Putting together successful teams in the National Football league is truly an architectural triumph sometimes, as general managers work tirelessly to scrape together the best 53-man roster for a team that becomes filled with a perfect balance of youth and experience. Not many men have been as successful at that job as Bill Polian, who’s a six-time National Football League Executive of the Year.
Now serving as an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM Radio, Polian spoke to Greg Likens of The Finsiders about a variety of topics on building a team, including what he thinks of third year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
“[He's] exceptionally bright, exceptionally high character, all Dolphin fans know that,” said Polian. “I love Ryan Tannehill. I said on ESPN in my first year as an analyst, having scouted all three quarterbacks for the Colts, that I thought that Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Ryan Tannehill were the three can’t miss quarterbacks in that draft and Russell Wilson wasn’t far behind. Ryan has proven to be a sound and solid quarterback. He’s gotten better every year, his statistics are very, very good, [and] they compare very favorably with RGIII and with Andrew.”
Tannehill’s talents won’t mean much, though, if the Dolphins offensive line doesn’t put on a much better performance as a unit than it did last year. With all the turnover on the roster -five new starters expected- Polian believes that fans must be patient with this group, as they’ll need time to get used to each other to grow and develop.
“It takes time and patience,” said Polian. “They need to play together and become cohesive, and they need to learn and adjust to Bill Lazor‘s offense, which is different from what they had last year.”
For more on Bill Polian’s thoughts on Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offensive line, as well as Miami’s chances at making the postseason this year, watch the rest of his interview with Greg Likens of The Finsiders right here.
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