Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/3/13
A guy who wears No. 17 was the 17th quarterback to start for Miami since Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season. The Dolphins hope they wont need an 18th for a while.The 2012 season was all about rookie Ryan Tannehills development. And while theres not as much excitement in Miami as in rookie-quarterback cities Indianapolis, Washington and Seattle, what Tannehill did still has provided optimism that he can be the Dolphins first franchise quarterback of this century. He made a lot of progress, said first-year coach Joe Philbin. Theres no question about it. Im confident with the work ethic that he has, the passion that he has for the game. This kid wants to do well. You hope in coaching and, as I said to the players, in between your first and second year, you see that growth and development. Theres usually a pretty big curve and so were excited about the possibility of improvement for him. Tannehills stats werent overly impressive. He completed 282 of 484 passes (58.3 percent) f...
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