It’s early, but so far the Hall of Famer likes what he sees from the heir apparent.
“I think they can build around this kid,” Marino told CBS’ Phil Simms and Adam Schein in a recent interview. “I really do.”
In the Dolphins’ 24-21 loss to Arizona, Tannehill shattered the Dolphins rookie passing record — previously held by Marino — throwing for an impressive 431 yards, just one yard shy of the NFL rookie record set by Cam Newton last year.
Tannehill “can make all the throws,” Marino acknowledged, but it’s the way he is beginning to take control before the ball is snapped that may be an indicator that he has the necessary blend of physical gifts and football intangibles to be a successful franchise quarterback.
“There was a couple of times where he changed the play at the line of scrimmage late in the ball game, took some shots down the field,” Marino said. “So he’s not afraid to make a change at the last second.”
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