Now that Miami Dolphins second-quarterback Brock Osweiler has savored the sweetness of being a starting signal caller, he has no intentions to give back the job to Ryan Tannehill.
While Tannehill continues to rehab from an unknown right-shoulder injury that he suffered during week five game against Cincinnati, Osweiler prepares this week to start his fourth game of the season on Sunday against the New York Jets. Osweiler, however, recently noted that he is seeking to prove coach Adam Gase that he’s capable of being the full-time starting quarterback of the franchise.
“I think your mentality in this league is when you get your opportunity to play, you never give that guy his job back,” Osweiler said on Wednesday after the Dolphins ruled Tannehill out for Sunday’s game, “And that’s nothing personal against anybody. But if you don’t have that competitive spirit, this isn’t the league for you.”
There’s currently no time timetable for Tannehill’s return although he is expected to be back after Dolphins’ bye week in week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts. Brock Osweiler pointed out that as a quarterback you don’t get a lot of opportunities in this league, so he’s hoping to make the best out of this one and never have to go back to the sideline.
“Every single week is the biggest game out there,” said Osweiler, “Because this sport is so special, and you never know when you’re going to get another opportunity. So, when you do get the opportunity, shoot, I play every single play like it’s my last.”
“I put laser-focus on every single play, and I’m playing as hard as I possibly can so hopefully I never have to go back to the bench.”
Even though the Miami Dolphins have won more games when Ryan Tannehill leads the offense, Brock Osweiler has moved the ball better. In five games, the former has stacked up 19.8 PPG, 192.2 Pass YPG, and 288.2 Total YPG; while the latter, with three starts, averages 25.0 PPG, 283.0 Pass YPG and a whopping 411.0 Total YPG. Regarding their stats, they have pretty similar numbers. Ryan has a 65.9 completion percent and a 92.9 passer rating; whereas Brock registers a 63.4 completion percent and a 90.6 passer rating.
Osweiler still has the opportunity to convince his coach that he’s the best option for the team when the Dolphins face the Jets and the Packers in the upcoming weeks, although it seems that Adam Gase has high praise for Tannehill.
“The first three games he played pretty good,” Gase said to a reporter when he implied that Tannehill has played better in previous seasons than he has in 2018. “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.”