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Miami Dolphins' Future Is Bright with Ryan Tannehill Leading the Way

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Dolphins 24-21 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IApril 20, 2016

The Miami Dolphins may currently stand having more losses (three) than wins (two), but there are a number of reasons that Miami's new era could be one filled with success.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has had an impressive start to his regular season. Check out all of these impressive numbers he's put up through his first five games. He has shown a poise that is absent in most rookies, and he's even more athletic than I realized.  

Also keep in mind that he has done this with an average receiving corps. Cam Newton had Steve Smith, Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey to throw to. Tannehill is helping make Davone Bess and Brian Hartline look like Pro Bowlers. 

His accuracy will need to get better, but that will improve as he continues to adjust to the speed of the NFL and gets more comfortable with his receivers.

Possibly the most important thing he has shown is that he is a true leader. As a quarterback in today's NFL, Tannehill will be the most discussed and most scrutinized player on the team, so for him to handle the media well and be a good presence in the locker room already as a rookie is huge.

First-year head coach Joe Philbin, along with new coordinators Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle, have also been very impressive.

Miami has had the league's best run defense, and Coyle deserves a lot of credit for that. On offense, Mike Sherman has been working in his system, which seems to be working better every week.

But Philbin's influence has clearly been the strongest. He made the call to start Tannehill, which was clearly the right one, and has brought an entirely new, professional attitude to the team.

 

Also look at the struggles Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers have had without Philbin running the offense, which is just another testimony to Philbin's importance.

In addition to Tannehill and the coaching staff, there is a solid core of young players who should just continue to get better.

On the offensive line, rookie Jonathan Martin has looked good. Second-year center Mike Pouncey is already one of the league's best. John Jerry and Jake Long are just 26 and 27 years old, respectively.

Hartline is only 25. Bess is 27. Second-year running back Daniel Thomas has been solid, while rookie running back Lamar Miller has shown a lot of promise. 

On the defensive side of the ball, Sean Smith and Koa Misi are only 24. Reshad Jones and Jared Odrick are only 23.

And in next year's draft, the Dolphins have a first-round pick, two second-rounders and two third-rounders. If there's any consolation in being under .500, it's that their picks should be in the top 10.

Miami will continue to build through next year's draft, while developing its younger players. As long as Philbin and his staff keep things progressing as they have so far, things will finally turn around for the Dolphins.      

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