Nobody likes to be micro-managed. You know, that one supervisor at work who’s always on your back making sure you’re on task. Imagine being micro-managed by local media, national media, and the fan base. The flip side to that is if you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, there would be no need for you to be micro-managed. Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill sounds like he’s getting tired of being micro-managed by the media on his deep balls. Tannehill sounded annoyed during his media availability the other day after practice.
“It’s not an issue, an area of the game that we work on, it’s something that we want to be good at when the season comes, it’ll open up the passing game for us and it’s something that’s going to be a factor for us,” Tannehill said. “It’s something that we put some work into during the offseason and we’re going to continue to work on it until we get to the season.”
Tannehill is having no “issues” with deep ball accuracy in camp so far. He connected on four, count them, four deep balls at Dolphins camp on Sunday; and a few more earlier in camp. So what is he doing different?
“Not a whole lot different, I worked on it just like I worked on it every offseason.” He said, “I try to be well-rounded in my game and work on the things that I feel like I need to improve upon and that was obviously one of the areas I needed to work on.”
Tannehill has been arranging workouts with his receivers since he joined the team in 2012. The extra work and chemistry he’s building with his receivers is starting to pay off. Wide receiver Rishard Matthews in particular has stepped up with the absence of rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker and wide receiver Kenny Stills.
“He’s taking advantage of the opportunity. He’s getting a lot of reps, he’s a big physical receiver with strong hands and I feel like if the ball is in his area, he has strong hands and he’s going to come down with it.” Tannehill said, “He uses his big body to separate and makes plays on the ball. He attacks the ball and that’s what you want to see from a receiver.”
Tannehill was rewarded for his improvement with a 96 million dollar contract this offense that he lifted his confidence to the point where he’s the undisputed leader of the huddle. His accuracy has improved. He’s working to improve his pocket presence. He’s confident in the offense and in his talented group of wide receivers.
“I’m excited about the way I’ve been throwing the football for the most part. I feel accurate, I feel confident in the pocket, I’m confident in knowing exactly where those receivers are supposed to be now in the second year in the offense, as opposed to learning the progressions, learning the routes, the different adjustments and now I just feel confident in just ripping it and expecting those receivers to be there and they’re doing a good job of being there.”
Tonight we’ll get our first glimpse of Tannehill’s new found confidence as the Dolphins travel to Chicago to face the Bears in the team’s first preseason game. (Tannehill will probably only get a series or two. And Stills and Parker will be sitting this one out.) Hopefully Tannehill takes another step toward proving his doing his job and keeps the micro-mangers off of his back.
This story was written by Carlos A. Hernandez. Follow him on Twitter: @LosDez
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