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Ryan Tannehill talks bye, Bills, getting better

Ryan Tannehill took a couple of minutes while not being sacked to discuss the coming game with the Buffalo Bills.

This is what he said:

(On if a quarterback or the defense has an advantage when the defense doesn’t have much tape on a player) – “I don’t know, you look at the offense as a whole.  Not so much one particular person, one quarterback.  You look at the offense as a whole and I’m sure they’ll do some similar things that they’ve done all year.  To say just because they don’t have tape on a certain player in this offense, I wouldn’t say it’s a huge advantage.?

(On one part of the passing game that he wants to get better over the next 11 weeks) – “There’s a lot of areas that we’d like to see get better.  Third down I think we’re doing a pretty good job so far, we’d like to see that continue at the pace it’s at right now and hopefully increase it a little bit.  Down in the red zone we’ve had some success, we took a step back against Baltimore, and we need to get that back on track.  We’d like to hit a few more down the field shots, we’ve been really close at it a few times and we feel like if we hit a couple of those we’re right where we want to be."

(On if Mario Williams is playing another level this year) – “I think he’s doing a really good job, he’s being a threat, he’s moving around, they have him moving around on all different positions on the defensive front.  You can’t just key in on one side of the line or one spot at defensive end for him.  They’ll put him right over the center, bring him in an ‘A’ gap, do a lot of different things with him.  He’s definitely a force to be reckoned with and we’re going to have to handle that."

(On if Ryan Tannehill or Mike Pouncey will be responsible for identifying where Mario Williams is lined up) – “A little bit of both.  Mostly on Mike (Pouncey), but there’s certain situations when we’ll have to identify him."

(On how it has been getting his timing back after the bye week) – “I think once we got a couple periods under our belt on Monday, it was just like we never stopped practicing.  That first 30 minutes on Monday I would say was just getting back into the groove on it.  Once that passed, I feel like we’re right back on track."

(On the importance of the remaining six divisional games) – “They’re huge.  Obviously division games are the ones you look forward to, the ones that you want to win the most.  You play each team twice and in order to win your division, the best way to do it is to win the games in your division.  They’re games we look forward to and we have them all right in front of us, so I feel like that’s and advantage for us."

(On if he’s feeling more confident with Mike Sherman after they’ve been together for a little while) – “Yes, I think so.  We meet every Friday afternoon after we’ve had a full week of practice and go over the game plan, things I like, things I don’t like.  Maybe a little adjustment here, adjustment there.  It really helps us get on the same page, I can understand where he’s going to call things, and what he likes out of the play.  He can understand what I like and what I’m not really feeling."

(On how much a good running game help the entire o-line process) – “It’s huge.  Obviously, not only gaining yards, putting us in 3rd and manageable but opens up play action and those type of things for us as well.  It’s something that we’re really going to focus on heading into the second half of the season and continue grinding.  We understand that there are going to be some games that it’s going to be tough to run the ball but we just have to keep doing it.  Eventually we’re going to break one and gain some good yards."

(On what he did on the bye week to get better, if he watched his first 5 games) – “I didn’t watch them as games, we watch them as cut ups, kind of looked at our tendencies.  We looked at some things that I didn’t do well, some that we did do well, and just tried to evaluate it from a whole, as opposed to each game individually."

(On what he learned about himself specifically what he can improve upon) – “I think one of the things I hit on earlier, is deep balls, we had some opportunities there and   we’re really close, we just need to connect on those.  Like I said, I think we’re doing a decent job on third down, a decent job in the red zone, we can’t let that slack off, we have to continue that.  I think if we hit those deep balls, it would really open up a whole other part of our offense."

(On if the bye week can be used as a flush out, to use the things you’ve done well and eliminate the bad) – “Yes, I think so.  I think we, don’t flush out what you didn’t do well, but learn from it.  Go back, take a look at it, why didn’t it go well, ask questions why.  We have, I don’t remember how many sacks, twenty whatever sacks…why do we have 24 sacks.  We broke it down individually and why each one happened, and now it’s just a matter of fixing those things."

(On if a couple of the sacks were on him) – “Yes, for sure."

(On besides Mario Williams, what additionally catches his attention on the Buffalo defense) –“They show a lot of looks.  They’ll use dime personnel a lot on 3rd down and they show a lot of different looks at you.  It makes it tough to identify, they want to get pressure on the QB and that’s something that we’re going to have to handle."

(On how disruptive is Kiko Alonso for the Bills) – “He’s a good player.  He flies around all over the field, he made some big plays down on the goal line against Cleveland also, I don’t know how many total interceptions he has but you can see he has good ball skills.  When the ball is in the air he’s not afraid to go get it, and feels very comfortable catching the ball.  He’s definitely a guy that we’ll have to account for."

(On after a bye week, losing the last two games before, does it put more of a sense of urgency around it) – “Well it’s definitely a big game.  I don’t think having the bye makes it a bigger game than it is.  I think the bye was great for us, we can kind of learn from the things we didn’t do well and kind of flush that out and just get ready for this game.  We’re looking at it as the first game of the second half of our season."

(On if he’s more of a QB that pats his teammates on the back or yell at them for the results he needs) – “Most of the time pat on the back.  There’s definitely times when I’m unhappy and I may get on a guy."

(On if that is due to his personality or just with this particular team) – “I think it’s a little bit of both.  You have to be able to understand your guys, understand how guys react to being coached, to being talked to.  Each guy is different, each guy has a different personality and it goes for my personality as well.  Leadership is different for everyone, everyone can have a different style of leadership, but you have to use the style that fits you."


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... There, let's just take that as read, so that the idiots can go play elsewhere. Deal?


Just block Baby!

Took a moment from not being sacked lol. Good one Armando.

Posted by: Anderson | October 17, 2013 at 01:05 PM

STFU and go worship the Jets.

Here's to 4-2..... FINS 30 BILLS 17
NEXT..Bring on the PATS.... time to take over this division

Anderson was being sarcastic. he's a good Dolphins supporter.

All I kept reading was how the Bills give different looks on dedense which makes it harder to identify intent.

Would be nice if our coaches could do the same.

Love your attitude there jaysal!

Seeing as how the Dolphins did nothing to improve the offensive line over the bye week...I certainly hope they're planning on implementing a different game plan with more roll outs, screen plays, and designed quick routes to stymie this plague of sacks.

Not only that but the play calling is too vanilla, too conservative. As a result teams are blitz happy versus the Dolphins. Throw some trickery in there to keep them respectable.

Tannehill sounds like Henne lol

Hey, our coaches cant make chicken salad out of chicken shyt.

Ya cant blame the coaches when Ireland doesnt supply them with any talent.

Philbin wanted Vontae Leach signed ...that would have helped substantially ...blocking for the passing game and the run game. Ross was too cheap.


Did any of those things come up in the conversation?

I really wish Armando would clean up this blog and get the abusive posters, Jets, Patriots and Bills fans off the site. Make people use there email as their name and you would see all this crap go away. This is America and everybody has a right to express their opinion.

You have to be accurate to throw the ball deep. Being slightly off target is compounded on the deep balls. Tannehill struggles with accuracy.

ETF why do you hate Tannehill so much? QB guru's report he is the real deal and has the potential to be a very good QB. His stats were better than RG3, Kapernick and Wilson last year and they are said to be the next best 3.

Ross was too cheap.

Posted by: AtlFin | October 17, 2013 at 01:58 PM


The National media and every game announcer that even brings up the Name of the Miami Dolphins spends the first 10 minutes of every broadcast telling the viewers how Miami and they're owner spent the second most money in the off season NFL Wide bringing in new talent...

And this Rod Jobber say's "Ross is cheap"....

Betcha he squeals when he feels his butt stretch while pooping..... Thinking of his best buddy all the while....

Quarterback Cmp Att Cmp % Yds YPA TD INT Rate
Ryan Tannehill 47 72 65.3 591 8.2 2 1 94.2
Andrew Luck 43 66 65.2 499 7.6 3 1 96.7
Robert Griffin III 56 89 62.9 649 7.3 5 3 89.8

ETF why do you hate Tannehill so much? QB guru's report he is the real deal and has the potential to be a very good QB. His stats were better than RG3, Kapernick and Wilson last year and they are said to be the next best 3.

Posted by: Greg | October 17, 2013 at 02:12 PM

Just a guess but probably because he stinks.

Ross CUT more salary than he spent!!


But 3 Watt his stats compared to other QB's say he doesn't stink. He is playing behind a Oline that has yielded 24 sacks in 5 games and he has absolutely no run game.

Becasue ETF still has a stiffie for Chad Henne. Tells youa ll you need to know about his Qb knowledge.

First, a Qb doesn't lead the league in sacks. He doesn't play o line

2nd, where do you get your stats on 3 and outs.

I alos know he leads all AFC Qbs in rating, ypg despite not having the most attempts per game.

And ETF, even in 2012 when Tannehill was nowhere near as prolific as he is now, Miami was 6th from last in 3 and out %.

Tannehill was spot on when commenting on the running game. As a young inexperienced QB he knows that the running game is a must and sticking with it and grinding it out will help. These game plans with 12 to 15 running plays makes us a one dimensional/predictable team. If they meet every Friday afternoon to go over the game plan it looks like Sherman doesn't give a crap about Tannehill's input.

Only one or two teams have a lower payroll than the Dullfins. Fact.


middle of the pack this year with no running game. Spread your lies elsewhere man....

Mark Im a Dolfan since 1968. Been through great times and bad times. What is with the "fans" on this blog? If you express a differing opinion you get called derisive names. Way too many fans of Jets, Pats and Bills also. Why would Armando not require an email as the user name? I ask you because your here a long time.

And as far as fumbles lost, he's not last, he's third. But look at his company. Big Ben and Kaep. Four super bowls between them. Guess they're useless too ...


But 3 Watt his stats compared to other QB's say he doesn't stink. He is playing behind a Oline that has yielded 24 sacks in 5 games and he has absolutely no run game.

Posted by: Greg | October 17, 2013 at 02:19 PM

You spewed the same exact excuses about Chad Henne.

ETF, I wait for your retort ...

Daytona, get a hobby...

Clue I posted our cap number yesterday and you are 100% correct we are number 3 with $19million in cap space.

By the way in fumbles lost he's also tied with Russel Wilson, Peyton Manning, and Jay Cutler.

Might as well cut all these stiffs too...

An owner that WANTS to win spends right up to the cap. Heck, Ross wont even repair his own stadium.

Tannehill is not the problem on our team. He is the answer. 1999 was the last time we had a QB that was the answer.

Cap space is different than $s spent on payroll. learn the difference then comment please...

The fact that Jax and Browns have spent less that us tells you a lot. I'm hoping we saved the cap space to finish this team next year. Get all the missing pieces and get to the SB.

Mark we spent $109 million this year. Only the Skins spent less. The cap does relate to what you spend it is arithmatic.

Jax, Browns and Dullfins all cheap.

Only the Raiders spent less than Miami on Offense. We spent $39 million on offense.

Greg @ 2:24. I hear ya. Go read the last blog.

This game against Buffalo is one Miami SHOULD win. They have been in every game this year and should have won against Balt. Hung with the Saints until the run was abandoned. Coaching staff needs to be more creative, and receivers need to stop dropping passes.

Clue I don't think we are being cheap. I think Ireland is going to get the missing pieces in 2014 FA and draft. We will be one of top three teams with Cap space. Pretty much like we were in 2013 and we went on a pretty good shopping spree. A lot of good OL will be available as well as RB, CB and WR.

Jj I did read the last blog....that MORON needs Dr. Canosa. I understand his hatred for YG but he see's YG everywhere. YG tortured this blog day after day until Armando clipped his wings. Now Mando has to clean this up for good and makes users reveal their email address. The abuse will stop. Then we can be treated like adults instead of children.

Clue I don't think we are being cheap. I think Ireland is going to get the missing pieces in 2014 FA and draft. We will be one of top three teams with Cap space. Pretty much like we were in 2013 and we went on a pretty good shopping spree. A lot of good OL will be available as well as RB, CB and WR.

Posted by: Greg | October 17, 2013 at 02:40 PM

You still saying next year??? TOO FUNNY!! LOL

Salary does not account for signing and other bonuses, again, go read again. The Dolphins handed out $250M in contracts in the offseason. Tell me a team that came close.

Clue this team has improved in the last 2 years. It takes a regime more than 2 yrs to get to the SB. Philbin will be in his 3rd yr in 2014 and Tannehill will be in his 3rd yr. A little more talent around him and the sky is the limit. It would be different if we were not making the team better each year.

Mark the numbers Im posting are true salary cap numbers. They include what we gave out last year. Remember those contracts were spread out over 3,4 and 5 years.

Greg, again, learn the difference between cap #s which can be manipulated and deferred to actual dollars spent (i.e. signing bonus + annual salaries). Big difference. Nobody spent actual $s like the Dolphins. Not even debateable.

It's not how much you spend. It is all about what you get for your money. I like the job Ireland did this year.

Love this kid. But I'd like to know (cause I hear it a lot) what it means when a QB talks about a game plan and discusses what he "likes" and what he doesn't "feel". For example, we're asking for more roll-outs, or slants. What if he doesn't like doing that? But if it's the way to counteract what the defense is doing, does an OC just accept it, or do they kind of force their point? I'd love to know specifically what Tannehill didn't like about the game plan and wanted to do instead (not saying he was right or wrong, just would be interesting to know how that's all hashed out).

Any former QBs? Poizen, you out there? Please enlighten me.

Mark we have 38 players out of the starting 53 signed for 2014. With the other 15 players taken off the ledger we will be about $40million under the cap that is before the annual increase in cap.

Greg Dr Canosa usually only comes out for the overnight shift,much like his patients.Havent you heard THE FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT.

This is the list of 15 free agents:

Randy Starks

Paul Soliai

Richie Incognito

Brent Grimes

Tyson Clabo

Chris Clemons

John Jerry

Nolan Carroll

R.J. Stanford

Danny Watkins

Will Yeatman

Tyler Clutts

Jonathan Freeny

Pat Devlin

Josh Kaddu


7-9 is better than 7-9 ?? Fill me in?

Greg @ 2:40. Lets not get into next year, that only means that we are giving up on this year, Agree with upgrading the O line but we can't change the WR, RB and CB personnel every year. These positions need to be able to gel with their counterparts. Three WR's sets have to be run precisely to be successful. Even CB's have to be on the same page as the safeties. I am sure the team will improve as the games go by and looking at the schedule we can be a 10-6 team with a play off spot.

It's not how much you spend. It is all about what you get for your money. I like the job Ireland did this year.

Posted by: WashPhinFan | October 17, 2013 at 02:56 PM

Gotta disagree. They are both factors in the results.

Clue do you really think we will be 7-9 this year? Really? are you just a disgruntled Jets fan? Of course we are better than 7-9 this year. You were the one saying we would be 1-4 after first 5 games. See we already made up 2 games in the win column!

Greg, that a tonne of cap space. Think about what Mimai did this year. All their additions only burnt up about $12m in cap space.

We did spend a ton of money this off season. As we did a few years ago when they attempted to revamp the o-line.

They key is spending the money on the right players. The jury of course is still out on this years group.

I would think that most of us real dolfans hope Jeffie got it right this time.

Rebuild # whatever it would be this go around, would really suck.

Opti I was answering Clue when he said we were cheap you need to read the chain of post. Im still in this year and agree with 10-6 or 11-5 and playoffs. Im merely stating we have improved and have the $ to continue to improve. No matter what we think we still need a real #2 WR, A real LT, A real TE and a real #2 CB to win a Super Bowl.

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