Are the Dolphins doing something to tip off defenses about whether they are going to run or pass?
A flurry of Dolphins fans, listening to audio of the games on TV, have asserted on Twitter that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is doing exactly that by shouting “go” before passes and “go go” before runs.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jon Gruden said guard John Jerry tipped off Tampa Bay during Monday night’s game by turning his head to look at Tannehill on passing plays, allowing an opposing lineman to get a jump on center Mike Pouncey.
Asked Wednesday whether Tannehill says “go” before passes and “go go” before runs, Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew said: “It’s not always that way. … A lot of people think they know and have no idea.”
Tannehill also disputed the notion that he is saying the same thing before every pass.
“I don’t think there’s concern,” he said. “We go against our defense every day throughout camp and OTAs. If we were tipping off something that was so blatantly obvious, they would tell us, and they would be able to defend it.”
Tannehill also said he changes his cadence during the course of games.
Egnew said even if opposing players detect any tendencies such as “go,” it wouldn’t provide an advantage because it’s happening so quickly before a play. (But it could have an impact on play-action passes.)
As for Gruden’s claim, Jerry refused to confirm or deny it. Asked whether he was indeed tipping off Tampa players by turning his head, he said: “I don’t worry about that.”
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Linebacker Jelani Jenkins missed practice with an illness, and six players were limited with injuries, including kicker Caleb Sturgis (groin) and three starting defensive backs: cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin), safety Reshad Jones (groin) and safety Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring). Also limited: linebacker Koa Misi (knee) and running back Daniel Thomas (ankle).• In the wake of the Dolphins rushing for a franchise-low 2 yards (on 14 carries) against Tampa Bay, Jerry was asked what can be done to help the running game. “That’s coach’s job,” he responded. “That’s not my job.”
• When a reporter pointed out that the Dolphins averaged five inches per carry Monday, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman cracked: “Well, obviously, if we blocked them well enough we could probably get six inches or maybe seven inches.”
Tannehill said the team’s leadership council met with coach Joe Philbin on Wednesday and that it “went great.” But Tannehill did not elaborate.
With Richie Incognito suspended, the five remaining members of the council are Tannehill, Pouncey, Cameron Wake, Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Soliai.• A TV reporter peppered players with questions about general manager Jeff Ireland, and after saying Ireland has done a good job, receiver Brian Hartline was asked to assess Ireland’s relationship with players.
“The relationship is mixed,” he said. “That’s something we keep to ourselves.”• Philbin made it clear Wednesday that “the discipline of the football team is in my hands. I’m in charge of that, but [Ireland] has always been supportive.”
• Asked about the Dolphins’ struggles defending the run Monday, defensive tackle Randy Starks said: “Some people are not on the same page.” But he declined to elaborate, saying he needed to go to a meeting.