Camp Battles – QB

The 2018 Miami Dolphins have put all their eggs in the Ryan Tannehill basket.  For better or for worse, the success or failure of this team will rest on the shoulders, right arm and knees of Ryan Tannehill.  This is his year to succeed, his year to finally have the successful season the Dolphins have always hoped he could reach.  In 2016, Tannehill was playing close to that level in the final 8 games he played until the unfortunate knee injury which ended up sidelining him for the rest of the ’16 season and the entire 2017 season.  This even includes the annual thrashing by the Baltimore Ravens game in which we lost 38-6.  Tannehill over the last 8 games had his best NFL stretch, playing to a top 10 QB level.  He threw for 1721 yards, with a 69% completion rate with 13 TD’s and 5 INT’s, for an excellent 100.09 NFL QBR.  This is what I’d like to see Ryan Tannehill have as his baseline, and maybe play even better, throw more TD’s, and help this team win more games.  I think it’s possible.  Gase has constructed this team as much in the image he wants as possible in 3 years.  The offensive line should be improved with Laremy Tunsil at LT, Josh Sitton at LG, Dan Kilgore at C, Jesse Davis at RG and Ja’Wuan James at RT.  He brought in Gore to teach our young backs how to conduct themselves as professionals.  Gore, Drake, Ballage and whoever have the talent to move the football.  We have some crafty veterans in Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, and we also have the speedy slot man Albert Wilson, as well as the ultra-fast Jakeem Grant.  If Devante Parker ever plays up to his potential, we may have one of the most dangerous WR corps in the NFL.  That’s our starting QB, let’s take a look at the rest.

Brock Osweiler QB – 6’7″ 240

Osweiler came into the NFL in the same draft as Ryan Tannehill.  He was a 2nd RD pick (57th overall) to the Denver Broncos, who at that time had the great Peyton Manning as their starter.  Osweiler finally got his chance to start in 2016 and it wasn’t pretty.  Osweiler completed under 60% of his passes (59.02%), throwing for 2957 yards along with 15 TD’s, and 16 INT’s and a QBR of 72.2.  Not pretty.  In 2017, Trevor Siemian won the starting job, so Osweiler managed to play in only 6 games with 4 starts, and it wasn’t any better than 2016 for Brock.  Osweiler was drafted for near elite arm strength, but his accuracy and decision making have countered any arm talent he possesses.  He wil, face some stiff competition for the backup QB job here in Miami from David Fales, who Gase brought over from the Chicago Bears.  Maybe Gase can work some magic with the big fella, he’ll have to if Osweiler is going to ever help us.

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David Fales QB – 6’2″ 213

Fales was the backup QB in Chicago when Jay Cutler was the QB.  During the 2016 season, the Bears employed 5 different QB’s when Cutler struggled with injuries, with names such as  Jay Cutler, Matt Barkley, Brian Hoyer, Cameron Meredith, and of course David Fales.  Fales only appeared in one game for the Bears that season, and it was very late in the game.  In 2017, Gase brought Fales to the Dolphins (Along with Jay Cutler after Tannehill was ruled out for the season).  Fales appeared in the final game of the 2017 season against Buffalo,  and played fairly well in a 22-16 loss.  That was the fateful game where Landry was ejected for extracurricular activities.  So not a huge body of work to see, but I do recall Fales looking pretty good in the 2017 preseason, for what that’s worth.  Fales definitely has a chance to be our backup, especially if Osweiler continues on his current trajectory.

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Bryce Petty QB – 6’3″ 230

First off, if the NY Jets cast away a QB, why would ANYONE even look at them?  Petty was a fiery, competitive, team leader for the Baylor Bears.  Yes, it was a spread offense, as many college offenses are, so he needed a lot of work playing under center and going through progressions.  Well, he didn’t progress well in the NY Jet organization, and when he did get a chance to play, it was pretty miserable.  As a draftee, he was a QB who had better than average arm strength, good size, and very good leadership characteristics.  He led Baylor to 2 back to back Big 12 championships.  He had a great college career with impressive stats and pedigree.  He will be a dark horse to even make the team, we have carried 2 QB’s in the past, including last season until Fales was added to the roster in late October.  Petty has little time to really impress to earn a roster spot here, and it’s very unlikely he can pull that off.

So that’s where we stand at the QB position.  It’s basically Ryan Tannehill or bust, and I’m actually OK with that.  I feel like with a better O-line, Sitton on the left side next to Tunsil, and Kilgore opening up holes for our run game, it will make things easier for Tannehill as the Dolphins offense will be more efficient.  Hey, I waited till the very last paragraph to mention we actually drafted a TE, TWO of them!  As we all know, a TE can be a QB’s best friend, and now Tannehill has at least 2.  I’m excited to see our new offense take the field.  This truly will be a team effort, and we will not be relying on any 1 superstar to take over a game.  We have plenty of options on offense, with the aforementioned WR corps, with Gore, Drake and Ballage, as well as the TE’s Gesicki and Smythe and maybe Derby, Gray or Escobar, whomever wins that 3rd TE spot.  I wouldn’t take any one Dolphins player in a Fantasy Football league this season, I think a lot of our players are going to be involved, we’re really going to spread the ball around.  This is ideal for #17.

GO DOLPHINS!

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1,656 Responses to Camp Battles – QB

  1. mf13ss says:

    😆

  2. mf13ss says:

    Tim, are you familiar with golf announcer David Feherty?

  3. mf13ss says:

  4. 13kvFINS says:

    Dammit, posted this must see of Drakes o17 best
    With Real-Time nation wide text during games..

    After one long TD run someone comments,

    “”And, I thought Usain Bolt was Jamaican, not KENYAN”””

    TOOFUNNY!!!

    Pats/Bills fans freaking out cuz Drakes killing’Em,

    Neutral fans suggesting that Drake is a beast, Woww what speed/quickness, etc, etc,
    GREATSTUFF, AWESOME RUNS TOO!!!

    GOFINS!!!

  5. ocalarob says:

    You gotta hand it to him….Drake is definitely the best running back on teams that went 2-7 or worse in the last 9 games.

  6. Ken says:

    LOL a Drake post and ORob appears

    • ocalarob says:

      I hope everything is good with you Ken

      • Ken says:

        Thank you ORob. I am doing okay. It is just weird getting used to the constant monitoring. It is like living your life in 2 month increments. But in general I feel okay and I am back to my usual activities

  7. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    July 15, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    I can’t imagine it because I don’t know who he is. LOL
    ———-
    😆

    I figured you probably knew who Feherty was, but wasn’t sure being you don’t seem like the type to sit down and watch golf. That cat is FUNNY!

  8. 13kvFINS says:

    “””ALL-RIGHT MIAMI””‘, I be HYPED, LETS GO DOLPHINS!!!

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Nice !! Thanks for posting.. not sure why D Williams had a play set in here but nicely done. .. Grantman looks scrappier than i recall. 13-3 Baybee here we come 👍👍👍

  9. Rockphin says:

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!
    Let’s go Dolphins!!

  10. mf13ss says:

    CavKong,

    Thanks for getting back to me on your experience with LASIK, man. I should have gotten back to you yesterday, sorry.

    I think I’m going to have it done.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Kong Congrats on having the balls to go through with it.. i would love to be rid of glasses as well, but i am seriously overprotective of anything coming close to them.. took a LONG time to be able to handle puttibg Contacts in and out for sports .. and i know someone will post it , cause ive seen it here before, but the thing that freaks me out the most from ANY movie Ever is the scene from Clockwork Orange, just cant handle it.. so with that phobia i cant see (lol) it happening for me

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Tim : hey i only saw the movie within the last 10 years… still makes me shiver and close my eyes just thinking about it

      • Tim Knight says:

        Hey man, no doubt you have to have a comfort level. Gut feelings are real. I hear ya. Kong jumped out of the plane. LOL

      • manitobafinfan says:

        MAYBE if they put me under… but awake and likely able to see it NO FN Way

  11. CavalierKong says:

    M13,

    No prob! Like I said, my experience has been great.

  12. CavalierKong says:

    Manitoba,
    Thanks! Clockwork Orange is EXACTLY the first thought that came to mind when I learned about how the surgery is done. Thankfully, it wasn’t remotely that traumatic, lol. Your eyes are numb so you don’t feel anything, and really all you can see is a kaleidoscope of colors. It’s pretty surreal.

    • Tim Knight says:

      So you get to trip while they make your eyesight better? LOL

    • manitobafinfan says:

      So an acid trip with numb eyeballs.. sounds like fun 🤔

    • 13kvFINS says:

      How do they numb your eyes??

      NEEDLE??

      Cringe,
      IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • CavalierKong says:

        Drops like visine. If it was a needle in the eye, I think that would have been my redline, lol.

      • 13kvFINS says:

        Did any of it hurt even a lil-bit, LOL wuss kv

      • CavalierKong says:

        Lol, that’s not wuss. It’s a valid question/concern.

        Disclosure: I have no idea if the procedure is standardized to the point where it’s the same everywhere with every doctor.

        Nothing hurt. The closest to pain I felt was when they make the flap (they make a flap at the front of the eye which is then lifted so the laser can do the correction on the eye.) A machine shaped like a tube fits over your eye and creates a kind of suction.

        You feel some pressure as the suction increases and the flap is made, which amounts to some slight discomfort. That part took like 20 seconds, and the laser correction for me took about 11 seconds. So about 30 seconds each eye. No pain during that.

        Afterwards your eyes remain numb, which you really don’t even notice. Your vision is kinda washed out like you swam in a pool with your eyes open all day times ten. You go home and sleep, or don’t (I didn’t), and after a few hours your vision starts to clear. No pain, and you have numbing drops for if you feel mild discomfort (like allergies type discomfort).

      • 13kvFINS says:

        Whooaa, don’t like the sound of that “”flap”” thing/process, Yikes, love my glasses lol

  13. 13kvFINS says:

    This HYPE is even better, and who don’t like Eminem

    Weird on a couple highlights it shows Dolphins getting scorched,
    and you’re thinking why’d they include that, then you realize
    Ohhh wait, that’s Amendola, Gore,Wilson, Quinn, etc, etc

    Mann, that Grant TD run through a multitude of KC defenders is Da’Chit,
    Low center of gravity, and he’s very strong & every-bit as determined as those of recent past, and that leaping/laid-out EZ TD catch is as impressive as any one of those no longer in our colors!!!

    LOVE GRANT!!!

    Via his draft everyone else wrote about all the early picks,
    My post draft piece was about Grant replacing that other guy on KR/PR!!!

    GOFINS!!!

    • 13kvFINS says:

      And NOW, GRANT is about to become a highly contributing/productive cog offensively too, as well as KR/PR!!!

  14. 13kvFINS says:

    This should be the Dolphins theme song, very cool!!!

    • 13kvFINS says:

      Wish I could find the exact lyrics, love-it being a 305 native!!!

      • Rockphin says:

        wish I could understand the lyrics….

      • 13kvFINS says:

        I can make out the lyrics,(GoodStuff), gotta listen to a few times, some is a lil-quick to completely understand,
        but it’s not like it’s totally un understandable rap music,

        It’s a good Dolphin fan song, I like it a lot, but then I’m a 305 guy & hard core fan of MIAMI (the city & team),so it tugs on my heart strings!!!

        GOFINS!!!

  15. steveccnv says:

    Rookies about ready to report😆

  16. D says:

    Lasik is for pussies, try getting your lens replaced. They cut your eye and drag out the old lens then put you in a new one. Now it really fucks up your reading vision but distance is crystal clear.

  17. Rockphin says:

    10 days to full camp

  18. sb7mvp says:

    I like a lot of the parts we have on offense, but I’m still concerned about the whole. If I still played Madden, I’d go crazy with the playbook. Hopefully Gase will do the same thing this year. 3rd and short or goalline, I’d like to see a 3TE, 1 WR, 1 RB set with Gesicki split side and Marqueis Gray in the backfield at FB, Smythe inline. You’d have the blocking there to run, run some beautiful play action, or audible to split out Gray and whoever is at running back and pass.

    • D says:

      IMO this offense needs to be a quick get the ball to one of the play-makers and let him do the rest kind of offense. Use that kind of play to get the safeties to play up some and then burn them occasionally when they are napping for a deep pass.

      Almost all of the WR’s are viable for jet sweeps and other designed WR run plays. We have TE’s that can challenge on posts and in the red zone.

      This is a slants offense (if you wanna talk Madden) and with three receivers who can play any of the positions. it should be pretty hard to stop unless you have a really strong secondary and good coverage LB’s to go with that.

      • steveccnv says:

        I agree, a quick O can move the ball more consistantly, keep the D off the field and can be unstoppable.

    • Tim Knight says:

      This offense should have a lot of options. I think what Gase wants to do is have a ball control offense with high pct. passes along with the run game where big plays can come from either. Then set up some play-action down the field shots. He’s said in the past we don’t run enough plays. That is what I think he really wants to improve on. Converting more 1st downs and sustaining drives that turn into points, not punts.

      • sb7mvp says:

        This offense has had a lot of options for a while though, just not what we have now. We still could have been using our players better and winning more games, but that’s the past. We’ll see if Gase follows through this year on what he says in the offseason.

      • Tim Knight says:

        We didn’t really have the depth at WR or the talent at TE that we have now. The RB group could be a more talented group this year as well. The OL struggles the past few years also set us back. Hopefully it will all come together this year. 🙂

    • steveccnv says:

      7, what don’t you like about the offense as a whole? The only thing I see is we don’t have an elite QB, but RT is more than capable of running our O at a high level.

  19. Tim Knight says:

    Mike, hope you had a nice vacation.

  20. Mike E. says:

    Thanks for the welcome back folks! Glad to be back. NEW BLOG UP!

  21. bookman11 says:

    so 3 weeks from this Thursday is the first pre-season game? Awesome!!! Then after 2 of those I will be saying…when will the pre-season end??LOL

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