Written by Matthew Cannata
Coming into the 2014 season, the coaching staff wants three things in particular from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, they want better decision-making, better accuracy and want more playmaking.
“There are really three things that I think about quarterback play," Philbin told Salguero in an exclusive pre-training camp interview. "One is decision-making. I think decision-making ties into play speed. The better decision-maker you are, the quicker you make them and that ties in to the opportunities to make a tight throw or take the guy that’s open sooner to get him the ball in space and let him run a little bit. I think there’s room for development there."
Philbin expanded on these thoughts and started to really break down what they think they need to do in order for Tannehill to be successful.
"Can you imagine what our offense would have been without our two-minute offense? We had a pretty good two-minute offense last year," Philbin said. "And [Tannehill} demonstrated in those situations he has a good feel for the game, good clock management. He can communicate effectively without taking a ton of time. He’s got playmaking ability," he said. "But even there, we’re looking for more. He’s got a great pair of legs on him and we’ve seen some of that. And so when you get a 15-yard run from the quarterback and all of a sudden you’re in pretty good field position even when you don’t have great execution, that’s great. He’s capable of some of that stuff.”
It will be interesting to see how Tannehill does in the new offense under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Time will tell but it looks like they are going to start using Tannehill's athleticism more often during the course of the game.