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Mike Wallace: Tannehill ahead of where I thought

On Wednesday Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said this about quarterback Ryan Tannehill:

"I think he's a really good player. I think he's ahead of where I thought he would be. He's a smart player. Whatever it is, the hype and stuff we've been getting the past week or two, he's like, 'I don't care about it.'  He's the same guy. He goes to work and prepares the same way. I think that's going to make him a very good player. He doesn't get caught up in the hype. He continues back to work and worries about what he did wrong. He's not worried about the good throws he made, he's worried about the ones he missed. As long as our quarterback is working like that, we'll be fine."

Let that all marinate for a moment ...

And now let us consider what it all means. You have to remember Wallace came to the Dolphins from the Pittsburgh Steelers and he did so mostly because Miami paid him $60 million with $27 million guaranteed. But in making the move, Wallace understood he was trading in an accomplished, outstanding Super Bowl caliber quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger for a youngster that had thrown more interceptions than touchdowns as a rookie.

Wallace hoped Tannehill would be good. But obviously, now he is seeing Tannehill is better than even he thought he'd be at this stage in Year 2.

Secondly, the Dolphins are starting to get attention now.

(I have always paid attention, but now the national media is coming around because the team's 3-0 record merits it. ESPN was in town on Wednesday. And Tannehill will be the focus of much of that attention.)

Will that freak Tannehill?

He flew under the radar last year compared to Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III because, well, he didn't play as well as those oung guys. But now he's apparently joining their performance ranks.

So what Wallace is saying is important: The attention isn't affecting Tannehill so far.

He doesn't think he's arrived. That's good because he hasn't. But he believes there is still much work to do and much to improve and he's busy working on that rather than basking in any adulation.

That's very good.

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The MNF will be tough. Yes, but you realize now that we're debating now about the small but not zero probability of winning that game against the Saints. Last year we would be talking about how ugly would be the defeat.
The Saints were strugling the first two games. If the Dolphins play smart, like so far they've done, they can win the game. If they believe they can do it, it will be possible. Yes it is tough, but it will be fun to watch. Whether they win or loose I'm pretty sure they will give a tremendous match. Because this team has heart now. Something they didnt have with SparAnus.

Our offense and defense have looked mediocre in the first half. When we hit the lat 3rd-4th qtrs, this team seems to take off and play lights out, especially Tannehill!

If that continues, we will pull out another close one. The things that hurt are playing behind a week Oline and not having Soliai and Wake.

I think those things will bite us this week, unless we can get a pick 6 or fumble return for a TD on Brees.

I don't understand aren't we calling more screen plays with the heavy rush.

WALLACE IS CORRECT BUT WHAT IS HE SUPPOSE TO SAY?? TANNEHILL IS THE QB AND IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE AND KEEP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR QB. AS FAR AS THIS MONDAY NIGHT GOES WALLACE IS FROM NEW ORLEANS AND THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT TIME FOR 2 DEEP TOUCHDOWNS IN FRONT OF THE HOME FOLKS IN A DOLPHIN WIN..IT'S ALSO ALWAYS GOOD TO KEEP YOUR WR HAPPY ALSO. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT OUR DOLPHINS LIKE THEY ARE NOT A GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM(SOME OF US) BUT KEEP IN MIND THE SEASON STILL HAS 13 GAMES TO GO AND AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES THIS YOUNG TEAM WILL GET BETTER AND WILL HAVE MORE ENERGY THAN THE OLDER VETERAN TEAMS IN LATE NOVEMBER DECEMBER..THE ONE THING THAT WILL HELPS SOME OF THESE INJURIES EVERY WEEK IS A LARGER MARGIN OF VICTORIES. THE FINS NEED TO DEVELOP MORE OFA KILLER'S MENTALITY AND PUT TEAMS AWAY. IF THEY GET A 14 PT LEAD ON A TEAM AND HAVE THE BALL, THEY SHOULD GO FOR THE KILL AND NOT PLAY FOR THE CLOCK..THIS COMES DOWN TO PHILBIN AND SHERMAN..TURN A BIG LEAD INTO A BIGGER LEAD FORCES THE OPPONENT TO HAVE TO THROW AND THAT PLAYS INTO OUR DEFENSE'S STRENGTH..THAT'S THE BRADY/MANNING MOTTO OF "PUT THE GAME OUT OF REACH". GO FINS!! 34-24 MNF!! 4-0!

offense will need to run ball. our defense is beat up and brees should have field day. control the clock with run game

They called a very successful quick screen to Wallace in the Indy Game. Last week's Game apparently was different.(I don't trust Sherman's play calling)

Whether they win or loose I'm pretty sure they will give a tremendous match. Because this team has heart now. Something they didnt have with SparAnus.

Posted by: marchcool | September 26, 2013 at 05:43 PM

I hate beating a dead horse but this team was consistent about folding in the 4th Qrt under the last Coaching staff. The warts were still there last Yr. but you can see the culture changing. I agree that win or lose this team will not roll over for Brees and the Saints!

Eventually, with his very successful call at the goal line last Sunday, Tannehill should be able to take over most O play calls. Few QBs can do it, but it is a great advantage and Ryan has the Smarts for it.

With Clemons playing like garbage last week, I would like to see what Don Jones can do starting in his place at Safety. The kid showed he could tackle and he has the speed to cover.

I remember Griese, although no Dr., toying with opposing Ds, drawing them off sides, running misdirections plays, traps, QB draws when nobody expected them, etc, all the way down the field and into the end zone. No wonder he threw the ball so little and was so effective!

Goal line work it's mostly on the QB.

Oscar....I agree that in time, probably in the short time, T-Hill will be able to audible into a new play as the defense begins to show it's hand. He's smart, knows the offense almost as well as Sherman, is beginning to read defenses rather well, etc. This is probably happening now to some degree but in a few years(or sooner?) I can see a QB with the same ability to read defenses as Manning. And that's a big weapon!

Another Rookie nobody talking about is Jelani Jenkins.

He played last week because of injuries and played real well IMO. They put him on the TE's and he did a good job on Gonzales and the other guy from what I could tell.

I have a feeling his coverages skills didn't escape the attention of the Coaches.

Jenkin's also did pretty well on the run plays, again, from what I could tell. Based on this, I expect that he'll get some shots at Jimmy Graham!

So how about that? We're playing the vaunted Saints. Drew Brees and the Great Jimmy Graham!

Big Deal-Puke! We got a Freaking Rookie that can put him on lock down. I'd give him help of course with a Safety over the top.

Jenkin's looked better than anyone else covering Atlanta's TE's last week. If I'm Coyle, I give him safety help and turn the Rookie Loose!

oh, Tannehill can run the ball, also.

whoth is Jelani Jenkins?

fin4life,

I'm always AMAZED at some of the stuff you remember. As well, I also appreciate your different perspective and viewpoints on the game. You see things from a different angle than most and I appreciate hearing about it.

I'm hoping it's a good game and that we don't embarass ourselves on National TV. This team has done very well to get to 3-0 and I don't want a lot of that momentum to disappear with a thumping on Monday night. I talked to a Saint fan last night and he's worried about the game. I'm just looking for a good showing from our guys.

Gotta run guys. Always good talking football.

After what happened to RG3 last year, it seems, that all the coaches are cutting back on the 'read option'. A good weapon but when you lose your QB to the inevitable injury (and a predictable one) your done, toast! And when and if that QB returns, if you use RG3 as an example, he's may not be the same.

Archie Manning could run that ball, same as Griese and Bradshaw, mainly for survival purposes. Great scramblers. However, their sons are/were pocket passers.

Jenkin's was an EARLY 4th round pick(104th overall).

He played running back and Linebacker in High School.

Played Middle Linebacker and then Weakside as a Florida Gator. He was also a Track Star. Very Fast.

I think Jenkin's was drafted specifically because of his speed and coverage abilities. And because of our Troubles covering TE's. If you remember, at the time, everybody was thinking of the Patriots and their double TE sets-LOL!

Anyway, Jenkin's got his shot last week because of Misi's injury. I think he did real well and DESERVES more playing time. And YES, I'd give him a shot at Graham and the Vaunted Saints Offense. We we're going to double Graham anyways, I'm sure, with a safety over the top.

Jenkin's did good last week against a good Falcon's team. So I'm giving the Rookie another shot.

BTW - Clemon's sucks at being the safety over the top in double coverages. It's like he waits for the TE to make the catch and THEN tries to make a tackle.

I want safeties to GO over the top and make a play on the BALL! C'Mon Clemon's! Quit waiting aqnd make a play ON THE BALL! CHRIST!!!!

Yeah, odin, I've never been sold that Misi is the complete package at Strong side LB. Another one of those, SS, Odrick, Clemons types tantalizing Players. Would have love to have Kenny Vaccaro over on this side.

Jenkins certainly does have the speed. I'm not certain but I think he ran a 5.6 40 at the combine. That was tied for the fastest by a LBer. Not altogether certain of this but I'm close.

What's this all aboot?

You too far away, man.

no chance in hell that 5.6 40 was best time for lber, thats very slow

TANNE WILL BE BETTER THAN RG3 & KAPPE

Remember when BACKDOOR football was all the rage in this blog and in this town? In 2008 it was all genius because the other teams could not stop laughing long enough to make a tackle. By 2009 it was a)not working and b)not needed anyway because NoodleArm was no longer the QB.

Fast foward to 2012:
RG3 first and then Kappe mid-season start using thier legs and making plays and everyone goes crazy about the read-option. Now a year later it doesn't work and both have come back to earth with a thud.

RG3 + Kappe = 1 year wonders
Wilson = plays for best team in football
Tanne & Luck = play the position like a man and will be around for a long time.

What up jerks!!

I see a lot of the regulars here!! Let me chime in in. First, Craig if Miami wins Monday night, please post they will lose every week.

Miami can win this game!! We all agree on this. My thing is if we lose, I want to lose wih a great show of promise. Tanny looking great. Wallace highly involved. Dion Jordan big day! The young CB's look solid.

That is what I'm hoping for!!

P.S. tired of hearing about these young good QB's and Tanny's name not getting mentioned!! Pisses me off!!

BTW - I watched the Atlanta game basically 5 times. I don't have the Coaches Film, but I study what I have.

Reshad Jones was really disappointing. There were all kinds of times he could have delivered big hits on backs and receivers, only to pull up and watch other take them down.

You could see him pull up and you know he was thinking: "They Got It".

But that's not how Ronnie Lott, Atwater or Polamalu plays the game. Even if other guys "Have Em" they put the FINALITY on it! That way, they stopped any more yardage and most importantly, they put a beat down on the opponents!

I hope this was an anomaly and it has nothing to do with his Big Payday. But Reshad Jones is "On Suspicion" in my opinion. He has to play better and BIGGER than he did against Atlanta. It was embarrassing and I'm not kidding.

Reshad Jones was on of the few picks I've ever got right, I was a fan of his from the start. But after watching the tape on him from last week, I would put him on notice and even bench him if we had anybody to step up.

PS: BRB, I can hear Deion Sanders voice coming out of the speakers! I have to turn it off before my brain starts to rot. Sanders is ignorant, I can't even listen to his idiocy!

Tannehill has just been quietly efficient. Eventually, he might turn out the best of that lot including Luck who looks somewhat Neanderthalish.

Odi,

Totally agree with you on Rashad. He played horrible!!! He better straighten out fast!! He got a new contract and is supposed to be Pro Bowl caliber!

RGIII should take note...T-Sizzle is da man...I already told you guys that repeatedly...I will never forget odins 2 day rant as soon as RT was selected 8th overall...remeber that sir??? Heheheh!!!

Thank you Armando for translating Wallace's remarks for us backwood hillbillies. All writer's think for some reason that readers cannot understand, comprehend or decipher the all too complicated english language, therefore writers such as Armando feel very good about themselves when they perform the all important public service of explaining to us ignorant folk what was REALLY said!

When he says "...let that all marinate" he's really saying, let me translate for you because I am the Great Armando, and let me tell you what you should think about it.

Next time, instead of treating us like fools, just accurately report what was said and then state your position (yay or nay) and let us ignorant readers read, think and decipher for ourselves without spin. Is that too much to ask?

Posted by: The Editor

SPOT ON EDITOR!

I post this last year in his rookie year.....forget the football physical mechanics of a quarterback.

Let go to the brain function and reaction absorb the knowledge of the game and able to study plays in his position.

College Major of QB draft last year...
1- A. Luck-Some Type of architecture drafting or lining
2- RG11- Physical Education
3- R. Tannehill-Medicine(Orthopedic Surgeon)

C'mon man it doesn't take a brain Doc who have major IQ of the other two....

steve in ottawa, henne better than tannehill?? really? lmao

It seems that Jenkins didn't run or do any of the tests for agility. Don't know the reason. Probably had a college day but don't know the results. He did however lead the LBers in bench press with 27 reps. But can't find any other drill that he competed in.

Your right in that a LBer did run a 4.47 (Gooden-Missouri) followed by a 4.55 (Washington-Georgia). No one else broke 4.61. I'll see what the time of his 'college day' was if I can.

Oscar,

regarding Sherman's play calling....first, since the running game is limited so far, so must Sherman's play calling. on that alone, he's got his hands tied, he's doing a great job. On that screen play to Wallace for the TD? well, If I'm Sherman, I KNOW every defense we play from here on out will be looking for that. They all watch the film and Sherman knows this. On the brighter side, T-hill is making Sherman's job easier, no doubt. If the running game improves, so should Sherman, if not, then I'm with you on not trusting his play calling.

he's definitely not Mark Sanchez'n it...

should have kept Jonas gray and let D.Thomas go.

marchool, I agree with you. Tannehill is just a "good guy" and humble and you cannot fake either trait. Makes it easy to root for him.


Couple things from the posts I've read here:

You can say Sherman is a bad play caller cause the plays don't work 100%, but truth is, we are averaging more points and more effective in the Red Zone as ever.

Also, Tannehill will be fine with pocket awareness. He's looking downfield too much - but that's better than checking down every play.

Finally, Tannehill does audible. Last game, he changed a pass to a run that gain 7 or 8 yards. He's a smart QB. He reminds me of Pennington without the noodle arm. The kid definitely has intangibles and may or may not be a top 5 QB, but definitely can become a perennial top 10 QB...

I've been watching Ryan since he was throwing passes to my son in Jr High School. He did not win over his high school coach who used him a lot as a receiver, Sherman who used him as a receiver or those talking heads who are all suppose to be experts. It is really good to see him earn his just due and I think that Dolphin fan's will speak of him as they now do Marino.

The final drive on offense against Atlanta made me a believer.

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