Written by Matthew Cannata at 10:30 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The read-option has been a staple of the Miami Dolphins offense ever since the first game of preseason. However, it wasn’t until the second half of the game against the Green Bay Packers where Ryan Tannehill started to keep the ball more and take off with it, which has resulted in quite a few big gains since that time. Count the offensive linemen as ones who love seeing Tannehill take off and run.
“Most of the time, we try to keep defenders off of him,” Daryn Colledge said. “So you know to see him out there, getting out in the open field and doing what he does, that’s great. We’ve got to get him some longer cleats, so he doesn’t fall down on some of those plays (joking). Then we can get a few more yards out of him.”
Of course, Colledge worries about Tannehill’s safety but is confident that he will make the right decision when he sees defenders coming at him full speed.
“It’s one of those things that I’m hoping Ryan will make the right decision when he’s out there. Obviously, I want him to get as much yardage as he can. When guys start getting close, I want to see him get down and protect himself. I don’t want him to be one of those quarterbacks who’s running and gets himself knocked out of games. But the great thing about this offense is it’s allowed us to be a triple threat when we come out on the field. So he’s doing a great job back there, he’s making great decisions and he’s converted some plays for us to turn into some huge plays for us. So I hope he just keeps doing what he’s doing.”
Mike Pouncey and Branden Albert are two of the other linemen who said that they loved seeing Tannehill run, calling it exciting. Albert said that the entire line along with Tannehill are doing a great job reading everything the right way. Albert hopes that Tannehill will break it for a long touchdown sooner rather than later.
The Dolphins need to continue to let Tannehill run the ball if the coverage dictates it. It has truly opened up the offense and gives one more headache for the opposing defenses each week.