Over the past few weeks, veteran receiver Greg Jennings has come out more than once with a less-than-glowing assessment of Ryan Tannehill. Jennings is among the first we’ve ever heard from who publicly states that Tannehill might not have what it takes.
(We’re used to hearing rumors about this kind of thing, but never yet has a player just come right out and said it….although Miko Grimes certainly said it!)
Jennings’ biggest criticism was that Tannehill doesn’t seem to have the smarts to make the right audibles. Although in T-hill’s defense, we don’t know what permissions he had to call what. Jennings said that the coaches babied Tannehill, but he wouldn’t elaborate on what that meant.
Tannehill continues to say that he’s his own worst critic and that he feels bad and angry at himself after losses. We have never seen this. We’re still waiting for the FIRST time we see T-hill erupt in a lineman’s face, or a coach’s or anyone’s. Just once we want to see him irate–not confused–after a pick or after another 3-and-out.
The high learning curve and tolerance for losing starts at the top. Stephen Ross watched Joe Philbin sink his team for 3 and half years before pulling the plug. Losing, learning, excuses…it’s all part of the recent Dolphin culture. I truly think that Tannehill feels his job is to play football, and not to win football games. Big difference. I’d be indifferent too in that situation.
Greg Jennings comes from a different culture. A winning culture. That’s probably why he sees (and says!) things that other Dolphins do not.
What do you guys think?