Once the video of Ryan Tannehill surface on Tuesday morning of him passing through a glass door and heading towards the practice field at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Miami Dolphins fans began breathe a little easier. After a tumultuous two years their quarterback is back.
The nightmare for Dolphins fans began in December 2016 was when Tannehill went down and started holding his left knee. Dolphins fans were in shock because Tannehill, who had always bounced back from big hits, was suddenly not able to get back in the game. The mood at Hard Rock Stadium turned drastically, because of the uncertainty. Some Dolphins fans forgot that their team was in the middle of a playoff race. The reason behind it was because they knew in order to win they needed to have Tannehill under center.
Later on, that day after the Dolphins had beaten the Arizona Cardinals on a time expiring 21-yard field goal, Dolphins fans had a sense of relief because of the Dolphins were still alive in the playoff race. All that ended quickly, however, as the news broke that Tannehill would miss the rest of the season.
Tannehill missed the next three games, including a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dolphins ended up losing that game 30-12 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. During 2016, Tannehill began rehabbing from a torn ACL injury and decided not to get operated after numerous doctors told him it was unnecessary. Then comes the 2017 training camp, and Tannehill was rolled out towards the sideline, suddenly starts limping and falls to the ground.
Dolphins fans’ nightmare continued as a video started to circle around twitter showing Tannehill going down on a non-contact play. That same day news came out that Tannehill may require season-ending surgery. Some Dolphins fans had no hope for the upcoming 2017 season, especially after rumors of Jay Cutler potentially coming out of retirement to sign a deal with the Dolphins.
On August 6th, 2017 the signing became official; Cutler was signing with the Dolphins on a one-year, $10 million contract. The deal was fully guaranteed and had incentives that would make the deal reach $13 million. Cutler was about to begin his broadcasting career with Fox when he decided to leave the broadcasting booth and get back out to the field.
The signing of Cutler made many Dolphins fans hopeless with the 2017 season right around the corner. The Dolphins finished 6-10 in 2017, including three straight losses and finished in third place due to a tiebreaker against the Jets. The Dolphins and Jets records were identical, unacceptable to the fanbase.
Fast forward to this year’s Organized Team Activities that began on Monday. On Tuesday, a video of Tannehill running towards the field with no knee brace returned hope for many Dolphins fans. Why are they feeling hopeful? Because they understand with Tannehill under center they have the best chance of winning.
Dolphins fans now have hope for the upcoming 2018 season.