Last season it was no secret that the Miami Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill were having issues connecting on long passes. After Tannehill expressed his issues early in the season, it seemed as if the Dolphins had made the Tannehill to Mike Wallace connection a priority, a priority that seemingly improved into the latter half of the season.
Soon after the end of the 2013 NFL season, the Miami Dolphins cut ties with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, and moved onto former Eagle’s quarterback coach Bill Lazor.
Early on in training camp and OTA’s, several Miami Dolphins and media outlets expressed excitement in the new offensive scheme put in by Bill Lazor, including Mike Wallace who put some blame on his offensive struggles on former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
Since training camp has opened, Ryan Tannehill is showing the struggles of his first new offensive scheme since college, and has notably been throwing inconsistent deep balls, resulting in multiple interceptions.
Coach Joe Philbin evaluated the performance of the passing game after practice, quoting:
“There were too many interceptions,” coach Joe Philbin said. “However, I thought we responded well later in the practice and kind of worked through it.”
Some of the chemistry problems between Wallace and Tannehill may be blamed on Wallace’s nagging hamstring injury, which kept him out of practice for almost a week.
Last season the duo between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace only completed 6 passes out of 36, on passes that went over 20 yards, a statistic that many Miami Dolphin’s fans and personnel would like to see improved on.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Mike Wallace talked about what he saw from the sideline in the past week:
“I think from the sidelines, watching, he’s doing a really good job and getting better at it every day,’’ Wallace said. “He’s progressing, and hopefully when I get back out there I can just go right in.”
With Mike Wallace healthy, and the Miami Dolphins heading into their first preseason action on Friday, keep an eye out for the Dolphins pushing for progression on the long passes.