Monday, November 03, 2014

The Marino Affect On Tannehill

Former Dolphin great Dan Marino has been spending some quality time toturing QB Ryan Tannehill.  They have been watching film together as Marino shares with Tannehill what he looks for while studying an opposing defense.

But I believe, after watching Sunday's game again, that Marino's biggest affect on Tannehill is more mechanical than cerebral.

Even though Tannehill has a big arm, he had been trying to put too much touch on his passes.  Many of which were falling into enemy hands or harmlessly to the ground or wound up being over thrown to the WRs.

Against San Diego, we saw plenty of Marino like zip on his passes.  Tannehill is starting to make his reads and then zip it in there.

He thread a few needles Sunday as he fired the ball with much more velocity on his passes than in games past.

As such, his passes were finding their receivers in stride leading to big gains.

Case in point his 38 yard reception to Mike Wallace.

On this play, Tannehill rippid one in between two defenders and in front of the San Diego safety, allowing Wallace to gain 20 more yards in yac.

Marino was notorious not only for his quick release but also for his canon arm.  Tannehill may not possess Marino's quick draw but he certainly has as powerful an arm as Marino's.

Now, you can consider our West Coast Offense to be a Finesse Offense but that doesn't mean that Tannehill has to lob it in there.

Nor does Tannehill have to complete some long balls to be effective.

We can still run quick slants and crossing patterns, which when hit in stride, can turn short passes into big gains creating those chunk yards we all want to see.

if the velocity is there, as it was on Sunday, then Tannehill will continue to put up great numbers and we will all be glad he did.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

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The Marino Effect, love it! Also, notice how ordinary Foles is without Lazor?


Wow! Great point canamdolphin!


I still say that I can teach Tannehill how to throw the deep ball people. However, I am not going to do it free. With the deep ball, we will not loose another game!


I was wondering when you would appear, David.

Send a video of players before abd after your tutelage to Lazor. I would also include testimonials from both your pupils' coaches as well as coaches whose teams played against your pupils to say how much better those QBs were after your tutelage.


I have to disagree, don't get angry yet let me explain. Yes Tannehill looked alot better Sunday, he looked like the QB I've always thought he could be. But we didn't win this game on T-hills arm, we won it on Defense again. FOUR turnovers by the D made a short field for the offense to work with. Miller is running awesome this year and Thomas, Williams, and Tannehill ran well too. (Let's not forget that Tannehill had the most rushing yards for a good part of the game.) Where I have seen improvement the most is his decision making. The touchdown to Reshard Matthews where he pulls his pass down, scrambles to the left, and throws a beautiful pass to Matthews in stride for a TD. In the Past Ryan might have thrown a tipped ball or taken a sack or after scrambling tried to run it in. Sunday he made the right decisions and got the ball to Matthews for an upright TD. That was my favorite play from the Offense on Sunday.

To all the Deep Ball enthusiasts like David Matt Moore came in and threw 2 deep balls to Wallace and they don't connect on either, so maybe not so much Tannehill's fault after all? On that trickery play where Wallace throws the ball deep to Hartline and doesn't even come close to hitting him and he was well covered. BTW I had no idea Wallace had an arm on him.

I am going to enjoy this win SO VERY MUCH for 5 more days. I only hope that our Dolphins don't too self absorbed and expect a shutout victory in Detroit.
Humility is the path to the Super Bowl.


Mattbatt, as I stated above, Tannehill absolutely fired the ball on Sunday. He zipped his passes as opposed to trying the just get them there.

That alone reminded me of Marino who threw the ball very hard. I wouldn't doubt that Marino discussed this with Tannehill and Tannehill took it to heart.


yep there were some laser throws (no pun intended) and they were very Marino-esque, but I would hope that the QB coach was working on those with him for a lot longer than the time Marino has spent with him. if Marino is the cause of his recent improvement then maybe he should be the QB coach. Go Phins!


A QB coach has to work on so parts of the mechanics, making sure they understand the game plan and following up on the players performance from the previous game.

That's a lot of communication between the coach and the player. Sometimes an item gets lost in the noise.

And then when one person, whom the player respects, says the same thing without all the noise, it finally hits home.


Matt, Matt Moore's deep pass was off because the coaches have had him tucked away under the kitchen sink withe the Ajax and Draino for too long; with a little practice, Matt Moore would be hitting Wallace in stride every time!

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Marino probably had the quickest release I have ever seen. I don't remember an exuberant # of deep balls. What I remember were (well, I don't know what is considered deep? So maybe all the passes I'm about to mention were deep balls?) 20-25 yard perfectly placed drop-in pass down the middle to Hardy, Johnson, other TE's. & again 20-25 yard crossing patterns across the middle to Duper, Clayton, Fryar, etc.;
More than ANY PASSING AT ALL, I remember his feet and how his lower body contributed to the strength in his pass. His maneuvering in the pocket was pure beauty! It was as if he had eyes behind his head. Knew when to step up & in & exactly how much; or a half-step right, than back to steps & then throw. There wasn't one before that could dance like that, and there has not been one since. He was a true artist.


Poetry in motion, KNick, poetry in motion.

That was the best comment I have read since the beginning of blogging.