Dolphins expect Tannehill to improve under new system:
For the first time since high school, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will run an offense designed by someone other than Mike Sherman. Sherman was Miami’s offensive coordinator in Tannehill’s first two NFL seasons, and was the head coach at Texas A&M when Tannehill played there.
Now Tannehill and his teammates must learn a new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s playbook, which spreads the field and moves players around a lot to create mismatches.
So far, Tannehill is a fan of the new offense.
"I like a lot of things about it," Tannehill said via the Sun-Sentinal. "I think we have a good run package. It spreads the field, creates running lanes inside. We get the ball all over the field to all of our playmakers and create matchups. That’s fun for me. We have the guys that can win those one-on-one matchups.
The Dolphins and Tannehill anticipate he’ll make significant progress as a third-year quarterback under the new system. He has thrown 36 touchdown passes but also 30 interceptions, with the Dolphins falling short of the playoffs both years.
"This is a big year for myself and for our team," Tannehill said. "Last year we underperformed."
A first-round draft pick in 2012, Tannehill started every game in his first two NFL seasons. He doesn’t turn 26 until next month, but only 16 players have been on Dolphins’ roster longer.
So the Dolphins coaching staff are expecting him to assume more of a leadership role.
"Now I’m more apt to step up and say something and make a statement," he said. "That’s part of playing the quarterback position. Now I feel more comfortable. I have the respect of my teammates and I can do that." (Photo: Associated Press)