Unlike some people in the South Florida media, David Garrard believes Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a franchise signal-caller.
Garrard, a former quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dolphins, this week appeared on NFL Network's Total Access program to discuss Tannehill and whether he should be considered a franchise quarterback. Garrard said he considers Tannehill to be just that.
"When I hurt my knee after being named the starter (in 2012), he was a rookie. And I remember coming into the offensive meeting room the next day, and he was just taking everybody through plays; he was in command; he was strong," Garrard told NFL Network. "I really have a lot of respect for him and his ability. He's a great athlete."
In terms of weaknesses, Garrard noted that Tannehill needs to work stepping into his throws instead of simply trusting his arm on out routes and quick passing plays.
Tannehill was selected eighth overall by the Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft. Following Garrard's aforementioned knee injury during training camp that summer, Tannehill took over as starting quarterback and hasn't looked back. Earlier this month, he inked a six-year, $96 million contract extension with Miami, with $45 million guaranteed.