Pro Football Hall of Famer and Dolphins legend Bob Griese remembers what its like to go through growing pains on your way to the top. For the first three seasons of Griese’s legendary 14 year career with the Dolphins, the team struggled mightily, and didn’t make the playoffs. But then the rest is history, as the Dolphins would win two Super Bowls in the next four years, and record the greatest season in NFL history by going undefeated in 1972. Griese hopes that eventually current Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill can follow his career path, but maybe just accelerate his growth a year earlier than he succeeded in doing back in the 1970s.
In an interview with The Finsiders’ Greg Likens, John Congemi, and Sam Madison, Griese talked about the progression of Ryan Tannehill, and gave his thoughts on the potential of the 2014 Dolphins offense.
Obviously, the former Dolphins signal caller is very enveloped and interested in the success of the current quarterback, as Griese is keeping a close eye on Ryan Tannehill’s development. In his third season in the league, Griese is expecting Tannehill to learn from his mistakes so far, take lessons from it, and improve as a passer and leader.
“It’s his third year, and he expects to get better every year,” said Griese. “There’s a lot of good things that he did, but you just put those in your back pocket…Now you look at the things you didn’t do so well, and that’s what you improve on. I always say you learn more from your mistakes than you ever did from winning. You go back and look at your mistakes and see what you did wrong, and that’s what you need to improve on. He’s a bright guy and wants to do that.”
Griese also wants to be of assistance to Tannehill in any way he can, as some of the biggest names in Dolphins history keep in constant contact with some of the current stars. Most recently at a dinner attended by Tannehill, Griese, and notable alumni Don Shula and Dan Marino, all the former Dolphins gave him a simple message. Basically, if he needs their help, don’t hesitate to ask, and Tannehill feels good doing that if need be.
“(Sometimes) the current quarterback needs to talk to the old veterans, I think he feels very comfortable doing that,” said Griese.
While Tannehill may be the key to the offense’s successes or failures this season, it isn’t all on him. They’ll need to be improvement from all positions, especially the offensive line.
“The quarterback is in his third year, we’ve got pretty good running backs, the tight ends are pretty good, and so are the wide receivers,” said Griese. “It’s obvious, aside from Mike Pouncey and Branden Albert, somebody (on the offensive line) has to step up and be a player. Some of these draft picks like the #1 guy (Ja’Wuan) James and Billy Turner are going to have to step up and play.”
Breakout players won’t be limited to the trenches though, as one particular wide receiver has stood out the most of possibly everyone though the offseason program. Rookie wideout Jarvis Landry has flashed, and according to Griese, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Griese asked his son, Brian, a former NFL quarterback and ESPN personality, about Landry. He heard nothing but good things back, and even that he may have been the best player on that entire LSU offense.
Yes, better than the receiver drafted a round ahead of him.
“My son Brian is working with ESPN and did a couple of LSU games, and when I mentioned that the Dolphins picked him up in the draft, he was really high on him, said Griese. “He liked him a lot better than the other receiver (Odell Beckham Jr.).”
The Dolphins will need big contributions from all over for the team to reach its ultimate goal, and that requires guys elevating their play to the highest levels possible. Griese believes it’ll be up to the young players to shine, as their play could make or break the season.
“Some of these young guys have to step up,” said Griese. “At the end of the year we’ll have to look back and say that they stepped up and did a good job.”
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