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.
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.
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.