts (8-5), 67.1 percent, 19 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 7.7 yards per attempt, 93.5 passer rating

Cutler: 14 starts (6-8), 62 percent, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 6.2 yards per attempt, 80.8 passer rating

It was going to be hard for Cutler to match Tannehill’s statistics.

But it is likely that Cutler and coach Adam Gase thought Cutler’s results would be a bit better.

That said, Tannehill will be counted on to stay healthy and play well as he returns from consecutive seasons ending due to ACL injuries.

“I think we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Pouncey said. “Obviously it’s tough. Losing your starting quarterback during training camp. But that’s no excuse. We still went out there and won games. We won big games. We lost games that we thought we should have won. But at the end of the day we still have a lot of work to do. We have a big time offseason coming up. And I hope guys have their minds ready whenever we get this thing started back up in April.”

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross believes the loss of Tannehill had a major impact as he brought it up immediately in the locker room after Sunday’s game.

“The season didn’t start out right with injuries, and you can’t replace a good quarterback,” Ross said.

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