Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains looks to make QB Ryan Tannehill a star

Ryan Tannehill is now in Dowell Loggains’ hands. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Ryan Tannehill might not have any familiarity with new Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, but Loggains has a pretty good handle on what he’s getting into with his new quarterback.

He began scouting Tannehill in advance of the 2012 draft, when Loggains was the Titans’ offensive coordinator and he was a prospect at Texas A&M. Tennessee wasn’t really in the market for a quarterback after taking Jake Locker the year before, but Loggains liked what he saw and has followed Tannehill’s career since.

“I’m excited about working with him,” Loggains said today. “He’s a guy that’s got a lot of physical traits, and Adam (Gase) thinks a lot of him. I’m excited when the offseason starts to get in the classroom and start grinding on the field and doing those things to help him get better.”

Quarterback looms large for the Dolphins this offseason. Starting with Tannehill, the Dolphins believe he’ll be fully healthy by spring after losing last season to a knee injury. Assuming that proves true, the next step is for the team of Gase, Loggains and quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree to develop him into a franchise-changing quarterback.

To this point, Tannehill hasn’t been that. He’s been good at times, but not great. The upside, though, is that he seemed to be turning a corner under Gase in 2016.

Not only did he post career-highs in passer rating (93.5), completion percentage (67.1) and yards per attempt (7.7), he displayed a mobility that Gase believes is an absolute necessity for quarterbacks in the modern era. That’s another challenge for Tannehill in his recovery from the knee injury.

Loggains will also be tasked with grooming the talent behind Tannehill, which could include a high draft pick this year. The Dolphins will select 11th overall, and they’ll vet quarterback prospects like Baker Mayfield over the next three months.

They can also consider re-signing current backup David Fales, a 27-year-old in whom Gase sees great potential. Fales has bounced around three franchises since being drafted in the sixth round in 2014 and has appeared in three regular-season games.

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