Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Ryan Tannehill looked like a much different player against the Oakland Raiders than he had in the previous three weeks against the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Perhaps it was the fact that his coaches called him out during the week or perhaps it’s the fact that he’s finally getting comfortable in the new offense. Whatever it is, Bill Lazor is happy about it and liked what he saw.
“Maybe it’s just me, I just take them each one at a time. I thought he was very accurate on the touchdown to Dion Sims on the run. He was very accurate in the pocket on the route throw up the seam to Brian Hartline. He was accurate on a number of the quick catch-and-throw screens he threw to the outside, which seemed like a little thing, but aren’t always that easy. So I think there were a whole bunch of them. As coaches, we just take them one at a time because, if we find one we need to work on, we’ve got to make sure we do.”
Tannehill also did a lot more running on Sunday, picking up 35 yards on 5 rushes, which is an average of 7 yards per carry. Lazor was asked if he’s tempted to use Tannehill in more running situations after seeing how successful he was.
“A large portion of the quarterback runs will be based on what the defense does. A large portion of the time when people think there’s a possibility of the quarterback running, he actually doesn’t have that option. Sometimes, when people think he doesn’t have that option, he does.”
One of the biggest things though was the fact that Tannehill completed passes to nine different receivers. Joe Philbin was very excited about this and knows that spreading the ball out like this needs to continue.
“That’s great stuff. That’s good. The more weapons you can have, the more guys that can do something once they get the ball in their hands. I’m all for it. I think it’s great.”
If Tannehill play on a consistent basis like he played on Sunday, he will easily push his way into the discussion as some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. It will be a wait and see approach though and we’ll find out more in just about 12 days when they take on the Green Bay Packers.