MIRAMAR, Fla. Come Sunday afternoon, Ryan Tannehill already will have something on Dan Marino.
Tannehill will become the first Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback to start an opener. Marino didnt get the call until the sixth game of his rookie season in 1983, which actually didnt sit too well with him.
My expectations were to come in and start right away, Marino said on Tuesday.
It still turned out OK for Marino, who became a Hall of Famer. And now Marino, who is an analyst for CBS The NFL Today but still calls himself a Dolphins fan, is hoping it turns well for Tannehill, who will get the call at Houston.
Theres a lot of pressure on him, but (the Dolphins are) kind of in a rebuilding phase right now, said Marino, who made an appearance at a South Florida sports bar. I like the idea of starting a young quarterback. If it doesnt go perfect, you can always go back to a veteran. So I like the idea of (Dolphins coach) Joe Philbin putting in a rookie right away.
Tannehill won the job...