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Tannehill says “65-70 percent” of Dolphins playbook is same as A&M

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Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins started rookie minicamp on Friday.

It doesn’t sound like Tannehill is going to have much of a learning curve for the offensive playbook. Tannehill said, via Jeff Darlington of, that 80-85 percent of the playbook looks like what he used at Texas A&M under current Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and that 65-70 percent of it is exactly the same.

Knowing the plays isn’t enough for Tannehill to thrive, obviously. There’s the little matter of the professional defenses he’s never played against before, for starters. But knowing the playbook is going to close the gap in whatever quarterback competition goes on with Matt Moore and David Garrard because the book is totally new to them.

Tannehill’s arm drew strong reviews from Darlington and other media members who watched the workout, albeit with caveats about not being able to tell much from throws made during a rookie minicamp. It’s certainly better than the alternative when you’re talking about the eighth overall pick, though.

In other news from the minicamp, tackle Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins’ second pick in the draft, started making the transition from left to right tackle. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Martin called the process “a little strange, but I’m getting it.”

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34 Responses to “Tannehill says “65-70 percent” of Dolphins playbook is same as A&M”
  1. msmith954 says: May 4, 2012 6:02 PM

    The rest of A&M’s playbook is too complicated for the Dolphins.

  2. jfont1584 says: May 4, 2012 6:08 PM

    Hahaha what’s that say about the dolphins offense?? Maybe that’s why you guys are awful, your running a college offense!!!

  3. jenniferxxx says: May 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Is it too soon to talk Superbowl?

  4. sportmentary says: May 4, 2012 6:15 PM

    It’s good to know that the Dolphins have progressed to little more than a college team!

  5. mikebe1 says: May 4, 2012 6:15 PM

    That sounds like they have a great future ahead of them.

  6. unodosochocinco says: May 4, 2012 6:15 PM

    For a popular sports blog, you guys sure do mess a lot of players names up.

  7. purplegreenandgold says: May 4, 2012 6:23 PM

    so are you saying that 65-70 percent of the offense wont be a surprise to defenses if they do some film study of A&M

  8. forty9asty says: May 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    “But knowing the playbook is going to close the gap in whatever quarterback competition goes on with Mike Moore and David Garrard because the book is totally new to them”

    …also new to them is that there is another quarterback on their roster named Mike Moore and not Matt…

  9. talkintrashallday says: May 4, 2012 6:30 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation

  10. thetroofishere says: May 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    That explains it.

  11. henryjones20 says: May 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    Nice 2know bills got two wins already.

  12. raqaiw says: May 4, 2012 6:38 PM

    Football is football. There are no magical plays that only one team possesses that make them superior to others, it’s the execution and disguise of the play that make teams better or worse.A prime example are the the Saints, they run alot of the same plays over and over, but vary they personnel packages, vary the alignments of the players, vary the motioning of different players, add in the threat of the run to increase the effectiveness of play-action and such. It creates enormous pressure on the defense because they think the see one thing and react to it only to find out that its something completely different. The same could be said about top-tier defenses like the Ravens and Steelers. They haven’t suddenly magically figured out a new way to play, they just present a look on defense then switch up what you think you’re getting. defenders are where the QB and O-Line didn’t think they’d be, and big plays ensue.

  13. igotgamenj says: May 4, 2012 6:41 PM

    Better than running the Dead Wildcat.

  14. craigmaitland says: May 4, 2012 6:43 PM

    Too bad his wrs at a&m were more talented that whatever nonsense he has to throw to in Miami.

  15. jaredo10 says: May 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    why so many haters? dolphins are going to own there division in the years to come..

  16. jimmymarlinsfan says: May 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    And yet aside from the pats, the phins stand just as good of a chance to win the most games in the AFC East as anyone else

    Matt Moore played well when protected and it seems he has plenty of good prospects to throw to as well as Reggie Bush, Fasano, and Bess. And with Philbin’s scheming, I think we will finally have a coach willing to go down the field within the realm of the west coast offense

    Miami’s defense is tough and Vernon and Wake will cause lots of headaches for Qb’s with outside pressure and Davis and Smith showed to be pretty good corners…the safety position worries me but I think the phins can win 8 or 9 games this year if things go right..for once in a long time

  17. Kave Krew says: May 4, 2012 6:55 PM

    The Dolphins 2012 opponents thank you for giving them a jump on things…….Sonny, que up the Texas A&M films plz….

  18. blacknole08 says: May 4, 2012 7:40 PM

    Doesn’t matter who the starter is in Miami, the Patriots are winning the division this year.

  19. 305phinphan says: May 4, 2012 7:44 PM

    It can’t be any worse than Tony Sparano and Brian Daboll calling the plays! Good luck Jet fans!

  20. lolb23 says: May 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Miami would finish 3rd in the Big 12

  21. benh999 says: May 4, 2012 8:18 PM

    In other words, the Fins are using a college play book. Not much of a surprise there.

  22. tfbuckfutter says: May 4, 2012 9:11 PM

    That’s so funny because 65-70 percent of the Dolphins roster could actually play for A&M.


    In a rebuilding year.

  23. thefiesty1 says: May 4, 2012 9:34 PM

    Just look how that turned out. Too bad for the ‘Fins. It didn’t work out that well in Aggieland and it won’t in the NFL.

  24. onkorules says: May 4, 2012 9:40 PM

    Let me get this straight… My beloved Phins Hired the fired head coach of Texas A&M to be there offensive coordinator, drafted the QB, and now are implementing the A&M play book, all of which couldn’t win 50% of its games in the big 12… And I should be optimistic about our future.

  25. bchapman2011 says: May 4, 2012 9:41 PM

    Attn all of the comedians on the board: Take a shot at Miami while you can. They will be contending for the division by 2013.

  26. mfpepin says: May 4, 2012 9:57 PM

    It’s a pro-style offense, buddy.

  27. 805_9er says: May 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    Anybody know what the tie breaker will be if both the Fins and Clowns are 0-16?

    They both play Indy so they might have a chance there and the Fins play the Jags which should be a tossup…

  28. orthomarine says: May 4, 2012 10:05 PM

    I feel your hate…. yesss… now strike me down and your transfer to the dark side will be complete…

    Jets Suck
    Pats Suck
    Bills Blow

    I love the offseason

  29. totallydisgusted says: May 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    Good. Then you are only 65 to 70 percent away from shame and mediocrity.

  30. latenightroach says: May 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    It seems that after so many years, the Dolphins are finally going to make their way out of the gutter. I’m happy for them. I can already see the hate, bitterness, and jealousy towards them right here.

  31. charliegirl1 says: May 4, 2012 10:30 PM

    Does that mean they’ll go 8-8 for the next 10 seasons?

  32. latenightroach says: May 4, 2012 10:31 PM

    onkorules says: May 4, 2012 9:40 PM

    “Let me get this straight… My beloved Phins Hired the fired head coach of Texas A&M to be there offensive coordinator, drafted the QB, and now are implementing the A&M play book, all of which couldn’t win 50% of its games in the big 12… And I should be optimistic about our future.”

    A&M’s defense was really bad. You got nothing to worry about.

  33. TaiwanMike says: May 5, 2012 2:10 AM

    Could it be that 60-75% of the concepts are the same as opposed to the playbook and the terminology? I have a very hard time believing that an NFL playbook that usually resembles a phone book is a three-quarters copy of a college playbook, where the players still have non-football related activities during the day. Unless this is a smokescreen, I don’t believe it.

  34. latchbeam says: May 5, 2012 12:56 PM

    And when Miami starts throwing more than 7 yards deep and running outside the tackles, the other the other 25-40%.

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