Is Ross pushing Dolphins to take Tannehill?

We already know that the Miami Dolphins no longer rule South Florida by their dwindling season ticket base.

Now there are conflicting reports as to whether or not Dolphins owner Stephen Ross may be pushing general manager Jeff Ireland and Coach Joe Philbin into drafting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth pick in the draft.

ProFootballTalk first reported that Ross was pushing for Tannehill, but the Miami Herald quickly threw water on that, with a source indicating it was not true.

Now, Sports Illustrated's Peter King is backing the original report in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

With the Dolphins having already whiffed on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn this off-season, perhaps they see Tannehill as a way to solve the QB position long-term and maybe generate a buzz around a sluggish franchise. But with apologies to Tannehill, merely drafting a quarterback who is rising up draft boards isn't going to create any more pizazz for the Dolphins than reaching for Christian Ponder did for Minnesota last year.

There are only two ways rookie quarterbacks create excitement and energize the fan base. They can come with a super-charged hype (Andrew Luck, RG3, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow) or they can win games early (Andy Dalton, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco).

And, quite frankly, owners meddling in the selection of quarterbacks often doesn't end well (see Vince Young/Titans or JaMarcus Russell/Raiders). So perhaps Ross should let his football people make the decisions and then hold them accountable if the decisions don't work out.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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