The Miami Dolphins have a new coach to work with Ryan Tannehill, and that coach was able to get Peyton Manning to come to Miami and talk with the teams starting quarterback.
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The visit occured prior to the players being allowed to meet with the coaches. It’s a dumb NFL rule but Manning showed up in Miami to talk to Tannehill about the system that Gase runs. A huge help from a future Hall of Fame quarterback who knows the Gase offense inside and out.
"“It was really cool,” Tannehill said via the Miami Herald. “A guy that had his career, the living legend he is, coming off a Super Bowl winning season — it was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he’s done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game. We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love.”"
Gase coached with Manning in Denver for two seasons before joining John Fox in Chicago. Manning and Gase went to the Super Bowl three games ago. Denver was dismantled by the Seattle Seahawks but the road that was paved to get there was one that bonded Manning to Gase. Manning has often spoken of the level of respect he had towards Gase in their short time together.
What help Manning gave Tannehill isn’t known exactly but any information he was able to provide surely gave Tannehill a leg up heading into his first meeting with his new coaches. While Tannehill didn’t know what the system was exactly, the exchange surely allowed him a better opportunity to study game film from Gase’s days in Denver and Chicago and when he did get his hands on the playbook was a little more understanding of what was in front of him.
Manning has always been a class act and it’s surprising that he was able to make his way to meet with Tannehill without anyone getting wind of it. Manning does own property in the Miami area and spends time with his family at their home their.
The 2016 season is a pivotal one for Tannehill who will see his salary escalate to nearly $20 million in 2017. The Dolphins are hoping they will have a good reason to renegotiate that contract long term. The Dolphins drafted a quarterback, Brandon Doughty in round seven but he isn’t viewed as a long term option for the Dolphins. Miami has put a lot of time into Tannehill and they are hoping that the change in coaching will bring out a leader on the field.