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The last thing the Dolphins want Ryan Tannehill to become is Alex Smith or Jason Campbell
The two quarterbacks, both drafted in 2005, are case studies in how not to develop a young quarterback. Smith, picked No. 1 overall by San Francisco, had seven offensive coordinators in seven seasons. Campbell, picked No. 25 by Washington, has played for nine offensive coordinators in his career – four at Auburn, five in the NFL.
Few doubt that having to learn a new system and become comfortable with a new playcaller each offseason stunted their growth.
“Continuity is huge,” Daniel Jeremiah, a former quarterback at Appalachian State and scout for three NFL teams, said the other day at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Pete. “There are two things that go a long way toward developing a quarterback – the offensive line in front of him, and continuity in the playcalling.”