To get a better look at what I’m talking about, check out the video below, courtesy of a fellow Dolphins fan: @PhinsRock . Go to “Play #10″ on the below video (at the 2:17 mark). This is a designed running play. Watch the Dolphins offensive line pull and block for Reggie Bush. Even Bush is surprised when he doesn’t get the handoff. Tannehill and Hartline noticed that the corner was playing ‘off’ coverage and the two of them communicated somehow to change the play to a quick slant that picked up 8 yards. This is the type of thing that a veteran QB does:
What impresses me the most about Tannehill is his ability to take charge. He doesn’t get rattled easily, which is a necessary trait for being a franchise quarterback. Before the ball is snapped, he’s reading the defense, adjusting the protection accordingly or changing the play. After the ball is snapped, he has the best pocket presence of any rookie I’ve seen in a long time. He moves in the pocket and feels pressure, keeping his eyes down-field. He’s also willing to stand in, deliver the ball, knowing that he’s about to take a big hit.
No one can see the future, but in my opinion, the Dolphins are set at the quarterback position for a long time. I hope my vision isn’t just blurred from watching the Cleo Lemon’s, John Beck’s, Chad Henne’s, Brian Griese’s, and Jay Fiedler’s of the world! Agree? Disagree? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!