We’re A Little Too Tough On Ryan Tannehill

Saw the other day where the Washington Redskins picked up their fifth-year option on Robert Griffin III for the 2016 season. They’re trying to sound happy about it.

At times like these, I recognize how tough we all are on Ryan Tannehill.

The guy played wide receiver for half his career at Texas A&M. He didn’t win the Heisman Trophy, like Griffin did. Tannehill’s most attractive features coming out of college were size (6-feet-4) and arm strength plus experience playing under Mike Sherman, the Aggies coach turned Dolphins playcaller.

Well, Sherman is gone and one day Joe Philbin will be, too, but the Dolphins will continue to build on Tannehill, who was drafted No. 8 overall in 2012 and is at least holding his own with a 23-25 career record.

Compare that to Griffin. The Redskins traded first-round picks two years into the future to move up and get him at No. 2 overall that same draft, right behind Andrew Luck.

RGIII won a division title in his first pro season but he hasn’t played every game, like Tannehill has. Miami’s guy is more durable.

Tannehill has won more games, too. RGIII’s career record with the Redskins is 14-21 in the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs. Overall, Tannehill has 63 touchdown passes in 48 starts. Griffin has 40 touchdown passes in 35 starts.

Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post
Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post

Now we could go on and on with the comparisons, measuring Tannehill, for instance, against Luck, but once more that would lead to being overly tough on the Dolphins’ leader.

The way I see it, Tannehill’s doing about as good as can be expected given that he wasn’t fully formed as a quarterback coming out of college and he’s been sacked 139 times behind a Miami offensive line that’s constantly in flux.

Doing research on another story I came across an old box score that showed No. 1 seed UCLA losing to Memphis by 15 points in the 2008 national semifinals. The Bruins had Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love and didn’t win a championship, which helps explain why former UCLA coach Ben Howland is at Mississippi State today.


Oh, that Memphis team, featuring Derrick Rose, was coached by John Calipari. He’s the king of Kentucky now, which doesn’t sound so good for Howland’s SEC debut either.

From time to time we’ll want to class up the blog with a little culture. That would be very little, as in a limerick.

“Jim McElwain’s the new Bull Gator

He’ll be winning sooner or later

The best he’s got going

Is everyone knowing

He’s exiting Will Muschamp’s crater.”