Written by Matthew Cannata
Recently, Greg Likens of The Finsiders sat down with quarterback Ryan Tannehill for an interview and to get his thoughts on the upcoming season.
Tannehill, who took a beating last year and who has played in Mike Sherman's offense since college, will be behind a new and improved offensive line as well as a new offense under Bill Lazor. Tannehill is excited about both of these changes, especially Lazor.
“He’s very precise. He wants everything to be exactly like we talk about. That gives me comfort knowing that I should know where guys should be at on every play because we’ve talked about it, we’ve walked through it, we’ve ran it before, we’ve corrected it, and now we all understand exactly what to do. Yeah, things are going to happen throughout a play, but when you have that type of precision coming from your coordinator then you can transition that to the position coaches and the players, and that accountability is raised.”
In regards to the revamped offensive line, Tannehill sounds like someone who trusts in them, unlike last year where he often had no idea what was going to happen on any given play.
“It’s been great. You can tell it’s a talented group. You see Branden (Albert), who was a pro bowl player from last year…We bring in Shelly Smith, draft Ja’Wuan James, Dallas Thomas is already here but had to transition from playing tackle last year over to guard. It’s been a learning process for those guys just getting comfortable playing as a unit, but if you look back from day one until now you can see them start to jell together, start to understand the calls, see the calls happen before they’re made, and when that happens it’s really a dangerous weapon to have to help in the run game and pass game.
Tannehill had much more to say in the interview but everyone knows, including him, that this is a big year for him. Most quarterbacks blossom in year three and he must take the next step in 2014 to be considered one of the top quarterbacks in the league.