The pressure is on Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The team -- including owner Stephen Ross -- has playoff aspiration and much of that will come down to the arm of its second-year quarterback.
With pressure comes attention and critics. It turns out former NFL head coach Dennis Green is one analyst who isn’t buying the Tannehill hype.
"I don't think Ryan's a great quarterback," Green said on the NFL Network this week. "So, the key is going to be, how can they overcome losing two great players."
The Dolphins spent more than $200 million this offseason in total contracts. Still, Green wasn't too complementary of the moves Miami made on offense. He was particularly critical of the Dolphins’ decision to let go of starting tailback Reggie Bush and left tackle Jake Long.
"I like [receiver] Mike Wallace if he's here to play, but Mike Wallace is no Reggie Bush," Green explained. "Mike Wallace is a great guy with great speed. He's made a lot of plays down the field, but Reggie Bush has scored a lot of touchdowns. And Mike Wallace is no Jake Long, either.”
Green's most famous quote as coach was when ranted that the Chicago Bears “are who we thought they were!" If Tannehill and Dolphins are who Green thinks they are, as well, it could be a disappointing year for Miami.