There will be a new sheriff in town running the Miami Dolphins in 2014. Miami parted ways with general manager Jeff Ireland Tuesday after six years. The Dolphins had five consecutive non-winning seasons under Ireland, which included an 8-8 campaign in 2013.
But a new boss presents a new and interesting question for Miami: Will the Dolphins’ next general manager put their full trust in second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill?
Although Ireland and Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin didn’t agree on everything, both the front office and coaching staff were universally behind Tannehill. Ireland liked his physical tools and potential enough to take Tannehill No. 8 overall in 2012. Philbin also knew Tannehill well, because former offensive coordinator and mentor Mike Sherman coached Tannehill in college. Sherman also was fired by the Dolphins on Monday.
There was not one person in the Dolphins' facility who didn't feel Tannehill was the best quarterback on the team. The unwavering support helped Tannehill make 32 consecutive starts in his first two seasons.
But will Miami’s new general manager feel the same?
Quarterback is the most important position on the team, and a new boss usually wants to bring in his own people. Tannehill is 15-17 in two years as a starter. He’s thrown for 7,207 career yards, 36 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and has a 79.1 passer rating. Those numbers are not convincing enough for a new general manager to hitch his wagon on.
In addition to Philbin, Year 3 also is huge for Tannehill. The former first-rounder is no longer the prize pick of the general manager. He’s simply another player that Miami’s new boss inherited.
Tannehill, like Philbin, could get just one season to prove his worth to Miami’s new general manager. If neither performs well, the Dolphins could be looking at major changes at head coach and quarterback once again in 2015.