Ryan Tannehill is really starting to grasp the Dolphins’ offense, and his role in it. Now if only the other 10 guys on the field would cooperate.
That, in a gist, remains Gase’s view of Miami’s issues on that side of the ball. He said so last week.
And did so again in a different way Tuesday.
Gase was asked to name Tannehill’s biggest area of growth. Miami’s first-year coach responded:
“I’d say the way that he’s taking control of the offense. There was a couple of times in this last game he went to some plays where I was kind of — ‘All right, what’s going on right now?’ — and he made the right decision. He got us out of a couple of bad plays.”
Granted, Tannehill has made his own fair share of mistakes. His first interception Sunday was a poor throw.
But Gase believes that Tannehill has made decisions that should have helped his team, if those around him held up their end of the bargain.
“He did a couple of things protection-wise that, if he doesn’t do it, we have no chance,” Gase said. “We didn’t execute the protection, but he put us in position that if we execute the protection, we’re going to have a good play, whether it be a completion for a first down or a bigger play than that. Any time you get a guy who keeps, knowledge-wise, ascending, that’s what we’re looking for.”
Gase believes some of the Dolphins’ issues are just part of the first year of a new system, and that the offense “will start coming together.” But he acknowledged that those “glitches” have to be fixed fast “because they can cost you a game.”