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Tannehill pro day under way (Dolphins in the house)

Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill's pro day is proceeding before a large contingent in College Station, Tex.

The Dolphins are there with general manager Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin confirmed. I do not know if offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is there. I will try to confirm. [Update: Sherman is not in College Station.]

Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports the Dolphins contingent had dinner with Tannehill on Wednesday night. They forced him to pay.

Nah, just kidding. I'm assuming the Dolphins paid.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, there are 21 teams present for the event. The Cleveland Browns are there, represented by offensive coordinator Brad Childress among others. It is interesting perhaps only to me that the Browns' major voices -- general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur were not present. They were at Alabama's pro day to see running back Trent Richardson.

The Broncos, Chiefs, Bills, Saints and Seahawks are there, with head coach Pete Carroll representing his team.

Because he suffered a broken foot this offseason, scouts wanted to see Tannehill run to make sure he is relatively healed. According to reports, Tannehill ran the 40-yard dash once and clocked (hand timing) between 4.59 and 4.62.

Tannehill completed his first 24 consecutive throws, according to NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler. He had a pass dropped then he had another pass dropped on his 42nd throw. He finished the workout with 65 completions  -- 65 for 68 with two dropped passes.

Yes, quarterbacks typically ace their pro day workouts. I get it. But it is always better that they perform well than if they chuck a hot mess of poo. So give the guy that.

I remind you Tannehill, who started 19 games at quarterback, was a wide receiver before was moved to QB. He will go in the first round as a QB. He said after the workout he has private workouts already set up with the Browns, Chiefs, and Eagles.


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TD/Kris, I agree, that was hilarious. AND VERY TRUE!

NJ, You're not going to win over Home.I saw him in a lot of pics at Tins Phins and the SS in a color photo. The dude has that sun bleached blonde hair and tanned.He also muscled up and athletic, but not in a goofy way like you.Home is good lookin cat and has at least twice. your intelligence.NJ you've got to know your limits and competing with Home is clearly not a good idea for you. How come you cannot get a steady girlfriend from the gym.
Is it that flatulence problem of yours or the halitosis breath?

Home, you have problems

My money is on Home. NJ the guy has way to much energy, even if you're peaking on another massive shot of dope in your AZZZ, Home will run circles around you mentally and physically.Home doesn't just pick up and put down weights, he is into all kinds of sports and water sports like swimming, diving,long boarding,sailing,doing some kite boarding. Check him out on Deerfield Beach, in FL.
Home likes to try to rip on the kite boards there or if it's flat you can usually find him paddle boarding with some of the local hottie surfer chics.The dudes got game.
Remember when Home had like 8 different pics of Mob figures as avatar accounts on the SS and they would all talk to each other. I was Paulie Walnuts. Those were the days of brilliant blogging!

I can get any woman i want to! Look! Look at my muscles.
and i dont fart in the gym anymore!

I think it's time i stepped in and added the voice of reason


NJ, Calm down. I was just saying ...


I think I will cut and paste that post...and use it for the next grammar nazi to "appear" on this blog....

As long as TD doesn't have any objections....

I'm going mountain biking after i finish listening to Sirius satellite radio and reading Pro Football Focus.

Home are you taking anymore close up pics at Miami Dolphin training camp this year?

I was on an American flight last night with Brad Childress (OC for Cleveland), which was from Dallas to Ft. Meyers. The flight left Dallas at 6:20 so he must have just left the Pro-Day. I spoke with him for 2 minutes as we were in line boarding the plane. I left that discussion thinking they are NOT going to take Tannehill. He was a pretty solid guy, I would have liked to see Miami consider him for HC.

He said that he liked Tannehill but he "needs a lot of work'" and he "won't be making a huge impact day one...he is not a Marino."

I asked him if Tannehill was someone he was really interested in after seeing him at the Pro-Day. He said chuckling, "not really but I'll do what we will do what we can to drive up the value of our pick." Then he laughed, "but let's keep that our secret."

He mentioned that he spoke with Philbin and Ireland while they were all there yesterday and when I asked if Sherman as there he saide, "no Joes said it would have been too hard for him to be there."

Home how was the Protest March against Jeff Ireland.
That weasal should have found a way to get Peyton Manning!

Where's my bucket?

Home is clearly delusional.

Henne sucks! I'm going to hit some golf balls.

Ocala Howie if your too drunk to drive, I'm riding by the watering hole later, you need a lift back home?

O Rob, I'm pretty drunk man. Are you asking me Home if he needs a ride or asking me if i need a ride?

Anywhoo Get your score prediction in!

Go Phins!

The Cleveland head coach and GM were at Trent Richardson's pro day while Cleveland sent their OC to attend Tannehill's pro day according to Barry Jackson.

That should tell us all we need to know about Cleveland's intentions.

As far as not being ready day one, most knew that already but whatever, that's ok.

If he's there at 8, and we take him, that's cool. I wouldn't give up anything of a substantial nature to move up. And if Cleveland trades down then I say Miami fukk em up and trade down with a team that wants Richardson. That's what they would deserve for playing stupid games.

Mob come back!
I will stop insulting you and actually pretend I care about your comments. Tim Knight, I know i can count on you 24/7/365 for the rest of your pathetic life. Can't I, Tim Knight?

Tebow wins.

Dolphins lose.

That is all.

JPAO, cool story about talking with Childress, it seems as if they want to entice someone in trading for there pick, hope the Dolphins arent dumb enough to do that.

I trained Anthony Fasano at my gym in NJ. The gym that i own all by myself, not with my brother or anyone else.I own the gym, not just show people how to work out there. I own it YUP! I do Tim!

Mark....I am far from a "value guy"....but even #8 seems hogh for MR. Hennehill.....

I know I said it before....but I think we wait on our guy this year....give Moore ALL the tools he needs to succeed...and that includes the CONFIDENCE of his GM, COACH, AND OWNER.....

but that just my opinion.....

That all changes if we Ireland somehow pry's away Mallett on draft day....

It's okay even if you dont own it NJ. You like the Dolphins and are from NJ, plus i can talk to you instead of my, Yuk wife. lol

Damn it Kris, how many more times will you refer to Mallet? Its done and over with..

JPAO, thanks dude. That's the info I love to get from this blog. Interesting tidbits from people. Sounds like Childress wasn't all that impressed. Did he mention who he WAS impressed with?

Can't help it CLue....can't help it....I feel like our future is buried in NE bench....Huge miss on our part....oppertunity was knocking...and we ignored it....

Home says the days of big beef on the offensive line are over in Miami. The zone blocking scheme, which Philbin coached for the last eight years in Green Bay and for four years at Iowa before that, instead places greater emphasis on speed and athleticism on the offensive line.

The concept is fairly simple: In a zone blocking scheme an offensive lineman is responsible for an area of the field instead of a specific man. The offensive line usually flows in the same direction – all five players moving left or right – and relies heavily on double-teams and cut-back blocks on defenders. Offensive linemen have more horizontal movements than just straight down-field.

The running back, in turn, must be more patient to let the holes develop. The zone blocking scheme generally results in a “one-cut” run for a running back, in which he plants his foot and darts up-field after patiently waiting for his hole to form.

I think ProDays are nothing special except for the sports media. You cant judge a QB throwing under NO pressure, in shorts, his own hometown, etc, etc.
Anyway, why would Ireland draft Tannehill after signing Garrard? A franchise QB should have a clear runway to playing time which Tannehill wont have with the signing of Garrard,,,thus drafting Tannehill at #8 makes no sense, but then again, we're talking about Ireland and the Dolphins. Draft a rush linebacker and go for a better QB next yr.

The zone blocking scheme is common with teams that run the West Coast Offense. It was made famous by Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos in the 1990s, and has taken hold throughout the league. Teams that use the scheme include Washington (where Shanahan now coaches), Houston (whose coach, Gary Kubiak, is a Shanahan disciple), Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Oakland, Carolina, Seattle and Green Bay. The “stretch” play, an outside run made famous by Peyton Manning and the Colts, will become a staple of the Dolphins’ offense.

The switch to the new zone blocking scheme that Home is talking about is a reason why the Dolphins signed Artis Hicks in free agency. Hicks, who has started 71 games in his 10-year career, has played exclusively on West Coast Offense teams that utilize zone blocking – Philadelphia under Andy Reid, Minnesota under Brad Childress, Washington under Shanahan and Cleveland under Pat Shurmur (and Mike Holmgren).

And the zone blocking scheme that Home is talking about is why the Dolphins re-signed backup running back Steve Slaton. He saw little action and was mostly ineffective in the Dolphins’ power running game last year, rushing for just 64 yards in three games. But as a rookie in 2008, Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns in Kubiak’s zone blocking scheme. Slaton also ran behind zone blocking in college at West Virginia.

“He’s a guy we think fits our system of running the football very, very well,” Philbin said. “That’s his training. That’s kind of his background in the league, so we really felt he was a good fit schematically.”

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, a fantastic athlete who stands 6-5 and 303 pounds and was the team’s first-round pick in 2011, should excel in the zone blocking scheme.

Good Luck fish!

And if the Dolphins target any offensive linemen in the draft, they will almost certainly come from teams that run “spread” offenses and/or utilize zone blocking – West Virginia, Texas A&M, Michigan, Iowa and Florida State, among them.

Kris, I'll def know that if Mallet becomes a star, you were the first to predict it...

Good Job Home! I Love that linemen talk.

Gigi, Please give me another chance!
We could be "Jesst Friends"
I really admire your attention and would like you for my arm candy.


^just friends

Kris, I get you just aren't feeling Ryan Tannehill but I don't believe in waiting until next year. We waited until next year when we drafted Long instead of Ryan, we waited until next year when we drafted Puncey instead of our boy Mallett or Dalton, we waited until next year when we drafted Brown instead of Rodgers, we waited for next year when we selected Fletcher over Brees. Enough already, next year never comes.

Tannehill has a true first round grade from most. So what he won't be starting next year, neither was Locker. And nobody says that was a bad pick in the exact same spot. Get some conviction, if he's your guy, take him. Invest in him for three years. If it turns out he's not the guy, so what, pick another one in 2015. But I'm sick of waiting for next year.

Here's an interesting quote from McCarthy up in GB about the role of WRs in his (Philbin's) offense:

“We like to play those guys all over the place. Plus, it makes them stronger mentally. They don’t just learn routes, they learn concepts. It enables them to grow, to understand defenses. I think the versatility of our receiver group makes them smarter, and the smartest players in my opinion have always been the best players that I’ve coached.”

This was more reason Marshall expendable (says the article).

What I love is the "learning concepts" part of it. THAT'S exactly what Miami needs. They need to play smart like NE does. Like the Steelers do. Those teams TEACH players. I'm excited that's about to happen here...FINALLY!

Home, Please stick to football. When you do Home, i am always so much more content. Like when i have warm soup belly after a big bowl of creamy clam chowder.
Seriously good work on the zone blocking posts.

Once again Home adds good insight. I am not Home. You can believe it or not, but I am not he.

Where are the morons who do nothing but bash Home?

Gigi's aren't fake !!!

I also told you stupid morons last year that Slaton was single handedly responsible for picking us up and (finally) getting us our first win last year, even in Sparano's dinosaur system. Did you watch the game? If you did and you have a brain, you know I am correct. Slaton is one of those underused athletes on our team to who Philbin referred. We have THREE 1,000 yard capable RBs on our team.

If you have called D. Thomas a bust, you are wrong. Watch him go this year.

Another reason you shouldn't "wait until next year" is the cycle has been about 2-4 years. That's how long Philbin has to prove he's the right guy to Coach the team. If he doesn't start winning and proving himself, he'll be gone and we'll be on to the next HC. And if he has a rookie QB, that guy will need some time to develop.

So no time better than the present to get your guy to develop.

Home's been drinking the Vamp Blood again. I can already see his incisors protruding out of his Cheshire Cat Grin juxtaposed w blood dripping vampire madness. lol

I agree DC we can't wait until next year and if we keep being middle of the road we'll never be bad enough to get a top rated QB. Most teams at the top of the draft usually need a QB.

We can't wait and see and have to take a chance on 1 of these 3 guys IMHO.


Cannot wait for MobFest 2012 at Sunlife stadium!

Someone say BoneFest 2012 at Sunlife stadium!
I'm there, Sparky!

Don't bog-art that joint my friend. Pass it to me :)

Clue...lol....i guess for All of FIN NATION's sake....we had better hope I am wrong...or NE will rule the divions for 20 years straight...

Mark...good post...good points....

I just don't think they are going to draft him....and partially for the many reason's you posted in your post....but mostly for me...I don't get the warm and fuzzy from this guy....I don't get it from any of the QBs...not Luck...not RG3....and definetly not Hennhill....

Maybe Henne has soured me...dam u Henne...

Wow Kris, haha. if you don't feel Luck or RG3, then in no way could you feel Tannehill. Maybe you're just jaded? Hard not to be. This organization has taken a lot out of all of us.

DC...good info from the article....

but from your post after that...I think we need to give Philbin a minimum of 4 YEARS....NOT 2...NOT 3....but a full 4 YEARS....

Its a REBUILD...and they don't happen over night...or in 2-3 years....

I am as guilty as the next fan as trying to run coaches out of town...and Sporano coundn't leave fast enough IMO....but that because he never appeared to have a plan...he was reactionary....and slow to react at that....

Philbin comes with a plan...he has a vision....he wants to be a teacher (coach)....and he understands the value of devloping young players....

I want to see where this leads...and I think he needs 4 years of support to see if he can get us headed in the right direction....

Lets win a few AFC EAST CROWNS in a row...before we start talking SB....

These Gigi and NJ still fighting?

It is becoming more than obvious that Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins first choice in this year's Draft.

Home and Rex Ryan said they are happy to have Tim Tebow on the JETS to run the Wildcat this season, the New York Jets coach also took some time Tuesday to talk about another newcomer to the Jets: former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, Home and Ryan's new offensive coordinator.

"Everybody looks at this rough, tough football guy, which he is, but he's very creative also," Ryan said from the NFL owners' meetings at The Breakers.

"I'm excited about what he can do with a guy who has a skill set Tim has."

While Ryan referred to Tebow as the "backup" to Mark Sanchez even though Home believes Tebow should start, he also said Tebow could get as many as 20 snaps per game as the Jets return to the Wildcat after essentially ditching it when Brad Smith signed with Buffalo last season. Ryan said the Jets averaged 8 yards a carry with Smith in the Wildcat.

"Now you put in Tim Tebow, who's a better inside runner than Brad ... (Tebow) can run it up inside, he can play the option and he can throw it. So it's really a unique skill set, that I feel very fortunate to get."

Go Sparano!

Go Tebow!

when is the draft?

When Ryan joined the Jets the next season and faced Hom'e old FAV team,the Dolphins, "Tony's got some new wrinkles for us and we were embarrassed by it," he said. Miami beat the Jets 31-27 and 30-25 that year, with the Dolphins running for 151 yards, including a 2-yard Ronnie Brown touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation in the final minutes, in the first game.

The Wildcat was brought to the Dolphins by quarterback coach David Lee, who had used it with Darren McPherson at Arkansas. Sparano used it out of desperation after an 0-2 start in 2008 and it helped Miami reach the playoffs, the last time the Dolphins made the postseason.

The formation has largely disappeared as teams have put more players on the line of scrimmage to stop the run.

"You couldn't use it if you couldn't throw it," said Buffalo coach Chan Gailey, who plans to reconstitute his Wildcat with Smith this year. "If you can throw it, then you add a different level."

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, whose Steelers were bounced from the playoffs by Tebow and the Broncos in a 29-23 overtime thriller last year, said he also expects the Jets to use Tebow in other situations.

"Here's a guy with a skill set who you use in short-yardage and goal-line situations," he said. "We're talking about a guy who can run between the tackles, who is capable of moving the pile and at the same time is a situational quarterback. That raises issues and problems (that) really give an offense a leg up in some of those downs and distances."

Seems like the Steelers have learned the hard way to respect Tim Tebow and the Wildcat & Spread offense

Home dissapointed me with his failed prediction of Manning coming here. Now I don't even believe in chemtrails.

And Tebow?

Home and Ryan are on the same page with this exciting winning QB from Florida & the Broncos

"(The Broncos) were 8-3 with him as the starter and 1-1 in the playoffs. That's pretty good," Ryan said. "I'd sign up for that right now."

and so it was written
and so it was said

Go Tebow!

Go Sparano!

Go Wildcat!

Home let's go get a snack and talk more about the 2011 NFL's Best Red Zone QB Tim Tebow.

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