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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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I'LL HAVE THE JUMBO SHRIMP COCKTAIL TO START AND THEN

The 24oz Shula Cut and add the Lobster tail.

Miller High life to drink, bring the water also.

It's no trick, Marc

. . . just a great piece of meat to shove in your puss, Marc

lol

Still in Orlando

ANY REPORT FROM PRACTICE TODAY?

if they learn it quickly it could be a fun offense right out of gate, talent is there

Orlando ?

. . . How unfortunate

I love Orlando!

The Shulas here is in the Dolphin hotel. Clever huh?

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10 min away
fine dining steakhouse

Home likes happy hour 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

check it out:

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Mini Crab Cake BLT's
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The more I hear the dumb homers of this blog make Tann-excuses, the more convinced I become Tann-excuse of a qb will be a complete flop.

No person, place, or thing in life has ever been successful making excuses for itself. If having to continuously making excuses for your team's qb, have you homers ever considered just maybe your team really does not have a qb? :)

Marc,
Have you ever had the Linguine w White Clam at Capones in Kissemmee?

There won't be any practice report until next week. Only open to public once a week

Probably the best thing that can happen for the Dolphins this year is that Tann-excuse breaks a leg in preseason. I seriously mean this.

Sam, you are having fun I know. But we both know that not even Brees or Brady or Rodgers would have looked good behind the worst oline in history.


You call it making excuses, but the only excuse is you finding a reason to take Tannehill to the cleaners for the sake of your own entertainment.

It's gotten stale.

no excuses here. season hasnt started. if u want us to give up on a qb that has played only 2 years and made big strides between the 2 years with little help then u again are just acting dumb or .....

THE LAST DOLPHINS QB TO LEARN A NEW OFFENSE WAS

Henne. He had to learn the Daboll offense by himself during the lockout and come prepared for Game 1 which was on MNF against the Pats.
You remember that game right? Henne threw for 450 yds and set the NFL Combined Passing Yards/game record with Brady, that record still stands. You remember don't you? Brandon marshall dropped 2 TDs, Fasano lateralled the ball to the Pats Safety and the DBs rolled around on the ground with menstral cramps while the Pats were running plays.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE: Tanne will be playing his first game in his new offense against the Pats.

I'm high on Tannehill. Second best QB taken in the last 7 years. Only Luck is better.

Sam, you are having fun I know. But we both know that not even Brees or Brady or Rodgers would have looked good behind the worst oline in history.


You call it making excuses, but the only excuse is you finding a reason to take Tannehill to the cleaners for the sake of your own entertainment.

It's gotten stale.

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:21 PM

okay
We're back to "It's all the o-lines fault

lol @ Leez and other Tanny protectors

Sam zero reson to make excuses for Tannehill, unless you have to make excuses for throwing for 3900 yard with 24 TD's and 60.4% comp. not too bad.

I'm high.

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:23 PM

Home fixed it for ya, Leez.

Sam, you are having fun I know. But we both know that not even Brees or Brady or Rodgers would have looked good behind the worst oline in history.


You call it making excuses, but the only excuse is you finding a reason to take Tannehill to the cleaners for the sake of your own entertainment.

It's gotten stale.

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:21 PM

So Leez,

Wilson and Foles reel-ly suck ?

lol

Tannehill threw for more yards in his rookie season than any rookie QB in Dolphins history. And that was with the worst receivers in the league. Who needs excuses?

Sam zero reson to make excuses for Tannehill, unless you have to make excuses for throwing for 3900 yard with 24 TD's and 60.4% comp. not too bad.

Posted by: Jmike | May 28, 2014 at 05:25 PM

Forgot to tell u Tannehill threw the ball almost 600 times

Marino only had as many attempts 3 times his entire career

Butt let's pad the tanny stats some more

How's that deep ball to Wallace workin out again this yr for Tannehill?

lol

Lets not go from one extreme to the other Leez. The jury is still out on Tanny though I'll admit he's had some positive moments.

I'm rooting for him though. No sense in rooting against him. Unless your a Jets, Bills, or Pats fan.

Tannehill threw for more yards in his rookie season than any rookie QB in Dolphins history. And that was with the worst receivers in the league. Who needs excuses?

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:27 PM

and set a new NFL record with only 3 WR TDs in 16 games

Awesome!


Sam, you are having fun I know. But we both know that not even Brees or Brady or Rodgers would have looked good behind the worst oline in history.


You call it making excuses, but the only excuse is you finding a reason to take Tannehill to the cleaners for the sake of your own entertainment.

It's gotten stale.

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:21 PM

hat you fail to reason is Brady/Rodgers/Brees would not have been sacked 58times behind the same o-line. Their pocket smarts and ability to throw the ball away would never have allowed it.

You homers completely blind yourselves to the fact as many as 15 of 58 sacks were caused by Tannehill himself. How very fukking convient you hide this fact from yourselves. :)

Home likes the Pats and Jets teams this season

We will go as far as ryan tannehill takes us yup that right

You will see how great Wilson isn't this year. He had a first rate D and running game and receivers. Foles? Tannehill is much tougher, stronger arm, better on his feet, much better QB, You can have Foles. One decent season big deal.

I could care less what any of you boneheads say. Stats mean jack. That is all you got.

I go with my own eyeballs. I'd take Tannehill over Dalton, Sanchez, Ryan, Foles, Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, Wilson, RG1.5, Bradford, Stafford.

The Tanne-coaster = 8-8

Enjoy the ride homers. Its as close as you'll ever get to a winning season riding the Tanne-coaster. :)

Jets are a bad team bills well we know about the bills and the pats can be beaten . We will win this division

Tannehill doesn't have the accuracy to be a pro QB.

Sam, that is the best you can do? Might as well surrender. Maybe those QB's wouldn't have been sacked 58 times, but that doesn't mean they'd have done any better than 8-8.

Your logic is nothing but gibberish for the sake of argument, it doesn't address the issue at hand, which are the final results.

So Tannehill is gonna school Revis and Browner and Mayo and Wilfork ?

lol

So since you all know best, tell me, who are the legit franchise QB's taken in the last 7 years. Go ahead and name them.

Waiting.

homey the clown to stupid to realize that Sherman was a handi cap to the offense.
Makes me think the dude can't read...

Tannehill prolly be benched after the 1-4 start this season

At least Im older than the offensive coach this year and I wont have to order my minions to scour the internet for rocking chairs,oh let me take that back my HC looks a lot older than he should and looks a lot like the guy that wore a baseball cap and was HC at UM.

Philbin your still white as a ghost you really dont represent South Florida and its diverse population so you better win baby or youll be sippin lemonade on your retirement porch in a place where the sun wont burn your white wash.Get rid of the cap Joe makes you look like a schmuck.

Here is my rebuttal to all the Tannehill to Wallace talk.

Ryan Tannehill in his very first season with Wallace completed more passes to him than Big Ben ever did. And that's without all the on the money balls Wallace dropped.

Tanne-coaster throw for 3900 yds and 24 tds behind the crap o-line. Then the homers tell us Brady/Rodgers/Brees would not look good behind the same oline. You cant have it both ways homers.

Russell Wilson was sacked 43 times. The difference between he and Tanne-coaster is Wilson wasn't saked 15 extra times because of poor pocket presence and holding the ball to long.

Tanne-coaster is sacked only 43 times with far better pocket presence and penchant to not hold ball too long. Wilson superior in pocket. Wilson on SB championship team.

Tanne-coaster inconsistent in pocket. Tanne-coaster chokes in playoff chase. Homers, house money says Tanne-coaster proves you wrong yet again in 2014 Bet on it!

It's all Sherman's fault

here we go

lol

If the moment they signed Wallace the crystal ball told you he would catch more balls from Tanne than he ever did fro Ben, you'd all be whacking off with joy. Well, he did, so go whack off.

Those 5 yd passes to Wallace eight times a game is not why the Dolphins paid 60 million dollars to Wallace

It was for a deep threat and TDs

Problem was 2013 Teddy Ginn had 5 TDs
same as 2013 Wallace

LMAO

Tannehill ???

hmmmm . . .

Sam, I'm just wondering if in your quest to have fun, you are not merely just making yourself more agitated? Your venom towards Tanne lives inside you, not us.

Not even one of your LOL's can help you out of that.

It's the QB STUPID eH?

Tann-excusers will be calling for Lasor's head first sign of fail in Tann-excuse this season. Why of course they could never blame Tanne-coaster.

Tanne-coaster got Mike Sherman fired twice and will get Philbin fired by season's end too. Bet on it!

If Tanne was cut today, he'd be scooped up real fast and be starting somewhere. No doubt.

Sam, I'm just wondering if in your quest to have fun, you are not merely just making yourself more agitated? Your venom towards Tanne lives inside you, not us.

Not even one of your LOL's can help you out of that.

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:41 PM

yeah we had mike sherman calling plays not bruce arians, get real

It's the QB STUPID eH?

Posted by: Ape Tamer | May 28, 2014 at 05:42 PM


YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY MAN! :)

Home is expecting bout 32 TDs and 20 Ints this yr w Tannehill

If he only reaches say 26 TDs and 20 or more INTs in Lazor's offense with four new linemen, a new blocking TE and a new blocking RB than all the Tanny lovers should shoot themselves

Hey STUPID HOMERS, if the barbies are going to be 7-9 8-8 like always, It's better to start MOORE and at least be entertained with his 2nd best deep ball only to C.Palmer in the NFL eH?

I tell you, I stayed at Don Shula's hotel in Miami Lakes on Derby Day because I couldn't drive home and the food there is just as advertised, for a Sports Bar. Not 5 stars but adequate. However, I was impressed by their ample, very comfortable rooms. A couple of friends and I are planning to invite a female couple we know there and share the costs. If anybody else here wants to share our costs, just contact me.


If he only reaches say 26 TDs and 20 or more INTs in Lazor's offense with four new linemen, a new blocking TE and a new blocking RB than all the Tanny lovers should shoot themselves

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | May 28, 2014 at 05:44 PM


BULLSH!T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They'll only come up with even more flawed Tann-excuses! :)

If Tanne was cut today, he'd be scooped up real fast and be starting somewhere. No doubt.

Posted by: Leez |
Dumbest post of the decade.NooNE WANTS A scrub WHO CAN'T THROW accurately past 20 yds eH. That would be CAREER SUICIDE. " see Mike Sherman,Jeff Ireland " eH?

with four new linemen, a new blocking TE and a new blocking RB than all the Tanny lovers should shoot themselves

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home |
I got the ammo.jajajajajajajajajajajaja eH?

hat you fail to reason is Brady/Rodgers/Brees would not have been sacked 58times behind the same o-line. Their pocket smarts and ability to throw the ball away would never have allowed it.

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 05:30 PM

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Now your just pulling crap out of your arse dude. It's one thing to try to cram your opinion down peoples throat with post after post, at least stick to the facts though.

Brady was sacked 40 times last year. NE's o-line was better than ours to start with and they didn't lose two starters to nonsense.

I watched every game last year most of which Tannehill was running for his life. A lot of times he wasn't even in the backfield before he was swarmed over.

Maybe he doesn't get any better or even regresses this year and we have to go other direction but he will be the starter day one and nothing you or say is going to change it.

Kissimmee? Naw. Plenty of great restaurants in Orlando. No need to drive to the country

Patriots quite possibly go 14-2 this season

What do the Dolphins got?

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