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 NFL.com, 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.”

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

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

  2. “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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

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

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

    Maybe.

    In a rebuilding year.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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