Ok maybe I'm reaching but let me explain. From 2009 to 2013 the Seahawks offense was ranked 25, 23, 23, 9, 8. 2013 the Seahawks were a top 10 offensive team, meanwhile, Miami hasn't had a top 20 offense since the days of Sparano and Henning. The revival of the Seahawks offense was in 2011 under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel. Even though the Seahawks ranked 23rd in offense, went 7-9, and missed the playoffs, Bevel was able to land the quarterback he had been scouting. So in the 2012 draft the Seahawks selected Russell Wilson and we all know what happened last year.
Is Tannehill the Dolphins Superbowl quarterback? Bill Lazor had to have some sort of scouting report on Tannehill before taking the job and therefore saw his potential. Lazor is the guy that will give this previous anemic offense the shot of adrenaline it needs to compete for a playoff spot. From that point anything can happen.
Both quarterbacks are heading into their 3rd year, respectively. Wilson's numbers are as follows: 100.6 QB rating with 6,475 passing yards and 52 TD's. Tannehill's numbers are: 79.1 QB rating with 7,207 yards and 36 TDs. That's right Tannehill has passed for more yards than Wilson but not much else. I'm not taking anything away from Wilson, he does have a Superbowl ring for a reason, but there is a correlation between his numbers and playing in a much more balanced offensive system. The run/pass ratio from 2013: The Seahawks run/pass ratio was 55%/45% compared to the Dolphins 37%/63%.
The collapse that happened last year is now behind us. We saw the lack of character,lack of chemistry, and lack of leadership this team had. During OTA's those flaws from previous years don't seem to show. These players seem to be coming together and developing on and off field chemistry. Starting with Tannehill organizing workouts with the wide receivers before OTA's, Lazor and Philbin showing excitement in interviews, players praising the coaching staff and the new offense, and both offensive and defensive players pushing each other by competing in OTA's. I didn't have this feeling of excitement in the beginning of the 2011, 2012, or 2013 season but I have it this year. I realize we're facing a tough schedule in 2014 but this Miami Dolphins team is going to surprise us...a lot of us.
Don Shula once said "I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing their ability,put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning." Ironically this fits perfectly heading into 2014 for players like Jordan, Tannehill, Miller, Egnew and Wallace. Get ready Phins Up!