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What Joe Philbin, Ryan Tannehill had to say after Saturday's scrimmage

Here's reaction from Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill after Saturday's Sun Life Stadium Dolphins scrimmage, in which Tannehill completed 10 of 13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown against the second- and third-team defenses:

(David Garrard was 9 for 17 for 57 yards and a touchdown against the second-team defense; Matt Moore 10 for 20 for 65 yards and a touchown against the first-team defense.) 



(On his evaluation of the three quarterbacks, particularly Ryan Tannehill) –“I thought he (Tannehill) threw a good ball in the first one. We’ll take a look at the tape when we get back to the office and see how close it was. (He) threw the ball down the field well. Again, I think he showed good poise. It doesn’t look too big for him being in the stadium, coaches on the side, plays coming up from the coordinator upstairs and through that whole communication process. I didn’t like one of the balls he threw in the corner down here, but, of course, I was yelling on the touchdown pass, ‘Run, run, run,’ and then he threw a touchdown.”


(On Tannehill going up against the first-team defense) – “I thought he did well. Again, I thought he looked comfortable. I thought he looked natural out there. It wasn’t too big for him. We’ll have to look, again, watch the tape a little bit closer. I think he did some good things.”


(On if he was sending a message letting Tannehill rip on a play-action pass for his first play) – “A little bit. We just wanted him to feel confident. Again, you have to, we’ve said all along, you’ve got to believe in your players. So if this guy is going to be playing for us, he’s going to be the future potentially at some point in time or whoever our quarterback is you’ve got to have faith. If a play is in the plan, it’s in the offense, it should be good enough to call and run.”


(On the defense today and the pressure they put on the offense, particularly the starting unit) – “I thought it was good. I like our package that we have. (Defensive coordinator) Kevin (Coyle) and his staff have come up with a good plan. It’s multiple and it presents a lot of challenging looks. If you don’t game plan necessarily, sometimes they can catch you unprepared, but I thought it was good. I thought it was good.”


(On the team’s progress since the start of training camp) – “I’d like to watch the tape a little bit, but I feel good about just the pace with which we’re practicing with, the effort we’re getting on a consistent basis. We’ve had, this is eight challenging practices physically and we haven’t had one bad practice so to speak as a whole football team. Certainly, there have been periods where we wished the offense had some better or the defense had done better. Just like yesterday’s practice, our offense was real effective in the red zone, but then our defense stepped up and played well in two-minute. I like the way the team is practicing.”


(On if there are concerns he has going forward) –“I don’t like our (shot-)gun snaps. We’ve put the ball on the ground a couple times, our center-quarterback exchange. You can’t do that in a game and expect to win. I’m very concerned about that, but, overall, I’m pleased with the direction we’re heading right now.”


(On if there was anybody that stood out today without looking at the practice tape) –“Nothing specific right now. Again, I kind of was just standing out, making sure we had 11 guys out on the field at the right time. One time, we didn’t. We’ll take a look at the film. Nothing really jumping out at me right yet.”


(On if he is concerned that quarterback Matt Moore produced one first down in his first three drives) –“Not really, unless there were some bad decisions or bad throws. We’ll take a look, but, again, it’s a body of work we’re looking at, not necessarily… We rolled guys through. There was no real, each guy got opportunities with the first group. We felt that was important today. We accomplished that. Sometimes, it’s hard to get exactly the right snaps based on what happens on the fieldand so forth, but I thought it was, overall, we got what we were looking to get done.”


(On if he is at the point in dividing snaps where he can say one guy will get more than another guy) –“We might do (it). We’re going to watch the tape. (We’re) going to have a personnel meeting after we all sit down. We’re going to watch the tape as a staff. Our coaches are the first guys out of here. They’re already on the bus. They’re already looking at the tape. They’re on their way back right now. We’re just going to take a look at it, we’re going to meet later after we meet with the players (and) make the corrections from the film and then we’ll see where we’re at.”


(On deciding to start the scrimmage today an hour earlier than previously scheduled) –“As you could tell, we’re real experts at the weather. That was my call. Some people wanted to stay over at Davie. That’s the great part about being a meteorologist, nobody can second-guess you, you can say, ‘Oh, the clouds came and went.’ It was my brilliant decision as you can tell. (It) didn’t work out though.”





Quarterback Ryan Tannehill



(On how close he was to completing a long pass his first throwing attempt of practice) – “I don’t exactly how close. I couldn’t really see because the line was in the way. I just have to give him a chance to catch it; I can’t put it out there too far. It was a fun play to have, but I just have to put it on him.”

(On how he feels he performed today) – “I definitely have some things to improve. I dropped a snap on a third down play when we had a great chance to get a first down. I can’t do that obviously, but it was fun. It was a good first real scrimmage action and to get out there, get the tempo of the game, the flow of the game and have a good drive, so I really had fun.”

(On what he thought about the first play call being a deep pass)  - “Yeah, I heard the play call, and a big smile lit up across my face. I saw the coverage that they were in pre snap, and I loved it, so I was really excited to hear that.”

(On his excitement on throwing a touchdown pass in the scrimmage atmosphere at Sun Life Stadium) – “It’s fun you know. Like I said the first scrimmage, I guess atmosphere, we had a lot of fans that came out and it was a fun thing to do for us to have live action. To be able to hit Anthony (Fasano) for a touchdown, it’s exciting. I threw a touchdown, my first touchdown really in (Sun Life) Stadium.”

(On if he sees his early success coming on scramble throws from outside the pocket) – “I don’t know. Hopefully I have some success as the plays are designed. I think it’s an asset to be able to extend plays and make something happen down field.”

(On if he feels caught up on the learning curve with the rest of his teammates after missing the first couple days of training camp) – “Yeah, I think so. I think I’m getting into the groove of, with the different receivers we have, getting on the same page. Obviously I have a lot of things to work on and clean up, but every practice that goes by I feel like I’m getting a little bit better, and more excited.”

(On how comfortable he feels after a few practices) – “More and more every day. Getting the play calls, going through the plays, getting more reps and seeing what the defenses are throwing at us, it just gets more and more comfortable every day.”

(On if he was more jacked up to play in Sun Life Stadium for the first time) – “Yeah for sure. Like I said, this is the first real live action that we’ve had in Sun Life Stadium, so it’s exciting. I had some adrenaline going.”

(On the biggest difference from working against the first team defense versus the second and third team defenses) – “The first team throws a little bit more stuff at you. Obviously it is the same overall defense, but they’re  better at mixing up coverage’s and disguising a little bit. We had a couple of plays that we should have made when we went against the (number) one defense, so obviously the dropped snap killed us on that drive. You can’t have that. So you never know, if I don’t drop that snap we could have had a first down.”

(On if he feels he made some gains in the QB battle today) – “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Coach Philbin about that. I’m excited about being out here, competing, and I’m excited about having a touchdown drive, so you’ll have to ask Coach Philbin about that.”

(On if he had a moment where he saw himself playing here for a long time to come) – “Oh yeah, we pulled up you know. This is my new home. In College Station, you go to the facility and you go right out to the stadium, so as you know we don’t come out here a lot because our facility is in Davie. Drive up, and this is the office that we’re going to perform in, so it’s exciting to be here and get on the field for the first time.”