The early part of Ryan Tannehill’s NFL career was, to put it harshly, wasted by the Miami Dolphins. Although Tannehill was always surrounded by a below-average team he was able to get them several 7 and 8 win seasons. Tannehill might have been doing himself a disservice considering they never got a top draft pick, aside from the year after he was drafted, as a result.
In 2016, Ryan Tannehill was finally beginning to get past mediocre 8-8 seasons. He was finally surrounded by a decently talented team and had receivers that were actually not half bad. He led the Dolphins to an 8-5 start before partially tearing his ACL.
After the ACL tear, Tannehill missed the 2017 season and returned in 2018. By the time he returned he has missed the opportunity for something special in Miami. The team was no longer what it had been in the previous two seasons. Ryan Tannehill started the season 5-6 before handing the team over to Brock Osweiler.
Ryan Tannehill was never set up for success in Miami. The Dolphins were constantly changing offensive coordinators to try to turn the corner offensively. Miami had 4 different offensive coordinators during Tannehill’s 7-year stint. Learning a new offensive scheme every other year caused trouble for Tannehill. The same trouble we saw Marcus Mariota deal with early in his career.
Everything changed for Ryan Tannehill when he was traded to the Tennessee Titans in the offseason leading up to the 2019 season.