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Dolphins issues greater than just Tannehill

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Christopher Fischer



(Our Chris Fischer is on the sideline again for CBS-TV coverage Sunday of Dolphins vs. Titans with Andrew Catalon on the play by play and Steve Buerlein and Steve Tasker as analysts.)

Could you blame Ryan Tannehill for the Dolphins anemic offense? Sure, he’s in his fifth season as Miami’s quarterback. But, that’s the easiest way out. Closer examination shows in addition to the defensive pass rushes he’s faced, Tannehill has had some obstacles on his own team to overcome.

This season, his offensive line has been as porous as limestone. His rushing attack has been M.I.A. since Arian Foster went down with a groin injury in Week 2. When an offense can’t run or block, it tends to become one dimensional, which has made Tannehill a sitting duck.

He’s been sacked 125 times since breaking in to the league in 2012. Which is the most of any quarterback in the NFL.

And oh yeah, he’s had three different offensive coordinators and three different systems in five seasons. The Dolphins lack of coaching continuity has had an effect on the progression of their quarterback.

Head Coach Adam Gase told his team prior to the Bengals game, that he’s not going anywhere and neither is General Manager Chris Grier. Both are in their first year on the job. Gase demanded his players start proving they belong earning a Dolphins.

Much of the talk around Tannehill has been centered around the 4-year, $77 Million dollar contract he signed over the off-season. But nothing has been suggested on the pieces that surround him, nor the stability of the franchises’ decision makers.

The trickle down effect has stunted the growth of Miami’s signal caller. Tannehill is currently 12th in the league in passing yards, and is among the league leaders of landing on his backside (Sacked 11 times in 2016).

‘Fins fans maybe clambering for backup Matt Moore, but what good would that do if they can’t keep a quarterback perpendicular.

So, remember like Gase and Grier, Tannehill isn’t going anywhere and neither is Miami’s offense, until they get their offensive line and running game fixed.

A native Floridian who graduated from Clearwater High School and the University of Florida, Chris Fischer has spent nearly 15 years in Sports Televison, including the last five as Sports Reporter and Anchor with the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay-WTSP. He is a multi time AP Sports and Local Emmy award winner and will be seen this season as a sideline reporter on CBS-TV’s network coverage of the NFL.Chris brings enthusiasm and passion (particularly when it comes to his Gators) to College and NFL coverage to F.F.I.

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