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Lazor: Tannehill has to practice at game speed

You've heard a lot about temp with this new Dolphins offense.

Players talked about today at the OTA. Get in the huddle. Get out of the huddle. That's what tempo meant today.

Eventually, the Dolphins will go no-huddle and then up-tempo will mean something -- as in trying to throw so much at the defense as to get that unit tired and into retreat mode.

The designer of this attack is offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The player most responsible implementing it?

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And that is why Lazor believes Tannehill has to speed up in practice. He needs to practice at game tempo.

Eventually the other players will catch up.

Here's more from the Dolphins new offensive coordinator:

(On progression of offense) – “I feel better about it than the last time you or someone in this group asked me the question because we’ve had the chance to be on the field a little bit. The thing that was a lot different today was the fact we were able to go against the defense. A couple of things changed I think from what we were doing the last couple two or three weeks. The intensity level rose a little bit. I think what you saw was the guys struggling a little bit early on to be poised with some new coaches coming in and some new terminology, I think there was probably a little stress level and it was kind of interesting to watch them work their way through that and settle down a little bit as we went. Each guy handles that a little differently. These guys are pros, and I think most of them were really excited to get out today. All of them to me seemed really excited to get out there. There was a little excitement in their play. Now you get to see guys compete more. We did it on air the last few weeks. We are really trying to teach them the basic fundamentals. Now they’ve got to apply it to having a defender there. I thought it was a great first day. I thought the guys tried to play with great tempo. Just walking off the field, I haven’t had a chance to see a lot of the video yet, but I think some of the basic things that need to get corrected, number one, would be communication offensively. If we are not all on the same page, we’ve got a very low chance of being successful. Some of the times you saw some mistakes where we saw mistakes, we weren’t together. Who did the center call? What protection did he set? Was the quarterback together with him? Some of the calls are new for these guys. Some of the guys are new. Some people have been at it, (but) they haven’t played together before. I think we’ll get that point made real fast to them that they’ve got to get the communication ironed out right away so we are all together. But I thought the effort was great, and I was really happy with that.”

(On how he would describe the tempo of his offense) – “When you hear the word tempo being spoke about, there are probably a couple of different meanings. One of the meanings when we say tempo to our guys, we talk about from the break of the huddle until the snap of the ball. I think what you saw today, I believe you were there at practice, most of the day we were in huddle. Even when we are in a huddle, we talk about playing with a certain tempo when we break the huddle until we snap the ball. As we go forward, there will be some other times we will choose to operate a different way, and tempo will take on some other meanings. As far as the plays you saw and how fast the ball was out today, some of it is a nature of what we installed today. Day one teaching we always start by getting the hitch in. There were a couple of quick throws out to the receivers. Part of that was the nature of it, but in general our passing game the ball is going to come out on time. When number one is open, the quarterback is going to take whatever his set-drop is when the ball is coming out. If number one is one-on-one, we expect him to win so we expect to throw the football. Hopefully you see that a lot."

(On how long it takes for the talent to fit within his offense) – “How long it takes is a work in progress. It’s day-to-day. What we did today isn’t going to be good enough tomorrow. We made that clear to the players afterward. They’ve got to get better, and there is no ending point. When you ask how long does something take, that means at some point you will arrive. The mindset for them is that there is no end. We aren’t going to arrive. We are just going to keep going and keep getting better and growing. Talent-wise, I think we have what we need to be where we want to be. I feel excellent about how fast the receivers played today. There were a lot of good examples of the running backs running the ball decisively, not 100 percent. We’ll address that, but for the most part I thought we were pretty decisive with the football. I thought the quarterbacks were pretty decisive in getting the ball out. It was mentioned it seemed the ball was coming out on time. If you see them back there holding the ball or patting the ball, you will know that I’m not happy."

(On what he needs to get from Mike Pouncey with a young offensive line around him) – “Every once in a while I’ll walk through the locker room, but not that often. But I’ll see him all the time in the meeting room and I’ll see him all the time on the field. In all three of those cases, whether it is the locker room when I’m in there or on the field, I expect him to be a professional. I expect him to kind of live up to what the billing is, and the billing is a guy who was just in the Pro Bowl and a guy whose teammates, coaches and everyone in the organization looks to as a leader. So to me the bar has already been set. Mike and I walk into this professional relationship with a real clear picture. I’ve got real high standards as far as what I’m expecting from the center, and we are going to put a lot on the center on the practice field and on the game field as far as setting the tone for our offense, making calls, (and) getting everyone on the right page. One of the most exciting things for me is the day I first spoke with Mike. I spoke with him on the phone, and I laid out what I was looking for. He was very excited to do it. I think he’s taken that bull by the horns. He’s the right guy to get that done for us."

(On how the draft impacted what he wants to do with the offense) – “Well after one day on the field against the defense, I should go back (because) we had rookie camp also, a lot of time on air. I feel excellent about how we’ve addressed the offensive line. I think we’ve brought in talented guys both in free agency and the draft. It was no secret that was probably the number one most talked about issue when I got here as well as the personnel of the offense. All signs point to us having the pieces in place. How they work together, who is on the right, who is on the left, all of that stuff will get worked out. That’s why we practice. You walk onto the field today and you look at the bodies, and you all have been around. You’ve seen them. As you watch them move, you say, ‘OK these guys look the part. They move like they are supposed to move.’ Now we’ve got to get them doing it the right way.”

(On what the key was to helping Nick Foles in Philadelphia transform from a rookie to second-year Pro Bowl quarterback) – “If it was one key, it would be easy and we could bottle it and sell it, right? Each guy is different. I think that is important. I think it is important to set a standard for someone to make it very clear. I think as a coach, whether you are the position coach or directing the offense, you’ve got to do a couple of things. Number one you’ve got to be a great teacher. You’ve got to make it very clear for them, and I’ll answer specifically with the quarterback position, you have to make it very clear what you expect, not only what to do but how to do it. Number two, you have to be very demanding. Now if you are demanding but you didn’t do a good job explaining how you want it done, then you are just a jerk that kind of goes and yells all the time, right? But if you do a great job teaching it but you don’t hold them to a real high standard, then their play is only going to reach a certain level then it is going to stop. But if you can do a great job teaching what I want done, exactly how I want it done and then hold it to them every single day. There is no magic. It’s a formula, and every guy has different traits that need to be improved than others, but if the quarterback is accurate and decisive, you’ve got to feel like you can work with him, you can mold him, you can push him (and) you can take him. Sometimes it takes a pat on the back. Sometimes you have to hold his face to the fire. Every guy needs different things. You might need  different things on different days, but that’s what we are here for.”

(On where Ryan Tannehill needs to improve) – “I would say I put a lot more credence or a lot more emphasis right now on what we’ve seen on the field than studying tape. We’ve watched the tape, and we’ve watched the deep throws, the short throws, the good throws, the bad throws, and at some point we just couldn’t wait to get on the field. But as we are on the field, we started right from the very beginning with how we want them to play physically, and it’s no different than when we take my 9-year old son, and if he’s every going to be the quarterback, how we are going to start with him, playing with great fundamentals, the footwork, the pace, playing on a certain tempo. As I finished playing the practice video from today, I want to see the ball coming out on time, letting his football tell him when it’s time to throw it, and I want to see that he trusted us that this is how it all fits together. The quarterback has got to play at game speed every day in practice. The receivers will catch up to him. The quarterback has got to play at game speed, and that’s the first thing we are trying to do with Ryan from the very beginning, play at game speed every day and what does that feel like? The only way to learn it is to do it.”

(On the three wide receivers that were injured last season and how they are doing in OTAs) – “I can’t talk about where they are in the rehab process and all of that. I can tell you that I’ve seen all three of them work. They are all doing it, I think the correct term is as able, go as able as they come back. As professional players, as receivers, they’ve got to be experts on their body. They’ve got to know. Now we have a lot of professionals working on them as when to push, when to pull back, when they rest, but when they come out and put the helmet on, when they go to run a route on these fields for the quarterbacks, they’ve got to do it full-speed. I trust them. I trust it when they go out there to do it full-speed it’s because they can, and when it is a time when they can’t that they pull back. I think you probably saw Armon (Binns) more than the others in the team period today, but I hope as we go we continue to see all of them more and more. I think they are focused. When I’ve seen them work, I see guys who are eager to get out there on the field with the quarterbacks, which is what we need. We’ll all get better when we are all out there together.”


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Why oh why do the Dolphins have to have the worst fans in the NFL? Somebody, anybody, please help explain this to me.

Damn, Lazor is sharp. Philbin needs to give this guy all the slack he wants.

I just hope when lazor sees that Tannehill does not have the goods; (preferably before the season starts), that he is man enough to make the switch to Matt Moore. Why do you think Philbin gave him complete power over the offense? Philbin can already see the handwriting on the wall. In fact; a Matt Moore, Pat Devlin and Brock Jensen trio of QBs is very attractive. I would trade Tannehill for a ham sandwich on rye and a half of bag of Doritos. Folks; I tried to tell you all; if Tannehill struggled with a familiar system, what chance does he have with a new system. Matt Moore or Pat Devlin come on down! I hope Lazor does not wait too long to do what is best for the team.

I don't understand how some of you guys have given up ton Tannehill already. He came into the league with very few starts as a QB. He did ok his rookie season and he made alot of big strides last season. You need to take into consideration that the offense line was horrible. He hardly had anytime to throw the ball. The Tight ends were horrible at blocking and so were the rbs. The running games was horrible as well. I think Tannehill will make another big stride this season once he learns the new offense. One big area he needs to improve is his deep ball. If miami's offensive line can block better I think there offense could be one of the top in the nfl.

Lazor and Philbin are both exceptionally bright guys. You don't have to love Philbin but to deny that would be ludicrous. Everyone who has dealt with him says the same. He also has a very funny, dry sense of humor which wasn't much in evidence at first as he was dealing with an unbelievable family tragedy but I am seeing more of it now.

Lazor's intelligent quotes speak for themselves. Hey, having smarts isn't everything (Barry Switzer once won a Super Bowl, remember) but at least I don't wince in agony now when Miami's coaches talk unlike the Sparano era.

One, two, three, set your feet, throw! I think that's what Lazor means about letting Ryan's feet command the throw.

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is portraying himself as a guy who just does not get it. Maybe he does and does not want to admit it publicly.

Pouncey was one of the Dolphins players accused of harassing and bullying former teammate Jonathan Martin. Richie Incognito was the biggest violator named in the Ted Wells report, but Pouncey was accused of contributing to an unprofessional work environment that led to Martin leaving the team last season. Martin was traded to San Francisco, Incognito is still a free agent and Pouncey is still with the Dolphins.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Pouncey must undergo a mental evaluation before being allowed to play this season. Pouncey was asked about the NFL’s decision on Tuesday and voiced his displeasure with the resolution.

“I have no clue, but I don’t think I need that. I don’t think I do,” Pouncey told the Miami Herald.

Pouncey was later asked if he had any regrets about last season, and he definitely did not fall on his sword.

“No, not all," Pouncey told the Miami Herald.

This is the same Pouncey who “joked” on Twitter about what rookie offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James would purchase players as a gift after his teammate was recently selected in the first round. Martin alleged he was forced to purchase teammates gifts as he was bullied, and Pouncey seemingly was ready to carry on the tradition

Pouncy is a killer just like his best friend he sold him the guns

I like very very much Tannehill, is hard not to love him because his work ethics, and his will to win.

I respect his work, I see him more as a victim than the cause of the offensive problems the season before.

But still, if Moore or Devlin or Jensen give to the dolphins the best chance to win, a change will be made.

After All, Lazor doesn't have any ties with Tannehll and in the other hand, Philbin's job is on the line.

The dolphins organization must support Tanehill, but not for too long, and give other QB the chance to command the offense.

Even Philbin talked about to change the starting QB.

I really hope Tannehill to succed, if not, a change will be fine for me.

Tannehill is just a horrible excuse for a pro QB. Far worse than Henne was. It wont be long before Lazor goes to Matt Moore.

Phinsfan, how long will we keep making excuses for TH. You made the same excuses for Chad Henne. Tannehill does not have it. I knew it before he was drafted. Our only hope is that if Lazor cannot help Tannehill to throw the deep ball accurately, before the season starts; he had better demote tannehill and move on to Matt Moore or Pat Devlin. They both can generate mega offense. Pat Devlin shows it every preseason.

How can anyone be a fan of this totally dysfunctional crap team? They are a total joke. Pouncey and Tannehill would NEVER be on the team if Shula were coaching.

Tannehill is going to be a great quarterback but he needs to be protected by the new Offensive line.No QB can succeed with the kind of pressure he faced the past two years. Check out Manning in the Super Bowl.Most quarterbacks wouldn't have made it through the season.
I'm sick of hearing more crap about the Martin fiasco last year.Pathetic.

How can anyone be a fan of this totally dysfunctional crap team? They are a total joke. Pouncey and Tannehill would NEVER be on the team if Shula were coaching.

Posted by: Nat Moore | May 27, 2014 at 08:46 PM


If Joe Philbin is serious about cleaning up the Dolphins he needs to get rid of Pouncey now.

Nat Moore, you are correct about the QB. That is what Don Shula liked about Dan Marino; he could throw the deep ball and he wanted to do it as often as possible. The dolphins are the only team in NFL HISTORY that keeps starting a QB who cannot throw the deep ball. A qb would not have even seen the field under Shula or any other team; if he could not throw the deep ball accurately. The other teams are laughing at the dolphins because of their foolishlishly thinking that they can win without the deep ball threat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pouncey? You guys have to be fukking kidding me. Pouncey does not score touchdowns. He is the very, very least of our team or offensive problems.

Could be true, mny dolfans are amongst the dumbest fans in the league? I vote yes! :)

Seems the short yellow bus crashed into this blog and a couple of it's most notorious passengers may have escaped.

Even worse, they are far too special to realize who they are. :)

Tanne-coaster = 8=8

Pouncey and A. Hernandez 2 peas in a pod.

Tannepuke = pick of the litter

Tannecrap = TeBows backup on a good team

Pouncey and A. Hernandez 2 peas in a pod.

Posted by: L Vales | May 27, 2014 at 09:09 PM

Exactly like the 2 final brain cells you have left, waving bye-bye to each other. :)

behind Manziel of course

So how bout that Tannehill ?

Tannesheet you mean

Why the F!@# did we not draft MANZ at # 19 ?

Home 4 GM

C'Mon Man

Tannehill 3 INTS again today!

Why not Johnny Football !

R U Nuts !!!

or teddy b


It's not defiant to say you don't need a mental evaluation. Hate how the media try and spin things all the time.

Miami Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey has no regrets, says he doesn’t need mental health evaluation


It's time the Dolphins cut their losses...Matt Moore will & should be the starting Quarterback this season!!!

a fat guy that nobody knows

a freakin star QB
like the white Mike Vick

Butt maybe better

is the fat guy a reach

and is Johnny
NOT an angel
falling in our lap

What's wrong w Hickey
and Dolphin Management !?

Seriously !
ZZZ Best Texas A & M QB
and soooooooooo young

No excuses like like R. Tim Tannehill
cuz he aint got no sperience

Johnny Football would be the best thing to EVER HAPPEN to Miami Dolphins QB competition EVER !


Tann competing against John the Manz

Teammates !

Imagine That!

Home 4 GM!

The guy in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest said he didnt need n evaluation either!!! LMAO

That bumb Manziel has proved himself to be a back up
He'll bust just like Tebow.

Mr Football is a TD MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom line

Home 4 GM

Luke over tannehill


ask Dick Butkus or Zach thomas

Ju'Wuanda James or Johnny freakin football
when ur QB cannot hit Wallace wide open to save his wife's vagina ?

Yeah, I wish that we had signed Teddy Bridgewater too or any of those other QBs like Derrick Carr, Tyhg Boyd, Logan Thomas. Well, we have Brock Jensen and his throwing motion is very similar to the great one Dan Mariono!


Ryan Tannehill 32 Td passes, 5 rush td's, 11 ints, 4500 yards passing in 2014. Mark It Down!!!

Chad Henne had the same numbers as Tannehill. Maybe we should make a trade to bring Henne back.

david bond, look those numbers up again. Also tell me if Henne would have those exact numbers with 58 sacks. I don't think so.

The media here in Cleveland has stated manziel has been unaccurate and struggling though Rookie OTA's and there not pleased he pent the weekend in vegas

Dion Jordan bulked up over 265

Hey bond,
good to hear ya

Butt seriously
John Manz in our lap @ # 19

or act like the ignorant Sheeple
and pass on one of ZZZ Best QBs

like Vick, Kaep or a new evolution of QB
that's ready to "Wreck the NFL"

not like old school Bill Parc
that drafts Pat White
thinks he's soooooo smart
BP insists on making what works for QB Pat White

. . . take the gloves off
Cuz ole school BP don't understand

Like a grocery shelve stock MAN w gloves on, Kurt

If it works for them
It works for them

Relic HC trying to grab the credit
for the athleticism of a WINNING QB
by changing his natural winning athleticism
he knows sooooooo much

Well BP
Waz dead wrong
Pat White
not coached up by the "Professionals"
would have been an enormous success

Home watched the ego of ole school BP
wreck QB Pat White

just like the God given talent of FB/QB Tebow
taking over a losing 1-4 team
setting the NFL World on Fire
as a starter

Never 4get
How Tebow kicked the living shiet
out of the Miami Dolphins
w only 3 min left
scoring 3 times
passing over Sean Smith (our elite CB according to "The Braided Coconut")
and rushing twice for scores

Home 4 GM has Tannehill (regretfully) Manz 2nd string an Tebow 3rd string

Home 4 GM

You have to understand Grasshopper; passing yards do not win games. It's touchdowns that are scored quickly that win games. The only teams that are winning in today's NFL are those who have the ability to score at will; especially in the CLUTCH!

Pat White would have succeeded w o BP

Tannehill is not a franchise QB


Pat White would have been awesome
if not for BP

John Manz would have lit this franchise on fire

I agree with Dbo, I think Tannehill makes a huge jump this season. somewhere between 28-32 td passes and I will say 4200+ passing yards.

I heard manziel threw 3 picks in practice. This was on 92.3 the fan.

Its mostly the novice fans that still support Tanny. They dont know any better. The regulars here know he's a poor QB.

Shula 71, Year 2 to year 3 will be vastly improved year for tannehill.

A fat guy or

John Manz


Seriously, A proven RT that can guarantee 15 less sacks alone, over a manziel that will get hurt faster Pat white did.

Shula 71, Year 2 to year 3 will be vastly improved year for tannehill.

Posted by: Bob Lee Swagger | May 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Nah. You spewed the same nonsense about Henne. When a QB lacks accuracy and pocket presence its all over.

At AA meetings they make you stand up and say, I Joe Blow, am an alcoholic.

Likewise, any blogger here must at some point stand up and admit...I, regular blogger at the Herald juvenile cesspool for failures, am a loser with no life.

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