Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
I've bashed Ryan Tannehill a lot since the end of the 2011 NFL season (when he wasn't even a Dolphin yet).
I felt the pick was a reach, that Tannehill was a tad overrated and the Dolphins were just desperate for a first-round quarterback, so he was chosen out of desperation.
After comparing the young man to the cutest looking girl at a club at 4 a.m., I then criticized his holdout as a "bad sign" for his future. While the commenters seemed to think that the holdout was all on the Dolphins side and saw Tannehill as the next Aaron Rodgers, I saw the holdout as an advertisement of his lack of confidence and compared him to such lofty names as JaMarcus Russell and Matt Leinart.
Then Tannehill signed and took the field last Sunday, seemingly on a quest to prove me wrong. Let me tell you, I'm trying to keep my guard up and not get hurt by this kid the way I did with Henne, Beck and Feely in years past. It's not working, this kid's got the goods.
His command of the offense has been outstanding. Does it help that he has his former college head coach as offensive coordinator? Yes, but that doesn't always translate in the NFL.
(When Steve Spurrier took over the Washington Redskins in 2002, two of his quarterbacks were his own former Florida quarterbacks—Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel. Doug Johnson and Noah Brindise apparently weren't available.)
The players have also raved about Tannehill's accuracy and velocity.
So far, I can't say a bad thing about the Ryan Tannehill-era except for the fact that if all goes well for the Dolphins this year, it won't officially start until 2013 at the earliest.
Just know that right now, my mind is starting to change on him, I am willing to eat crow. Just forgive me for being cautious, for it was only two years ago that I thought Chad Henne would eventually lead us to the Super Bowl. I just don't want to get burned again.
Monday, I'll have a full write up on Tannehill and his progress this training camp.