Miami Dolphins: 5 Reasons Why Ryan Tannehill Will Be Better in 2014

Miami Dolphins: 5 Reasons Why Ryan Tannehill Will Be Better in 2014

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The Miami Dolphins have been floundering in mediocrity over the last several years. In 2013, the franchise missed the playoffs for the fifth-straight season with an 8-8 record. In order for the Dolphins to take that next step into becoming a playoff team, quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs to take that next step toward becoming a true franchise quarterback. Here are five reasons why Tannehill will do just that next season.

Addition of Branden Albert

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Addition of Branden Albert

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The biggest issue that Ryan Tannehill faced last season was the lack of protection from his offensive line -- the Dolphins allowed an NFL-high 58 sacks in 2013. According to Pro Football Focus, Branden Albert ranked as the 11th best tackle in the NFL last season. With a franchise LT now protecting his blind side, Tannehill will have time to make his reads in 2014.

Addition of Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno
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Addition of Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno
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You know how the Dolphins allowed an NFL-high 58 sacks last season? Well, it wasn't just the offensive line that was to blame -- Miami's running backs combined to be credited with allowing five sacks and 16 quarterback pressures, according to PFF. Knowshon Moreno is not only considered one of the better blocking backs in the league, he ranked in the top five last season in receptions and receiving yards amongst RBs.

Tutelage of Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor

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Tutelage of Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor

Bill Lazor Miami Dolphins
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Gone with the old, in with the new. After two seasons with Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator, the Dolphins have moved on from Sherman now that Bill Lazor is offensive coordinator. As quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, Lazor helped tutor quarterback Nick Foles. The result? Foles led the NFL in passer rating with a 119.2 rating. With Lazor's help, Tannehill will improve in his third season.

Another Year With Supporting Cast

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Another Year With Supporting Cast

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Even with the trade rumors surrounding Mike Wallace, don't expect Wallace to be traded with his .3 million cap hit in 2014. Another year spent with Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay and Brandon Gibson will only improve not only Tannehill as a quarterback, but the Dolphins' offense as an entire unit. The best quarterbacks in the NFL become great quarterbacks after spending years playing with the same players.

Ryan Tannehill Will Be Entering His 3rd Season

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Ryan Tannehill Will Be Entering His 3rd Season

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The third season for an NFL quarterback is widely regarded as his make-or-break season. With Tannehill now a seasoned veteran, Tannehill should have all of the knowledge of the basic nuances of being an NFL quarterback. With a solid supporting cast and familiarity with his surrounding personnel, Tannehill will have all of the tools to succeed in 2014.


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