Dolphins WR Greg Jennings: QB Ryan Tannehill 'far' from elite

Jennings: Tannehill is far from being an elite QB (2:33)

Dolphins WR Greg Jennings joins First Take and says he does not know how far QB Ryan Tannehill is from being elite, explaining how he's never had the freedom to command an offense. (2:33)

Few athletes in South Florida are currently more polarizing than Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Some believe he's the long-term solution in Miami who hasn't received a fair shake due to circumstances, such as a poor offensive line and questionable coaching. Others believe Tannehill's four up-and-down seasons are enough to know he's not the answer.

With that said, Dolphins receiver and teammate Greg Jennings had some interesting comments regarding Tannehill on Wednesday on ESPN's First Take. Not only did Jennings say Tannehill is not an elite quarterback, but the receiver added that he's not close to earning that distinction.

"I guess what I'm saying is he's far [from elite]," Jennings said. "I'm being honest. None of us know. ... It's like he's been handcuffed. I've played with Brett [Favre], I've played with Aaron [Rodgers]. I've played with great quarterbacks. So you can sense, you can quickly tell if one has it or not."

For those who cover the Dolphins regularly, Jennings' comments are not all that surprising. Behind the scenes, confidence and support in the locker room have wavered with Tannehill the past couple of seasons. He is 29-35 as a starter and has four straight non-winning seasons. Last year Tannehill struggled mightily on third down and in fourth quarters, which is where franchise quarterbacks make their name, and Miami finished 6-10.

Jennings also mentioned a hot topic in the media during last season: Tannehill's lack of audibling at the line of scrimmage. It is something that Tannehill didn't do much of. Miami's coaches denied this was an issue, but Jennings indicated that it was a problem.

Helping Tannehill to improve in his fifth season is a major reason rookie head coach Adam Gase was hired in January. Gase did a good job working with quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow during his career. Miami is hoping Gase can have similar success with Tannehill.

Make no mistake, 2016 is a make-or-break year for Tannehill to prove he is Miami's long-term solution.