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Adam Gase: We’re going to go through a process with Ryan Tannehill

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins prepares to take the field before the game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

One of the first orders of business for coach Adam Gase with the Dolphins is finding a way to get better results out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, something that has been a frequent topic of conversation for Gase and others in the organization since Gase was named Joe Philbin’s successor last month.

It continued to be a topic when Gase spoke to the media from the Scouting Combine on Wednesday. Gase was asked about how much freedom Tannehill would have to change plays, something he didn’t enjoy under Philbin and something that’s been cited as working against Tannehill by wide receiver Greg Jennings and others. Gase said the quarterback would have the right to check out of plays, although how much would be determined over time and that  “earlier it’s probably not going to be as much as it will be later.”

Progression was a recurring theme in Gase’s comments about getting Tannehill moving in a better direction on the field.

“It’s not going to be like all of a sudden in two weeks we’re going to be like, all right, I got it,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “It’s going to take the entire spring. It’s going to take training camp. It’s going to take regular-season games. This is not going to be one of those things where I’m going to have a great feel for him right away. We’re going to have to go through a little bit of a process. There’s going to be bumps in the road, but that’s football.”

Bumps in the road are nothing new for the Dolphins, but it’s been a long time since they’ve been able to get through them to flatter ground. If Gase can move Tannehill to a higher plane, smoother sailing should be ahead in Miami.

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20 Responses to “Adam Gase: We’re going to go through a process with Ryan Tannehill”
  1. mx429 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:27 AM

    All he ahs to do is teach him to read a defense, feel and evade the pass rush, and then hit a receiver in stride beyond 15 yards.

    How hard could that be?

  2. ebr362 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:46 AM

    THill is such an enigma. On one hand you see the obvious talent, on the other hand you see the obvious shortcomings. The problem on making the decision of whether he is a franchise QB lies in the fact that he has never been able to settle in to one offensive plan/coach and he has never had an oline that allows him the time he needs to feel comfortable so that the powers that be can make the right decision on him. Not many Qbs would succeed with such turmoil. I hope he gets the o line he needs and Gase figures out how to get him to the next level. Love the kids toughness and it would be nice to finally have a franchise QB you can depend upon on third down in the fouth qtr.

  3. cwk22 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:47 AM

    I hope this coach proves to be better then the last 300 we have had since Shula! Been a fan since the first day of the franchise and this program is like a DVD on a continuous loop. A losing loop at that!

  4. jjb0811 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:54 AM

    That process consist of paying $100m to a marginal QB w/ a bad attitude. And another $100m to a DT w/ a worse attitude.

  5. pats777 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:09 AM

    Is this the RGIII process?

  6. nhpats says: Feb 25, 2016 8:39 AM

    The process should be to replace Tannehill with RGIII….

  7. annes22 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:45 AM

    Maybe finally Ryan has got a coach that can help him. He has plenty of ability, but the coaches he has had have been hopeless.

  8. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 25, 2016 8:49 AM

    Feel sorry for the kid, he has had a ton of coordinators. Clear direction would be good for a player with little QB experience walking into that thing.

  9. uglydingo says: Feb 25, 2016 8:56 AM

    Increasingly clear that Mike Sherman, Bill Lazor and Joe Philbin severely stunted Tannehill’s development as a QB by not permitting him to make any audibles. Ryan Tannehill is now going into his 5th NFL season and he finally gets his training wheels removed from the bike.

  10. harveyredman says: Feb 25, 2016 10:01 AM

    “uglydingo says:
    Feb 25, 2016 8:56 AM
    Increasingly clear that Mike Sherman, Bill Lazor and Joe Philbin severely stunted Tannehill’s development as a QB by not permitting him to make any audibles.”

    ________________________________

    Or maybe they realized he wasn’t smart enough to learn the basic offense let alone make changes at the line.

    How many years does he need to start and play before he “gets over the hump”? Maybe he is on the Cutler plan – play 10 years with multiple contract extensions based on unrealized “potential”.

  11. thetruthcampaign says: Feb 25, 2016 10:01 AM

    Start saving your money, Ryan.

  12. guvsta says: Feb 25, 2016 10:36 AM

    I wouldn’t be against drafting another QB in the first round if the right one is there. I’m not anti-Tannehill but I’ve watched every game he’s played and I don’t think he has the ‘it’ factor to be a difference maker. When the game needs a game-changing play, he’s not your guy. That’s not wholly down to the o-line or coaches.

  13. laxcoach37 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:55 AM

    jjb0811 says:
    Feb 25, 2016 7:54 AM
    That process consist of paying $100m to a marginal QB w/ a bad attitude. And another $100m to a DT w/ a worse attitude.
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    Tannehill will be paid $12.8M in 2016 and that ranks him 19th in QB Salary. Nice try though…… Not defending him, but the reality is he has performed very well considering his obstacles: locker room scandals, the 30th, 29th and 31st ranked OLines. I say give him a chance to learn from a real Coach with a flexible play calling system and then if he does no better… kick him to the curb. His Contract is not Guaranteed like Suh’s.

  14. txfinfan says: Feb 25, 2016 11:33 AM

    If you cut the kid some slack with all the dysfunction of the 2015 season, Tannehill ranked 16th among QBs in 2014 so 19th in salary pretty much means we are getting our money’s worth. Remember, the Broncos beat Carolina with a feebled Peyton Manning because they shutdown Cam Newton. Everybody who thinks Tannehill is the reason we aren’t in the playoffs needs a history lesson…

  15. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 25, 2016 11:41 AM

    harveyredman says:
    Feb 25, 2016 10:01 AM
    “uglydingo says:
    Feb 25, 2016 8:56 AM
    Increasingly clear that Mike Sherman, Bill Lazor and Joe Philbin severely stunted Tannehill’s development as a QB by not permitting him to make any audibles.”

    ________________________________

    Or maybe they realized he wasn’t smart enough to learn the basic offense let alone make changes at the line.

    How many years does he need to start and play before he “gets over the hump”? Maybe he is on the Cutler plan – play 10 years with multiple contract extensions based on unrealized “potential”.
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    It shouldn’t take long at all. He’s actually a very intelligent player, but it takes everyone being on the same page to have success.

  16. iamkillerfin says: Feb 25, 2016 12:46 PM

    Let Tannehill QB, call audibles run if he has to what ever it takes!!! Philbin hand cuffed him & that’s why everyone hates this kid, well guess what IT IS NOT HIS FAULT!!! Can’t throw accurately if you’re running for your life!!! RGIII is a bust let Cleveland take him!!! GO FINS!!!

  17. FinFan68 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:28 PM

    Every practice, I would put him under center with a blindfold on for a few plays. Run some timing patterns and let him execute while blindfolded. The throws will likely be off target but the point of the exercise is that he will be forced to “feel” the rush rather than see it. Many of his sacks come because by the time he sees or hears the guy coming it is about a half-second too late to get out of the way. He looks like scooby-doo because his legs start moving quickly but he isn’t going anywhere. He is way too athletic and quick to take so many sacks even with that abysmal o-line. Hopefully Gase will get him on the move more often by rolling him out some. That will mitigate the rush a bit and also caters to one of his strengths because he throws well on the run and he can pull it down and scamper for some cheap yards when it is there. Allowing him to check out of disastrous looks and exploit mismatches will do wonders for his confidence also.

  18. mickton says: Feb 25, 2016 8:02 PM

    The phins would be wise to try & get stanfords kevin hogan.

  19. brad8303 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:13 AM

    Tannehill can’t change the plays untill he learns how to read defenses correctly. He better learn pretty quick or it is going to be the NFL for him “NOT FOR LONG”as coach Jerry Glanville said.

  20. lawlessko says: Feb 27, 2016 1:16 AM

    Gotta find a way to keep him on his feet first.

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