Ryan Tannehill has been the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins since 2012 when he was drafted with the 8th pick overall. He was expected to be a franchise quarterback for Miami, but it did not work out the way the team had hoped. The results with Tannehill at the helm were less than mediocre as his record in Miami is 42-46, just under .500. Ryan Tannehill has never had a winning season in Miami, unless the 2016 season where he went 8-5 before an injury was counted. Other than that, he has had two .500 seasons and three losing seasons. These are not the numbers a team wants to consistently see from a starting quarterback.
The Dolphins trusted Tannehill for far too long and their lack of playoff opportunities is the consequence they paid for it. It is not unusual for a rookie quarterback to struggle for a season or two before they get familiar with the NFL, but to not have a winning season in five seasons as a starter is ridiculous and should have led to Tannehill being benched or released years ago. Some may argue that a quarterback cannot always be blamed for the lack of success on a team, and that is true. Tannehill did have two 4,000 yard seasons, and two 3,000 yard seasons. However, his quarterback rating averaged out at 87 flat. That is a mediocre rating and not one that a veteran “franchise leader” should have.
With this being said, the question that is presented is, what are the Dolphins going to do moving forward? An intelligent choice would be for the Dolphins to attempt picking up Nick Foles or Joe Flacco. Both quarterbacks are legitimate contenders and both face the issue of being starter caliber quarterbacks, and neither are starters. Joe Flacco has been the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens since 2008, and even led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in 2013 against the San Francisco 49ers. Flacco went down with injury this past season which gave rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson the opportunity to shine and take Baltimore into the playoffs. This caused Joe Flacco to be disposable, it is similar to the incident that happened with Tony Romo and Dak Prescott. Nick Foles, on the other hand, was a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles for a few seasons before Chip Kelly traded away Foles along with a number of other players for the Eagles, similar to what Jon Gruden is doing with the Oakland Raiders. After this Foles sat on benches for different teams before landing back in Philadelphia where he came in for an injured Carson Wentz to win a Super Bowl. Despite his constant success in Philadelphia, the Eagles are still trusting Carson Wentz with the team. Both of these quarterbacks would be solid choices to replace Tannehill, however, the Dolphins are reportedly not spending big bucks in free agency and plan to tank for the 2020 draft where they can draft Tua Tagovailoa.
What the Miami Dolphins want to do with the quarterback issue falls on them. However, Joe Flacco or Nick Foles would be a wise investment; instead of throwing away an entire season to gain a quarterback whose college success may not even translate in the NFL. Flacco and Foles have proven themselves time and time again, and the Miami Dolphins would be wise to pay attention to them.