Some wonder why you would delay the inevitable by having him sit; others, though, feel that throwing a quarterback out on the field too early, especially one with limited college experience, could damage him long term.
“Overall skill set-wise, I don’t have questions he can be a good starter,” Jeremiah said. “I just think with the lack of experience he has playing, just logging minutes on the football field, that’s going to hold him back a little bit initially.
“But I think the Dolphins are going to have themselves a very good quarterback. They just need to wait six or eight games before they throw him into the fire.”
For a while, as Tannehill was transitioning to quarterback, Jeremiah said that he was off of his radar. Once he started catching up on Texas A&M tape, he noticed something beyond his imposing physical tools, something that is key for a young quarterback to have success.
“He was a very quick decision maker, took very few sacks when he was with A&M,” Jeremiah said. “I thought he was decisive. He had some high-turnover games here or there, but I don’t think he had a ton he was working with there.”
Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland took a very reactionary approach to trying to fix the Dolphins offense this off-season, seeing where there were holes and trying to add pieces. Not only is there now more quarterback depth than anytime since the Dan Marino era, but the other glaring offensive weakness last season, the right side of the offensive line, seems to be in better shape. By adding Jonathan Martin, Jeremiah thinks the Dolphins will be strong up front, maybe even making the unit the strength of Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman’s offense.
“Last year, he (Martin) got so much better from one year to the next,” said Jeremiah, a former scout for the Eagles, Browns and Ravens. “If he can continue to make that kind of improvement, I think you’ve got a solid right tackle. That kind of adds some stability to right side of that line.”
On Thursday, Chad Ochocinco–the talented, if not mercurial, wide receiver–was released by the New England Patriots, setting off the obligatory matchmaking. Some seem to think that, because he grew up in South Florida, the Dolphins may be a potential suitor.
“Of all the teams, the Dolphins might make more sense than anyone else,” Jeremiah said.
He feels, however, that if the Dolphins are looking to add receiver depth, they may want to proceed with caution with Ochocinco.
“I just don’t see the same explosiveness out of him that you saw in those years in Cincinnati,” Jeremiah said. “On top of that, you’ve got all the issues last year with his learning issues and not picking up the playbook, so it’s not like you’re bringing in a veteran that’s really going to work with your young guys and help them grow. He’s going to have to spend all of his time figuring it out himself.”
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