When the 2016 season starts, Ryan Tannehill will be playing under his fourth offensive coordinator in five years (if you count Zac Taylor's brief stint), and this time his OC will be a man who's spent the past fourteen years of his coaching career working with the best of the best in Indianapolis.
Clyde Christensen has worked with both Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck during his tenure with the Colts, so it's only logical to assume that he has high expectations for his new team's franchise quarterback.
So far, Ryan Tannehill is putting forth a good impression.
“I love the way he works." Christensen said. "I love the way he’s attacking it. (We are) still way in the getting-to-know-each other process (with) him trying to learn a system. To judge him yet would be unfair, and that’s what I told him."
Christensen and Gase will have the job of getting Tannehill to take the next step forward in his development after 2015 turned out to be an off year. With his stats being fairly impressive each year but not translating to wins for the Dolphins, the QB will be going into his fifth year as an enigma, one that the coaching staff will have to figure out.
But before any judgments are made, Christensen said that teaching the offense comes first, and that's what OTAs and mini-camp will be focused on rather than player evaluation.
"This isn’t an evaluation period as much as it’s a teach(ing) period." Christensen said. "Let’s learn how to throw these routes. Let’s learn how the combinations. Let’s learn the progressions. Let’s learn how this thing works. We’re a ton more (adjust) at the line of scrimmage (team) than the average place. Don’t worry about making a team – not in his case – but for these guys … Worry about learning. Just worry about learning, and we’ll teach."
Under Bill Lazor and Zac Taylor, the offense became predictable and there was a serious lack of balance that made things stall in games. Arguments are made in both directions, that the offense failed because of the mediocre playcalling, or that it failed because Ryan Tannehill just isn't a good enough QB, which is why he wasn't allowed to audible.
Once training camp comes around, Christensen will find out which.
“The evaluation will come training-camp-wise,” Christensen said. “Training camp, now, you got to be able to apply this stuff. That’ll be the first time I talk to you where I’ll say [where Tannehill is]. ... But I think he works. He learns. It’s new. He has embraced it. Like everybody else, I think it has been a fun teach.”
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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