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Thread: Rank Tannehill's Arm Strength, is it top 10?

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    Rank Tannehill's Arm Strength, is it top 10?

    So a co-worker (Washington "r-words" fan) points out that there is Mike Wallace to Miami specualtion on the front page of NFL.com with pictures of Tannehill and Wallace side by side. I casually said to him "It makes sense, Mike Wallace can stretch the field and Tanne has a cannon". So he says RT's arm isn't even top 10. (Bear in mind this is not a reflection of accuracy)

    Here is his top 10 list:
    1. Rogers
    2. Flacco
    3. RG3
    4. Kaopernick
    5. Vick
    6. Freeman
    7. Cutler
    8. Stafford
    9. Cam
    10. Ryan


    I disagree. .. A, I don't think I agree overall with his list, and B, I think Tannehill should be in there. Maybe top 7ish? Am I wrong? Are my Dolphins colored lenses deceiving me yet again?
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    I honestly wouldn't even know how to measure this -- and really, isn't the deep ball more about timing, placement and touch than arm strength?

    I'll say this, though. I watched Ryan Tannehill rifle some passes into tight windows and I definitely think the guy has a live arm. How does it compare to Joe Flacco? I have no frigging clue, but he can definitely put enough mustard on the ball to get it where it needs to be.
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    Re: Rank Tannehill's Arm Strength, is it top 10?

    No idea. But he has enough to make any throw.
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    Hard to say he has a cannon for an arm, but he has MORE THAN ENOUGH arm strength. That's all that matters. Top 10 sounds about right I think. Not top 7 (Cam, Rodgers, RG3, Vick, Cutler, Stafford, Flacco)
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    I think people start compiling these lists and always manage to confuse skill with strength. Rodgers is a great QB but he doesn't have a great arm.

    Can't say where Ryan ranks amongst his peers......all I know is that he has looked perfectly capable of making every throw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferretsquig View Post
    I think people start compiling these lists and always manage to confuse skill with strength. Rodgers is a great QB but he doesn't have a great arm.

    Can't say where Ryan ranks amongst his peers......all I know is that he has looked perfectly capable of making every throw.
    Rodgers doesn´t have a great arm? why did you say that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferretsquig View Post
    I think people start compiling these lists and always manage to confuse skill with strength. Rodgers is a great QB but he doesn't have a great arm.

    Can't say where Ryan ranks amongst his peers......all I know is that he has looked perfectly capable of making every throw.

    you obviously haven't watched Rodgers at all. he has a God Darn howitzer for an arm. besides arm strength is overrated. nobody ever accused montana of having a cannon. like was said before accuracy and timing trumps arm strength. ryan leaf had a big arm how did that work out

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRojas4 View Post
    Arm strength to the point of?

    I can't think of any starting NFL QB that can't throw a 60 yard bomb. It's more about touch and timing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1012 View Post
    you obviously haven't watched Rodgers at all. he has a God Darn howitzer for an arm. besides arm strength is overrated. nobody ever accused montana of having a cannon. like was said before accuracy and timing trumps arm strength. ryan leaf had a big arm how did that work out

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    christian ponder! ponder makes pennington look like elway.

    Good points and I agree with most. But timing and accuracy can sometimes be taken away by great Defenses.
    Having a cannon arm, that can squeeze throws into tight windows, gives a huge edge in that regard.
    Look at Pennington for example, great accuracy. A wr may be open when Pennington begins his throw.
    But by the time the ball reaches it's target, the defender has closed the gap considerably, leading to an incomplete pass or no run after the catch opportunity.

    Of course, having a cannon doesn't solve accuracy issues.
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    It is at least debatable that he is top ten. It's hard to say but I would put him 7-10.
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    I've watched Matt Ryan since he came into the league (I go to many Falcons games since i live in ATL and my BFF has season tickets) and I've watched RT and I can say that RT seems to throw with more velocity and precision than Matty Ice.
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