Maybe he just needed another seven years.
Or another month?
Either way, this is the most Miami Dolphins thing ever.
They have spent 19 years looking for Dan Marino’s replacement, so much so that executives and coaches accepted seven seasons of slightly-above-mediocrity from Ryan Tannehill, making excuse after excuse for his inconsistency, simply because he was better than some of the impostors who preceded him.
Finally, everyone, from owner Steve Ross on down, had enough. So, after Tannehill lost the last remaining argument for retention — durability — they let him walk, and he went to Tennessee ostensibly to back up Marcus Mariota. Mariota, however, has his own issues, and so Tannehill has replaced him.
And now Tannehill is 2-0, after beating Tampa Bay, 27-23, on Sunday.
Ryan Tannehill through 2 starts this year:
— Superbowl loading… (@Fromthecockpit1) October 27, 2019
Sorry, we had to get the Adam Gase mockery in there.
Tannehill, who had his best previous stretch under Gase in 2016 before getting hurt, has been sharp for the Titans.
Ryan Tannehill strikes again finding AJ Brown for 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/dkm5jungjA
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 27, 2019
What about the fade pattern he struggled to throw with the Dolphins?
— Take Your Base Sports (@takeyourbasepod) October 27, 2019
Even our Luis Sung is impressed…
Ryan Tannehill making things happen in Tennessee you say? pic.twitter.com/j5EccK4eZb
— Luis D. Sung (@LuisDSung) October 27, 2019
He seems to be enjoying himself, after South Florida got stale…
Look how comfortable he appears at his post game presser. He was a bit, shall we say, stiff, here.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 27, 2019
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) October 27, 2019
And they love him in Tennessee…
“In the huddle, he is the general. He leads us. He has a lot of confidence in the huddle, and you can tell — you can hear it in his voice.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 24, 2019
So, are they getting suckered, or is this for real?
Is Tannehill, at last, on the fringe of elite?
Are we bored, during this lost Dolphins season, to be asking these questions?