Editor’s note: With the start of Dolphins’ training camp nine days away, the Sun Sentinel takes a look at the team’s top storylines in a 10-part series. Today, Chris Perkins tackles whether quarterback Ryan Tannehill will elevate his game to another level in his second year in Adam Gase’s offense.
Ryan Tannehill had a good season in 2016, his first under head coach/offensive guru Adam Gase. But Tannehill didn’t have a breakout season.
As a new season approaches the question of whether Tannehill is destined to be an elite quarterback or a game manager remains unanswered.
The expectation is Tannehill will make a big jump in 2017, his second season under Gase.
But that was the expectation for 2016, Tannehill’s first season under Gase.
And it was the expectation for 2015, Tannehill’s second under former offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. And it was the expectation for 2014, Tannehill’s third season as an NFL starter.
Tannehill, who missed the final three regular-season games and the wild-card playoff loss at Pittsburgh due to two sprained ligaments in his left knee, continued his sometimes slow but steady ascent in 2016. The five-year veteran had 19 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a career-best 93.5 passer rating.
He was a major factor in the six-game winning streak that helped the team earn its first playoff berth since the 2008 season. He was 117 of 173 (67.6 percent) for 1,302 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception during that pivotal stretch.
But Tannehill has yet to show he’s on track to be an “elite” NFL…
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