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Adam Gase on Tannehill: If he doesn’t like a play, he tells me

FILE- In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo, Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, left, stands on the sideline with quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. New Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase has a reputation as a quarterback guru, and this season hinges partly on whether he can help Tannehill break through to the elite level. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File) AP

One of the big storylines around the Dolphins this offseason was the increased freedom that quarterback Ryan Tannehill will have to audible out of plays at the line of scrimmage after being barred from doing so when Joe Philbin was the team’s head coach.

The input into the offense that new coach Adam Gase is giving Tannehill goes beyond checking out of plays before the snap, however. Gase explained that he and Tannehill discuss the game plan and Tannehill lets him know which plays he doesn’t like, allowing the quarterback to avoid being in situations that he isn’t comfortable with come Sunday.

“That kind of communication is critical because the last thing I want to do is put him in a position to where he doesn’t like what I’m calling but he doesn’t say anything,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “But I haven’t seen that because he’s been pretty forward about things he doesn’t like and sometimes it hurts you when you’re calling plays because you really like something and then he crosses [the play] off and you’re like, ‘Ah!’ You know you felt like you really loved that play; but that’s what you need. You need that kind of dynamic because at least you know every play that’s being called, he’s basically checked his box of, ‘I’m good with it. I understand what I’m supposed to do.’ And when a guy is invested in the process, he wants to make a lot of the things really work well, especially when he gets his type of plays in there.”

Any of Tannehill’s struggles to this point of his career can’t be laid at Philbin’s feet alone, but none of those offenses were built around Tannehill the way that Gase is building this year’s offense either. That sets this up as a big year for Tannehill and he’ll get a good test in Week One with the Dolphins in Seattle to face the Seahawks.

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16 Responses to “Adam Gase on Tannehill: If he doesn’t like a play, he tells me”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:27 PM

    Fins still remembering Marino & Shula in the 80’s cause not much else has happened since then.

  2. VenerableAxiom says: Sep 8, 2016 4:36 PM

    What? No team discussion about what to do during the National Anthem?

  3. doggeatdogg says: Sep 8, 2016 4:48 PM

    I prefer: “If he doesn’t like a play, he’ll change it.”

  4. jrob23 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:51 PM

    Gase is just giving fans lip service. He’s giving Tannehill rope to hang himself. RT cannot process information quickly enough and if plays break down he panics. Good news for Dolphins fans is there are several elite franchise QB in next year’s draft and your team should be bad enough to be picking in top 5 so Gase will get his man. I’d be surprised if they win 5 games. SEA is going to beat them by 30. RT will be benched by week 10.

  5. craniator says: Sep 8, 2016 4:52 PM

    Expect the Tannebashers to come out in force, in response to this article.

  6. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 8, 2016 5:09 PM

    If Gase can’t turn Turnoverhill into a good QB, then no one can.

  7. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 8, 2016 5:10 PM

    Maybe he should just learn all the plays.

  8. schmitty2 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:10 PM

    Still early of course to see if Gase becomes a decent HC but his good track record as an OC makes me think Tannehill would be wise to stick to the plays that are called IMO.

  9. weepingjebus says: Sep 8, 2016 5:18 PM

    Actually most folks are indifferent to Tannehill, the mayonnaise of QBs. He’s not even bad enough to be interesting, like Geno or Sanchez. Feel better?

  10. scrp2 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:22 PM

    In Tannehill we trust.

    notice that phrase has no ring to it?

  11. wedemboyztripled says: Sep 8, 2016 5:48 PM

    The kid can’t read defenses, that’s why he wasn’t allowed to call audibles.

  12. infectorman says: Sep 8, 2016 6:12 PM

    “If he doesn’t like a play, he tells me”

    what a big boy Ryan is now

  13. jvw1982 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:14 PM

    Sounds like Gase is crossing off all Tannehill excuses so if he fails they will move on from him next yr….but its going to be funny when the fins are running about 4 plays over and over….

  14. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:01 PM

    wedemboyztripled says:
    Sep 8, 2016 5:48 PM
    The kid can’t read defenses, that’s why he wasn’t allowed to call audibles
    Um, no. He wasn’t allowed to call audibles because his prior coaches were micro-managing control freaks in love with their system and fearful of losing their jobs. The offense was dismal because they could not take advantage of mismatches. When the offense got to the line and could see that the play call was doomed, they had no choice but to go through the motions. The result was a lackluster and unmotivated offense. I doubt that will be the case this year.

  15. dolfan72 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:34 AM

    This is Tannehill’s opportunity, and I’m skeptical of his having the ability to make the most of it.

  16. 65dolphinfan says: Sep 9, 2016 10:43 AM

    Tannehill is third all time in passing yards for any QB in NFL history through their first four seasons. That is right behind Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. I’m not saying that Tannehill is the next great QB, but the results of those seasons hasn’t been all on Tannehill. The O-line and the running game have been terrible at best, the defense has been terrible against the run, and the worst has been the play calling. Let’s see what happened this year before we condemn Tannehill.

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