2013 New York Jets season
The 2013 New York Jets season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the 54th overall. The Jets improved their 6–10 regular season record from 2012 and attempted to make history as the first host team to play the Super Bowl on their own home turf, alongside the New York Giants, whom they share the same home field: MetLife Stadium. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff retired on December 30, 2012, he was replaced by assistant Ben Kotwica. Outside linebackers coach Mike Smith left the team after the season to join Texas Tech as the co-defensive coordinator. General manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired on December 31, 2012, he was replaced on January 2013 by John Idzik. Head Strength and Conditioning coach Bill Hughan was fired on January 3, 2012, he was replaced by assistant Justus Galac. Quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh was not retained by the team, he was replaced by David Lee on January 20, 2013. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was fired on January 7, 2013, he was replaced by Marty Mornhinweg on January 18, 2013.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine accepted an offer to become the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills on January 9, 2013. Assistant defensive backs coach Jim O'Neil accepted an offer to join Pettine. Pettine was replaced by the Jets' defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman while O'Neil was replaced by assistant Brian Smith. Linebackers coach Bob Sutton accepted an offer to become the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs on January 11, 2013, he was replaced by Brian VanGorder. The Jets hired Tim McDonald as their defensive backs coach to Dennis Thurman; the Jets fired offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo. Offensive quality control and assistant tight ends coach Lance Taylor accepted an offer to become the assistant wide receivers coach for the Carolina Panthers; the Jets hired assistant special teams coach Louie Aguiar, tight ends coach Steve Hagen, assistant offensive line coach Ron Heller, assistant strength and conditioning coach Pierre Ngo, assistant defensive line and linebackers coach Jeff Weeks.
The Jets hired Bobby April III as a defensive quality control coach. The Jets signed JoJo Dickson, Tevita Finau, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Dennis Landolt, Royce Pollard, Titus Ryan, Matt Simms, Jacquies Smith to reserve/future contracts on December 31, 2012; the Jets signed Emmanuel Arceneaux, Bret Lockett, Claude Davis, Joseph Collins to reserve/future contracts on January 2, 2013. The Jets signed Travis Tripucka to a reserve/future contract on January 3, 2013; the Jets signed Danny Lansanah and Cliff Harris to reserve/future contracts on January 4, 2013. The Jets signed D. J. Young to a reserve/future contract on January 17, 2013; the Jets signed Vidal Hazelton to a reserve/future contract on January 23, 2013. The Jets signed Eric Crocker, Junior Aumavae, Thomas Mayo on March 1, 2013; the Jets signed David Garrard on March 11, 2013. The Jets signed Mike Goodson, Willie Colon, Antonio Garay on March 15, 2013; the Jets signed Antwan Barnes on March 18, 2013. The Jets signed Dawan Landry on April 9, 2013.
The Jets signed Ryan Quigley and Derek Dimke on April 11, 2013. The Jets signed Calvin Pace on April 16, 2013; the Jets signed Stephen Peterman on April 26, 2013. The Jets signed undrafted free agents Zach Rogers, Ryan Spadola, K. J. Stoud, Antavious Wilson, Chris Pantale, Mike Shanahan, Dalton Freeman, Trey Gilleo, Mark Popek, Roosevelt Holliday, Jake McDonough, Troy Davis, Mike Edwards, Rontez Miles on April 29, 2013; the Jets signed Thomas Mayo, Lanier Coleman, Brett Maher, Sean Progar-Jackson on May 12, 2013. The Jets signed Marcus Davis on May 14, 2013; the Jets signed Ben Obomanu on May 30, 2013. The Jets signed Kellen Winslow II on June 14, 2013; the Jets signed Billy Cundiff, Jeffrey Shugarts, Pat Scales on July 23, 2013. The Jets signed Leger Douzable on July 25, 2013; the Jets signed Chad Spann on July 27, 2013. The Jets signed Mossis Madu, Erik Cook, Michael Campbell on August 4, 2013; the Jets signed Kahlil Bell and Rahsaan Vaughn on August 11, 2013. The Jets signed Patrick Ford on August 13, 2013.
The Jets claimed Scott Wedige off waivers on August 20, 2013. The Jets signed Marcus Rucker on August 21, 2013; the Jets signed Mohamed Massaquoi on August 22, 2013. The Jets re-signed Jason Smith on August 23, 2013; the Jets signed Dan Carpenter on August 27, 2013. The Jets signed Graham Harrell on August 28, 2013; the Jets claimed Alex Green, Ben Ijalana and Scott Solomon off waivers and signed Michael Campbell, Troy Davis, Tevita Finau, Dalton Freeman, Rontez Miles, Chris Pantale, J. B. Shugarts to the practice squad on September 1, 2013; the Jets signed Brady Quinn on September 2, 2013. The Jets signed Danny Lansanah and Junior Aumavae to the practice squad on September 3, 2013; the Jets signed Brady Quinn to the active roster and Rahsaan Vaughn to the practice squad on September 9, 2013. The Jets signed Ben Obomanu on September 10, 2013; the Jets signed Ryan Quigley and Scott Solomon to the active roster and Danny Lansanah to the practice squad on September 16, 2013. The Jets signed Kareem Huggins to the practice squad on September 25, 2013.
The Jets signed David Nelson to the active roster and Troy Davis to the practice squad on October 2, 2013. The Jets claimed Zach Sudfeld off waivers on October 4, 2013; the Jets signed Ricky Sapp to the active roster and T. J. Barnes to the practice squad on October 9, 2013; the Jets signed Saalim Hakim to the practice squad and David Garrard on October 10, 2013. The Jets signed Josh Cribbs and Greg Salas to the active roster and Miguel Maysonet to the practice squad on October 15, 2013; the Jets signed Ras-I Dowling to the practice squad on October 23, 2013. The Jets re-signed Rontez Miles to the practice squad on November 13, 2013; the Jets sign
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference East division; the team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are headquartered at Gillette Stadium. An original member of the American Football League, the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues; the team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001 moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season; the Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL. Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 16 AFC East titles in 18 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period.
The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period, an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history, the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history. The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached and won by a head coach–quarterback tandem, most Super Bowl appearances overall, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins, tied with the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses. On November 16, 1959, Boston business executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League; the following winter, locals were allowed to submit ideas for the Boston football team's official name. The most popular choice – and the one that Sullivan selected – was the "Boston Patriots," with "Patriots" referring to those colonists of the Thirteen Colonies who rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation.
Thereafter, artist Phil Bissell of The Boston Globe developed the "Pat Patriot" logo. The Patriots struggled for most of their years in the AFL, they never had a regular home stadium. Nickerson Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, Alumni Stadium all served as home fields during their time in the American Football League, they played in only one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season, in which they lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. They did not appear again in an NFL post-season game for another 13 years; when the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were placed in the American Football Conference East division, where they still play today. The following year, the Patriots moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, which would serve as their home for the next 30 years; as a result of the move, they announced they would change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The name was rejected by the NFL and on March 22, 1971, the team announced they would change its geographic name to New England.
During the 1970s, the Patriots had some success, earning a berth to the playoffs in 1976—as a wild card team—and in 1978—as AFC East champions. They lost in the first round both times. In 1985, they returned to the playoffs, made it all the way to Super Bowl XX, which they lost to the Chicago Bears 46–10. Following their Super Bowl loss, they lost in the first round; the team would not make the playoffs again for eight more years. During the 1990 season, the Patriots went 1–15, they changed ownership three times in the ensuing 14 years, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992. Though Orthwein's period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team, first with the hiring of former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1993. Orthwein and his marketing team commissioned the NFL to develop a new visual identity and logo, changed their primary colors from the traditional red and blue to blue and silver for the team uniforms.
Orthwein intended to move the team to his native St. Louis, but instead sold the team in 1994 for $175 million to its current owner, Robert Kraft. Since the Patriots have sold out every home game in both Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium. By 2009, the value of the franchise had increased by over $1 billion, to a Forbes magazine estimated value of $1.361 billion, third highest in the NFL only behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. As of July 2018, the Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world according to Forbes magazine with a value of $3.7 billion. Continuing on as head coach under Kraft's ownership, Parcells would bring the Patriots to two playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 35–21. Pete Carroll, Parcells's successor, would take the team to the playoffs twice in 1997 and 1998 before being dismissed as head coach after the 1999 season; the Patriots hired current head coach Bill Belichick, who had served as defensive coordinator under Parcells including during Super Bowl XXXI, in 2000.
Their new home field, Gillette Stadium, opened in 2002 to
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States. Unlike most other sports in North America, no minor league farm organizations exist in American or Canadian football. Therefore, college football is considered to be the second tier of American football in the United States and Canadian football in Canada. However, in some areas of the country, college football is more popular than professional football, for much of the early 20th century, college football was seen as more prestigious than professional football, it is in college football where a player's performance directly impacts his chances of playing professional football. The best collegiate players will declare for the professional draft after three to four years of collegiate competition, with the NFL holding its annual draft every spring in which 256 players are selected annually.
Those not selected can still attempt to land an NFL roster spot as an undrafted free agent. After the emergence of the professional National Football League, college football remained popular throughout the U. S. Although the college game has a much larger margin for talent than its pro counterpart, the sheer number of fans following major colleges provides a financial equalizer for the game, with Division I programs — the highest level — playing in huge stadiums, six of which have seating capacity exceeding 100,000 people. In many cases, college stadiums employ bench-style seating, as opposed to individual seats with backs and arm rests; this allows them to seat more fans in a given amount of space than the typical professional stadium, which tends to have more features and comforts for fans.. College athletes, unlike players in the NFL, are not permitted by the NCAA to be paid salaries. Colleges are only allowed to provide non-monetary compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide for tuition and books.
Modern North American football has its origins in various games, all known as "football", played at public schools in Great Britain in the mid-19th century. By the 1840s, students at Rugby School were playing a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and run with it, a sport known as Rugby football; the game was taken to Canada by British soldiers stationed there and was soon being played at Canadian colleges. The first documented gridiron football match was played at University College, a college of the University of Toronto, November 9, 1861. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was William Mulock Chancellor of the school. A football club was formed at the university soon afterward, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear. In 1864, at Trinity College a college of the University of Toronto, F. Barlow Cumberland and Frederick A. Bethune devised rules based on rugby football. Modern Canadian football is regarded as having originated with a game played in Montreal, in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians.
The game gained a following, the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, the first recorded non-university football club in Canada. Early games appear to have had much in common with the traditional "mob football" played in Great Britain; the games remained unorganized until the 19th century, when intramural games of football began to be played on college campuses. Each school played its own variety of football. Princeton University students played a game called "ballown" as early as 1820. A Harvard tradition known as "Bloody Monday" began in 1827, which consisted of a mass ballgame between the freshman and sophomore classes. In 1860, both the town police and the college authorities agreed; the Harvard students responded by going into mourning for a mock figure called "Football Fightum", for whom they conducted funeral rites. The authorities held firm and it was a dozen years before football was once again played at Harvard. Dartmouth played its own version called "Old division football", the rules of which were first published in 1871, though the game dates to at least the 1830s.
All of these games, others, shared certain commonalities. They remained "mob" style games, with huge numbers of players attempting to advance the ball into a goal area by any means necessary. Rules were simple and injury were common; the violence of these mob-style games led to a decision to abandon them. Yale, under pressure from the city of New Haven, banned the play of all forms of football in 1860. American football historian Parke H. Davis described the period between 1869 and 1875 as the'Pioneer Period'. On November 6, 1869, Rutgers University faced Princeton University in the first-ever game of intercollegiate football, it was played with a round ball and, like all early games, used a set of rules suggested by Rutgers captain William J. Leggett, based
The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The Texans compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division; the team plays its home games at NRG Stadium. The club first played in 2002 as an expansion team, making them the youngest franchise competing in the NFL; the Texans replaced the city's previous NFL franchise, the Houston Oilers, which moved to Nashville and are now known as the Tennessee Titans. The team was founded and owned by Bob McNair from 1999 to his death in 2018. Following McNair’s death, the majority ownership of the team went to his wife, Janice McNair, his son, D. Cal McNair. While the team struggled in the 2000s, they found success in the 2011 season, after clinching their first playoff berth and went on to win their first division championship; the Texans have gone on to win four more AFC South championships since in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018. As of the 2018 season, they are the only franchise to have never appeared in a conference championship game.
In 1997, Houston entrepreneur Bob McNair had a failed bid to bring a National Hockey League expansion team to the city, Bud Adams relocated the city's NFL team, the Houston Oilers, to Nashville where they were renamed the Tennessee Titans. In 1996, a year earlier, the Cleveland Browns had controversially relocated to become the Baltimore Ravens; as part of the settlement between the NFL, the city of Cleveland and the team owned by Art Modell, the league promised to return football to Cleveland within the following three years. In order to out the franchises at 32, the league contemplated adding another expansion franchise; as Houston was one of the favorites for the extra franchise along with Toronto and Los Angeles, McNair decided to join the football project and founded Houston NFL Holdings with partner Steve Patterson. In association with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they would push for a domed stadium as part of the bid to lure the NFL back to Houston. On October 6, 1999 the NFL awarded the 32nd team at the cost of $700 million.
The Houston Texans joined the league at the 2002 NFL season, playing at the newly founded Reliant Stadium. With their opening game victory over the Dallas Cowboys that season, the team became the first expansion team to win its opening game since the Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears in 1961. While the team struggled in early seasons, results began to improve once native Houstonian Gary Kubiak became the head coach in 2006; the Texans finished with a.500 season in both 2007 and 2008, nearly qualified for the 2009–10 NFL playoffs with a 9–7 result in 2009. In 2010, the team started the season on a 4–2 record going into a Week 7 bye week, but promptly collapsed 2–8 in the second part of the season, finishing 6–10. In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Texans acquired Wisconsin star defensive end J. J. Watt eleventh overall; the following season, former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Texans, the improved defense led to the Texans finishing 10–6, winning their first AFC South title.
The Texans beat wild card Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in the first round of the 2011–12 NFL playoffs, before a 20–13 defeat by the Ravens in the Divisional Round. The Texans surged as the team to beat in the AFC South in 2012, starting 5–0 and holding an 11–1 record by week 14. However, they lost three of their last four games to finish 12–4; the Texans beat the Bengals again in the wild-card round, but they lost in the Divisional Round to the New England Patriots. In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Texans acquired Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins twenty seventh overall. In 2013, the Texans started 2 -- 0 but lost every game afterwards. Kubiak was fired as head coach after being swept by the rival Jacksonville Jaguars, who themselves started 0–8. Wade Phillips filled in as head coach, but the Texans' poor form did not change, they finished 2–14, with 2005, their worst record in franchise history; the 14-game losing streak is the worst in franchise history. The Texans entered the 2014 season with a 14-game losing streak.
Former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien became the Texans' new head coach, the third in franchise history, during the offseason. In 2014, the Texans won three of their first four games, defeating the Redskins in the season opener, the Raiders, the Bills, losing to the New York Giants, they lost three of their next four games, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. The Texans went on to finish 9–7 in the 2014 season and missed the playoffs. In the 2015 season, they were featured on HBO, on the show "Hard Knocks"; that year, the Texans started with a 2–5 record. Quarterback Ryan Mallett was released amidst controversy regarding his benching in favor of Brian Hoyer during a loss against the Indianapolis Colts. After a poor start, the Texans won their third AFC South title. However, they were shut out by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round 30–0, ending their championship hopes for the year. On March 9, 2016, the Texans signed former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler to a 4-year, $72 million deal.
Despite Osweiler's lucrative deal, he struggled during the entire season. After throwing two interceptions in Week 15 against the Jaguars, coach Bill O'Brien benched the offseason acquisition in favor of backup quarterback Tom Savage. Savage led a comeback effort against the Jaguars, was named the starter for the remainder of the
ESPN is a U. S.-based sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc. a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications. The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Ed Egan. ESPN broadcasts from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut; the network operates offices in Miami, New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles. James Pitaro serves as chairman of ESPN, a position he has held since March 5, 2018 due to the resignation of John Skipper on December 18, 2017. While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest, controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts; as of January 2016, ESPN is available to 91,405,000 paid television households in the United States. Nielsen has reported a much lower number in 2017, below 90,000,000 subscribers, losing more than 10,000 a day. In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries, operating regional channels in Australia, Latin America and the United Kingdom, owning a 20% interest in The Sports Network as well as its five sister networks in Canada.
In 2011, ESPN's history and rise was chronicled in Those Guys Have All the Fun, a nonfiction book written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales and published by Little and Company. Bill Rasmussen conceived the concept of ESPN in late May 1978, after he was fired from his job with the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers. One of the first steps in Bill and his son Scott's process was finding land to build the channel's broadcasting facilities; the Rasmussens first rented office space in Plainville, Connecticut. However, the plan to base ESPN there was put on hold because a local ordinance prohibiting buildings from bearing rooftop satellite dishes. Available land area was found in Bristol, with funding to buy the property provided by Getty Oil, which purchased 85% of the company from Bill Rasmussen on February 22, 1979, in an attempt to diversify the company's holdings; this helped the credibility of the fledgling company, however there were still many doubters to the viability of their sports channel concept.
Another event that helped build ESPN's credibility was securing an advertising agreement with Anheuser-Busch in the spring of 1979. Taped in front of a small live audience inside the Bristol studios, it was broadcast to 1.4 million cable subscribers throughout the United States. ESPN's next big break came when the channel acquired the rights to broadcast coverage of the early rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, it first aired the NCAA tournament in March 1980, creating the modern day television event known as "March Madness." The channel's tournament coverage launched the broadcasting career of Dick Vitale, who at the time he joined ESPN, had just been fired as head coach of the Detroit Pistons. In April of that year, ESPN created another made-for-TV spectacle, when it began televising the NFL Draft, it provided complete coverage of the event that allowed rookie players from the college ranks to begin their professional careers in front of a national television audience in ways they were not able to previously.
The next major stepping stone for ESPN came over the course of a couple of months in 1984. During this time period, the American Broadcasting Company purchased 100% of ESPN from the Rasmussens and Getty Oil. Under Getty ownership, the channel was unable to compete for the television rights to major sports events contracts as its majority corporate parent would not provide the funding, leading ESPN to lose out for broadcast deals with the National Hockey League and NCAA Division I college football. For years, the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball refused to consider cable as a means of broadcasting some of their games. However, with the backing of ABC, ESPN's ability to compete for major sports contracts increased, gave it credibility within the sports broadcasting industry. In 1984, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA could no longer monopolize the rights to negotiate the contracts for college football games, allowing each individual school to negotiate broadcast deals of their choice.
ESPN took full advantage and began to broadcast a large number of NCAA football games, creating an opportunity for fans to be able to view multiple games each weekend, the same deal that the NCAA had negotiated with TBS. ESPN's breakthrough moment occurred in 1987, when it secured a contract with the NFL to broadcast eight games during that year's regular season – all of which aired on Sunday nights, marking the first broadcasts of Sunday NFL primetime games. ESPN's Sunday Night Football games would become the highest-rated NFL telecasts for the next 17 years; the channel's decision to broadcast NFL games on Sunday evenings resulted in a decline in viewership for the daytime games shown on the major broadcast networks, marking the first time that ESPN had been a legitimate competitor to NBC and CBS, which had long dominated the sports television market. In 19
Ryan Timothy Tannehill III is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He played college football at Texas A&M and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft. Tannehill was born in Lubbock, but grew up in Big Spring, Texas, he attended Big Spring High School, where he played high school football, high school basketball, ran on the track and field team. He played 10 games as a defensive back his sophomore season; as a junior, he rushed for 922 at quarterback. He took his team to the playoffs as a senior, passing for 5,258 yards and rushing for another 617, he had to miss two games due to a separated shoulder in the second game of his senior year. He posted three receptions for 62 yards and compiled a 39.2 punt average with a long of 84 yards as a senior. He received second-team District 4-4A honors for both his senior seasons. Ryan Tannehill came out of high school a 3 star recruit according to Rivals.comIn track & field, Tannehill competed in the hurdling and jumping events.
At the 2006 District 4-4A Championships, he placed third in the 300m hurdles and earned a second-place finish in the triple jump event. Tannehill redshirted his first season at Texas A&M after turning down offers from the University of Houston, TCU, UTEP. Before Tannehill's second season, Mike Sherman took over as head coach. In summer camp, Tannehill competed against veteran quarterback Stephen McGee and redshirt sophomore Jerrod Johnson for the starting quarterback position, he finished third in the contest, behind Johnson and McGee. Sherman, whose offense utilizes true receivers, moved Tannehill to wide receiver. In his fifth game, he posted freshman school records of 210 yards on 12 catches. After his six receptions for 78 yards in the Iowa State game, he broke the freshman school records for receptions and receiving yards. Tannehill finished his redshirt freshman season with 844 receiving yards, 11 yards shy of breaking Robert Ferguson's record set in 2000, he attempted only one pass at quarterback the whole season.
Tannehill had expressed his desire to become the starting quarterback at A&M: "I still think of myself as a quarterback, I still want to be a quarterback here at A&M. Hopefully that's the way it turns out, but if things don't happen that way, Coach thinks I can better help being a receiver I guess I'm okay with that." During the 2009 offseason and Jerrod Johnson competed for the starting quarterback position. Tannehill finished the 2009 season with a team-leading 46 receptions for 609 yards and four touchdowns. About 80 % of his 46 catches went for first touchdowns, he picked up All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors for his performance. He only took eight snaps at quarterback the entire season. Tannehill continued to play wide receiver during the first six games of the 2010 season. Over those six games, he made 11 catches for 143 yards, he attempted 4 passes during the season opener. He saw extensive action at quarterback during the Kansas game, splitting time with starter Jerrod Johnson. Tannehill finished with 12 completions on 16 attempts for three touchdowns.
In his first career start at quarterback, Tannehill led the Aggies to a 45–27 victory over Texas Tech. He set a school record with his 449 passing yards, he made a 33-yard pooch punt, his first career kick. Tannehill quarterbacked the Aggies to a victory over No. 11 Oklahoma, which moved the team into the top 25. He helped the team maintain the top 25 ranking through victories over No. 9 Nebraska. During the Nebraska game, he punted twice, he and his team defeated Texas to finish off the regular season. Tannehill was recognized with All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. In 2011, Tannehill served as team captain, he threw with 15 interceptions. He completed 61.6% of his passes and posted a quarterback rating of 133.2. He ran for 3 touchdowns. Tannehill lost the final game of the regular season to Texas A&M's rival, the University of Texas, on Thanksgiving Day, the last time the teams would play to date. Tannehill concluded his quarterback career at Texas A&M with a total of 5,450 passing yards 42 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.
Source. Tannehill ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at his pro day. He was considered the #3 quarterback prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft class behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Tannehill with the 8th overall pick, he was the first quarterback selected by the Dolphins in the first round since Dan Marino went 27th overall in 1983. He became the 17th starting quarterback by the Dolphins since Marino and only the third quarterback taken in the first round in franchise history, after Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Marino. On July 28, 2012, Tannehill signed his four-year rookie contract with the Dolphins worth $12.688 million, with a 5th-year option. On August 20, 2012, Tannehill was named the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans, he finished with zero touchdowns and three interceptions in the 30 -- 10 loss. Two of his three interceptions were tipped at the line of scrimmage by defensive end J. J. Watt of the Texans.
In response to Tannehill's performance, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin stated "We've got to do a better job in protection, at times the receivers have to protect the throw from the quarterback. So I would say, as is the case, there is a little bit of culpability across the board."In week 2 of the 2012 NFL sea