Jason Taylor, Sam Madison bullish on Dolphins’ chances with Ryan Tannehill at QB

Former Dolphin Jason Taylor speaks at Pierson Park in Wellington, Florida on July 17, 2018. The Western Communities Football League is hosting the WCFL Tackle Football Showcase July 17th – 19th at the WCFL Football Fields in Pierson Park, Wellington. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

WELLINGTON – Make sure not to count former Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison among those who think the Miami Dolphins would be wise to part ways with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

“Ryan’s always been on the same page with Coach Gase since he’s been here,” said Madison, a four-time Pro Bowler with the Dolphins from 1997-2005. “No matter what offensive coordinator (he has), Ryan Tannehill has picked up the offense faster than everybody else. Now, it seems and should be that everyone is on the same page because they’ve been in the system a couple years.”

Tannehill, who turns 30 on July 27, missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp. A first-round draft pick in 2012, Tannehill led the Dolphins to an 8-5 record in 13 games two seasons ago, completing a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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The Dolphins have yet to win a playoff game in Tannehill’s tenure, however, and some fans continue to call for a change at the quarterback position.

Dolphins Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor, whose retirement in Jan. 2012 predated Tannehill’s drafting by three months, also expressed optimism in what the former Texas A&M star can do this season.

“If you can keep him healthy, we’re one year removed from being a playoff team,” Taylor said. “I think they’re in good shape and the next month (will tell) a big story. If you can get out of training camp into September in one piece, you’re set.”

Former Dolphin Jason Taylor (center) watches at Pierson Park in Wellington, Florida on July 17, 2018. The Western Communities Football League is hosting the WCFL Tackle Football Showcase July 17th – 19th at the WCFL Football Fields in Pierson Park, Wellington. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Taylor and Madison, now coaches at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, are serving as guest coaches this week at the Western Communities Football Tackle Football Showcase at Wellington’s Pierson Park.

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Whatever Tannehill does this season will be without two of his biggest weapons from 2016, as running back Jay Ajayi was traded to Philadelphia last October and the Dolphins sent Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry to Cleveland in March. Landry posted a career-high 112 catches and nine touchdowns last season without Tannehill, but he failed to crack the 1,000-yard mark.

Miami signed former New England Patriots wideout Danny Amendola and Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson this offseason. Former Miami Hurricanes running back Frank Gore also signed with the team and will partner with Kenyan Drake for a 1-2 punch in the backfield.

“Yes, we added a couple new pieces, but they can learn on the fly,” Madison said. “As long as the major key points to this football team are in place, ready to go, and everyone can play extremely fast, you’ll see some playmaking ability out there.”