Dolphins ‘sugar’ huddle offense is helping Tannehill progress

So why do the Dolphins run the no huddle offense so much?  Well, for all of the reasons above. BUT, running the no huddle offense, with a goal of getting lined up with about 17-18 seconds on the play clock, allows Ryan Tannehill to look over the defense. This extra time allows Tannehill to diagnosis what the defense is going to do before the ball is snapped. This could be one reason why he is so good when opponents blitz him. We told you previously about how well Tannehill has been against the blitz.  He was even better on Sunday against the Rams. According to, Tannehill was blitzed 14 times by the Rams. On those plays Tannehill completed 10 of 12 passes for 104 yards and 1 TD, good for a 130.6 QB Rating.

Although the Dolphins try to get to the line of scrimmage early in the play clock, they still don’t snap the ball until 3 or less seconds are left. This is because Tannehill takes those 15 seconds or so to adjust the protections or change out of a bad play. It also helps that the Dolphins practice at a very quick pace during the week. A quick pace in practice prepares Tannehill and the offense because they are used to the frantic pace when gameday arrives.

The Dolphins offense has looked good at times and we are seeing weekly improvement by Tannehill.  However, the Dolphins are not exactly lighting up the scoreboard. The Dolphins are averaging only 20 points per game, which isn’t a lot considering they put up 35 against the Raiders.  The Dolphins need to continue to be efficient with the football, but they also need to put more points on the board.  They’ve won each of their last 2 games scoring 17 points, but when the Dolphins play better teams, that probably won’t be enough.

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