Experience is as important to an NFL player as it is to a guy working a nine-to-five job. Did you feel the same way on your first day on the job, at school, etc. as you did on the hundredth?
So, when a player starts logging some serious game reps, you might begin seeing some earned confidence, both on and off the field.
As he enters his second season, Ryan Tannehill may be in line for one of those year-to-year jumps. Mike Sherman seems to think so, at least. The Dolphins offensive coordinator — and Tannehill’s college head coach — sat down with The Finsiders to discuss how the offseason additions could affect Tannehill and the Dolphins offense as a whole.
“This young man will be the most improved quarterback in the National Football League from year one to year two this year – I promise you that,” Sherman said. “He’s working extremely hard.”
Experience — Tannehill started just 19 games at the college level — made Tannehill more of an unknown than his fellow draft classmates, perhaps. Andrew Luck, drafted No. 1 by the Colts, made 38 career college starts; Robert Griffin III started 40 games at Baylor; Russell Wilson, at North Carolina State and Wisconsin, started an amazing 50 games.
Though it wasn’t necessarily the initial plan this time last year, starting Tannehill the entire 2012 season gives him a leg up going into this year, Sherman said. Compare the wide-eyed rookie to the guy that’s walking around the Dolphins’ facility these days, and it’s night and day. Learning the speed of the game won’t be an issue this offseason — he can just go out and play.
“I thought he had a good rookie year for what we asked him to do,” Sherman said. “Now, with us building up some more weaponry around him, I think he’ll be even better this upcoming year. So we’re excited to get on the field and start practicing, OTA’ s and mini-camp, and see where we’re at.”
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