Showing support for your quarterback could be as simple as just saying it at a press conference, but the new general manager for the Miami Dolphins, Dennis Hickey, had a more creative way of backing QB Ryan Tannehill.
Soon after getting the job Sunday Hickey’s son, Barrett, wanted a Dolphins jersey.
“We made sure that we drove down to the local sporting goods and got him a [Ryan] Tannehill jersey,” Hickey said.
There was a small amount of symbolism in Hickey’s initial purchase. Hickey appears invested in the stock of Tannehill, who is 15-17 as a starter. It doesn’t appear Tannehill will face competition for his starting job entering an important Year 3, based on Hickey’s early support.
During Hickey’s tenure on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff, he has gone through plenty of quarterbacks in the NFL draft, dating back to Chris Simms in 2003 all the way to Mike Glennon last season.
One of the perks of coming to Miami means that Hickey doesn’t have to focus on drafting a quarterback of the future for the Dolphins, he already has Tannehill.