Now Adam Gase has really gone and done it.
By spending a seventh-round pick on Brandon Doughty, the first quarterback drafted by Miami since Ryan Tannehill got here, the new coach has opened the door for fans to obsess over a rookie passer’s progress and stats and promise all summer long.
Not that it’s a bad idea. Tannehill’s backups are Matt Moore (32 years old by the season opener) and Logan Thomas (with a resume of nine NFL pass attempts). That’s going into training camp, Gase’s first, so there’s no telling who will stay and who will go in the short term. In the long term, it’s time to start training a replacement for Tannehill.
Nobody’s every totally satisfied with Ryan as it is, so you know how this is going to go, beginning with constant reminders on sports radio that Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick and he turned out OK.
The thing is, Doughty really might turn into something useful, if not for the Dolphins then for somebody else.
He’s 6-feet-3 and 220 pounds, built like a real quarterback in ways that former Miami second-round pick Pat White never was. Doughty is accurate, too, completing 71.9 percent of his passes last year at Western Kentucky and helping to get teammate Tyler Higbee, a tight end, a fourth-round shot with the Los Angeles Rams.
Not crazy about the fact he played at Western Kentucky? Quarterback Carson Wentz went second overall in the draft and he played at North Dakota State.
I like to see how guys did against the best competition, particularly when they come from outside the Power Five college conferences. Doughty comes across well here.
Against LSU, then ranked No. 5, he threw three touchdown passes and had the Hilltoppers in the game early in the fourth quarter, trailing 34-20, before things got out of hand. That was despite a lopsided attack that featured just 103 rushing yards for Western Kentucky.
In the Miami Beach Bowl against South Florida, Doughty completed 32 of 44 passes for 461 yards and three scores. The Hilltoppers won 45-35 to cap off a wild 12-2 season.
Not saying that Florida Atlantic is elite competition, but Doughty left quite an impression on the Owls, too. He rolled up a 202.5 passer rating with a 24-of-29 passing day and four touchdowns. Western Kentucky won 35-19.
Gase, a quarterback whisperer, at least has a project here that is worth his attention. Certainly worth a seventh-round pick.
He threw twice as many passes and started twice as many games as Tannehill ever did as Texas A&M’s quarterback.