The 2014 season is important for the Miami Dolphins, and most of that pressure will fall on the shoulders of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill was drafted No. 8 overall in 2012 and fair or not, heavy expectations come from such a lofty status. Tannehill has shown flashes of being elite, but he’s also 15-17 as a starter and has never posted a winning season.
During a sit down with ESPN, Tannehill emphasized that he “needed to make a big jump this year in production and wins” to show the Dolphins that he’s a franchise quarterback.
“It’s huge. I have to make a big jump, I’m aware of that,” Tannehill said. “I’m putting in the work, putting in the time to get myself physically ready, mentally ready and learn this new offense that we’re going with this year. So there is still work to be done.
“But I look for a big jump in myself, both in production and wins. That’s what we ultimately play for is wins. So, I’m excited to see what this team does.”
The Dolphins have added Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert to improve pass protection and Knowshown Moreno to provide some semblance of a running game.