Dolphins Mike Wallace Thinks Ryan Tannehill Can Throw Farther Than Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

There certainly is a whole lot of edification going on down in South Beach these days as new Miami Dolphins wide receiver, and former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Wallace has recently stated that his new quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be “great.”

“Ryan can really fling it,” Wallace said, via a report by Chris Perkins in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I think from a deep ball perspective Ryan may be able to throw the ball a little bit farther than Ben Roethlisberger.

“Obviously, Ben is more experienced in a game-time situation, but the way it\’s going it won\’t take long for him to be one of the great quarterbacks at all.”

Wallace praising his new quarterback certainly isn\’t unexpected and just last week it was Tannehill praising the speed of the Steelers former third-round draft pick.

“Everything I heard about him coming in has proved to be true – he’s as advertised,” Tannehill told the Miami Herald. “He’s the fastest guy I’ve ever thrown to. It’s exciting.”

During his four years in Pittsburgh, Wallace caught 29 passes thrown more than 30 yards past the line of scrimmage for 1,418 yards and 17 touchdowns. During those same four seasons, Roethlisberger was 31-of-89 (34.9%) passing for 1,496 yards with 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on passes thrown more than 30 yards down the field.

As far as Tannehill goes with his deep ball, he was 4-of-17 (23.6%) for 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception on passes thrown more than 30 yards down the field during his rookie season.

Sure, Tannehill might indeed have a stronger arm than Roethlisberger right now, as after all, he is seven years younger the 31 year-old Steelers quarterback. Just because he can throw it far, however, doesn\’t mean that he will be accurate with those throws. We\’ll see.

2013 will be a real test for both Tannehill and Wallace to see if they can reproduce the same magic that the Mississippi product had in Pittsburgh with Roethlisberger. Wallace is coming off of a very disappointing 2012 season that included him registering several drops and losing focus more than once in the new offense implemented by offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

As far as the comments made by Wallace go, I don\’t think that he meant them to be disrespectful to his former quarterback at all. Instead, I really think that this is just another case of a player speaking without thinking about the words that are coming out of his mouth and how several will try to interpret them.

The Dolphins signed Wallace to a five-year, $60 million contract that included $30 million in guarantees at the start of free agency and for that price, he better be just more than fast and a receiver that can only catch the deep ball. In addition, $60 million ought to buy a player that his respectful and full of praise for his current quarterback and that\’s exactly what Wallace verbalized with his comments.

  • hergieburbur

    Jamarcus Russel could throw farther than either one. Check and Mate…

  • JohnnyV1

    Kyle Boller could throw it through the goal-posts from the 50yd line, on his knees!! Mike is one good party on South Beach away from jeopardizing his bonus money!

  • $19122620

    Ben throwing the ball was not a problem. Still need to catch the ball on a more consistent basis, Wallace!

  • dgh57

    Who cares what he has to say! All I care about Wallace doing is his playing lights out this coming season so we can be assured a 3td rd. draft pick!! After that he can suck playing football for all I care!!!!

  • Fu-Schnickens

    …and Markus Wheaton can text without stepping in homophobic “poop” so there.

  • $19122620

    Sounds about right, haha!

  • Thanks for the insight Mr. Wallace…At 30 mill guaranteed, I wish you the best of luck keeping your focus, getting under the ball, catching it and holding on to it afterwards. Oh, and your underneath WRs are very happy to have you on board…See ya in Pittsburgh this Fall!

  • Haha True!…and good parties they are..

  • Mike Sweeney

    I’m tired of hearing Wallace flap his gums.

  • Mike.H

    Dave or others: if a guy signs 5 yr $60 mil contract with $30M guranteed, after 3 seasons, he wishes to retire (ala Rolando McClain)… would a clause in contract prorate and let him keep $18mil and refund to the club $12mil?

  • TJimmy

    Hmmm…Ben threw it 62 yards in the air at the Dallas game last year. And Wallace caught it

  • JC

    Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle could throw a ball clear over them mountains.

  • 2443scott

    boy wallace sure got a mouth on him lately i guess this is one reasons steelers left him go ….money he got from steelers only made him greedier now he has more and decided he got his pay now he can bash the team who got him to nfl by putting down ben ….all i can say is miami good luck you got what you paided for a spoiled brad oh he might get you a few catches here there but wait till you need one and he drops it …i will watch and see his mouth out catch any thing he can talk about ungratefulness to a qb who gave him a chance to play and win …i am so glad he is now it miami calif be better he be farther away.

  • hergieburbur

    I think there are usually recovery clauses that leave it up to the team if they want to go after the money.

  • Dan

    He sure got talkative after cashing that big check. Wonder what his next public remarks topic will be? Tannehil’s wife sure is pretty. Wonder if he was thinking about her when he made his gay remarks?

  • SteelSpine

    I’m guessing you’re referring to some quote not included there? because the quote there Wallace said “MAY” be able to throw a little farther, Wallace did not say “can throw farther than Ben”. I’m no fan of Wallace at all, I just don’t see any problem with Wallace making a “may” comment about a player on his team.

  • steeltown

    Haha was just going to say, Leftwich had the strongest arm in the Steelers locker room these last few yrs…. that worked out well for him {sarcasm}

  • steeltown

    Yea.. what else is he going to say

    We all already know Tannehill has a big arm… but, we also know that doesn’t always translate to on-field success

  • rizzo29

    If they put Uncle Rico in they would have won state no doubt