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Andy Cohen: Opening The Mailbag
By on August 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

1acam_FansAndy Cohen In The Morning appears on dolphins.com every Monday through Friday, except for the bye week, until the end of the season. The column will be posted each day at 6 a.m. Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

Have a question for A.C.? Submit your questions to Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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Q. What will it take for Tannehill and Wallace to get on the same page? @coach5xchamp

AC: One big play. One special moment. One perfectly executed long pass. They have come so close, I believe if they get it right one time, that’s all they need to gain a measure of confidence and trust. I’ve seen them do it on the practice field. I see Ryan Tannehill find other receivers in stride. I know Mike Wallace is faster than those other receivers. But it’s all about timing and it’s time that they get this fixed.

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Q. Any concern over Ryan Tannehill’s slight regression during the preseason? @jrn26

AC: First of all, I don’t believe he has regressed. I have seen improvement. I have seen him doing a better job taking ownership of this offense. Are there concerns? Sure there are. As mentioned earlier, the deep throws to Wallace must improve. The interception he threw against Dallas was an ill-advised throw and Tannehill needs to, for the most part, rid himself of those. But his accuracy has improved and so has his decision making. I’m really anticipating a solid season from Tannehill. It’s important, though, that he come up with a strong performance against the Patriots.

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Q. Andy, what do you believe has changed about the Dolphins during the preseason coming into the 2014 regular season? @dwarrior586

AC: The biggest change is the new-look offense. The Dolphins will be a far more versatile team this season and we saw that in the preseason. What we didn’t see is most of the new plays Bill Lazor has incorporated into this offense. Why give away your hand so early? With all the movement, all the formations, all the creativity, I believe this offense is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season. But the bottom line is scoring points and that’s how this offense will be judged.

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Q. What is the usual time for a groin injury recovery a la Caleb Sturgis? @scottfkenward

AC: There is no usual time. Groin injuries are like hamstrings; they heal on their own terms. The one thing you don’t want to do is come back too soon and re-aggravate the injury. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to be patient..

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Q. Do you think Jarvis Landry will play a big role in this offense this season? @Truckyaopioion

AC: A huge role. Landry is one of those players who fits perfectly into Bill Lazor’s system. You will see him line up all over the field. And while the Dolphins are loaded at wide receiver, there really isn’t another player who possesses the same skill set as Landry. He has moves you simply can’t teach.

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Q. Andy, do you see Lamar Miller getting first and second team reps while Knowshon Moreno gets the third down reps? @PhishingwPhil

AC: I believe Moreno is too talented and too important to just play on third downs. After his showing against Dallas, it is hard to see a scenario where Moreno doesn’t play a majority of the snaps. I’ve seen formations where Moreno and Miller are in the backfield together. Right now, I believe Miller still has more to prove than Moreno.

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Q. So Andy, how comfortable are you that the Dolphins have improved enough to pose a serious challenge to New England? @pablor323

AC: Relatively comfortable. The defense, for the most part, appears ready. The offense still has a ways to go, but there have been some encouraging signs in the preseason, especially the performance by Knowshon Moreno against Dallas. Still, as always, it all starts with quarterback Ryan Tannehill..

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Q. Your thoughts on the offensive line? @wendynelson22

AC: If this group can stay healthy, it should be OK. I’m not expecting many overpowering performances. But I am expecting to see consistency and few glaring mistakes. Early indications are that right tackle Ja’Wuan James was well worth a No. 1 pick. Branden Albert, at left tackle, is as good as advertised. The Dolphins were fortunate to be able to sign Samson Satele until Mike Pouncey returns. Left guard seems fine with Daryn Colledge, but the big question is at right guard where Shelley Smith still must prove he deserves to be there. Like so many other parts of this team, we’ll know a lot more after facing the Patriots.

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Q. Andy, how certain are you that Joe Philbin has a firm grip on the positives and negatives of this team? @actionman494

AC: Very certain. Joe Philbin gets it. He is as thorough and organized as any coach I have ever covered. He has an excellent feel for his players and what they can and can’t do. Now we’ll see how that translates into wins and losses.

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Q. Andy, Philip Wheeler played awful against Dallas. Do you think we have a starter to replace Wheeler in either Jordan Tripp, Jelani Jenkins or Jason Trusnik? @jinkagi

AC: I agree Wheeler did not play well against Dallas and must improve his tackling in particular. I like Jordan Tripp. Like him a lot. I think he has a chance to be a quality starter. Whether it’s this season is too early to tell. Jenkins and Trusnik both have had good camps; though right now they appear to be more role players than anything else. That, of course, can change in a hurry, especially if Wheeler doesn’t step up.

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Q.  Is anyone primed for a Charles Clay-like breakout season? @Dan0933

AC: Glad you mentioned Charles Clay because I believe what he accomplished last season was only the beginning. He has a chance to be really special this season. As for who else might break out, I’d keep an eye on Brandon Gibson. He is healthy now and playing with a level of confidence that I haven’t seen from him before this.

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Q. How much pace-of-play are they holding back for the regular season or is this another intention that will not happen? @supermotardhuck

AC: No, this will happen. The Dolphins practice this way all the time. I see no-huddles. I see hurry-ups. I see quick counts followed by long counts. Keep in mind, though, this only works if you make first downs. If you put together three-and-outs all you are doing is rushing your defense back on the field, which isn’t good.

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Q. Andy, given the coincidental timing, are we sure Dan Marino wasn’t hired to be the Turk this week? @EJfootball

AC: Don’t think so. I’ve seen Marino tell receivers how to cut; never seen him tell one he’s being cut. That’s one message I don’t think he wants to deliver.

(On Thursday, AC in the AM previews the final preseason game).

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