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2018 Miami Dolphins’ Offense: Ryan Tannehill

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It is no secret that the Miami Dolphins have struggled on offense the past few seasons. They have really lacked quality offensive line play and have had a true lack of production from the run game.

Tannehill going down in August really seemed like the beginning of many bad things to come for the season. The Jay Cutler signing had us feeling like this team was not going to perform at the level we were hoping for. While most are pessimistic about the future of the Dolphins post 2017, I remain optimistic and for good reason.

Ok, so maybe I sound like a gluten for punishment, but I assure you, I have good reasoning.

I spent 5 hours breaking down games from the Dolphins’ 2016 offense. Why 2016 and not 2017? Ryan Tannehill will be back as the QB and I wanted to show fans what they can expect from him next year.

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One of the biggest improvements from Ryan Tannehill was in the red zone in 2016.

Tannehill Red zone 2016: 31/46 67.39% 231 yards 11 TDs 0 Ints 

 

It is interesting to note, that 2016 was the first season which Ryan Tannehill did not throw an interception in the red zone. Prior to 2016, the Ryan Tannehill’s best completion percentage was in 2013, 60.29%. He far passed that season, but did not come close to his red zone total TDs of 24 in 2014. Keep in mind, 24 of his 27 touchdowns in 2014 came inside the red zone.

That means, of his 19 touch downs thrown in 2016, he threw 11 of them in the red zone and 8 of them from outside. Simply put, he was able to throw touchdown passes from outside of the red zone. The red zone was not his only improvement, as Tannehill’s completion percentage improved. His best season prior to 2016 was 2014, where he had 66.4% and ended 2016 with 67.1%.

I know people love numbers like completion percentage, yards and touchdowns, but one number that always seems to hinder Tannehill, is Sacks. His entire career, fans have questioned his pocket presence and those fans swear that pocket presence can’t be taught. That is not correct.

Tannehill is the most sacked quarterback since 2012. (184 sacks in 64 games=2.875 sacks/game)

Now he has taken some sacks that were obviously on him being indecisive. Every QB is guilty of doing that, in the sense that they want to push the ball down field. The quarterback’s job is to stand in the pocket and deliver the football. With that said, not every sack was on Tannehill.

Often times, Tannehill would be sacked from the entire pocket closing around him. The Jonathan Martin experiment at right tackle didn’t help either. Jonathan Martin just didn’t work out, unless the goal was for a swinging gate. It’s not secret that the protection has struggled, but in 2016, even with a make shift offensive line, Ryan Tannehill was sacked a career low of 29 times (It was only 13 games). Tannehill was sacked the least amount in 2012 with only 35. A lot of it had to do with coaching from Adam Gase and coaching him to use his athletic ability.

There are subtle things that Ryan Tannehill does that many do not realize. He does a good job of stepping up, just enough to not break rhythm, but enough to make the pressure miss. One other thing I noticed, he has the ability to make a throw with defenders’ hands in his face. He can throw at an off angle and with accuracy. He doesn’t have a lot of wasted movements, which allows him to make defenders miss when he does run, allowing him to gain extra yards.

2018 looks bright with Ryan Tannehill coming back off of injury. We could talk about records and him not playing in a post season game, but the last time I checked, the quarterback is not the only player on the field. Yes the quarterback is the leader of the team and some wins and losses fall squarely on his shoulders, but there have been many games where Ryan Tannehill was not at fault. Look for Ryan Tannehill to help turn this offense around and open it up with more RPO.

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Jaguars’ Ereck Flowers Feels He’s In Better Situation than with Giants

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Jacksonville Jaguars newly acquired tackle Ereck Flowers, who infamously flopped for his former team the New York Giants, believes that the Jags will present a “better fit” for him than the Giants presented.

“Great opportunities, great team and I’m happy to be here,” Flowers said,according to the Florida Times-Union. “Definitely a fresh start for me. I like it here, man. I think this will be a better fit. They have a great locker room, great guys. I’m grateful to be here.”

While the Giants gave up on Flowers, despite his high draft status, the Jags are hopeful Flowers can contribute.

“Make no mistake about it, if we feel someone can help us or making a change is better for us, then we will do that,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “That is everywhere. It is hard when the whole team is not playing well.”

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Texans’ Bill O’Brien Calls for Jadeveon Clowney to Limit Penalties

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is calling on Jadeveon Clowney to clean up the penalties he is getting flagged for this season, and balance the aggressiveness that he brings to the field out with a bit more control.

Clowney has been flagged 8 times during 6 games and has notched 13 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery thus far this season.

“Guys that play like he does – he plays the game in a really attacking way, and so people are going to use their cadence against him and he’s just got to be really focused on that” O’Brien said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Then, the taunting call, like somebody asked me if I’m going to – yeah, I’ll talk to him about it, but I’m not going to go down the road of what. I think he just was just kind of messing around with the guy, but you can’t do that. You can’t do that, and that’s what they called and we’ll make sure that he knows not to do that anymore.”

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Texans’ Deshaun Watson Downplays Injuries

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is downplaying battling through a broken rib and partially collapsed lung, despite teammates noticing that the signal caller was in a lot of significant pain.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Watson has stated that everything “was fine” and said that he wasn’t in any pain.

Watson suffered the injuries during the Texans victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 and played with the injuries during their win over the Buffalo Bills the following week, which he downplayed.

 

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