Written by Matthew Cannata
One of the main challenges the coaching staff has challenged Ryan Tannehill to is to make quicker and better decisions once the ball is snapped. However, during the first three days of camp, Tannehill has struggled to make those quick decisions. With the offense only being about six months old to him, the coaching staff isn't too concerned at this time.
"One of the things I think Bill (Lazor) and Kevin (Coyle) have done a great job of is, for example, we have certain pass concepts. So what happens is Bill scripts everything," Joe Philbin said. "They don’t script together, but we noticed on two or three of our different pass concepts after the spring, we had only seen them against let’s say quarter’s coverage. What the quarterback needs to see is he needs to see a pass concept versus man-to-man coverage, three-deep zones, quarters, cloud coverage.
"So there is a little bit and there is some trick to it. So Bill and Kevin have gotten together really before camp started and really done a good job of working together and Bill saying to Kevin, ‘Hey Kevin, this is the same play. I’m running play four in period 12. Can you give me one high man? Can you give me a fire zone so that we can expose the quarterback?’ Not that the concepts are totally brand new. There is a lot of carryover in the pass game. It’s a valid point. It’s helpful to speed up the decision-making process if they get reps against a multitude of coverages.
The offense is expected to struggle in the early part of camps on every NFL team. The fact that all of them are learning a new offense creates an even steeper learning curve. However, they should be ready to go come week one of the 2014 season.
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