There have been alot of chicken or the egg arguments around with the GM or Head Coach as who is responsible for this disaster. My opinion is the Coaching was more at stake, but the GM has also been at best average. I have plenty of free time, since we will not be playing this Sunday, so I will do a series on each position and how we rank (as unbiased as I can be) compared to the AFC. My feeling is if we are in the top 6 on average then the blame lays on Philbin, if not then it rests at the feet of Jeff Ireland.
Here is my ranking of Miami position by postion to the rest of the 16 AFC teams. I will start this post by comparing the QB spot.
To be completely honest I am a big fan of Tannehill. I feel he has all the physical and mental tools to be an elite QB in the NFL. He is not there right now, but I feel we have hit on our QB for the next 8-10 years in Miami (and that is a relief for me). He is no Dan Marino (but we will never like any guy if that is the standard), but if he can continue on the track he is on and improve on his deep ball he can be a guy that will lead our team to the next level. That said let's see where he ranks compared to the rest of the AFC QB's:
The guys he is obviously ahead of first:
Geno Smith: The disgusting thing is we lost to this bum. He is a complete front-runner that struggles when he is hit or things go bad. (So of course our defensive gameplan was to be as vanilla as possible). Tannehill should be ranked ahead of him by anyone with eyes.
EJ Manuel: He was injured much of the season, but seemed to be a level below Tannehill even when both were in their rookie seasons.
Jake Locker: Injured too much. Not acurate enough.
Terell Pryor (or whoever is Oakland's QB): Freak athlete, not great QB.
Matt Schaub: His stock has really gone down quickly.
Whoever is running the show in Cleveland: Feel like we have been saying that for years now.
Now lets look at those clearly above him:
Tom Brady: No questions from anyone I'd think.
Peyton Manning: Another great QB.
Now comes the hard part, here are guys I think you can argue for or against Tannehill with and I will rank where I feel he deserves (vote in poll or comment if you disagree).
Slightly above Tannehill now (not projecting, but as of right now these guys are above him):
Phillip Rivers: His team is worse than Miami and he is still playing football. He carries the team. Makes some mistakes, but can throw it with the best of them when he is on. Also love his vocal leadership.
Big Ben: Another guy that has a worse team than Miami, but is carrying them to almost making the playoffs. Has big game experience also.
Andrew Luck: I think the gap is closer than people want to believe it is and actually feel Luck has more around him (on the offensive side of the ball) than Tannehill does. That being said, Luck has the "it" factor that we see glimses of in Tannehill, but haven't seen quite enough.
Those slightly below Tannehill now:
Andy Dalton: I'd say a guy with a great team that is solid, but not nearly the big arm or athletic ability of Tannehill. He looks great with guys like AJ Green catching then running his passes for TD's.
Alex Smith: Great game manager. If your team is better than the other one, he usually wins. When he has to make plays with the game in the balance I'd much rather have Tannehill. Tannehill in this offense has 4500 yards and 30 TDs.
By these rankings we have a QB that is #6 in the AFC. Advantage Jeff Ireland for position #1. Next up: RBs (gonna be an ugly day for Ireland!!)