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Dozen Dolphins, UM, Heat notes: Tannehill, Wallace, Wade, UM QBs

Some late Wednesday night items: 

### Showing good leadership and accountability, Ryan Tannehill today essentially took total responsibility for his difficulty connecting on deep balls with Mike Wallace. Several times, he indicated the onus was on him not to underthrow Wallace, as he has done several times.

“It’s tough on those long throws, whenever they’re having to wait on it, and the guy is catching back up, that’s really tough on them,” he said. “That’s all on the quarterback.”

Wallace said he and Tannehill get enough work together on deep balls during practice. Still, it’s curious that whereas Tannehill throws to Brian Hartline before games, he doesn’t do the same with Wallace. Why is that?

“I think it’s just something where that’s not what he does,” Tannehill said.  “When we kind of started the preseason games and started getting into routines, that’s just not what he does.  Everyone has their own way of getting into it.  I don’t think the deep ball is affected by that.  He’s open, I just have to throw it out there for him. It's two games in a row where he’s been behind the defense.…I’ve just have to trust it and let it rip. We talked to coach Philbin yesterday and that’s one of the things he told me. Just go out there and let it rip.”

### Joe Philbin, on Wallace’s play this season: “I’m not disappointed in his performance one single bit.”

### Philbin, asked by Charlotte media today to assess Tannehill’s second season: “If you picked up a stats sheet from this time a year a year ago and where we are today, his completion percentage is up. His quarterback rating is up. His touchdowns are up considerably. He is making good progress. Certainly there’s still a lot of things we want to do better as an entire offensive unit, he is part of that. We have got to score more points. That is just the bottom line. You can’t always live at 20-16, 22-20, we lost the game to TampaBay 22-19. We have been in a bunch of three, four point games and we haven’t been able to get over 30 points in a game yet, so we got to do a better job scoring points. He is part of that, but it’s really a unit-wide thing that we need to get better at.”

### Dolphins players haven’t only met with investigator Ted Wells this week. According to Bryant McKinnie, Wells has been accompanied by three others. Wells and one of the others have asked questions. No Dolphins officials have sat in during the player sessions.

### There will be two familiar faces on the Carolina sideline Sunday: offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterback coach Ken Dorsey (the former Hurricanes great).

“I think [Shula] is doing a heck of a job,” Philbin said. “I saw Coach (Don) Shula before the game last week and asked him who he was rooting for next week. So I'm in a little bit of trouble with him this week.”

### Fox decided to make Dolphins-Panthers its primary 1 p.m. game on Sunday --- ahead of Tampa-Detroit, Minnesota-Green Bay and Chicago-St. Louis --- and will air the Dolphins in 72 percent of the country, far more than it originally expected. On the call: Chris Myers and Tim Ryan, who coincidentally have handled most of Fox’s two annual Dolphins assignments in the past few years.  

### Listening to Al Golden, you’re left with the feeling that Ryan Williams will be the favorite to start at quarterback entering next season. But Golden made clear that Kevin Olsen will have a chance to win the job.

Offensive coordinator James Coley said Williams is “throwing the ball really well” and has performed very well in practice. He also said Olsen’s throwing has improved.

Stephen Morris, who makes his final home start on Saturday against Virginia, reminded reporters this week that "I'm 0-3 against Virginia. That's the only thing I ever think about when you talk about Virginia. That's something I'm not proud of, something I want to fix." But Morris was very efficient against the Cavaliers last year (three TDs, no picks) before UM's defense squandered a late lead.

### Four-star quarterback Brad Kaaya remains orally committed to UM --- his mother reiterated that in a tweet last month ---- but one of his teammates at Chaminade High in West Hills, Cal., said recently he’s going to try hard to flip Kaaya to UCLA, which has offered him.

"I'm trying," Joseph McIntosh told Rivals.com. "He was really excited when he got the UCLA offer. When I saw him, I congratulated him. He just smiled and was really excited."

UM badly needs to hold on to Kaaya. And though Kaaya has said nothing to give UM reason for concern, it would be understandable for UM to remain a tad nervous until signing day, because both of the major hometown schools (USC and UCLA) have offered him.


### The Heat’s impressive depth was again on display tonight, with James Jones scoring 17 points in 20 minutes – after playing a total of 20 minutes in the Heat’s first 11 games.

“At times, it’s tough not to have the opportunity to produce,” Jones said.

Said Erik Spoelstra: “There’s no hesitation to his game. I wish I could play him more. He deserves more.”

### LeBron James summed up the Heat’s roster this way: “It’s getting kind of scary, the depth that we have. JJ is one of the best three-point shooters in the world.”

During the game, James gave a pointed message to Magic players: “I told them, 'Stop doubling me. I’m going to find the open shooter.'” 

### Chris Bosh is now 18 for his last 23 from the field after shooting 7 for 10 tonight on an 18-point night. “His motor has been much more consistent,” Spoelstra said. “He’s running the floor. The ball will find him in open areas.” 

### The Heat, publicly, insists Dwyane Wade is ahead of schedule after offseason knee treatment, even though he has missed the past two games.

But Chris Webber said late Tuesday night on NBA TV that he is “very” concerned about Wade: “When you have to take off a back-to-back for maintenance, that means there’s a problem if you play two games in a row. I’m glad he’s doing it because it's self-preservation; he’s making sure he’s OK. But, at the same time, it lets me know there’s a bigger problem.”

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Penguin

Thank you for reporting the only long answer Philbin has ever given!

Juan

At least Tannehill is better than Christian Ponder.

thirstybuzzardcane

Looks like Jameis Winston's DNA matched the DNA found in the victims underpants. Does not look good for the kid! This kid has to be disciplined, right? Anybody agree?

Eddie

UM should have kept Alin Edouard. He's a decent prospect.

PM

Coulda been consensual with Winston. The DNA test doesnt prove a crime. It's still he said/she said. No way they're going to arrest the kid in Tallahassee.

Henry Flagler

After Udonis Haslem no one has given up as much to be on the Heat as James Jones.

Dwyane Wade had a knee surgery at Marquette that is considered outdated today. He's missing a bit he needs, ligament or meniscus or something.

I'd be curious to hear a doctor's opinion of Wade's health moving forward, how likely it is that he can keep playing through it.

Steve B

WInston will be arrested. He will be tried .He will be suspended soon. The accuser had nothing to gain initially by coming forward. Winston hasnt made any money yet and a conviction would stop him from doing so. His refusal to talk with police earlier was a hint that he had something to hide.
I have always had confidence of FSU's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. just didnt think that would happen this year.

joe r

get ready for the over throws folks; lots of guys can let rip but very few with accuracy...wallace needs to change his routine and join in on the pre practice fun and play catch with his qb

cool and the gang

Mike whoooooooo?Oh yeah.....er.....ummmmmmm.Mike Miller...almost forgot.Yep.....JJ is playing lights out and has acclimated so well to the natural flow/the chemistry of this year s Heat team.The depth on the bench this year is very impressive to be sure.As most Heaters are likely wondering though....how does THAT translate to helping them in the Playoffs against the bigger,stronger teams....especially like Indiana?Waiting simply for Oden is like a wing and a prayer and who knows if he reinjures himself before the Playoffs or during them.Rashad and Beas have surprised me.Lewis looks like a young man again..hehe.He s reinvigorated,fast, athletic and healthy looking.Cole has improved his shot-making ability.Again...the Heat lack rebounding size and against Indiana and a couple other bigs on other Playoff teams will still be challenging.Hopefully Oden s presence will help some but he s a tough patient to have to rely upon come Playoff time.GO HEAT.

long time cane

Still surprises me that some old players (Spence,Futch) defend DOnofrio s job as the Canes DC.Golden doesn t hold his pal accountable enough and they together are surely not a Jimmie type.I know JJ spends time mostly down on his boat now in the Keys....but.....he WOULD hold EACH player accountable and let THEM know to a man...what he expected from them in a game.Some were ,fact many were not that heralded but 3 stars and whatever.Definitely not a hard-nosed bunch of Coaches.Nive fellas maybe but that equates to mediocre execution due to their mediocre expectations as Coaches.Maybe in 2 years the defense will be better...maybe not.

geez,,just go to a game sometime

Could be a big issue for FSU. If Winston is suspended, they will be falling to the 3rd string QB since the back-up recently had season-ending surgery.

naples cane

maybe in 3 years our canes will have a strong enough recruiting class to stop the run maybe in 5 years we can stop a screen pass.

202canefan

If Kaaya flips, I am going to send Dee-bo after her.. lol.. His mom played Felecia in the first "Friday" movie..

Marios

Doubt Tanneyhill will have a chance to underthrow Wallace with his bad OL and Carolina's good DL.

If he goes long he'll have to throw it in about 2 seconds instead of the 2.8 he's been averaging, giving Wallace little time to outrun it.

Seems like a ploy to get the Panther's safeties and CBs to play off of him opening up the short passes and the WR screen.

When have the Dolphins given up this much info on their plans?

TK SWANN

MARIOS I AGREE BUT YOU CANNOT GET A SACK ON EVERY PASS PLAY BECAUSE D-LINEMEN GET TIRED FROM RUSHING THE QB I JUST HOPE THAT THE TIMES THE PROTECTION IS THERE WALLACE IS OPEN DEEP ANDTHE CONNECTION HAPPENS.. THIS IS THE MAJOR REASON THAT THE DOLPHINS CANNOT PUT TEAMS AWAY AND WHY THEY STRUGGLE TO SCORE 30 PTS .. 30 PTS OR MORE WITH GOOD DEFENSE WILL BEAT EVERY TEAM REMAINING ON THE SCHEDULE INCLUDING CAROLINA.. WILL IT HAPPEN ? PROBABLY NOT BECAUSE SHERMAN IS AN IDIOT AT TIMES. IF THE RUNNING GAME IS CONSISTENT AS IT WAS LAST SUNDAY THEN THE DOWN FIELD DEEP THROWS TO WALLACE WILL BE THERE AGAINST EVERY TEAM WE FACE AND IF THE CONNECTIONS CAN FINALLY HAPPEN FINS GO 6-0 MAKE PLAYOFFS !! YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST FROM THE " SWANN". GO FINS !!

Dom

What cane fans must remember is yes this is al's third year, but is really his 1st because A> we have had the shapiro scandal hovering over us, and B he cleaned house with alot of kids off the team, and C. prob 15-25 players that are at Ala/FSU/UF/Arkansas, would have been at the U should the shapiro scandal not been going around.

My point is , n people forget is , jimmy johnsons 1984 team with Bernie Kosar, the year after schnelly left, lost 5 games, and many games gave up 35.40,50 points. The blown maryland game that yr up 31-0 at half, lost. The 'HAIL FLUTIE GAME wasnt it 51-48? Even miami went to Fiesta Bowl and lost 39-37 to UCLA in Fiesta.

My point is, he was breaking in new players, putting his system in, and alot of the talent on the team were fresh/sophomores didnt play. (86 team was considered 1 of the 2 best ever(o1). So, GIVE IT TIME. IF WE FINISH 9-3, thats a great improvement.

Lastly, Kevin Olsen was a top 5 qb last year, and if he beats out Ryan Williams good for him. Olsen was top on all the recuiting sites, and some had him #2 or #3 qb in the nation........

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