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.

26 responses to “Tannehill says he won’t force it to Wallace

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

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

  7. “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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?


  11. 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.

  12. 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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