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Bill Belichick likes game manager Ryan Tannehill

Baltimore Ravens v Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins calls signals in the first quarter as the Dolphins met the Baltimore Ravens in a game at Sun Life Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Somehow, at some point, referring to quarterbacks as “game managers” became a slur.

Perhaps it’s the result of fantasy football, but guys who can get their teams to not lose while putting up modest stats are looked at differently than they were.

But to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, it’s a compliment.

According to Tom Curran of, Belichick was praising Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, saying his best attribute was his ability to “control the game, manage the game, manage the offense.”

“They give him multiple options on every play,” Belichick said of the description. “I think that means they’re giving him a lot of responsibility. He’s the one that has to, at the line of scrimmage, get them out of a bad play if that’s what’s necessary and then after the ball’s snapped decide what to do on the play whether it’s hand the ball off, keep it, keep it and throw it as the third part of the option which some of their plays have.

“I think that’s a lot of responsibility to give a player. They have a lot of confidence in him and he does it well and has done it well. Getting the team in the right play and making the right decision is about as much responsibility as you can possibly give a player. What else could you ask him to do?”

Once upon a time, Tom Brady was referred to as a manager too, before everyone realized he was actually a star.