If I told you a few days ago, that Ryan Tannehill would miss Sunday’s game with an undisclosed shoulder injury, and Brock Osweiler would start for the Dolphins vs the league’s best defense, you would have laughed. .
But that’s exactly what happened.
So surely with Brock Osweiler starting under center, the Miami Dolphins wouldn’t stand a chance vs the Chicago Bears. Especially with Cameron Wake, Bobby McCain, and Charles Harris all out on defense.
But again, things didn’t quite go as expected.
Instead of crumbling under pressure, the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Brock Osweiler did the polar opposite.
Osweiler completed 28/44 for 380 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Miami’s offense put up 541 yards against the league’s top defense.
For comparison sake, Ryan Tannehill’s best statistical game in 2018 came vs the Oakland Raiders, where he completed 17/23 for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Obviously, it’s apples to oranges and you would be a fool to compare the two based on two entirely different opponents. But one thing is for certain, what Brock Osweiler showed on Sunday shed some light on the Dolphins’ quarterback situation.
It would be hard to argue that Osweiler didn’t have a better grasp of the offense. Pre-snap he was getting everyone in the right position, and was consistently changing into the right read. That’s not to say Tannehill hasn’t done the same in the past, but if Sunday was any indication, Osweiler’s familiarity with the offense was second to none.
With all of that said, I believe when Tannehill is healthy and ready to play, he will be the Dolphins starter. He’s the more talented of the two quarterbacks, despite how well Osweiler looked vs Chicago. Adam Gase is loyal to a fault.
One would hope when Ryan Tannehill is ready to regain his starting gig, Adam Gase will run a similar offense to what he did on Sunday. The short, intermediate passing game is what this team thrives at, and we saw it time and time again vs Chicago. If Ryan Tannehill can get better at his pre-snap reads and his progressions, the 2018 Miami Dolphins could do some real damage.
If not, there’s a QB in Brock Osweiler waiting for his next opportunity.
Who should start next week for the Dolphins vs the Detroit Lions?
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