In the midst of an offseason that has included a logo/uniform change, some big-ticket free-agent signings, and a bold draft-day trade, there is one important constant heading into this Dolphins season: continuity at quarterback.
After a steady rookie season, Ryan Tannehill seems poised to eventually grab face-of-the-franchise status. The offseason’s roster overhaul, which, in the process, has produced a younger, more athletic team could help, allowing Tannehill and others to increase their locker-room presence more organically than last year’s oft-mentioned — and as a result, probably over-analyzed — leadership council.
“This is Ryan Tannehill’s team – right now,” Darlington said. “This is Ryan Tannehill’s team – there’s no question in my mind.”
Early on, clearly emboldened by his knowledge of Mike Sherman’s system, Tannehill was almost like an air-traffic controller, directing fellow teammates around the practice field to help expedite the offense’s install. You could see, as he became increasingly comfortable with , a willingness to take charge, with the rookie eventually stepping up to lead offensive meetings.
This is not the same wide-eyed guy that arrived in South Florida last year, and he has a real chance to make a big jump from year one to year two.
“I’ve seen a maturation process with him, too,” Darlington said. “He is comfortable with the players in this locker room. He’s becoming a leader. He’s a guy who will be voted a captain of this team, not just because it’s a default situation but because they really are starting to look at him like a leader of this team.”
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