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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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Can't wait til M.Moore gets cut after preseason this year. These idiots went from M.Moore to M.Barkley and they still feel the need to talk trash about the second greatest Dolphins QB in History.

Posted by: Dashi | May 28, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Dashi, do I misunderstand you're saying Tanny is batter than Griese, Pennington and Earl Morrall?
Surely you didn't, and just had a momentary brain fart.

BTW, In NY, old school steakhouse Peter Luger's, newer school Sparks. Both WAY better than Ruth's Chris, and significantly better than Mortons, Shulas, etc.

Enjoyed the Peter Lugers steak sauce

Never been to the restaurant

IMAW, for sure those restaurants are in a superior class than the big name franchise steak houses...

Most people in Florida don't really have a clue unless they've travelled around and spent some coin. The options here are kind of lame, mostly tourist traps or pretty restaurants with very average food.

Any chance we can get Spo to coach the fins? Most underrated coach in history!!!

Don't tell me it's Lebron. Home many finals did he get to in Cleveland???

Fact of the matter is Shulas steakhouse does not even sniff the list of top 10 steak houses in south Florida
yet his prices are up there with the best of them

Just cuz Shulas name is on the overpriced meat house
Dumb Dumbs that for some reason think Shula actually accomplished something, will hand over all their money cuz they like the name

same folks that if u put a sign in a pile of crap
as long as it said Miami Dolphins they would go to the grave sayin it was the best pile of crap ever

Take away the lucky one season winning streak and the two big game wins ad then what did Shula accomplish

Marino fell in our lap cuz of his coke habit news

So Shula got lucky there

otherwise he built nothin and was the most overrated coach in NFL history

So about 30 yrs of nothing for Shula

and he couldn't win with Marino and two WRs that got wide open on every play

The Heat are a great team and the most underrated team

Home's ot givin greedy Shula 10 bucks for an ear of dried out corn and 13 dollars for a freakin potato or 8 bucks for a drink of water

Don Shula can kiss Home's arse!

Lombardi okay,

His restaurant would be worth it

I'll bite

He just won more games than any NFL coach ever

Including the only undefeated season, ever

5 SBs, won 2, only 2 kissing seasons? Multiple playoff wins. That's all

Herb Brooks

now there is a Reel coach

Tannehill and Wallace will not be able to overcome their inability to connect deep. Players can't change who they are or how they play. Tannehill does some things well and others not so well. I remember hoping that Chad Henne would learn how to throw a touch pass... It never happened. Once a quarterback gets to the pro level, they pretty much are what they are. With that being said... Tannehill is a good quarterback. It's not that he can't hit a deep pass. We've seen him hit numerous deep passes with different wide receivers, usually Hartline. It's just that his chemistry with wallace sucks and that isn't going to change. I think it's a mistake keeping Wallace on this team, but that's purely from a football perspective. I'm not thinking about money at all.

Losing seasons, not kissing. Haha

Agree Shaun

Butt getting rid of wide open Wallace is not the problem

Besides the CAP hit would be way too big this yr and next to cut Wallace for no reason now

If the QB is the problem
Fix the problem

Shula is the winning most coach in NFL history. Some here just need to criticize to feel better.

Wallace is only one receiver. Who cares if T misses him. He helps the other receivers get open.

Has Philbin been fired yet?

Zonk, let me suggest jacking off without the condom. You'll feel better.

If u coach for a hundred yrs and fail almost every yr in the first round of the playoffs
chances are u too will be the most winning coach after over 3 or 4 decades

Makes about as much sense is as saying Tannehill getting in the high 3000s in yards was great
they just forgot to tell u he passed for almost 600 attempts


Big Deal

He should have had over 5000 YDs
That would be Reel Good ;)

Lebron should give more credit to Coach. He won nothing in Cleveland.

Hartline has also been misses deep by Tannehill for two yrs now

and the same in college

U Get That, Huh?

I just want to thank the blogger that made Sam leave in shame.

Job well done.


Can you even state your purpose for being here?

Granted, I would love to see Mike Wallace with a better QB. He was spectacular with Big Ben.

Wow I have a fan impersonating me?

I'll take it as a compliment.

Did you know our very one Tannehill completed more passes to Wallace than BenRaper? Yes.

Did you know Wallace dropped more passes that hit his hands then Tanne overthrew? Yes 2.

Have fun with my name. Whatever it takes, glad to help.

Mando has Home on the Payroll for blog hits, entertainment, poking the hornets nest, making outlandish statements, button pushing, complimenting hating on and praising the Miami Dolphins as well as other NFL teams

Easy to multi task for Home


Heat about to wrap it up :)

The Spurs and Thunder are far better than the soft Pacers. Lebron has already won his last finals.

Home's comments go over like
. . . a turd in the punchbowl

in the end it's numbers game


Lelbron says things like "We be"

You mean to tell me he doesn't make enough to take English lessons?

BUST OUT THE DOPE FELLOW MIAMIANS The Bottlenosed fish POPS should be sitting in lawn chairs in front of a hotel in the mid 80s on South Beach.The only cane these pops will spring for are the walking variety.
Teeny boopers like Pouncy and Tanny will shake their heads yes and cash their checks but will be the first ones back to their wrinkle less friends.

"Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home".... The QB is not the problem. It's on Wallace and Tannehill, but Tannehill doesn't have problems hitting other receivers. Wallace blows, so he should be gone

I think the Restaurant at the Mandarin Hotel is really top notch. I stayed there one night at the insistence of a med rep and she and I found the Hotel accommodations top notch also.

Lebron is teaching our youth that it is ok not to learn how to speak your own language.

We be????

And of course, the letters TH do not sound like an F. Birfday???

This is what society rewards over a meaningless game?

You kidding me?


Lets get some cane fool and smoke it in DA PIPE and lets get the HOs to go down

Matt Moore tok over an 0-7 dolphins team which obv was terrible w bad players
Won 6 out of 9 and finished the season as team MVP

(that's like an 11-5 record)

Moore has a much better deep ball and has never had the opportunity to play with the much improved team for two yrs now

If Philbin started Moore and he was successful as he would be with this team
Philbin would be lauded as a good HC coach

Watching the ship sink and Tannehill throwing inaccurate and be the laughing stock of the NFL w his deep ball is not the way Philbin should chooose to got out

admit Tannehill is not our franchise QB and move on

Save ur career, Joe!

Would any of you be cool with your daughter sucking Lebrons boner? And swallowing? Would you?

But you admire him and his Ebonglish?

Dat be some crazy chit man.

Wallace earned a 60 million dollar contract

Tannehill will be offered maybe 3-4 million a yr at the prime of his career if he still deserves to play NFL QB

sad for Miami that NFL Tebow was a better winning QB and leader than Tannehill

DarkJoke, have you met FckFace yet? LOL

The Dolphins have not approached QB Matt Moore about a pay cut.
Moore is owed $4 million in the final year of his two-year deal. Per the Miami Herald, the Bucs pursued Moore last March. New Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey was in that Tampa Bay front office and may be a fan of the backup quarterback. Mar 2 - 10:50 AM
Source: Miami Herald

Granted, I would love to see Mike Wallace with a better QB. He was spectacular with Big Ben.

Posted by: Go Spo! | May 28, 2014 at 08:02 PM

I'm sure Mike Wallace would love a better QB too!! LOL

Matt Moore may be the starter before too long. Lazor is not thrilled with Tannehill at QB.

- Why does YG always resort to boners, coccks, swallows? - Because he's a repressed homosexual, Oscar, you should know that. - Yes.

YG could be Dashi Same MO.

U know
Wallace was taking the reps and trying to improve also cuz he dropped a couple last yr

Butt more importantly Wallace was getting his deep passes from the JUGS machine late and after practice
sending a message to the inaccurate deep ball passing QB
that he would rather practice with the JUGS machine than an "awful" QB

Matt Moore and Wallace need to start practicing together and we need to get this party started

The old homestead is ny oldest steak house awesome simply awesome also home of the 5 pound lobster

There will be some very sad people here if Tannehill plays well.

The claws are bigger than your head

My favorite restaurant is Snuffy's in Plainfield.

Problem is Tannehill never earned anything and was anointed w Sherman
and Philbin just went along as usghe w passive Joe

Watching Tannehill prance around w a sense of entitlement is puke inducing

esp after his 3 WR TD rookie season and bottom of the barrel NFL Starting QB ratings

and of course the every year same old thing
fold and lose at the end of the season

Time to elevate Moore and let Tannehill know his job is on the line

Tannehill certainly is nothing special

Tannehill reminds me of John Beck.

You are all suffering from severe boredom.

Get a life while you are still alive.

Right next to Home (2 foootball fields away)
is one of the better Duffy's Sports Grills official sports bar of the Dolphins, Heat, Panthers and Marlins

Don't get the steak there
Even on Monday nite when the steak is discounted to 12 bucks from 18, it's grizzled fatty hunk of sirloin steak

Home wouldn't pay 4 bucks for it

Try the blackened mahi mahi tacos for only 8 bucks for three and the coconut shrimp is good if u eat fried food

Home blogs alone

U can go now

that's a $500. day for Home in blog hits

Homey The Clown

Joke of the day:

A man escapes from a prison where he’s been locked up for 15 years.
He breaks into a house and inside, he finds a young couple in bed.
He ties him to a chair. While tying the wife to the bed, the convict gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom.
While he’s in there, the husband whispers over to his wife,
“Listen, this guy is an escaped convict. Look at his clothes! He’s probably spent a lot of time in jail and hasn’t seen a woman in years.
I saw how he kissed your neck. If he wants sex, don’t resist, don’t complain. Do whatever he tells you. Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you. This guy is obviously very dangerous. If he gets angry, he’ll kill us both. Be strong, honey. I love you!”
She responds: “He wasn’t kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me that he’s gay, thinks you’re cute, and asked if we had any Vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong honey. I love you, too.”

Armando thinks less of his own blog than the bloggers.

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