Putting all comparisons aside, Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is no Dan Marino.
But yesterday, after Miami's disappointing loss to the now 4-0 Arizona Cardinals, the two were in the same conversation. Tannehill and Marino, Marino and Tannehill.
What kind of sorcery is this?
Tannehill's 431 yards in yesterday's contest set the single-game Dolphins passing record for rookie quarterbacks, topping Marino's 322.
Keep in mind, we're talking about Ryan Tannehill, the same quarterback who might have been sitting behind Matt Moore or David Garrard, if the former was able to throw a single pass with precision in the preseason and the latter wasn't injured.
Face it, Tannehill looks good. He's staying in the pocket, making decent decisions, and picking up blitzes effectively.
Yeah, he may not know the NFL conferences team by team, but Tannehill has one more win than Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints and the same number of wins as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
He may not have been drafted above Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, but he has more passing yards than Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, and Matt Schaub.
And he may not have the most glorious touchdown-to-interception ratio, but he's doing enough to bring excitement to a Dolphins fan base that has seen its team cycle through mediocre play-callers like Moore, Chad Henne, Cleo Lemon, and Tyler Thigpen in recent years.
In the next five weeks, Miami will face the Bengals, Rams, Jets, and Colts. Is it really that inconceivable to believe the Dolphins will win two of those games? No.
In 1983, when Dan Marino was a rookie, the team ended the regular season with a 12-4 record and made it to the playoffs. Could Tannehill follow suit?
It's certainly possible. But for now, at least Miami has a quarterback to be excited about.