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Dennis Green doesn't think Dolphins' Tannehill is 'great QB'

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Quite a few folks around the NFL see the Miami Dolphins as the team that will take a giant leap forward this season.

But one of those people is not NFL Network analyst and former head coach Dennis Green.

Green joined "Inside Training Camp Live" on Tuesday to discuss what he believes is the biggest flaw in the Dolphins' plan to compete with the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East.

For starters, the former coach hardly is sold on second-year player Ryan Tannehill, and that's only half of it.

"I don't think Ryan's (Tannehill) a great quarterback," Green said. "So, the key is going to be, how can they overcome losing two great players."

The "two great players" Green speaks of are running back Reggie Bush and left tackle Jake Long, who both moved on during the offseason, to the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams, respectively.

"If you wanted your quarterback to be a good player and have a great year, then you should have signed the best players on your offense," Green went on to say. "And when you don't do that, you're going to have problems."

The departures of Bush and Long left Tannehill and the Dolphins with a very inexperienced combo of Lamar Miller and Jonathan Martin to fill the two spots.

Despite the offseason acquisition of wide receiver Mike Wallace, Green doesn't see the wideout's contribution as something that can offset the aforementioned losses.

"I like Mike Wallace if he's here to play, but Mike Wallace is no Reggie Bush," Green said. "Mike Wallace is a great guy with great speed. He's made a lot of plays down the field, but Reggie Bush has scored a lot of touchdowns. And Mike Wallace is no Jake Long, either.

"I like him, I think he's a fast player. He can make plays down the field, but I think you always start with keeping your own good players, because they don't have that physiological negative effect when you lose one of your better players. ... I'm just saying why I think they're going to struggle offensively."

So there you have it. Just don't tell the guys at Around The League.

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