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.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971