Two time Super Bowl winning head coach and current FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson knows a little something about quarterbacks. During his nine seasons in the National Football League as a head coach between the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, Johnson coached two of the greatest signal callers of all time in Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Dan Marino.
With Aikman, Johnson led the Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1992 and 1993 seasons. During his time with Dolphins, the team made the playoff three straight years with the legendary Marino at the helm, advancing to the divisional round twice. He also coached 1986 Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde during his time at the University of Miami (FL) , who later went #1 overall in the ensuing 1987 NFL draft, and spent a whopping 21 seasons in the league.
Speaking to Dolphins.com, Johnson was asked his thoughts of current Fins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and how he’s grown and progressed in his first two seasons in the NFL. Tannehill improved greatly on his rookie season of 2012, throwing for seven more touchdowns (24), 619 more yards (3,913, the most by a Dolphins QB since 1994), and at a higher completion rate in 2013.
“I’ve been impressed with Tannehill. I think he’s very athletic, and you know we’ve got to realize that he hasn’t been playing quarterback for a long period of time,” said Johnson.
Now Tannehill hasn’t had as much success as some of the quarterbacks in his draft class such as Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, but Johnson attributes that some to the supporting cast around him, and he doesn’t believe it will hinder him in the long run.
“So much of the success of a quarterback depends on his supporting cast,” said Johnson. “I think one of the problems with Tannehill, is that he’s had a little bit of a problem with the offensive line and the protection. But I think Tannehill has shown that he can be an outstanding quarterback in this league.”
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