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Despite having all of Miami's 11 turnovers this season, QB must overcome adversity


By Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel Commentary

8:10 p.m. EDT, October 20, 2013
MIAMI GARDENS—

Ryan Tannehill steps were slow, and painstakingly labored.

He had a limp in his stride, a bag of ice in his hands, and a disenfranchised look on his face leaving the Miami Dolphins locker room.

It was clear the Dolphins starting quarterback hadn't just taken a physical beating during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He'd also been flogged emotionally after producing three costly turnovers in the Dolphins' first division loss.

The last of which cost the Dolphins the victory, and sends Tannehill's team on a three-game losing streak heading into next Sunday's road game against the New England Patriots.

"Its tough," said Tannehill, ...


Considering the Dolphins were at mid-field and needed to kill three minutes, why not continue to run the ball? Why exactly were the Dolphins passing on second-and-8 from the 50-yard line with a one-point lead?

Tannehill acknowledged he checked into a pass play after seeing the Bills defense in an eight-man front, which means they were committed to stopping the run.

"It was one of our pass concepts," coach Joe Philbin said. "It was something we'd done a bunch of. It was a base concept, a play we felt we knew and a play we felt we could execute."

Tannehill described the play as "great" and pointed out the Bills have given the same coverage to the formation all game. Hartline was running a comeback route, and Tannehill was waiting for him to stop before throwing the pass.

"If we have another half-second, no one is talking about this," said Tannehill ...


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miam ... 0278.story


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all the evidence points to horrible playcalling.


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David Carr 2.0 coming soon.


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The Bills were playing 8 in the box A LOT... and there were hardly any deep routes called. This much I could see from my seat live at the game. We barely called deep routes and the Bills played 1st and 2nd down mostly with a safety near the line of scrimmage.

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The Bills were playing 8 in the box A LOT... and there were hardly any deep routes called. This much I could see from my seat live at the game. We barely called deep routes and the Bills played 1st and 2nd down mostly with a safety near the line of scrimmage.


I think the announcers were questioning this. The one time we did go deep to Wallace it connected well.


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all the evidence points to horrible playcalling.

Accoading to the article it was a run call but RT audibled into a pass.


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The one time we did go deep to Wallace it connected well.


If it works we tend to shy away from it, thats Sherman's style...

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Makchell wrote:
all the evidence points to horrible playcalling.

Accoading to the article it was a run call but RT audibled into a pass.


It wasn't necessarily an audible. The play was designed for the QB to call for run or pass based on the defensive set up. Both Philbin and Tannehill stated that the correct call was the pass.

Sherman owns that call, Clabo owns the play's failure.


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Sorry, I should say Sherman owns that situation, not call. Tannehill did what he was told to do. His right tackle failed him at the worst possible time.


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all the evidence points to horrible playcalling.

Accoading to the article it was a run call but RT audibled into a pass.


Tannehill doesn't have true audibles. He gets a "check with me" type play the same as what Jimmy used to have Marino run. The Bills were stacking the box all day long so in that situation the QB is supposed to check out of the run. I would have still run it, though.

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Rich wrote:
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all the evidence points to horrible playcalling.

Accoading to the article it was a run call but RT audibled into a pass.


Tannehill doesn't have true audibles. He gets a "check with me" type play the same as what Jimmy used to have Marino run. The Bills were stacking the box all day long so in that situation the QB is supposed to check out of the run. I would have still run it, though.


I saw O Kelly suggest a play action pass in that situation. I like that idea because it also gives Tannehill the chance to maybe run it to keep the clock moving.

Hindsight is 20/20.


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The roll outs were working.

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The roll outs were working.


Which of course means they should immediately be jettisoned. The more I reflect on this the more I am beginning to side with the crowd pointing fingers at the coaches.

Yeah Tannehill botched some throws and the o-line went flat line in the 4th quarter, but they did enough to squeak out a win.

Coaches are putting guys in position to fail. This is a young team that has flaws and they are being exposed.


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Post Re: A bruised, battered Tannehill for Dolphins
One other schematic thing I noticed about the Dolphins is that they do not cover running backs coming out of the backfield... EVER.

That's why you see these backs get these big gains on screen plays on 3rd and long.

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Coaches have to look in the mirror.


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Tannehill acknowledged he checked into a pass play after seeing the Bills defense in an eight-man front, which means they were committed to stopping the run.


Had he seen Clay on the post....it might have been a TD. Clay got off quick and had a step before RT lost the ball. Teams are going to continue to blitz him until he figures out how to make them pay with something other than a comeback route.


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Teams are going to continue to blitz him


The Bills rarely blitzed Tannehill.

Teams are going to continue to rush 4 and drop 7 until the offensive line proves it can pass protect. Teams have very little reason to blitz Tannehill.

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Teams are going to continue to blitz him


The Bills rarely blitzed Tannehill.

Teams are going to continue to rush 4 and drop 7 until the offensive line proves it can pass protect. Teams have very little reason to blitz Tannehill.


On that last blitz, he made the wrong read. He had a big play, wide open where Clay cleared the LB before he fumbled. Had he made the correct pre-snap read, he would've hit clay and we'd be celebrating a win instead of this. Right now, if I were a DC, I would feed him a steady diet of blitz. If all he's going to do is hit a 7 yard comeback pattern if I'm sending the house...I'll take those odds every time.


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On that last blitz, he made the wrong read. He had a big play, wide open where Clay cleared the LB before he fumbled. Had he made the correct pre-snap read, he would've hit clay and we'd be celebrating a win instead of this. Right now, if I were a DC, I would feed him a steady diet of blitz. If all he's going to do is hit a 7 yard comeback pattern if I'm sending the house...I'll take those odds every time.


I get what you're saying about Clay being open, but Clay was initially covered by a linebacker so there was no pre-snap read to make. That Clay got open against the linebacker is another story. He did. But I don't agree with you that there should have been a pre-snap read to tell Tannehill that Clay was going to be uncovered because he was in fact covered... just very poorly.

As for the blitz, it was not an obvious blitz. Guys were not crowding the line showing blitz. It looks like the Dolphins went to max protect and when the Bills saw blockers staying in they "blitzed" but I do not believe it was a called blitz. The blitz seemed delayed and was not a factor in the pressure as Mario Williams simply went up and under Clabo for the strip.

We were in max protect. Tannehill should have had the extra second needed to make the play. Clabo should have blocked his man and didn't. He should be benched.

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We were in max protect. Tannehill should have had the extra second needed to make the play. Clabo should have blocked his man and didn't. He should be benched.


Forget benching. He should be cut to send a message.

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And maybe the Dolphins should stop saying GO when they are going to pass and GO GO when they are going to run.

I'm really baffled by this.

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I 100% think that he has simply taken too many hits...

he is taking longer to make choices.. trying way too hard to be faster...


I have said this before but I see it more and more...

He reminds me of Jay Cuttler a few seasons ago.. by mid season he had taken so many hits.. that he simply was not playing at 100%..




The beatings are starting to take a toll...

I just hope that our coaching staff is not as dumb butt as lovie smith was about the o-line...

I like the changes over the last 2 seasons.. I think we are slowly turning the ship around... But I don't think we are there just yet... We need a real o-line...

I almost wish they would play a backup till they got one... almost.

I'm not ready to give up on the seaosn jut yet.. but team know blitz the *&*(&(* out of us and wait for us to screw up..... We don't have an o-line to help open any running holes at all.. we can't keep the ball.. all we have is the pass... with a QB that's about to set an NFL record for how many sacks he takes...

Pretty foolish to put this all on the QB.. the guy keeps getting up.. keeps going back at it..


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The roll outs were working.


yup, he plays his best football in that style of game. We should be using him like Rothlisberger.


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Rich wrote:
The roll outs were working.


yup, he plays his best football in that style of game. We should be using him like Rothlisberger.


Ben almost never rolls out by design and leads a vertical passing game.

That's not Tannehill.


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