The Miami Dolphins are quietly making some of the best moves in the NFL this offseason. Their latest addition, the signing of running back Knowshon Moreno, is exactly what they needed to get the most out of their team and their young quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill, a former first-round pick, has shown he has the ability to be a starter in his first two years in the league, but he hasn’t had the team around him to get the most out of his talent. He’s not a franchise quarterback; that designation is reserved for guys who can take any group of players and find a way to win. No, instead he’s like most quality NFL signal callers — he can win with a good team but will struggle on a bad one.
Last offseason Miami did the football equivalent of putting fancy rims on a broken down car. They went out and got Tannehill a fast, downfield receiver to throw to but failed to give him enough pass protection to take advantage of any kind of long-developing play. This year, with the addition of Moreno and offensive tackle Branden Albert, they finally got the engine ready to run smoothly.
Moreno is the key to it all. He comes from a winning team, something the Dolphins desperately need. He’s consistent, hardworking and a leader. He knows what it takes to get it done and can help teach a young quarterback how to win. He’s great in pass protection, and more importantly in today’s game knows how to help his quarterback beat the blitz by reading the defense to find the open spaces and be a safety valve in the passing game.
Sometimes under-the-radar free agents are perfect fits for certain teams, and Moreno is the exactly what Miami needs heading into next year. With Moreno making Tannehill better and another solid defense, they’re going to be a dangerous team in the AFC East. The addition of Moreno could be just what Tannehill, and the Dolphins as a team, need to propel them to the next level.