Ryan Tannehill is a veteran leader, Exhibit 41235:
During Monday’s full-contact practice, Tannehill didn’t see the effort from some offensive teammates he expected. So he gathered a big group of them, and directly demanded they shape up.
“There was just a lull in practice,” Tannehill said. “I felt the energy drop. We had a strong first period as an offense and I felt the energy drop on the offensive side of the ball and we can’t have that. We can’t have the ups and downs throughout practice and throughout games. We have to establish habits of pushing ourselves and keeping the energy high, the intensity high.”
Tannehill continued: “Things get tough. I think we went from a live to an un-live period and kind of felt everyone relax a little bit. We don’t have time to relax. We have to keep pushing ourselves to keep the intensity high.”
A kinder, far gentler Tannehill was on display after practice Wednesday. Wife Lauren brought their 1-year-old son Steel to camp, and Dad spent a good 15 minutes playing with (and chasing) his kid around the field.
Tannehill, who turned 29 a few days back, is in a new place. He’s no longer the young guy. He’s one of the oldest players on the team. And as a father, he wants to maximize the limited time he has with his family. On Wednesday, that included dancing with his toddler at the 30-yard line.
“They don’t make it out every day but on the days they do make it out here, it’s cool,” Tannehill said. “I’ve seen it for years. Older guys have their kids out here and I always thought it was so cool to be able to play catch with your kid. Especially this time of year, it’s the only time of year they’re out here after practice. You go through a hard practice, whether it’s up or down – whatever happened at practice – you can see the joy on the faces of these dads when they play with their kids, and I’m being able to experience that now. So it’s a pretty cool feeling.”