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Dolphins new offense asks a lot of Tannehill (and others)

Ryan Tannehill played 51 games (19 in college and 32 with the Dolphins) under the old Mike Sherman offense. It was so familiar to him that, as a rookie, he often helped veterans on the Dolphins learn the nuances of it. It was comfortable for him. It was home for him.

The new offense coordinator Bill Lazor is installing for the Dolphins leaves Tannehill just as unfamiliar with the scheme as any other player and perhaps less than some players more familiar with variances of it. Rookie Jarvis Landry, for example, says he ran the same Dolphins plays at Louisiana State under former Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron, who is now the LSU offensive coordinator.

So Tannehill has work to do and, clearly, his abilities on the field and work ethic and ability to digest information off it will be tested in the run up to the regular season.

Can he get it all down and be proficient quickly after coasting in the knowledge of the old scheme the past few years?

 “I think so," Tannehill said. "I think we already have a baseline of going through it just the beginning stages at this point.  There’s still a learning curve.  It’s not going to come overnight.  It’s going to take some time not just for me but for all of our guys.  The receivers are running routes that they haven’t run before doing adjustments that we haven’t done before, so there’s going to be a learning curve but that’s what this time is for.  This spring practice that we have, everyone here, it’s getting better when they have to be here because we’ll have a full camp here.

"t’s a learning process.  We’re doing some different things in the backfield that we haven’t done before.  We’ve been doing it on air but it’s completely different when you throw a lot of defense out there then you’re trying to process a lot more information so it’s the fun process.  I’m exciting to get in and watch the tape and see the mistakes I made and how I can correct them.  But that’s what this time is for and I’m just excited that we have this time, that we’re able to get everyone out here, have all the receivers out here that are healthy working and just start building that chemistry just a little bit so when the ball comes we are ready."

About those receiver running routes and making adjustments they haven't done before ...

One of the complaints I had about Sherman's offense last year was there was hardly any motion used to help receivers get free of coverages. Indeed, receivers often lined up in the same place play after play as a so-called strategy.

Not so with Miami's new offense. Receivers will be in motion a lot.  There will be five players in the pass pattern a lot -- that coming in multiple combinations such as two WRs, two TEs and a RB or 3 WRs, a TE and a RB. And most of the time, receivers will have options on their routes.

This Dolphins offense places a premium on speed that the so-called West Coast offense of the past couple of years did not. Mike Wallace is happy about that. This offense requires a strong-armed QB and Tannehill fills that need well. The offense also relies a lot on timing. Tannehill will often be throwing to a spot and expect the WR to be there.

That can be good as it will get the ball out quickly. But that can also be problematic if the receiver and quarterback are not in synch, as sometimes happens when things are new.

The new scheme also requires Tannehill to fix the deep ball accuracy issue of the past because otherwise the long ball -- and the offense often looks long first and then works back -- is of no effect.

So the chemistry between Tannehill and Wallace is a bigger deal than last year.

 “Well it’s big. It’s big time," Tannehill agreed. "I think that’s one thing you looked at from last year is just connecting more.  Not only on deep balls but just connecting more on every run and he’s been here working in the offseason and putting forth a lot of effort and that’s exciting from a veteran guy like that who’s been in other organizations that maybe haven’t had the same offseason type program that we have.  For him to come here and be working this year it’s exciting."

Much work needs done on this. During Tuesday's OTA session, Tannehill tried one deep pass to an open Wallace that I saw. He overthrew it. So the issue isn't exactly fixed yet.

Look for a lot of inside running out of the new Dolphins offense -- something that might give Daniel Thomas more of a shot at making the team than even I previously thought because he's the biggest back on the team. (Yeah, I'm still not convinced he's it. He's had three seasons and shown very little. I doubt suddenly he has an epiphany in Year Four and becomes John Riggins.)

The Dolphins' new offense places a big demand on the tight end. It was out of this kind of offense that Kellen Winslow Sr. and Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates gained prominence. Is Charles Clay, coming off a breakout season, ready to take another big and significant step in his development?

The Dolphins used a lot of double tight end formations at Tuesday's OTA so are Michael Egnew and Dion Sims ready to become factors? (Rookie Arthur Lynch is nursing some sort of injury that seems minor.)

The possiblities are grand. But the possibilities for a grand disappointment also exists. Remember that Cameron's version of this same offense didn't exactly lead to a great season in 2007.

"It’s fun. Just the way things turned out last year wasn’t what we were looking for," Tannehill said. "Personally, from a team standpoint, from an offensive standpoint, to come out, kind of have a fresh start, new identity, new offense with really talented players across the board.  You know you look at our roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball, you see a stacked receiver room.  Brought in Knowshon  (Moreno) in the backfield.  The guys up front that we brought in are really talented players and I’m just excited I get to play with them."



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IMPERSONATOR! @ 2:29, not the real me. Just an fyi tannehumpers

If Lazor is such a great talent
Why did Chip Kelly let him walk and no promote him?

Posted by: Just remember | May 28, 2014 at 02:20 PM

Hey Stupidito

Kobe had Shaq, and big shot Bob(Robert Horry).

Jordan had Pippen, and Steve Kerr.

It's about following a blueprint for winning. You can not always draft all of the pieces. So, your point is no point at all.

marco you seem like some beligerant fool that sputes out stupid nonsense about a QB with only 2 years experience. Tannehill will throw 28-30 touchdowns with aroun 4200+yards of passing. I see us going 10-6 into the playoffs.

that was an impersonator impersonating me @2:31 neither of those are me! fyi Tannepuke lovers

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 02:30 PM

Greatest form of flattery. I now have my very own:



And just like 2007 the team will burn out and have several 3 and out series, quickly, and the defense will have to carry the burden. Like the past 2 seasons, but faster.

Posted by: Marc | May 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM


I was going to respond to your post. Then I realized it's just not worth it. All your posts are of the same dreary, negative crap(for lack of a better term).

Speaking of which, Marc, why don't you just change your sign in name now and get it over with.

I declare, that from this day forward, all posters here shall refer to Marc as Schleprock!

You have **EARNED** your new title in spades Marc, Wowsy-Wowsy Woo-Woo!!!!

not a good idea challenging or slandering God

. . . just sayin

sam I am, none of those players other than shaq was top 5 picks. its called being a puss these days. just like the military lowering physical training testing standards to make it easy for individuals to pass into the military. Poooosified

IMPERSONATOR! @ 2:29, not the real me. Just an fyi tannehumpers

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 02:31 PM

My very own:


You can impersonate me, but your girlfriend knows you still have tiny, tiny pecker.

ROTFLMAO........ Have my own personal soap on the rope dope. :)

HAHA. "EVERY". Maybe not, 90% of all meaningful stats? certainly.

He's definitely near the bottom more often than he's near the top.

This is obvious based on his QBR rating, which is COMPREHENSIVE!

Are you trying to split hairs?

Since nobody else is here and I'm bored I'll play along for now

Posted by: Marc | May 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Another fallacy posted by SchlepRock!

OK, Einstein, other than Marino, name all the great QB's that had great stats by the end of their 2nd season.

Yep! Un-Huh! Wowsy-Wowsy Woo-Woo!!!!

LMAO and SMH!!!!

Isn't skewering the facts fun........?

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 02:31 PM

Also, you got to remember the smiley face :), you've forgotten every single imposterous post. :)

we all know that it is homes that impersonate other peoples names. because he is a decietfull satan.

homes move out of you moms basement and get a career man. and no its not being a GM

How often did we see Tannehill sitting alone on the side lines after a three and out or interception or being sacked in the series. Very seldom did we see the QB or OL Coach get with him and review footage of the collapse/breakdown and make adjustments. No coaching and yet he improved. I am with everyone else. Give him one more year with a new OC and an improved line and see what he can do.

Why is Mike Sherman's son in law still employed as QB coach?

How's that workin out for Tannehill?

Philbin needs to stop hiring "family" and "friends" or old associates and start hiring the right man for the job

NostraHomeUS knows it's too late for old Joe now

Posted by: Opti/Pessi Mist | May 28, 2014 at 02:43 PM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2014/05/dolphins-new-offense-puts-a-lot-on-tannehill-and-everyone-else/comments/page/4/#comments#storylink=cpy

Thill was always sitting with the QB coach looking at
defenses and it didn't make much difference.

To say he got no help is truly pathetic, he had his entire coacking staff from his college years !!!

Now he will be shown up for the QB he is. Look Lazor can't be expected to work wonders straight away can he. For God's sake you all give Philbin and Thill 4 years to get their$hit together but Lazor is now the guybthat should fix everything. Get to F^^K, please.

uh oh sam I don't see a smiley @ 2:33. Just making stuff up to save your face LOL nice try little name changer

homey it's been such an honor why are you against me :( (reverse smiley see)

Chip Kelly is one of those "all me" HCs, Home. He will set up both O and D, call all the plays and let the glory fall only him, a la Jim Harbaugh. I wish him luck in the long run.

Hernandez had a guy bump him and spill his drink a lil bit
Hernandez said the guy was "trying him"

so he left the club after slamming a few drinks down
pace up n down outside on video camera

went across the street to another club
stalked the guys

hid a gun under the hood near the engine of a car
got it
pulled up aside the guys
fired 5 shots in the chest in head killing both guys

then later murdered a witness

outstanding human being!


Lazor worked wonders with Nick Foles. So I don't think it matters WHY Philidelphia let him walk. Proofs in the Pudding and that's all there is too it.

Tannehill will be Lazor's next Pet Project. We (hopefully)fixed the O-Line. Improved it at least. Brought in a proven running back that can run, catch and pass block. A new OC that's proved he can work wonders with an NFL QB.

There are no more excuses. Ross and Philbin did what they had to do **For The TEAM**. All these moves are geared towards giving Tannehill EVERYTHING he needs to succeeed. Now it's up to Tannehill. He's either going to sink or swim. All the rest is just Homer-ism's and Wowsy-Wowsy Woo-Woo-er's.

I don't even worry to much about the defense either. If Lazor and Tannehill succeeed, they automatically help the defense by controlling the clock and scoring. One hand washes the other.

That's all there is to it. Sink or Swim time for Tannehill. Like all NFL Teams, we'll go as far as he takes us-PERIOD!

that was one expensive drink that prolly cost about at most 10 bucks

so why not murder 3 people

makes sense?


Well oscar,

apparently Chip knows his stuff

he had the 2nd highest scoring offense as a rookie NFL coach next to Manning's insanely successful offense

Posted by: Bob Lee Swagger | May 28, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Ok smarta$$, where is you evidence for this ?

Thill was in the system for 6 years under Sherman and 4 years as his starting QB.


Fact is Foles has always been very successful and somehow went under the radar

Tannehill never had the talent/success Foles did as QB

Also Foles had some luck too

27 TDs - 2 INTs is amazing

In Week 9 of 2013 Foles became the second NFL quarterback to post a perfect passer rating (158.3) while passing for more than 400 yards, and the first NFL quarterback to post a perfect passer rating and throw seven touchdowns in a single game. It was the 60th time in NFL history a perfect passer rating has been achieved overall. Foles holds the best TD-INT ratio in the NFL with 27 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions which he accomplished during 2013 season, which helped him lead the Eagles to their first division title in three years.

Cameron was a better HC than Philbin IMO

Foles led the Wildcats to a victory against Oregon State
Foles continued to start for the rest of the year, completing 260 of 409 pass attempts for 2486 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions

As a redshirt junior in 2010, Foles was the unquestioned starter
Foles led the Wildcats to a 7-1 start which included a victory against #9 Iowa on national television. Foles led the game-winning drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Bug Wright
Against Washington State, Foles suffered a knee injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks
Foles finished off his junior year with 3,191 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions despite missing two games due to injury

During the 2011 season, Foles completed 387 of 560 passes for 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns

He ranked first in the Pacific-12 Conference and fifth among all NCAA Division I FBS players with an average of 352.58 yards of total offense per game
He also ranked second in the Pac-12 and 20th among all FBS players in total passing yardage

Foles graduated from Arizona with a degree in communication

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | May 28, 2014 at 03:01 PM

RI'd say Philbin would have to be better by his winning percentage, but as a leader of men I'd have them tied for the weakest we have ever had here. Todd Bowles would have better than either of these douches.

at least be
when u attempt to use humor
pathetic lil weasel u

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

I told you guys didn't I........?

The numbnut forgot to change his name back from Home-O.

Sam, why I tink sumone is talking to self......LMAO?

uh oh sam I don't see a smiley @ 2:33. Just making stuff up to save your face LOL nice try little name changer

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Site w Home | May 28, 2014 at 02:49 PM

homey it's been such an honor why are you against me :( (reverse smiley see)

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Site w Home | May 28, 2014 at 02:52 PM


You are Psycho! Case - CLOSED!!!!

Has Pouncey been caught taking PEDs by the league? Has Pouncey been busted for possession of marijuana? Has Pouncey been caught on security camera dragging his unconscious girlfriend/wife out of an elevator after dropping her with a left hook? Has Pouncey been arrested for illegal possession of firearms? Has Pouncey ran his mouth in a Denver nightclub causing gang bangers from the bloods shoot at him and kill his friend instead? Has Pouncey ever shot himself in the leg with his own gun climbing stairs in a New York nightclub.? Has Pouncey ever killed a teammate while driving drunk? Has Pouncey ever made a bomb threat while in LAX airport, standing in the exact same security screening line a TSA agent was shot and killed in just 5 months earlier? Has Pouncey welshed on paying child support for 9 kids with 5 different wives? Has Pouncey's girlfriend ever accused him of domestic violence? Has Pouncey ever stabbed himself with a shard of glass that came from a mirror he tossed his wife through? Has Pouncey ever held out on a contract dispute or otherwise negated his obligation of playing 16 football games for the Dolphins?
So what EXACTLY did Pouncey do that is SO DAMNED BAD?
What? He wasn't NICE to a momma's boy who ran home and spilled to the damned media instead of being a man and taking it to the team management to sort through?
Your mad at Pouncey because he wore a stupid hat? REALLY??? I MEAN HONESTLY.!!! A DAMNED HAT IS WHY YOU CLOWNS ARE MAD? The man stuck by a friend. And it happened well before he along with the rest of us knew just how bad this situation was. He spoke to police when they asked. He answered their questions. He wasn't charged or in any way connected by the police to those crimes. EVERYONE WHO LIED, including Hernadez's girlfriend has been charged. I'm sorry, I didn't hear about Pouncey being charged with ANYTHING! His only crime seems to be having an opinion some of you don't like. His only mistake seems to be standing behind a friend. Perhaps the reason some of YOU don't like that is because you have no friends or family who would waste their time on you to do the same???
You take a long hard look at those questioned I asked. There are players in the NFL who will be playing this year who have done nearly every one of those ACTUAL CRIMES... Mike Pouncey has not committed a single crime he has been charged with. And since there is not one damned soul on this blog who has spent more then 30 seconds within 20 feet of Mike Pouncey. You have nothing to say but bullshizynit from the side of your neck about what YOU GHINK he has done. You and this blog are an embarrassment. This paper should ask for the info the Boston Herald and New York post ask for. Because the minute you place a zip code in. They bounce you azzzed until you buy a subscription. Mike Pouncey has done nothing I am ashamed of his doing as a fan. I'm more ashamed of YOU then him. '

Big Ben, Favre, Brady, Wilson, Rogers all WON SUPERBOWLs in their first 2 seasons (Starting)

I could be wrong, but, I believe that's about right

Even Tebow won a playoff game
Sanchez won multiple playoff games
Luck playoffs
M Ryan Playoffs

RT blew any chance to make the playoffs when it counted

Matt Flynn is a HOFer barring injury.

Posted by: Marc | May 28, 2014 at 03:06 PM

Yes and was outplayed by too rookie QB's and one of them was an undrafted FA. Can you see us beating the Jets and Bills with Brock Jensen ? Maybe we ahev more of a chance with him than Thill to be honest.

That's my stalker, Odin

IT Dept & Mando know
4 posts here are not from Home
someone just used the name

no worries

Mike Pouncey is the new team Herpes

Odin your smarter then that come on!

Make that 5 posts @ 3:13

If Philbin really wants to clean up the Fins Pouncey has to be traded or cut. He is a cancer on the team.

Sure, Home, so does Jim Harbaugh know his stuff. Has he ever won a SB? No. Will he ever win it? I doubt it.

the stupid homers think
we r the same

Foles is a Christian. Foles reads the Bible every day and has spoken about his faith saying, "I'm a Christian and I believe in God... and when you do great, you stay humble and you give Him glory.Foles is married to former Wildcats' volleyball player Tori Moore, sister of former Eagles Tight End Evan Moore.

and my stalker needs to get the "In Sight" spelling correct

it's not In Site

In Sight

U Get That , Huh?

shula didn't win
after beathard split

Granted both Harbaughs are great coaches

Soooo, 2 watt?

Posted by: Your a bunch of Mary's | May 28, 2014 at 03:06 PM

That's the best post I've seen here in a Long.....LONG.....time!

Fvck The Free World!!!!


shula walked
into the hof
when he left
the colts
and went to so flo
who pixed them?

Usually, People with difficult Personalities are gotten rid by Society sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Marc | May 28, 2014 at 03:06 PM

WRONG ANSWER Schlep Rock, TRY........AGAIN!

You stated that Tannehill was last in every meaningful stat after his 2nd season.

The question was, name a GREAT QB that had GREAT stats after his 2nd season.


Odin your smarter then that come on!

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Site w Home | May 28, 2014 at 03:12 PM

OK, fine! My Bad.

It's your Stalker!

I rather talk Dolphin's Football anyways. My bad, Sorry.......OK?

Shula won 2 SBS, son. Jim Harbaugh or Chip Kelly can't compare to him. Yes or no?

I know what you are going to say, 2 watt. I am not comparing Shuls to Kelly or JHarbaugh. So exactly, what is your point here/now?


Go back and watch the games. I said "HOW OFTEN" There were times when footage was reviewed but did you see adjustments. If so was the running game used to take pressure off the QB when the running game was working. I also wonder why Sherman got fired if he and his QB coach was doing such a great job improving the game plan and making adjustments. There is so much that did not go the way we wanted it to last year and identifying the real problem and fixing it is the solution. Sherman has been replaced and the O line is improved. Tannehill has improved in the two years he has been here. Lets just dump players that are improving, wont get us too far from where we are 10 years from now.

Ryan Tannehiill, worst starting QB in football!?

It's ok 2 watt,

It's hard for them to believe that not everyone here thinks the Might Miami Dolphins w their (lol)franchise qb and excellent coaching is going to win the Superbowl every year

Sorry, should have read, "People with difficult personalities are gotten rid off by Society, ASAP".

Shula won two SBs in like 100 yrs of trying

Big deal

After the Marino pick he did nothing to build a a running game or better defense
then he was fired

Now he rips off the general public and homer fans for $60 steaks that cost him about 6-7 dollars each

most overrated coach in football - Don Shula

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