Tannehill is about to break Marino's rookie passing record. We're not seeing warning signs Omar, we're witnessing signs of potential greatness.
Omar is basically saying that teams are gameplanning for Tannehill's weaknesses. He's dead wrong. Teams aren't attacking Tannehill's weaknesses, they're attacking the rest of the team and hoping Tannehill tries to do too much.
I can tell you exactly how to stop the Dolphins and it has nothing to do with attacking Tannehill's weaknesses. Here is how you stop our current team:
Step one, put seven to eight guys in the box on every single down in order to shut down the run. The offensive line can't get a good push up front, and often times makes mistakes letting interior defensive linement go through untouched.
Step two, jam Hartline and Bess at the line of scrimmage in order to stop the timing of their routes. Both receivers are not overly strong or fast so it will be easy to throw off their route or catch up if they get past you.
Step three, leave one or both safeties deep to prevent anything over the top and to ballhawk on mid-range to deep throws. Again Hartline and Bess aren't burners or great in jump ball situations so the safety is just out there playing the outfield looking for picks. In addition, since they will have been jammed, this allows you to keep everything in front of you. No big plays.
Step four, rush at least five or six players on almost every single down in order to make sure Tannehill doesn't have a ton of time. His offensive line is weak and can't sustain their blocks for a very long period of time. This means you'll face a lot of quick reads, check downs, and throwing it away. Dink and dunk football in other words. Also, mix up your blitzes regularly, the offensive linemen and runningbacks are prone to forgetting their blocking assignments.
Step five, gang tackle and try for strips. The Dolphins runningbacks and receivers have fumbled several times this season.
Step six, try to get into the offensive linemen's heads. They're prone to committing stupid penalties. Especially when staring at a blitz.
If a team does all of these things, we won't be lighting up the scoreboard. We have a bad offensive line, zero run game the past month, and no burners at wideout to stretch the field vertically. Our best runningback is an inconsistent scat back. Our best offensive lineman is our center. Our best wideout is a small slot receiver. Our best tightend is best utilized as a blocker. It doesn't take a defensive genius to figure us out. We have a proven scheme, we just lack the talent to execute it right now. I expect Tannehill to be fighting an uphill battle all season long with this group. Hopefully Ireland will bring in some more athletic players to help Tannehill out next year.