The Miami Dolphins offense was much improved in 2014 after two years under Mike Sherman. We saw Ryan Tannehill take the next step in his career and throw for over 4,000 yards, Lamar Miller rush for over 1,000 yards and Mike Wallace tie his career high with ten touchdowns in a single season. With another year in this offensive system, Joe Philbin anticipates that the players will only get better from here.
“I think it helps both the staff and the players. I do think it is a plus,” Philbin said. “I do think it helps the quarterback. I think it helps everybody because you get a chance now to step back a little bit and take a look at, again, I don’t know how many snaps we ran this year, what did we have, about 1,000 or 1,100 something like that, a lot of plays, and you get the chance to study them. Now Ryan, Bill (Lazor), Ben (Johnson) and Zac (Taylor) can get together and watch the third downs together and watch all the 55-coverage, those specific things and how our pass concepts marry up to different coverages that they face. I think that’s all beneficial.”
On Sunday against the New York Jets, Tannehill surpassed the 4,000 yard mark but after the game, he didn’t care much about it because the team didn’t walk off the field with a win.
“It doesn’t mean a lot to me right now. I just wanted to win “It’s tough to think about now, honestly. I’m out here to improve every day, every week. But ultimately, I’m after wins.”
With that kind of achievement though, the organization is excited about where Tannehill is headed in terms of climbing the career progression ladder. With that said though, Philbin still says the team has a lot of challenges this offseason but admitted it makes things easier when you have your quarterback is set.
“I don’t know if the offseason is ever easy, but I certainly think Ryan (Tannehill) did a lot of good things and a lot of positive things. I think he’s headed in the right direction. I thought his performance was better. That’s always encouraging when your quarterback plays better from the previous year. The offseason, there’s a lot of things. It’s not about one position. It’s about getting better as a football team.”
Although some people may think the Dolphins have a lot of holes on the offense, the reality is that they are headed in the right direction. With a few tweaks here and there and with Tannehill’s expected improvement, the team has the potential to be a top ten offense in 2015.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs