Bleacher Report has done one hell of a job this offseason with their NFL1000 articles. Some of the industry’s best have worked extensive hours breaking down game film and have come together to give one of the most in-depth analysis on the web. Today, Doug Farrar released an article ranking the NFL’s top 10 most accurate quarterbacks and one very familiar name made the list.
Ryan Tannehill has continued to improve each and every year since being drafted in 2012. All of this, despite having a sub-par offensive line and an ever changing group of offensive coordinators. 2017 will be his first year with the same offensive coordinator and prior to his injury last season, Tannehill looked to be well on his way to becoming one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
It's one of the main reasons the Dolphins hired former Broncos and Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their head coach before the 2016 season. In Denver and Chicago, Gase developed a well-deserved reputation as the kind of coach who would maximize his quarterback's attributes and minimize his inefficiencies by matching a coordinated deep attack with a short to intermediate passing game in which receivers were schemed open as much as they got free from defenders with their own physical abilities.
The difference was clear. Before he was lost in December with a partially torn ACL, Tannehill put up a new accuracy rate to all parts of the field—he completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes overall, and he improved his completion rate on passes thrown 21 to 30 yards in the air from 31.9 percent in 2015 to 45.5 percent in 2016.
Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins hope to take the next step in 2017, hopefully dethroning the New England Patriots at the top of their division. One things for certain, the TanneHaters can continue to hate, but the team has a franchise quarterback for the first time since the Dan Marino Era. With the added weapons the team obtained this offseason and the pre-existing ones already in place, the sky’s the limit for Miami’s offense, in 2017 and beyond.