Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 9/30/12

When the Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill eighth overall, they did so with the intention of him becoming their franchise quarterback, filling a gaping legacy left by former great Dan Marino.

While it’s obviously too early to make any determinations, the 24-year-old made a long lasting impression on Sunday, leaping ahead of Marino in one notable category.

During the Dolphins’ 24-21 overtime loss to the Cardinals, Tannehill threw for a whopping 431 yards, shattering Marino’s team rookie passing record (322) by 109 yards. He completed 26 passes in the game, including an 80-yard touchdown to receiver Brian Hartline.

Speaking of Hartline, he also cemented his place in Miami lore, catching 12 passes for 253 yards and the aforementioned score. He surpassed Chris Chambers, who had held the record (235) since 2005.

The Tannehill-to-Hartline connection was a definite bright spot in an otherwise heart-wrenching loss, their second in as many weeks.

Both players have their shortcomings, but these are the types of performances which can be built upon for the long term. If anything, Marino would be proud.

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