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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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You see the new GM and OC and current HC represent about 75 years cumulative NFL experience. None of them saw the need to draft a QB, with plenty of options available.


So you klucks and kookoo all you want, no NFL organization would pay any of you a dime for your opinion. Thanks so much for your opinions but I can't help but give their opinions the edge here.

One ear of corn is $8.00 plus tax and tip at Don the scam Shula's over priced restaurant

Dolfan,

Sam is not here for logical debate. He is here to irritate. It's a misery loves company kind of thing He doesn't believe 90% of what he says and his research is made up on the fly.

Kissimmee was kind of cool for awhile but its dying out.

I used to like going to Old Town and checking out the classic cars.

how u know lazors offense is any good? we havent seen it

Gotta go. Homers watch the exact same games as we do. Only difference?

Homers have fully proven "short yellow school buses" are now equipted with Wi-Fi tv. And short yellow bus kis now attend special school on football Sunday. :)

roasted corn - $8.00

baked potato - $10.00

Thanks for giving back, Don Shula

most overrated NFL coach running the most overrated overpriced steak house

. . . telling

Sam admits defeat and runs away. Cool.

So you klucks and kookoo all you want, no NFL organization would pay any of you a dime for your opinion. Thanks so much for your opinions but I can't help but give their opinions the edge here.

Posted by: Leez | May 28, 2014 at 05:52 PM
WRONG AGAIN DOUGH BOY. The banner planes work. The team reads this blog. FO/PLAYERS,COACHES. it's a FACT eH? "Pen Mightier" eH?

Homers should not be allowed to watch Dolphin football games without parental supervision. Their blogs in here are full proof of this. :)

that was actually funny reel, that steakhouse is awful leez sam wont ever admit anything. guy is dumb as a retarded rock

Wonder why SB Winning QB Wilson EVER cried or made excuses about the o-line?

I don't hold a grudge. When Tannehill does well and Sam comes running back to reason, I'll forgive him. No apology necessary.

put the "N" in NEVER

he wont leez, just does this for shock jock value. loves the attention it brings

Gotta go.

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 05:55 PM


Their blogs in here are full proof of this. :)

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 05:57 PM

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A sure sign of insecurity. Says he is leaving and sticks around :)

Gotta go.

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 05:55 PM

Their blogs in here are full proof of this. :)

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 28, 2014 at 05:57 PM

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A sure sign of insecurity. Says he is leaving yet sticks around :)

dusty, That's about it. If you are anti-Tannehill or any coach or player that is fine. But only if you can offer a reasonable debate. Not utter nonsense.

those are reel prices at Shulas

8.00 bucks for an ear of corn plus tax and tip = 10.00 bucks

for 10 bucks right now Home can buy 100 ears of Florida fresh sweet corn on the cob right from the local farmers

maybe feed some folks that went bankrupt buying season tickets waiting for 15 yrs for Shula to put together a running game & defense for Marino

. . . which never happened

Yeah, old town is cool once a year when there's nothing else to do. Rick, you lived in goldenrod aka Puerto Rico, right?

It is a fact that Daytona, Home, et al, doesn't like pornography. Apparently he's been sheltered all his life and has not participated in those menage a trois and more, etc. He is also paranoid. Weird fukkkk.

Hurry down to Shulas

U too
can order a side of green beans for 9.00 bucks plus 1.80 tip and 6 sales tax

about 11.00 dollars for the green beans
hand cooked by Shulas Haitian kitchen workers

Green beans are .25 cents a lb to local restaurants in south Florida by most produce companies

Thanks for giving back, ... Don Shula

Miserable Bag of Flatulence!

Home knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

How can you enjoy anything being so obsessed with price?

After 4 losing games opening the season fro Ryan Tannehill, . . . Lauren will be blowing Matt Moore on the side lines

Home's a Jew

j/k

lol

okay, okay

Shulas -
$11.00 plus tax & tip = $13.50
Potato Gratin
Boursin cream, white cheddar, seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan crust

translation
Potato Scraps
sour milk, welfare cheese, stale bread and some old discarded Dominos pizza crust

Hurry In to Shulas

No Marc closer to Tampa.

Are there still a lot of cuban ho's in ybor city? Years ago I used bang them silly.

Ruths is a really good steak, but I say over-rated, I like those other spots better.

If u want water it's also 6.00 bucks a bottle at Shulas

plus tax and tip = 8.00 bucks for a bottle of water


Thanks again for giving back, Don Shula

SOB !

Streets are getting poorer in Miami. Girls of all denominations are going for practically anything now. Take advantage of it, because it won't last too long!

The team reads this blog. FO/PLAYERS,COACHES. it's a FACT eH? "Pen Mightier" eH?

Posted by: Ape Tamer | May 28, 2014 at 05:57 PM

lol, yeah, the team reads the story idiot, they don't read through countless pages of imbecilic rants. What a great addition you are to this blog, you and your fifty other names

Not like that up here in Broward oscar. Where to hang in Miami?

Thanks for the drink of water, Don

Her take my platinum card
It's been such on honor

Seriously!?

Don't know about the ho's. I think you have to go on up to Dale Mabry Hwy for those.

Speaking of restaurants though, there are a couple of goods ones in Ybor and Berns is pretty good in Tampa.

You're not just paying the intrinsic value of the food. You're paying for service, atmosphere, the preparation. I can't stand people who swear they can cook a steak better than a steakhouse for half the price. No you can't.

Shula hasn't actually OWNED Shula's Steakhouse(s) for years. Sold out long ago but the name stayed and they still pay him to do some promotions.


Some of you guys are real Rip Van Winkle's when it comes to keeping up with things.

Home maybe if you had a job instead of hanging out in here 24/7 you could afford to go out for a nice meal once and a while? What a loser. Boo Hoo potatoes cost so much at a restaurant you could never afford. McDonald's has potatoes too, they're called french fries. And you could actually afford them, say hi to Ronald for us. I'll be at Shula's paying for a real meal.

With that said Marino's was pretty terrible and nowhere near as good. Too bad

Shula's steakhouse

1 1/2 ounce of Jack Daniels - 14 bucks plus tax and tip 18 bucks each

Thanks Don
the privilege is def all yours

by the way u ever heard of maybe drafting a decent RB to help marino out? It's been 15 yrs now.

Home is at work

at Shula's

No ones here

can't imagine why

We have a $32 hamburger special of course fries are an extra 10 bucks

lol

Giving back to whom? For what? Because you're poor Don Shula's restaurant managers should lower their prices? Could you be any more mentally damaged? The NFL should lower their prices too in an effort to "give back".

I thought Don Shula working 16 hour days for over 35 years while winning the most nfl games and bringing the team to 5 super bowls was enough. But apparently it isn't enough until you also get a cheap meal. Why don't you go outside and find someone to argue with. Yesterday it was Marino, today it was Shula. Who's next, Joe Robbie? Anything to get someone to pay attention to you heh loser?

The psyche nurse is hung over today

So Home has computer privileges all day and extra meds

You work at Shula's and don't know he sold the restaurant? Wow, crap bloggers, perfect example.

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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.
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“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.

Giving back to whom? For what? Because you're poor Don Shula's restaurant managers should lower their prices? Could you be any more mentally damaged? The NFL should lower their prices too in an effort to "give back".

I thought Don Shula working 16 hour days for over 35 years while winning the most nfl games and bringing the team to 5 super bowls was enough. But apparently it isn't enough until you also get a cheap meal. Why don't you go outside and find someone to argue with. Yesterday it was Marino, today it was Shula. Who's next, Joe Robbie? Anything to get someone to pay attention to you heh loser?

Posted by: Crap Bloggers= Crap Blog | May 28, 2014 at 06:31 PM

lol

That was good

and the answer is:
the community, stupid!

You have to love when losers who hang out in a blog for a living make fun of people like Marino and Shula who are NFL legends. Both accomplished more in one day than you people have in your entire lives. But please continue making fun of them, it's very amusing.

Face it:

Don Shula was an overrated Stick in the Mud

He should have been fired 10-12 yrs earlier

Marino knock up any other CBS workers this year?

Yes, upscale restaurants should give their food away to degenerates and welfare recipients. Why open an upscale restaurant to serve people who can afford it. Home's a liberal pos who wants hand outs because he has the education of a third grader. Homes also the one who didn't want hotels in Miami to raise their bed tax in order to fund a new stadium. Now the world cup is going somewhere else and 9 million people will be bringing their money elsewhere. Great job home, I'm going to love watching your city lose money every year.

He's too busy butt slammin your mom home.

Exactly, he should have been fired the same time you should have been banned from the internet for the worst posts in internet history.

Nice to know there are passionate fans here
who will stick up ole arse overrated Shula and the few don't think Marino should be castrated and have his statue smashed to the ground

Go Dolphins!

upscale restaurant ?

LMAO !

yeah 50 bucks for an 8 ounce a la carte filet mignon cuz u get to sit in a chair where Don Shula farted

Wonder if Marino is still doing coke and slamming Sambuca

If 'sambuca' is your mom's name then I'd say yes

Home,
Seriously man the way you're bashing Shula's makes me wonder if you got fired from the kitchen there recently.

Told a customer
the all Shula steaks are certified Black Anus

and apparently they had no sense of humor

So then
Showed them clips of Tannehill throwing deep passes
and they fell out of their chairs laughing

Butt
The Black Anus damage was already done

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