On Wednesday, Gil Brandt had some very nice things to say about the Dolphins rookie QB on NFL.com. Brandt was the Cowboys VP of player personnel from 1960-1988, so he knows what he’s talking about. Here’s an excerpt from Brandt’s article:
“Watching the game tape on Tannehill, I can really see the progress he’s made since Week 1. Tannehill’s development goes beyond stats. He’s a smart guy, and he’s making important adjustments from one game to the next in a way that suggests very good things about his future.
Dolphins personnel know he has the skills to become a special player, and they notice his leadership abilities when it comes to his veteran teammates. After all these years, it would seem that Miami has finally found a true successor to Dan Marino.”
The Dolphins had an edge on every other NFL team before the draft because their new offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman was also Tannehill’s head coach at Texas A&M. Tannehill’s familiarity with Sherman and the Dolphins playbook have certainly made the transition easier for him. In addition, as we wrote last week, Joe Philbin’s style of practice has also helped the rookie adapt to the speed of the NFL more quickly.
Honestly, we probably won’t know until the 2013 or 2014 season if Tannehill has what it takes to be an elite QB. But from what we’ve seen so far, the future looks bright for him. Tannehill’s statistics don’t tell the whole story, as we said earlier this week. However, if you watch the film on him, you see a young quarterback growing up right before your eyes. He’s impressive on the field and by all accounts he’s a great guy off the field. Let’s just hope that he continues to improve so he can eventually take the Dolphins to the promised land!