Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
While many fans and members of the media have been scrutinizing every deep throw from Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace, Joe Philbin hasn’t taken part in that activity and says he isn’t concerned about their chemistry right now. Philbin says that his focus isn’t just on Wallace and the deep balls. It’s on the entire offense and he is focused on creating an explosive one.
"We want to be more explosive as an offense in general," Philbin said, "so I think that's not just Mike Wallace. I thought we had a competitive throw on our one vertical route [last week] against Tampa Bay. Mike's only played 15 plays in the preseason so I'm certainly not concerned about it yet. And I thought it was a good competitive throw and a pretty good route. Certainly [we'd] never insinuate he got bumped or held or anything like that," Philbin said jokingly.
"But we have to have more explosive passes in general, period. And runs, too, for that matter. But as it relates to just one individual, no, I'm not overly concerned."
I agree that the deep ball connection between Tannehill and Wallace has been over-analyzed. While they did leave touchdowns on the field last year, we all need to remember there were a wide variety of factors that led to inconsistency such as stagnant play-calling, Wallace coming to a new team and working with Tannehill for the first time and more. Let’s hope that their connection does improve in 2014 though as it will allow the game to change on one play.