I made a bet with Nogle that the New York Jets would beat the Miami Dolphins. Man, was I wrong. So, I have to write a 250 word essay on why Ryan Tannehill is better than Joe Namath. That's going to be tough, since Tannehill sucks and Namath is awesome. Thankfully, Nogle made my life easy by giving me the requisite information (For the sake of this article, I won't bother to go into how context is lost on the stats due to different eras, but I digress).
Did you know that before today's game (I refuse to look at today's final stats until my blood pressure settles), Tannehill had a career 59.9 completion percentage, as compared to Namath's 50.1? Tannehill also had thrown 27 touchdowns to 25 interceptions compared to 173-220 (TD:INT ratios of 1:1.08 and 1.27:1). Tannehill has a career passer rating of 78.8 compared to Namath's 65.5. Clearly, Tannehill is superior to Namath, greatest upset in NFL history be damned.
Honestly, I think Tannehill can be a very good quarterback with some better weapons. If Mike Wallace played up to his contract and Tannehill had a better offensive line/running backs, he'd be a much better quarterback. That's true of many QBs, but not all. Many can't capitalize on those weapons, no matter how stacked the team is. I don't think Tannehill is one of those QBs, and I think he can be good with a decent supporting cast. But, regardless, he was the better QB today, and it wasn't even close. Congrats on the win, fellas. See you in a few weeks.