Ryan Tannehill’s future with the Dolphins has been in question in recent years, but coach Adam Gase was more than willing to defend his quarterback Thursday when questioned about Tannehill’s production this season.
A reporter asked Gase what he would say to media, fans or anyone who believe they have “seen enough” of Tannehill’s tenure in Miami. Gase responded: “Well, I mean, what qualifications are we talking about with people saying that? None, so I don’t really care what anybody else thinks.”
Another reporter, Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero, then prefaced a question by saying Tannehill has played better in previous seasons than he has in 2018. And that’s when Gase got even more defensive, saying the reporter didn’t know what he was talking about.
“The first three games he played pretty good,” Gase told reporters. “You’re asking me that question and you don’t even know what you’re talking about. It’s hard for me to defend anything when you don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t. I’ve watched the film. I sit there. We evaluate the scheme we’re asking him to do and he does a good job on it.”
Gase went on to explain why he still believes in Tannehill and his future with the Dolphins, pointing out the quarterback’s progression since Gase took over as Miami’s coach in 2016.
“We’ve made a lot of strides since we started in 2016,” Gase said. “He had some good seasons before I got here, I know that. And we did some different stuff that year, we leaned on the running game and worked off the play-action stuff. He does a great job with the zone read stuff.
“I think we just keep getting better, keep finding ways to maximize his skill set because it becomes a problem for the defense. It’s hard to defend him when you don’t know what he’s going to do.”
Tannehill has been dealing with a shoulder injury and hasn’t played since he was injured in a Week 5 loss at Cincinnati, but Gase remains adamant that Tannehill will be the Dolphins’ starter when he’s healthy, no matter how well Brock Osweiler has played in Tannehill’s absence.
The Dolphins (4-4) host the Jets (3-5) on Sunday with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. ET.