If that 22 yards rushing showed us anything last night, it's that Adam Gase has a new weapon at his disposal. Imagine being a creative offensive mind and watching the likes of Cam Newton tear up the league. Now imagine that your quarterbacks are Manning and Cutler. And so you pocket pass, move the chains as you can, and forget about other possibilities...
Until you arrive in south Florida and meet your new quarterback. Who used to be a receiver. Who is powerful, quick, and fast (yes, those are different things.) And who is a football player first, a quarterback by conversion.
Designed runs didn't seem to fit the last regime's style. And Tannehill's ability to simply choose to go seemed heavily inhibited by the staff. Under Philbin, Tannehill averaged fewer than three carries a game, even though those carries netted more than 5 yards per attempt. The bottom line was that old Joe and his cronies liked to control every play, to follow a script, and to know that no whipper snappers were going to foul up their regularly scheduled mediocrity. He planted his corn straight, and waited for rains that were never going to come, old Joe.
Adam Gase will want his players to surprise him. To think, to make plays, to create. And that will mean that when the other team drops those safeties deep, or plays its secondary tight, backs turned to the backfield, Tannehill will have the chance to beat one linebacker in space and put up 8, 12, maybe even 22 yards the old fashioned way.
Watch out, AFC East. You haven't seen this version of the Dolphins. You are going to hate it.