Ryan Tannehill knew every time the Dolphins were visiting with a quarterback draft prospect, in Davie or in their town, because coach Adam Gase kept him aware of every visit.
According to Albert Breer of MMQB, Tannehill had a clear perspective on the possibility.
“I really think his thought was—don’t waste the draft pick,” Gase said, according to Breer. “He focused on work and bringing the same intensity he does every day. He’s very competitive. He’s not going to bat an eye at any of those things. He just keeps going. If there’s some kind of internal thing going on, you’re not going to know. He’s not going to show his cards. So I never worried about it.”
Gase wasn’t worried about Tannehill’s approach. But should the Dolphins be worried about not drafting a quarterback?
Not only did Miami not land a top quarterback in the first round — Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were all selected before they chose Minkah Fitzpatrick — but they didn’t take a quarterback at all.
The idea of selecting a quarterback was never just about replacing Tannehill. It was also about creating legitimate competition at the position, to push Tannehill (Gase would say he does not need pushing) and also to add depth.
As of now, unproven David Fales and underachieving Brock Osweiler are Miami’s backups. That’s not idea;. Of course, Miami’s entire season rides on Tannehill staying healthy for the first season since 2015 anyhow.
“Just being around him, this being my third year [as head coach], the guy competes as hard as anyone I’ve been around, especially at that position. And it’s a good feeling as a coach when we’ve got him back out there,” Gase told MMQB.
Everyone is happy Tannehill is back. Probably even Kristin Cavallari.
Gase spoke more about culture in his conversation with MMQB, praising Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Robert Quinn and Frank Gore for competitiveness, conditioning, motor and grit. Those are all good things.
If defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami’s first-round pick, is a candidate for defensive rookie of the year, well, yeah, that won’t have been a wasted draft pick. And it will look even better, of course, if Ryan Tannehill stays healthy.
Then Tannehill and the Dolphins will have been completely right.