Miami Dolphins’ Firing Of Mike Sherman Puts Heat On Ryan Tannehill

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The 2012 NFL Draft was jam-packed with rookie quarterbacks. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were all first-round picks and all three now have something very strange in common. All four of the aforementioned quarterbacks will enter 2014 with an offensive coordinator different from the one that was with the franchise that drafted them in 2012. Out of the entire 2012 NFL Draft, Russell Wilson is the only quarterback with a chance to have the same offensive coordinator each of his first three seasons in Darrell Bevell.

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Now, considering Miami’s late-season collapse this move comes as no surprise, but the time that Sherman and Tannehill spent together while with the Texas A&M Aggies is what makes the fire noteworthy if nothing else.

Many questioned the Tannehill selection in the first place considering he spent some time at the collegiate level as a wide receiver, but Sherman was hired to make the NFL transition process a smooth one. Needless to say, the Dolphins’ postseason drought is now at five years. On top of that, Tannehill reportedly “lost confidence” in Sherman down the stretch of the 2013 campaign — according to one source.

So a second-year pro lost faith in a guy that he has been working under since 2009? While I agree the Sherman fire was necessary, Miami should be worried sick about it’s quarterback taking such a cowardly approach. Hopefully, the Dolphins can right the ship and find an offensive coordinator who will push Tannehill to the top. But either way, the pressure in Miami has now shifted to Tannehill as Sherman can no longer be blamed for the team’s late-season blunders.

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  • Jason

    The fact that Miami, as a team, had the second most drops in the NFL this last season, I don’t think you can put all the blame on Tannehill. He played horrible in that last game against the Jets but consider the fact that 70 percent of the plays were pass plays. Miami passed on almost every play of the second half against Buffalo. They did that against one of the best pass rushes in the league. Getting sacked 58 times and still able to have the season he had, I don’t know how it was a cowardly approach to say he had lost faith in the system. Maybe what he meant was he lost faith in a system, in which, he was asked to drop back on almost every play. A zone blocking system that almost ended his career early with 58 sacks and a late season knee injury. Getting someone else in to run this offense is a good thing.

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