There’s no doubt that the face of the Miami Dolphins’ franchise is quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but there are currently disagreements between team executives and the coaching staff over whether he should remain just that.
Per a report from Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, those in Miami’s front office view Tannehill as an elite quarterback, which his four-year, $77 million deal suggests, but the coaching staff views him more as a game manager. Given that, his contract is definitely on the inflated side.
Speaking to Salguero, Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell offered more.
“What I’ve told Ryan is, ‘I don’t need Superman,’” interim coach Dan Campbell said. “I just want to make sure my message to him is don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just manage the game for us. Make the throws that are there, which he will.”
This has been evident, as Tannehill calling audibles at the line of scrimmage has diminished this season. He has thrown for 2,640 yards and 17 touchdowns and while those numbers aren’t terrible, they are far below expectations. Granted, a lot of that has to do with Miami’s receivers underachieving this year, save for Jarvis Landry, and first-round pick Devante Parker has done next to nothing his rookie season.
Needless to say, with his hefty price tag, the powers that be had better find a common ground on how to handle Tannehill going forward if the Dolphins are to contend in the near future.
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