Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:28am
Change is coming for the Dolphins at the receiver position. Miami was ranked 17th in passing with 233.1 yards per game last season, and the immediate futures of several veterans are in question. Starting receiver Brian Hartline and slot Brandon Gibson could be salary-cap casualties due to their $5.95 million and $3.26 million salaries, respectively. The Dolphins must also decide what to do with No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, who is due $9.9 million. Wallace was benched in the second half of Miami’s Week 17 loss to the New York Jets due to venting his frustration. It remains to be seen if both sides stay together or part ways. Either way, the Dolphins need to have a strong group of receivers around quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his fourth season.
Dolphins beat writer James Walker on OC Bill Lazor:
Lazor, in some ways, has been Miami’s MVP this season. His system works. Miami’s points per game have gone up from 19.8 to 24.3 with pretty much the same skill players. Lazor also pushed Ryan Tannehill to set career highs in touchdowns (26) and passer rating (93.2). Last week’s performance (396 yards, four touchdowns) was as good as I’ve seen Tannehill play in three seasons. He has certainly solidified his case to be Miami’s starting quarterback next season, and I expect the Dolphins to at least pick up his fifth-year option for 2016. Lazor is direct and a clear communicator, and that is what the players needed. I expect Miami’s offense to be pretty good next season with another offseason of drafting and signing players who better fit Lazor's scheme.
Lazor has helped Tannehill post top 10 fantasy numbers this season. He's averaging 251 yards passing, 1.7 TD (and just 0.8 INT) to go along with a total of 317 yards rushing, which is the 5th-highest total by a quarterback this year.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Tannehill should be fine to face the Broncos. It’s not a great matchup, but Tannehill may be forced to throw more than the Dolphins would like.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Tannehill should be fine to face the Broncos. It’s not a great matchup, but Tannehill may be forced to throw more than the Dolphins would like.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Tannehill should be fine to face the Broncos. It’s not a great matchup, but Tannehill may be forced to throw more than the Dolphins would like.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle, right shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Tannehill said he’s “good” when asked about his shoulder. He’s expected to play on Thursday night against the Bills.
Monday, November 3, 2014, 11:27am
One of the biggest issues for Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been his lack of consistency. But there are recent signs that show Tannehill is making strides in that department in his third season.
Tannehill has posted a 100.0 passer rating or better in three of his past five starts. He has been on his "A" game lately in victories over the Oakland Raiders (109.3 passer rating), Chicago Bears (123.6) and Sunday's 37-0 blowout win against the San Diego Chargers (125.6 rating). It's not a coincidence that Miami is 4-1 during this stretch where Tannehill is playing some of the best football of his career.
Miami’s starting quarterback impressively outdueled MVP candidate and Chargers Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Tannehill completed 11 of his first 13 throws and produced back-to-back touchdown drives to start the game. He finished with 288 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
“Just getting more comfortable in the offense and getting out and playing. I think that’s been the biggest thing,” Tannehill said. “That, and guys around me are making plays. When that happens, obviously it elevates my play.”
Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has done a good job of focusing on Tannehill's strengths, the story added. Lazor came over from the Eagles and was under Chip Kelly. The story went on to say the Dolphins rarely throw the deep the ball, which is an area Tannehill struggles. Tannehill had only one completion of 25 yards or more Sunday and the offense still produced 37 points. But Lazor has Tannehill throwing short and mid-range passes accurately while also using Tannehill's athleticism to run the football more and move the pocket. Tannehill had his fourth straight game with an explosive run of 20 yards or more.
Despite having five touchdown catches already, Dolphins WR Mike Wallace hasn't cracked 100 yards yet this season and has had fewer than 60 yards in three of his last four games, which prompted him to say this on Tuesday, on the heels of another dismal offensive performance against Jacksonville:
"We didn't do nothing," Wallace told reporters. "Our offense was (expletive). We've got to do better."
"That's what I do; I'm built for that," Wallace said, continuing to show some visible signs of frustration.
This is a change of tone from the preseason, when Wallace spoke in glowing terms about Bill Lazor's offense. He and Ryan Tannehill continue to struggle to hook up on deep passes.
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm
This is a policy issue.
Philbin doesn’t answer questions on injuries. He doesn’t answer questions about players who don’t participate in practice, whatever the reason. The standard answer on those questions is always something along the lines of, “I’ll be glad to discuss any player who participated in today’s practice.”
Philbin doesn’t answer questions who will start. He doesn’t answer questions about who will be on the 46-man gameday active roster. The standard answer to those two questions is always something along the lines of, “We’ll meet Friday night and determine who are the 46 players who give us the best chance to win on Sunday.”
That’s the way it’s been with Philbin for his two-plus seasons as coach. That’s the way it is now with Tannehill.
We believe Tannehill will be under center against the Raiders. As the article illustrates, Philbin's policy is to be evasive when asked questions about injuries, or who will start.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:39pm
"At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London," Philbin said Tuesday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday there is legitimate talk the Dolphins might bench Ryan Tannehill for Matt Moore. Tannehill has struggled through three weeks and was unable to move the offense in Sunday's home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Philbin said Monday he wanted to have a QB in place by the time the team leaves for London.
Philbin was asked if he felt it necessary to sit down with Tannehill after the coach was publicly noncommittal about his plans.
"I talk to him all the time. So we have multiple conversations," he said. "So again, I communicate with him frequently. And yeah, any kind of -- I don't usually get into personal conversations that we have."
Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:36pm
Philbin said repeatedly at today’s press conference he will bring the best 46 players to London to play the Raiders. Philbin is rarely specific about who’s going to play but this is different. This is the confidence of his starting quarterback.
Phiblin was specifically asked if it hurts Tannehill but not saying for sure that he will start against the Raiders.
“That’s my answer I’m sticking to it,” Philbin said.
The last question to Philbin couldn’t have been more clear:
Will Tannehill start Sunday against the Raiders?
“We’ll decide our game plan before we leave to play Oakland,” Philbin said.
It sounds as if many of the beat writers would be shocked if there is a switch heading into this week's game, but the team is coming off a very bad loss to the Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs at home. It very well could be a final wake-up call in what should be a winable game for Tannehill and the Dolphins this week as they take on the Raiders.
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