Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It was a crazy day in Dolphins world yesterday following the press conferences of Joe Philbin and Bill Lazor. This is because Philbin created a quarterback controversy and while Lazor did basically say that Tannehill will start on Sunday, he danced around other questions as the press conference went on. Besides the quotes we posted earlier today in regards to what Philbin said, he also said he’s not offering any excuses.
“I’m not offering any excuses. I don’t think Ryan offers excuses. We’re three games into it and we have to play better as an offensive unit. He’s part of that. I don’t view it as a one man issue. The offense has to play better. The offense has to score more points.”
Lazor went into much more detail than Philbin did but if you read between the lines, you can sort of begin to figure things out in terms of what the coaching staff thinks of Tannehill.
“Our offense is what Ryan can run and what you’re seeing are the things that he’s very capable of doing and he will do,” Lazor said. “We all rent these seats, right? It’s a production business and that’s what we’re here to do is produce.”
Lazor also talked about Tannehill’s quarterback rating and what that means to him and the team.
“I’d say if that’s what the numbers say than that’s accurate. That’s what the numbers are. We don’t grade based off of statistics. We grade it based off of what we see every single play. We grade off of what he’s supposed to do. It’s an 11-man game, so sometimes he does it exactly right and it doesn’t show up in the statistics. But we’re working hard to correct the ones that he’s wrong on.”
Finally, he said that he’s not going to change the way he talks to the offense and he’s going to continue to stand in front of them and make sure they understand that there is no need to panic.
“They are professionals and they are grown men. They have to handle themselves. When you are a leader, whether you are a player who is a leader of the team, whether you are a coach who is leading a unit, you can control yourself and then let that become contagious.”