This post is nothing more than a glorified Fan Shot. South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Dave Hyde posted last night an outstanding look at what we, as fans of the Miami Dolphins, should remember as we watch rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill this season. And, it really boils down to one simple thing.
Tannehill is a rookie. We have to expect him to play like a rookie. We have to take the good with the bad. We have to let him make mistakes. And, we have to not be looking for the next quarterback we can draft every time Tannehill does make a mistake.
But, Hyde put it much more eloquently than I could. I recommend you read his entire list. I am going to pull out two quotes that I really thought were poignant.
1. Thou shalt not kill (or anoint). The temptation always is to be the first to spot greatness or foretell disaster with any prospect. Don't do this. Don't exaggerate what a bad day means when it comes for Tannehill, as it will. Don't elevate him to a category his youth won't support on his good days. Patience is required. That's something every Dolphins fans should have by now.
3. Thou shalt realize any rookie quarterback depends heavily on his supporting cast. Ben Roethlisberger went to the Super Bowl as a rookie in part because Pittsburgh fielded a veteran, talented team. Peyton Manning threw more interceptions (28) than touchdowns (26) as a rookie in part because because Indianapolis was rebuilding. Look at this talent-challenged Dolphins receiving corps. Tannehill is stepping into Manning's situation, not Roethlisberger's.
6. Thou shalt try to laugh. Has any place in sports been more grim than the Dolphins of the last decade? Does any team more need an infusion of energy, passion and, yes, innocence of youth? One of the truly funny scenes of "Hard Knocks," was when Tannehill couldn't name the teams in NFL conferences. Was Kansas City in the NFL East? Matt Moore had the best response, laughing, saying, "I'm shocked." No doubt more of that's coming. Not everything has to define if Tannehill makes it or not. Sometimes it's OK to smile along the way.
Okay, I lied. I'm going to grab one more quote from Hyde's article, because we have probably been in violation of this rule already here on the site.
9. Thou shalt discuss his wife, Lauren, with respect. You know who you are.
And, we all know who you are.