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Marino: Dolphins Can Build Around Tannehill
By on October 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

A quarter of the way through Ryan Tannehill’s rookie season, there’s optimism he’ll be able to end the Dolphins’ decade-long search for a franchise quarterback to succeed Dan Marino.

It’s early, but so far the Hall of Famer┬álikes what he sees from the heir apparent.

“I think they can build around this kid,” Marino told CBS’ Phil Simms and Adam Schein in a recent interview. “I really do.”

In the Dolphins’ 24-21 loss to Arizona, Tannehill shattered the Dolphins rookie passing record — previously held by Marino — throwing for an impressive 431 yards, just one yard shy of the NFL rookie record set by Cam Newton last year.

Tannehill “can make all the throws,” Marino acknowledged, but it’s the way he is beginning to take control before the ball is snapped that may be an indicator that he has the necessary blend of physical gifts and football intangibles to be a successful franchise quarterback.

“There was a couple of times where he changed the play at the line of scrimmage late in the ball game, took some shots down the field,” Marino said. “So he’s not afraid to make a change at the last second.”

Through four games, has Ryan Tannehill...

  • Exceeded your expectations (73%)
  • Met your expectations (25%)
  • Not met your expectations (2%)
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shanydawg says:

What comes first… the chicken or the egg. the talent seems to be here on all sides of the ball other than a particularly bad spell for our kicker… but the loosing remains. ‘culture’, ‘momentum’, ‘luck’… don’t mean a dern thing without the horses. it’s only a matter of time before we’re relevant again.

mapeye24 says:

hey fellow fans i hated to see our kikker miss another possible game winner,please replace if can find better ,im gona guess thats why he hasn’t been.but that crying done ,its been a long time seeing that much control by a QB for us since the great one,loven it, we are gona get ,better, keep learning how to be a football team owner mr ross, and we will be the team we should be.>>>>>>>>>>>>>go fins<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<.

jschmalzried says:

We heard it from the best QB we have ever had. Tannehill wont take us to the Superbowl anytime real soon as he needs to develop a bit more. But be patient..a fine wine takes a while to develop. Our patience will be rewarded.

rage3063 says:

really like your comment jschmalzried i think it will pay off

South Bergen Phin Phan says:

Naanee is gone Gaffney is in. Lets hope this works out for the better.

brent1992 says:

Who were the idiot 2% (at 5:35 anyway) that had higher expectations of a QB who played 19 games in college. Get realistic.

shanydawg says:

I know – exactly what I was thinking! LOL

armyfin78 says:

I agree with Dan Marino You can build a soid team around Tannehill. The future look’s bright in Miami!!!!!!!!

westpalm says:

please get rid of naanee

shanydawg says:

dude… read a newspaper