Ryan Tannehill has had a lot of consistency in his football career when it came to the man calling the plays for the teams he’s been quarterback of. During his two seasons at the position at Texas A&M (his freshman and sophomore year he played wide receiver, along with part of his junior year), then A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman was calling the offense for Tannehill. That continued into his professional career, as Sherman joined the Miami Dolphins coaching staff as the offensive coordinator shortly before Tannehill was drafted 8th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
But after an inconsistent season from Miami’s offense as a whole last year, Sherman was replaced with Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, making it the first time that at the highest levels of competition that Tannehill would work with a new OC.
In an interview with the Finsiders, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill gave his thoughts on new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and expressed his excitement on working with him.
“I’m really anxious, I’m excited on what he’s gonna bring to the table. From some of the brief discussions we’ve had, he seems like an enthusiastic guy who loves football,” said Tannehill. “He’s going to bring everything he has to the table. I think he’s gonna do good things for our team, good things for our offense, and I’m excited to work with him.”
Tannehill has gradually improved during his two seasons at the helm of the Dolphins offense, and shown flashes of his franchise QB potential. He doubled his touchdown total from his rookie year, throwing for 24 TDs this year. He increased his completion percentage, and had the best season in terms of passing yardage by a Dolphins quarterback since Fins Legend and Hall of Famer Dan Marino in 1994. And the signs all point to him doing even better this upcoming season, with a full year under his belt with his dynamic receiving corps, most of whom if not all will be back next season with the Fins.
“It’s huge just to have familiarity going into this year. We have kind of the background from last year heading into OTAs, heading into the spring mini-camps,” said Tannehill. “We can build on those things we did last year, hopefully tighten down our deep ball, tighten down the connection there, and then head into training camp really feeling good about the connection we have.”
With a new system in place with Lazor at the helm of the offense, Tannehill sounds very encouraged. Coming from Chip Kelly’s unique offensive system, Lazor is expected to bring more creativity to a Fins offense that has the personnel to do a lot of different things very well. Tannehill says he can’t wait for the challenge.
“It’s very exciting for me to be in one system for a majority of my college and professional career, and then you get to see the world, see football from a different view,” said Tannehill.
“I’m sure we’ll have a lot of similar plays but there’s going to be a lot of new stuff as well. That’s exciting for me just to have a new take on maybe a similar play but we read it differently or looking at it a different way. I’m a football guru, I love football. I love being around the game just learning different aspects of the game and to learn it from a new point of view is really exciting for me.”
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