For years, the Dolphins, Bills and Jets have been looking for the type of consistently good quarterback play to help them seriously challenge Tom Brady and the Patriots.
It remains to be seen if Tannehill can lift the Dolphins to those heights. But for a change, two AFC East teams — Buffalo and New York — have a more muddled quarterback situation than Miami’s.
Bills’ QB status
With the Bills, who visit Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick has decent numbers (22 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 83.5 rating) but has not validated last year’s six-year, $59 million extension.
The Bills were 4-2 when Fitzpatrick signed the extension. They are 7-17 since, and only Philip Rivers has thrown more fourth-quarter interceptions than Fitzpatrick’s six.
Bills general manager Buddy Nix said last week: “There’s a time when you can move up a round to take a quarterback, and I think that time’s now for us. We need a good, young quarterback, and we’re going to do our best to get him.
“There are two ways of doing it. You can get your quarterback first and then try to fill other holes around him. But then you take a chance on breaking his confidence down.” That hasn’t happened with Tannehill, despite a nondescript supporting cast.
Meanwhile, the Jets’ Mark Sanchez entered Monday’s game in Tennessee with the NFL’s third-lowest quarterback rating (71.8). The Jets must pay him $8.25 million next season regardless of whether they keep him or not. So most expect New York to keep him but also add competition. Options include free agent Michael Vick and Alex Smith, if the 49ers part ways with him.