Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
With all of the criticism swirling around Ryan Tannehill, the one thing that cannot be mistaken is the fact that he usually thrives when he runs the two-minute and no-huddle offenses. Yesterday, we saw him drive down the field in a little over a minute before settling on a field goal as time expired in the first half. Time management was a concern that drive but Tannehill explained what happened with that.
“We only had one timeout and Coach (Joe Philbin) said hang on to it as long as you can so I was letting him manage that. I know we took a long time on a couple of plays and we just got to get up and get set faster. I felt like we had plenty of time to go down and get a touchdown. We moved it down the field. We just didn’t put it in. If we had five more seconds, we would have took a shot at the end zone and hopefully scored. But it didn’t happen.”
With Tannehill so effective in this style of offense, why don’t the Dolphins use it more? Tannehill said there are blessings and curses to it.
“I like it. I like playing in the no-huddle. I like getting the defense on their heels a little bit. At the same time we went no-huddle, I think it was in the third quarter and we didn’t move the ball at all. You have to be able to move the ball if you’re going to go no-huddle. Otherwise you put your defense in a bad spot.”
Many had expected Bill Lazor to bring a fast-paced no-huddle approach to the Dolphins but we haven’t seen that much this season. Hopefully, he realizes that the offense thrives with that and begins to use it on a more consistent basis.