The flow chart connecting Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Adam Gase and Peyton Manning is so convoluted, Rube Goldberg’s head would swim.
Let’s try to untangle the web, beginning with the easiest pairing:
Tannehill and Wilson were two of the 11 quarterbacks selected in the 2012 draft. They became relatively close in the months leading up to it; Tannehill and Wilson, quarterbacks for the Dolphins and Seahawks, respectively, trained together at Bradenton’s IMG Academy beforehand.
Wilson said Wednesday of Tannehill: “Ryan is, first of all, a great person, a great quarterback. He’s made a ton of plays and done a great job down in Miami. … Me and him were right there together, training together. It was me, Ryan and Kirk Cousins. Every day, we just pushed each other to be the best that we could be.”
Tannehill said much of the same: “He has had a heck of a career so far. [He has] been to the Super Bowl twice and really played well. [I have] a ton of respect for him and his game.”
OK, time to dig deeper. Next up: Gase and Wilson.
They know each other well. They met as many as three times in early 2012, including in Denver, where Gase was then the quarterbacks coach and where Wilson made his final visit before the draft. Wilson was on the board when the Broncos made each of their first three picks. Instead, they passed each time, taking Brock Osweiler instead. Today, they have neither; Trevor Siemian will start for Denver as it begins its Super Bowl defense Thursday.