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Sherman tells what position on offense has improved most

It's one thing when I tell you how far a player has come and improved. It's one thing when you tell me how far a player has come and improved. But when the coaches see it, based on in-depth tape study of games as well as practice, based on personal interaction and evaluation, then we have something.

The Dolphins have something in Ryan Tannehill.

Mike Sherman, the Dolphins offensive coordinator, was asked Monday what area on offense has improved the most since the regular-season opener at Houston.

One guess ... it wasn't Charles Clay.

“I would have to say our quarterback position is the most dramatic improvement on the offensive side of the ball," Sherman said. "He just keeps getting better and better. Very seldom does he make the same mistake twice. You tell him that you need to do this and he does it. So I think that his maturation throughout the course of the NFL season, going into Week Six, he has taken steps every single week. He will continue to do that throughout the course of the season and the course of his career. So I would think that’s the single biggest jump this season."

Not only has Tannehill shown long-range improvement but he's playing better now than he did even a couple of weeks ago when I told you his accuracy was off. Since that time, he's delivered consecutive games with a completion percentages of over 60, including a career high 65 percent versus Cincinnati.

“I think his decision making has definitely improved over the last couple of weeks," Sherman said. "Each game we go into and come out of less and less of us being critical of his decisions. He’s made some very good decisions here as of late. The other thing I would say would be, push in the pocket. He had the tendency to leave the pocket with depth. Now he's stepping up in the pocket and finding throws to make. He had a great throw to (Davone) Bess on a scramble in the game. He’s created some plays with his feet by pushing up in the pocket. Yeah I would say those two areas, push in the pocket and decision making have definitely improved."

Tannehill is on the right path, folks. The case can be made that he is the second-best quarterback in the AFC East right now.

When was the last time the Dolphins could say that and believe it was a long-term truth? And, assuming he continues to get better, when was the last time one could believe eventually -- once Tom Brady's play begins to diminish with time -- that Miami could dominate the division because of its QB play?

Been a while.

[BLOG NOTE: I regret that we will no longer be including the feature videos on every Tannehill throw from week to week. The NFL's long legal arm contacted the maker of the videos that we've put up here for a month and informed him he was in violation of some policy or other. Then J.J. Watt knocked his front door down and told him if he didn't stop it, he'd break in two. So the videos are no more.]

 

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hmmmmm. all of the + pub. mcdaniel has gotten will force odick 2 the bench???

lol. the point was that nfl network gives = press.

lunnnnnnnnnnnnch. bbl.

2watt,

Its called "bye-week". Bi week is for those who celebrate not having a sexual preference.

2watt,

You can say bi-weekly, which means every other week. But nver bi week. Which can also crossover into beastiality.

I was not a fan of drafting Tannehill at No. 8, but I have to say I feel like I was wrong. He's made Miami proud, outside of his very first game. A lot of QBs may have the physical skill, but his resiliency makes him special.

"New Power Ranking from Florio @PFT

23. Dolphins: Quietly, Ryan Tannehill is proving that it was smart to make him a top-10 pick."

Who decides that people like Mike Florio are "experts." He ranked us at the bottom (either 31 or 32) at the beginning of the season & they've been trashing this team relentlessly until...Hmmmm...Right now???

Same goes for Gregg Rosenthal or a ongoing list of writers that cover the NFL. These people were not players, they were not scouts, they didn't work in personnel??? In short they have no credentials to evaluate players or teams any better than the average fan. If they want to write than just write but they're so f#cking critical before they even play a damn game.

Bottom line--we need more Adam Schefters & more Adam Beasleys who don't continue to insert their own opinions on talent. Personally I'd just love to see a stop to the evaluations & opinions that CLEARLY some of these hacks are just not qualified to make.

And now the very same "experts" who said that "Tannehill was a reach @ 8" & said he would need a year to sit & learn are the same ones singing his praises??? Please...

Yesterdays Gone,

Tannehill is rated 30th. Check your facts before you guess.

The good folks over at profootballfocus.com listed that Marlon Moore totaled 19 snaps on offense Sunday while Anthony Armstrong got 1. I see that as a clear indication that Moore passed Armstrong on the depth chart. Do you think Moore has done enough in the eyes of the coaches to earn consistent playing time going forward, especially since Gaffney will take the #3 WR job once he's shaken off the rust?

"When the 8th pick in the draft is ranked 30th in QBR we have a problem. Do we draft another QB?"

Vazman,

First of all you're a moron & secondly your 'Sanchize' QB is by far the worst starting QB in the NFL & this is his 4th season.

Tannehill has played five career NFL games & you're asking if we should draft another QB??? Go back to your Jets blog & spare us your stupidity.

It's such a cliche to say a guy is getting better every week!

But in Tannehill's case it's true. He has looked very good this year and even if he doesn't top his own numbers total each week he just makes better and better decisions. Tannehill is the real deal to all the haters on here.

My favorite pass of the game was the seam route to Clay. He not only recognized the defender had his back turned he also fit it in an incredibly tight window. These are the throws we haven't seen since Marino. He throws the ball with such ease.

I have predicted for the past 2 weeks that Miami would lose close games. I'm glad to be wrong on that. It's only Tuesday but:

Dolphins 20 Rams 16

When evaluating Tannehill please ignore the facts.

While many on here AGREED with the "experts"...in regards to sit Tanne...I wanted to see him play from the moment he was picked in Radio City Music Hall...

Why let the #8 overall pick ride the pine...you learn by doing...and Tanne has done well doing...far better than I could have ever expected....the game NEVER looks to big for him...the moments don't look to big for him....

He still needs to learn...but he is doing an excellent job so far..imo...

@stevemuhkween, I'm in the same boat -- I didn't want Tannehill but I have to say that he's shown me that I sold him short. The kid might not be "the real deal" (yet), but he's getting better every week. I can't tell you the last time Miami had a QB who could say that.

Mark in Toronto,

Not sure if you're still around or not. I read your comments on RGIII and I concur with you and DD that he's going to get hurt playing that way in the NFL. He's just big enough to take the punishment. But where we disagree is this idea that the 'skins should make him a pocket passer. To be honest, he'd be nothing more than average in that role. What makes him the player he is and why we all rave about him is his special ability to things using his legs. He's GREAT in that regard.

The reason so many of us were against since a huge ransom for this guy is not because we didn't think he'd be good in the NFl, it was because we worried about his longevity and how much he'd be hurt. Five games in and we're seeing it already. I just don't think you can rope this guy in. It would have been like turning Mike Tyson into a defensive fighter or an example that maybe we'd get, asking Sidney Crosby to worry less about offence to protect from getting further concussions. This is how these guys play and the team needs to let him roam.

WHRB's,

Hold on a minute. You have to also remember, during the offseason we fired our hc, spurned Fisher, spurned by Manning, brought in a hc with no previous hc experience, traded our best wr, and traded presumebly our best corner(Davis).

That's not to mention we finished 6-10, drafted a qb with only 19 college starts, a gm onboard dolfans wanted tarred and feather, plus owner quickly developing reputation as completely clueless.

When taking a look at all of these things, if we could have been ranked lower than 32, we certainly would have. This just a testament to how quickly things can quickly changed, not how wrong the predictors can be.

Considering all of the above caos, where else was there for us to be ranked?

Kris,

I wanted him to sit. I was vocal that he not see the field this year. I never expected anything like this from his this early and I was sold on the pick. I'm very pleased with what we've seen so far and I can't imagine what this offence could become with a couple more special players helping out.

YG and WHRBs,

The other part of the rankings that are comical is how high the experts had the Bills ranked. They told us their defence was going to be great and this was the year they would make the playoffs. That's not looking very astute at this point in time.

Man....

I've never seen so many positive comments in here....

Wait till we get to .500...

Can you people think for yourselves? God blessed most of you with a brain, USE IT!

Why would ANY of you give a sh*t or believe what some know nothing "expert" says? They are only serving their best interests.

Daniel Thomas 2012 - 4 Games:

2TD
2 Concusions

END THE EXPERIMENT

Tannehill is WORSE then Henne. 2 TD's in 5 games. WTF? The same people praising Tannehill praised Henne for 4 years. How did that work out?

Does everyone remember all the comments and panic after the Texans game and the fact that Tannehill had three balls knocked down. Everyone wondered what was wrong with his throwing motion and why no one had corrected it yet. Well JJ Watt had THREE more in last nights game against the Jets and now has some ridiculous number of tipped balls on the year. Bit of a specialty for him it seems, with his long arms. Best player I've seen play defence in the NFL this year. Hell of a player!

Vazman have you ever watched a football game?

Thanks for Spielman, guys. Ponder has worked out real well up north.

BTW, Pete Tatro is an idiot.

lets take a closer look at Ryan Tannehill's first 5 game performance
http://phinsnews.com/so-far-so-good-rook/

If these scrubs ever get to .500 they'll throw a parade LOL.

Hey all ,its god here.I hope everyone here has they're dictionaries open , your spell and grammar check on becuase i will not tolerate any errors.I am an elitist and you small minded people better get in line and shape up your posts or im going on a tirade and going to hide behind my computer an insult you.I would like to say im ready to fire the entire dolphins staff and team and im going to single handed run the team and play all 22 positions so no mistakes are made.If any of you disagree with me keep it to yourself becuase this is my blog and you are not allowed to disagree with me or I will let you know how smart I am over and over and call you names but not to your face becuase im a 170 pound weakling nerd who knows I can not take a punch to the face by some neanderthal dolt so i will continue to hide in my ivory tower and throw stones at you from heaven.

ps. Craig and Jaws did you learn how to read yet?Phin 78 i have a crush on you could you please send me some pics of you to my email asap elitistprick@gmail.com.i dreamthat your a steamy hunk i hope thats true.

If you say Tebow can't throw, you are blind and have no credibility whatsoever.
Also he never fumbles and doesn't throw INTs either.

Posted by: Cartman | October 09, 2012 at 11:52 AM

And when you said TeBags release was .007 faster than Marino's EVER, was.........**YOU lost all credibility.

Oh wait......you NEVER had any. But you get the drift........

The difference between Henne and Tannehill, smarts, knowing the offense, and the COACHING.. Henne was hurt by the robtic tendencies he was taught be the coaching staff.. If you cant see the difference between the two then stop watching football all together.. Henne started all 4 years at Michigan and sat out his rookie year behind Pennington and then played.. Tannehill played 19 games in college at QB and is starting his first year 2nd to Cam Newton for most yards in a game by a rookie, 1 of 3 rookies to have reached 1000 yds in his first 4 games and at the top of the list with yards thrown for a rookie.. yes his QBR is low primarily due to the first game with 4 turn overs.. hes better each week and yes his TD throws are low but he is 58% in the redzone and 50-60% on 3rd downs... dont look at one statistic look at them all..

JETS JETS JETS oops sorry wrong blog..

“I would have to say our quarterback position is the most dramatic improvement on the offensive side of the ball," Sherman said. "He just keeps getting better and better. Very seldom does he make the same mistake twice. You tell him that you need to do this and he does it. So I think that his maturation throughout the course of the NFL season, going into Week Six, he has taken steps every single week. He will continue to do that throughout the course of the season and the course of his career. So I would think that’s the single biggest jump this season."

I can't wait to see this offense when Sherman starts expanding the playbook for Ryan. If we can consistently run the ball, the play action (see Schaub & the Texans offense) is going to be lethal.

When the 8th pick in the draft is ranked 30th in QBR we have a problem. Do we draft another QB?

Posted by: Vazman | October 09, 2012 at 11:54 AM

No problem!

Yes, draft a QB EVERY year. No Problem!

Tannehill has to start blowing teams out so we can get Devlin experience and exposure. Devlin should be worth a 2nd or 3rd rounder by seasons end, No problem!

As a troll do you suck? Yes you do, NO PROBLEM ;)


Hennehill runs the "Prevent Offense" LOL

And, assuming he continues to get better, when was the last time one could believe eventually -- once Tom Brady's play begins to diminish with time -- that Miami could dominate the division because of its QB play?

Mando,

Tranquillo...One step at a time okay??? Gracias.

YG,JCB,2 watt,Mark,Dashi,Matty,Cartman,and Craig i though I told you grammar,punctuation,and spelling are critical here.Tighten up your posts.This will not be tolerated.You should all call yourselves 2 watt due to how bright you are

Darryl, YG,

I saw Tannehill at his Pro day and was impressed with him athletically as I've stated before but given the body of work was like a few others hesitant of making the pick at #8 overall. I think on it now and know I was over analyzing the pick feeling the 13 Yr. Marino hang over distrustful of a weak F.O. ect...

I will however say that since the Jets game I've been coming around not getting all the Hennehill B.S. on here with some ready to crucify him. I say this because to me the big ? with Tannehill was if he had it upstairs which at the end of the day is every bit as important as his ability to throw and move as Peyton proved with Leaf and Brady has stamped as fact.

From all appearances now it looks like his learning curve is really high and seems to have the drive and attention to detail to be a winner in the NFL. I only wonder and dream of what the future with a better supporting cast holds with this kid. It's also very comforting to have Sherman leading the way given the best Yrs. of Farve's career statistically were with Sherman and if not for the 4th and 26 in the playoffs at Philly Sherman would have probably been a S.B. Coach himself.

Like YG I thank God Landry Jones and Barkely stayed for their Sr. Yrs. even though we probably pass on Landry given Sherman had the book on him as well given Okla. plays in the same Conf. as Tex. A&M and wonder how sold a real QB evaluator would have thought of Barkely who I admit even with the weaker arm I liked but after watching Vs. Stanford is a system guy who follows the play call like a robot even if it means throwing it to a Defensive team meeting on the field. By the way in closing I guess Philbin was the right hire because without him bringing Sherman on board I doubt we take Tannehill with that pick at 8 overall.

2 watt = guru of the mensa society.
lol

There are talking heads in all sports broadcasts,that are mostly retired athletes and coaches.While they all have knowledge of the games that they cover that most fans will never have,they for the most part wont tell you who will win the game they are discussing(against the spread)more than half the time.There are commentators and their are football game bettors they are completely different apptitudes required to be successful at each one.

Why do people impersonate others on this? Really life that pathetic?

Anyway... Henne could have been good, his big downfall was decision making especially in the redzone. He had the arm and was pretty accurate. Coaching failed him. Fairly obvious now that Sparano should not be allowed anywhere near a developmental QB or offense. Don't know what the Jets were thinking hiring him as an OC, apparently didn't pay attention to the Dolphins offense?

@Cartman, Why do you think Tebow is good? His above .500 record? Cause thats about it. Sanchez is a middle of pack QB at best, still a much better option than Tebow.

I have to say neither Odrick or Tannehil is playing like a 1st rd draft pick.. And D Thomas wasnt worth 3 picks either.


Best player I've seen play defence in the NFL this year. Hell of a player!

Publicado por: Craig M | October 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM

JJ Watt is the most dominant game changing wrecker I've seen since LT and I mean that. He is already somebody you game plan around so logic dictates his production goes down and nothing stops this guy. He was the steal of last Yrs. draft hands down. The speed power and bad intentions reminds me alot of #56 without a single doubt in my mind in the comparison! It is official that Cushing tore his ACL on that very CHEAP shot from Slauson but with one man wrecking crew Watt leading the way I believe they survive.

Common sense?Really?Your being an advocate of Henne shows you have no common sense.Your posts have zero credibility here with your Teabow and Henne nonsense stupid smallminded dolt

I was not a fan of drafting Tannehill at No. 8, but I have to say I feel like I was wrong. He's made Miami proud, outside of his very first game. A lot of QBs may have the physical skill, but his resiliency makes him special.

Steve,

I'm with you. There were SO MANY 'draft experts' who thought Tannehill would have to watch & learn for at least a year that I thought Kuechly was more of a 'sure thing' @ 8 but I'm glad Ireland listened to Sherman.

Bottom line--There are WAY too many 'draft experts' who don't know sh#t. At best the draft is an inexact science. Just look at guys like Arian Foster or Welker or Victor Cruz or Wake or Bess who weren't even drafted????

With Sherman as the OC we couldn't have had more/better intel about this kid from both a physical & mental make-up plus the kid ran the same offense.

Your life pathetic uncommon sense? I vote yes.

Yesterdays Gone,
Tannehill is rated 30th. Check your facts before you guess.

Posted by: Vazman | October 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Yep and Sanchez is worse at 31st with Tebow not even qualifying.

Now what? Duh? I think your original comment was, do we draft another QB?

An obviously ignorant comment meant to incite. I was hoping it was faked ignorance for trollings sakes. Now we can ALL SEE, it was True Ignorance and True Troll-Dom-YAWN!

And yes, Butt Munch, we do draft another QB, you draft QB's EVERY YEAR! This is when you do it. If a team finds a late round sleeper(it happens)of a GEM, you put yourself in a Great Position. Whether it translates into wins, trades for high picks....or BOTH!

Thanks For Stopping By.............

?'s gotz the #-1 run d.?

I'm looking forward to the Nov. 4 showdown between Tanny and Luck.

pardon reality check. he's like obama.

incredibly stupid, angry & losing control.

@Cartman, Why do you think Tebow is good? His above .500 record? Cause thats about it. Sanchez is a middle of pack QB at best, still a much better option than Tebow.

Coommon Sense,

Better QB than Tebow b/c Tebow is not a legitimate NFL QB. He was a great college QB but this isn't college.

IMO--Tebow has a better chance of making an impact on a team as a FB/TE. He's incredibly strong & he can run the football for tough yards.

fin4life,

To me, Watt is more like Reggie White. Maybe not quite as powerful as White but he's similar in the length of arms and looks like it's going to start taking more than one guy to slow him down. I figured there'd be only one Eggie White but this guy is the most impressive defender playing that position I've seen in a very long time.

Craig M at 12:24,

Nice post on Griffen at 12:24. He would be slightly above avg.(MAYBE) as a pocket passer in my opinion.

So what makes/made the Kid so attractive that some long time GM's/Coaching types gave up the Farm to get him? I just question whether their desperation somewhat clouded their judgement.

A QB running wild in the NFL has a very high likelihood of getting hammered(concusions, injury, etc). Shanahan and the Skins are finding that out first hand. It just makes me wonder what specifically they were thinking.

BTW-Vick got hammered this week end at the Goal Line and coughed the ball up for a touch back. The turnover sucked, but more importantly, they were lucky he survived the hit. How many more can he take?

Considering what the skins gave up for Griffen and the likelihood of injury due to his style of play, I'm pretty happy with that **EXTREMELY RAW** and **EXTREMELY INEXPERIENCED** Kid that got picked 8th-LOL.


And yes, Butt Munch, we do draft another QB, you draft QB's EVERY YEAR! This is when you do it. If a team finds a late round sleeper(it happens)of a GEM, you put yourself in a Great Position. Whether it translates into wins, trades for high picks....or BOTH!

Thanks For Stopping By.............

odinseye | October 09, 2012 at 01:06 PM


This was the Bill Walsh way, people forget Steve DeBerg was entrenched as the 49ers starter when Walsh drafts Montana amking DeBerg by 80 expendable via the trade. He later gives a throw away pick for S.Young with Montana at the peak of his game and then there is often forgotten Steve Bono who backed up the other 2 when traded to K.C. post Montana.

It was evident OC M.Holgrem learned this lesson well drafting Matt Hasselback with Farve in his Prime and signing little known Kurt Warner to round off his 96 QB's. Ron Wolfe and Sherman took it to heart in drafting A.Rodgers when they did with Farve still balling. Given the historic lesson I can see this becoming a trend in Miami now as well

My dream date is seeing odin sitting in a kiddie pool filled with baked beans, smoking a cigar & giving me the seductive wink that makes a tingle go up my leg.

Actually....its crystal clear that Tannehill is developing very well.I liked the pick from Day 1 .I m happy to say and always thought he d be a very good QB.I m just very surprised he s playing so well and consistent.No...he s not Andrew Luck or Tom Brady...... yet....but he could come close 1 day.He is so accurate and unlike Henne....can move up/step up and find receivers and hit them...."ACCURATELY".....while under pressure.His poise is amazing and uncommon for a ROOKIE.He makes his wr s better.Of course Reggie Bush helps him out dramatically.Charles Clay stinks and needs to be cut.....yesterday.Guy s crappy and mentally....unable to concentrate.

As far as Power Rankings, I still think the Dolphins are not getting enough due by ranking them 23rd. In my opinion given their entire body of work, a ranking like 16th would be more appropriate. Still not a playoff team but not a bottom third punching bag either. This team is top 10 in many important statistical categories and and 11th in offense and 18th in defense so tell me how that translates to the 23rd best team? Guess they'll just have to beat the rams and show some more people wrong.

Craig, re: RGIII, darn right oyu have to reign him in. They should be molding him exactly like Aaron Rodgers who is probably the most effective running QB in this league. A Qb can't rush at will, he will get killed. The reason he wasn't the 2nd pick in the draft was not his running skills, it was his passing skills. As I heard one GM say, he is not a running QB, he is a QB that can run. He better start playing that way or it won't be long.

Re: JJ Watt, he's just a beast. What was that stat yesterday talking about his vertical - that it would be how much higher than an NBA net??? Insane athleticism and the nasty temperment to match.

Yeah RBs, I have the same opinion of Tebow. He would be a good FB, maybe TE (don't know if he can catch).

I really thought the Jets would do something creative, like having both QBs in the backfield with trick plays (not that it would be the answer, but interesting). Could cause some confusion, but it seems like they run the same Wildcat/Option as before and I have no clue why they put him out there as a reciever.

I thought the jets played well yesterday. A couple breaks here ro there & they could have won. Im a lil po'd today as if you couldn't tell by my posts.

Mark in Toronto,

We'll have to disagree on RGIII. I believe if you make RGIII a pocket passer you take away what makes him special. Yes, he's going to get killed but that was the risk in picking him in the first place. I STRONGLY disagree that he was drafed for his passing ability. To me he's not a patch on Aaron Rodgers as a passer. Time will tell.

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