The Miami Dolphins have an answer at quarterback who is looking to prove he is the answer at quarterback this year. Will Ryan Tannehill make the leap from a good quarterback into being among the top quarterbacks in the league, possibly even approaching elite status? That has yet to be seen, but if he does make that leap, he could find himself in the hunt for an NFL MVP award.
How much of a long shot is that? According to odds released on Friday by Bovada.lv, Tannehill’s odds to be named MVP this year are 150/1. That puts him in a group with Sam Bradford, LeVeon Bell, Kirk Cousins, Alshon Jeffery, David Johnson, Mark Sanchez, and Tyron Taylor. It is slightly ahead of the 200/1 odds of Dez Bryant, Amari Cooper, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, and Von Miller.
The current favorite is Aaron Rodgers at 4/1. He is followed by Ben Roethlisberger (7/1), Cam Newton (15/2), Russel Wilson (8/1), and Tom Brady (9/1). It is interesting that Brady is still fifth in the league in terms of odds to win MVP, despite a four-game suspension to be served to start the year.
Tannehill will be looking, in his fifth year in the league, to finally prove he is the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have needed since Dan Marino retired. He has decent stats each year, including last year’s 4,208 yards, 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 61.9% completion rate, and 88.7 passer rating. It was not good enough to lead Miami to a winning record, however, and lowered his overall record as a starter to 29-35. It also marked the first time in his NFL career his passer rating, touchdowns, and completion percentage failed to increase from the previous season. Has Tannehill plateaued? Will new head coach Adam Gase turn Tannehill into a MVP candidate?
Would you put any money on Tannehill being named the league MVP this year?