The reward for good work is more work and Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will find out nice rookie seasons don’t hold much water in the NFL. While Tannehill can sit back and look as a success, 2013 will be when everyone has the red marker out.
Miami GM Jeff Ireland, talked about the expectations on Tannehill in his second year. Ireland spoke to 940-AM about Tannehill, and why the Dolphins thought he was a good fit, even though he was still raw at the quarterback position:
“I think the axiom that you go by in scouting is you like to see a quarterback with 30 starts under his belt before he’s ready to play, and we kind of violated that, our principle,” Ireland said.
“He’s got (36) starts under his belt to this day, and that’s huge,” Ireland said. “I think we’re better for it, I think Ryan is better for it. So now we’re kind of going to hopefully see a big jump from that standpoint from his development.”
It was about really Ryan, and how he presented himself,” Ireland said. “He was really, really smart – poised beyond his years, mature beyond his years.
And sometimes it’s not necessarily the starts, it’s the composure, the poise, how smart he is, how quickly he’s going to pick things up, and the fact that he’d been in the quarterback room all those years even though he’s playing receiver.”