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What To Expect From Ryan Tannehill in 2014

The moment the Miami Dolphins selected quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eight pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, he was instantly placed was expectations of making the team a playoff contender. While that hasn’t happened as of yet, last season Tannehill showed progression in his second season under center. So what can Dolphin fans expect from Tannehill in 2014?

The former Texas A&M Aggie improved tremendously in his sophomore season, despite playing behind a dreadful offensive line and having a horrible offensive coordinator in Mike Sherman. In Tannehill’s second season, he doubled his touchdown total with 24, raised his completion percentage from 58.3 to 60.4, and threw nearly 700 more yards (from 3,294 to 3,913). Tannehill also improved his quarterback rating from 76.1 to 81.7.

Those stats on Tannehill can be found on any sports website. What you can’t find is last season. Tannehill led the Dolphins to four fourth quarter comeback victories and defeated quarterbacks such as Tom BradyBen Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Phillip Rivers. In 2013, Tannehill showed poise, and became a leader throughout many of the adversities the Dolphins faced last season.

One category I expect Tannehill to improve on is his turnovers. His interceptions went up from 13 in 2012 to 17 last season. Also Tannehill fumbled the ball three times as well.

If you’re going to last as a starting quarterback in the NFL, you cannot turn the ball over 20 times a season. Look for Tannehill to have a ratio of touchdown to interceptions closer to two-to-one next season.

The addition of Knowshon Moreno will take pressure off of Tannehill. The Dolphins didn’t have a consistent running game in 2013, but the addition of Moreno and the improvements on the offensive line should change that. The Dolphins signed tackles Branden Albert, Jason Fox and guard Shelly Smith this offseason.

Last season behind an abysmal offensive line, Tannehill was sacked 58 times, which was the most in the NFL. Yes some of the sacks were Tannehill’s fault, but Sherman should receive a majority of the blame. The Dolphins had a predictable snap count, which allowed pass rushers to get to the quarterback faster. Expect new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to have less of a predictable snap count.

If you watched any Miami Dolphin game last season, then you could clearly tell that the chemistry between Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace simply wasn’t there. There were times when Wallace was wide open on a number of plays down the field and Tannehill just simply couldn’t deliver him the ball. In their second season together, expect Wallace’s touchdowns and receptions to improve

Those expressing displeasure with the development of Tannehill, should be patient. While I don’t expect Tannehill to become the next Dan Marino, I do believe he will become one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL in 2014.

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