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Tannehill says he won’t force it to Wallace


Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is smart enough to know he needs to get the ball to Mike Wallace.

He’s also smart enough to not telegraph his intentions.

Tannehill said that even after Wallace’s frustrations last week, he wasn’t going to overcompensate to get the ball to the team’s big-money acquisition.

“I’m going to play the quarterback position the way coaches install the plays; I’m going to go through the reads just like they install it,” Tannehill said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “We’re going to try to get him the ball when he’s in the play, but we’re not going to force him the ball.”

While Wallace tried to deflect his anger, saying he was simply mad at himself for a bad performance, his “Ask coach,” volley Sunday speaks to a different frustration.

Not an unusual one, just a different one.

“Mike was obviously in a tough spot at the end of that game but everything is 100 percent normal in the locker room,” Tannehill said. “He’s great, practicing hard every day, joking around. He’s his same old self. He’s looking forward to getting back on the field this week.”

And if Tannehill wants to keep the locker room peace — not to mention add a needed dimension to the offense — he’ll make sure Wallace is involved more.

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26 Responses to “Tannehill says he won’t force it to Wallace”
  1. smackingfools says: Sep 12, 2013 10:21 AM

    Tannehill is an underrated player.

  2. tannethrill says: Sep 12, 2013 10:27 AM

    Sooner or later they’ll double Hartline and try to get away with single on Wallace or just try and bring extra pressure up front. Hopefully those moments come a bit more often. Tannehill at least seems to be waiting for the right moment.

    Wallace can complain all he wants as long as we win and he keeps going deep.

  3. blacknole08 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    Good. Wallace needs to get open if he wants the ball. Help your young QB out instead of whining that u arent getting the ball.

  4. ccjcsr says: Sep 12, 2013 10:42 AM

    Smart QB right there, throw to the open guy not because he has a big contract.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Sep 12, 2013 10:48 AM

    This time last year I was all about RG3 and didn’t like Tannehill. Fast forward a year and RG3 has rubbed me the wrong way all while Tannehill goes about his business. Dude has started more NFL games at QB than he ever did in college already. He is a good QB.

    As for doubling Hartline and not Wallace I have to disagree. You don’t want to give up the bomb to Wallace, but this is why I’m typing and not coaching. The Dolphins have talent and the Pats have injuries. It could happen this year for Miami in the East.

  6. realfootballfan says: Sep 12, 2013 11:02 AM


  7. loyalraven says: Sep 12, 2013 11:36 AM

    I bet he forces it to Wallace all the time.

  8. christophershearin says: Sep 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    wallace was owned by haden

  9. ilovemyfins says: Sep 12, 2013 12:04 PM

    I think RT is doing a great job…hope his line helps out more…wish we kept Bush.

  10. doe22us says: Sep 12, 2013 12:04 PM

    Yeah he better catch more than 1 pass for 15 yards, i have you in most of my leagues dude, but good news is that not entirely dependent on his production. Its an added bonus if he comes through.

  11. buffal0s0uljah says: Sep 12, 2013 12:05 PM

    And just how will Tannehill “make sure Wallace is involved more?” Force the ball into double coverage? Target him while the CB is running down the field with him step for step?

    Wallace is doing a great job at being the decoy, opening up catches for Hartline and Gibson underneath, as seen in the Browns game. The last thing Tannehill needs is to force the ball to Wallace when the read is not there.

    Just keep doing what your doing Tanney…

  12. burm61 says: Sep 12, 2013 12:13 PM

    The Dolphins are acting like Joe Haden isn’t a very underrated lock-down CB.

  13. drewsylvania says: Sep 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    Yes, but can Tannehill make the throws to be consistently successful? I doubt it.

  14. drewsylvania says: Sep 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    Tannehil isn’t underrated–he simply isn’t that good.

  15. selbyrj82 says: Sep 12, 2013 1:24 PM

    So a QB isn’t going to force it to him AKA he won’t throw to a WR when he is not open? I’d be far more concerned and interested if Tannehill had said the opposite.

  16. stopthemadness101 says: Sep 12, 2013 2:01 PM

    Screw that. I didn’t draft Wallace to ride the bench on my fantasy team. Force him the ball dammit.

  17. jetsareajoke says: Sep 12, 2013 2:43 PM

    “Target him while the CB is running down the field with him step for step?”
    Haden is one of the few DBs who CAN keep up step for step.

  18. codyodea says: Sep 12, 2013 2:48 PM

    Drew, how can you just spout off that Tannehill just isn’t that good? Have you even watched him play? He is a raw talent who is further along than most guys would be with his limited amount of experience.

  19. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Sep 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    I can see Tannehill having a similar stat line to maybe Jeff Garcia in his prime. 30 Td’s 10 Int’s with a 60+ comp %.

    I think he will be a good one.

  20. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    Every player in the Nfl is good believe it or not, just some are better than others and a few are better than good.

  21. finz4eva says: Sep 12, 2013 7:38 PM

    Dolts DBs aint gonna be able to stop Tannehill 325 yds and 3 TDs and the win over oliver luck 24-10.

  22. FinFan68 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:57 PM

    drewsylvania says:
    Sep 12, 2013 12:43 PM
    Yes, but can Tannehill make the throws to be consistently successful? I doubt it
    Either you have seen a very limited amount of his throws or you just don’t understand what you are watching. Tannihill has an above average arm and consistently makes good throws on the tough routes like the out pattern on the wide side of the field.

  23. randomguy9999 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:18 PM

    wow… the Tanny critics are getting slammed with thumbs downs….

    problem is, Tanny really hasn’t shown franchise potential…. has he been fairly controlled and saying the right stuff and putting up middle of the pack numbers?


    but has he shown one flash of being the future franchise QB?


  24. jetsareajoke says: Sep 12, 2013 10:31 PM

    randomguy — how can you say he hasn’t shown “franchise potential”. He had ZERO running game and took the game on his back in the second half. Isn’t that what franchise QBs do? Not to mention that the O-Line was hardly giving him any time to throw.

  25. phinfan says: Sep 13, 2013 9:36 AM

    loyalraven says: Sep 12, 2013 11:36 AM

    I bet he forces it to Wallace all the time.

    I think you seem to think he is Henne v2.

  26. makenobones says: Sep 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    Hey randomguy and drewsylvania,
    You both should start REALLY watching football sometime. If you don’t think Tannehill is any good, than I would have to say you both aren’t any good at being critics.

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