Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:20 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Everyone has been talk about the read-option offense that the Miami Dolphins have implemented this season but what does Ryan Tannehill think about it? After all, he’s the one making all the decision immediately after the ball is snapped and he’s the one running all over the place trying to avoid a huge hit from an opposing defensive player. With all that pressure and all those risks, is this something Tannehill likes doing?
“It’s a good change up. I think it adds another element to our offense, keeps them honest. (I) was able to slow down those defensive ends, so that Lamar (Miller) and the other guys can hit the holes inside. It’s picked up some big yards for us. We’ve had some big plays with me running the ball and those are big plays for us offensively.”
“It’s a factor. It’s been a factor since game one. I think we’ve run it probably the same percentage of plays from game one. It just kind of turns out I’ve had more keeps over the past couple. But you never know going into a game how many times you’re going to end up keeping the ball. It’s just kind of the way it’s turned out.”
With that said, is Tannehill looking to challenge a defender and try to run him over instead of taking the easy slide or taking the route to run out of bounds?
“No, I don’t challenge anybody. I’m not looking to run head to head with anybody. If there is some space and I’m able to gain a few extra yards and not take a hit, a big hit, then I’m going to do that, but I’m not looking to run anybody over or anything like that.”
Some on this site and others around the web have said that when Tannehill runs, the Dolphins offense is better and he plays better as well. However, Tannehill doesn’t think that’s necessarily true.
“I don’t know about that. I think it helps us move the ball. If we’re moving the ball, that’s when you’re getting in the rhythm. When you’re getting first downs, staying on the field and moving the ball, that’s when you get in a rhythm.”
Now that Tannehill has kept it on a more consistent basis the past few games, is he worried that opposing defenses are going to figure out how to stop it? According to him, the answer is no.
“There’s been a package. We didn’t change really anything up from game one. Like I said, we’ve been running the same plays. It just kind of turned out that’s the looks we got. You play what you see. At the end of the day, you can’t go in expecting, ‘I’m going to have five keeps this game. I’m going to have one keep.’ You just play what you see and that’s the way it turned out.”