Ryan Tannehill: Dolphins Rookie QB Shows Toughness by Suiting Up Against Colts

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 28:   Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins falls after he is sacked by  Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets on October 28, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ryan Tannehill wants to compete head to head with the NFL's No. 1 pick. Tannehill's Miami Dolphins are in Indianapolis taking on Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Tannehill was dinged up in Week 8 in the team's blowout win over the New York Jets. He suffered a knee injury, but he's ready to deal with the pain, per Albert Breer of NFL Network:

As I said on FOF, Dolphins expect Ryan Tannehill to dress and he's likely to start. Issue is pain tolerance, so he'll be monitored pregame.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 4, 2012

If pain tolerance is the only issue, this creates a situation where he isn't in danger of doing more damage. That means this is a great chance for Tannehill to show his toughness and leadership.

His teammates are sure to respect his willingness to play at less than 100 percent.

This game also places him in direct competition with the man selected seven spots ahead of him. Some questioned the Dolphins choosing Tannehill in the first round. NFL Draft Geek said:

We don't really understand the fascination with him; Texas A&M came in with big expectations last year, but Tannehill blew game-after-game down the stretch, throwing costly interceptions, and crumbling under pressure. Resulting in his current Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman getting fired.

Tannehill is inaccurate, his mechanics are bad, and he is nowhere near NFL Ready. To top it all off, he is going to a very bad team, and if he plays in year one at all, he could get fried.

That's a chilling and blunt opinion about Tannehill's prospects. It is still unclear as to whether he has what it takes to become a big-time starting quarterback in the NFL, but playing hurt shows his heart is in the right place.

His rookie season hasn't been spectacular up to this point.

He's thrown for 1,472 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. His QB rating of 75.8 is third among rookie quarterbacks. As you might expect, Robert Griffin III has the highest QB rating of all rookies at 97.3. That rating is good for seventh in the NFL.

Surprisingly, Russell Wilson has the second-highest QB rating among rookies at 82.4. Coming in to this game, Tannehill's QB rating is higher than Luck's. The top pick has a QB rating of 74.6.

Not many people will say Tannehill is playing better than Luck this season, but playing today gives him a chance to prove himself against a player he'll always be compared to.

Tannehill is doing everything he can to make the Dolphins and himself look good.


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