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Ryan Tannehill Looks To Have Breakout Season In 2017

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Ryan Tannehill Taking The Next Step

Every single year, the Miami Dolphins have a quarterback issue. Whether it’s Ryan Tannehill under performing, or another quarterback stinking it up. Yes, Tannehill is obviously the impact player going into 2017, but for a different reason than previous years. Miami has their guy at quarterback, he just needs to stay healthy. It seemed like he was really taking the next step last season, posting a 93.5 QB rating in just 13 games. He likely was on his way to the best season of his career. Heading into OTA’s Tannehill is reportedly 100 percent healthy, and ready for action. Almost the entire offense returns, and don’t forget about tight end Julius Thomas.

Dolphins Without Tannehill

Matt Moore is arguably one of the best backups in the NFL if he trusts the system. Moore has always run the offense with precision, for a backup. After Tannehill suffered a knee injury in week 14, Moore threw for 721 yards, eight touchdowns and three picks. But in the playoffs against the healthy Steelers, he tried to do too much, and didn’t trust the system. Pittsburgh throttled Miami 30-12, and Miami didn’t score a touchdown until the 4th quarter. It was a clear indication that in big games, Miami needs Ryan Tannehill.

2016 Was Looking Good

Any team that starts out 1-4 and almost loses to the Browns has reason for panic. Adversity in the purest form struck the Miami Dolphins. But Tannehill led them to a six-game win streak, playing smart, decisive football. Things were looking good at 7-4 heading into the Arizona game, but then came the injury. Without him, Miami went 2-2, only beating the Bills and the Jets. New England and Pittsburgh dominated both sides of the ball, but the offense punting every drive didn’t help. Oddly enough,  Tannehill didn’t have amazing numbers last year, recording 2,995 yards passing in 13 games. However, he made smarter decisions in the passing game, which resulted in a more productive offense, and three 200-yard rushing games via Jay Ajayi.

Why This Is A Breakout Year

Because it just has to be, right? There is no way that Miami can’t take the next step with what Tannehill has around him. Julius Thomas, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, and Jay Ajayi provide all the toys Tannehill and Gase could dream of. This is year two in Gase’s dynamic system, and minus Branden Albert, the entire offense will have that chemistry. The offensive line was addressed in free agency and the draft, adding a few capable guards. With all the pieces finally here, there are zero excuses for the Dolphin’s signal caller to not produce this season.

Ryan Tannehill is the centerpiece of the offense, and just signed an extension through 2020. Barring a terrible 2017 performance, he should be around for a couple more years at least.

Miami used their first three picks in the NFL Draft on defense and signed a few impact free agents. Put that together with Tannehill, and more offensive chemistry, Miami looks to be on the rise headed into 2017. If the offense can stay healthy, and the defense can find a way to somehow stop someone, look out for the Phins to sneak into the playoffs again.