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NFL Network’s Darlington: This Is Ryan Tannehill’s Team
By on May 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

Tannehill-BillsIn the midst of an offseason that has included a logo/uniform change, some big-ticket free-agent signings, and a bold draft-day trade,  there is one important constant heading into this Dolphins season: continuity at quarterback.

After a steady rookie season, Ryan Tannehill seems poised to eventually grab face-of-the-franchise status. The offseason’s roster overhaul, which, in the process, has produced a younger, more athletic team could help, allowing Tannehill and others to increase their locker-room presence more organically than last year’s oft-mentioned — and as a result, probably over-analyzed — leadership council.

NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, who recently spent time at the Dolphins’ facility, told The Finsiders the wait for Tannehill to take the leadership reins is already over.

“This is Ryan Tannehill’s team – right now,” Darlington said. “This is Ryan Tannehill’s team – there’s no question in my mind.”

Early on, clearly emboldened by his knowledge of Mike Sherman’s system, Tannehill was almost like an air-traffic controller, directing fellow teammates around the practice field to help expedite the offense’s install. You could see, as he became increasingly comfortable with , a willingness to take charge, with the rookie eventually stepping up to lead offensive meetings.

This is not the same wide-eyed guy that arrived in South Florida last year, and he has a real chance to make a big jump from year one to year two.

“I’ve seen a maturation process with him, too,” Darlington said. “He is comfortable with the players in this locker room. He’s becoming a leader. He’s a guy who will be voted a captain of this team, not just because it’s a default situation but because they really are starting to look at him like a leader of this team.”

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The Man says:

…which is why it was so important for him to start last year.