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I'm Sorry, Ryan Tannehill

I'm sorry, Ryan Tannehill. I'm a dummy. I'm a stupid-faced fan with a stupid face that is stupid. I feel like this is a solid apology. Please accept it.

Those words are not easy for me to say, but for any sports fans who pride themselves on "calling it as they see it," your recent performances cannot be denied. You've been excellent. I'm an idiot for giving up on you. I should have believed in you. I should have understood your development wasn't as cut-and-dry as what we saw each Sunday on the football field. I'm sorry. Again, really stupid person here, hoping you'll forgive me.

This apology isn't about stats; you've had years where the numbers next to your name through ten games looked better than they do now. It's about the leadership you've shown on this season-saving six-game winning streak. It's about the confidence you've shown in the clutch situations this year. It's about the swagger you've gushed this season after seemingly being given all the things vital to success that other coaching staffs deprived you of. It's about how your teammates obviously believe in you, so who the hell am I not to?

It's about always showing class, even when said previous coaching staffs gave you every reason to voice frustration publicly. It would have been so easy to point fingers in the direction of others in the hopes that fans like me would get off your back, but you didn't. You said all the right things, even when the media-friendly answers didn't help your cause one bit.

It's about so many things I can't explain because I'm just a neanderthal fan who doesn't take all factors into account when judging performances on the field. If a play goes wrong, I routinely blame the quarterback. Because I'm a fan. Fans can't be reasoned with.

Again, I'm sorry. I suck. We suck.

I'm not here to break down why you're suddenly playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I'm not even here to say to keep up the good work. I'm just here to apologize for giving up on you. That was totally my bad. I think I speak for many Dolphins fans when I say we look forward to seeing where you and Adam Gase lead this team over the course of the next few years.

The future is bright for the Miami Dolphins. Fans appreciate all the hard work you've put in and all the trying times you've endured to get to this era of Dolphins football.

So, what do you say we start over? We all make mistakes. Remember Joe Philbin? Hahaha, see? We had a good laugh together. We're basically best friends now.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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