Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught the eye of many a Dolphins fan today, and for all the wrong reasons, immediately triggering the masses with a comment he made during an interview with Cleveland.com reporter Dan Labbe.
Landry was asked if there is a Jarvis Landry the Browns haven’t seen, and Landry initially gave the standard politically correct and bland answer.
“I think (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley) is going to give me the opportunities I need to, not show off my talents, but the things I can do,” he said. “I believe that I’m a complete wide receiver all around. Do I lack speed? Yeah. But a lot of guys lack speed. Jordy Nelson lacks speed, but he goes over 1,000 yards.”
And then the interview slowly eased its way off the rails, at least in Dolphinsland.
“The quarterback play is so important,” said Landry, “which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod (Taylor) and (Baker Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out there. It makes me much more excited.”
And then this:
“It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that.”
Uh, yeah. Hugs and kisses to you too, Jarvis.
While Landry could well be talking about the quarterback play of last season, when Jay Cutler took over after Ryan Tannehill went under the knife for season-ending knee surgery, Dolphins fans were quick to jump to the defense of Tannehill, who paired with Landry for 288 receptions in Landry’s first three years in the league.
It also didn’t go unnoticed that Landry saw a career high in receptions (112) catching balls from Cutler.
To be fair, Landry did also mention some nice things about Tannehill and Cutler in that same interview.
"I think (Ryan) Tannehill's skill level and the way that he was playing the year we went to the playoffs before his injury was at a high level and he could have took us to a championship or whatever or whatnot, but it didn't happen. Things happen in the NFL and we moved past it and the next season we had Jay Cutler and I love Jay. I love Jay. I really do."
Well, it wasn't a total shot, right?
Except for the part where he is just flat out wrong, as he stated that the Miami QBs didn't want to get together to throw in the offseason, which Browns QB Tyrod Taylor was willing to do.
"As soon as I found out he was coming, I texted [Taylor]: 'Let's do it.' Found out when he was coming up here, we all came up here for the press conference, we did the press conference, then we did the thing in Miami where we got everybody together and then we're back here. And we've got something else planned when we leave here right before training camp and stuff like that. I love it," Landry said. "Again, I didn't do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn't want to do it. I would say that the chemistry and the type of guys that I'm around here makes me that much more excited because I know I'm going to be pushed at all levels at all times."
There's just one problem though...it's a known fact that Ryan Tannehill has always displayed a willingness to get together with his receivers in the offseason, and he has always done it. Has Landry just forgotten? Was he not invited? Is he just lying through his teeth? If so, why? This whole interview is bizarre to say the least.
Will it be long before we see bumper stickers in Miami that say “My two favorite teams are the Miami Dolphins and whoever is playing the Browns?"
This writer thinks that come winter, Landry will be wishing he was still catching balls from Tannehill.
At the least, we can now expect Dolphins fans to be watching Landry’s play while (wildly hopeful projection alert!) Ryan Tannehill throws for career highs in yards and touchdowns this year.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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