When Dolphins coach Adam Gase was asked Wednesday if he’s comfortable with the limited number of vertical throws being made in practice, Gase gave an animated response.
"I’m fine with it. I’m the one scripting the plays, calling the plays,” he said. “I’ve had a little success with what we do. There’s a time and a place. There’s also a time and a place not to get sacked 60 times in a year, too."
"The whole league is 10 yards and under. That’s what it is. Nobody is going down the field. There’s one team that does it really, maybe two. Pittsburgh and Arizona. Hold onto the ball and they chuck it down the field.
“More teams than not, it’s 10 yards and under. That’s where all the passing game is. The d-ends are too good. If you want to stand back there and have your quarterbacks get your brains beat out, go at it."
After a so-so rookie season, Tannehill has finished as the #16, #9 and #17 quarterback in the last three seasons. Enter Adam Gase, who coaxed a near-career year (efficiency-wise) out of Jay Cutler despite all sorts of injuries to the Chicago receiving corps. And don’t forget about Gase’s work with Peyton Manning in Denver. Tannehill should be more efficient this year and he can make plays with his legs, which gives him a solid weekly baseline. He’s one of the more intriguing late-round quarterbacks, mainly due to Gase's influence on the offense.