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Tannehill Excited About New Look On Offense

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Dolphins quarterback looks forward to working with new teammates.

As free agency approached (free agency tracker), there was a tremendous sense of anticipation about what the Dolphins might do, particularly in terms of the passing game.

Ryan Tannehill (highlights), the person who would be most affected by the outcome, didn’t get caught up in the hoopla.

In fact, the laid-back Texan said he didn’t even follow real closely the developments. He had been asked for his input a while back by General Manager Jeff Ireland and others, but now it was time to let things play out.

“Throughout this whole process, it’s really out of my hands,” Tannehill told Dolphins.com at the Kiting with Kids and Fins (story, video, photos) event Wednesday. “I wasn’t going to get caught up trying to predict who’s coming, who’s going. I just kind of rode it out, see what happened and I’m excited about the guys we got.”

Yeah, if you’re a Dolphins fan, you have to be excited about the arrival of Mike Wallace (highlights), Brandon Gibson (highlights) and Dustin Keller (highlights), not to mention the re-signing of Brian Hartline (highlights).

Now imagine the feeling if you happen to be the guy who’ll be throwing passes to all those talented receivers.

“It’s exciting,” Tannehill said. “It’s going to be kind of a new look on offense. I’m excited to get out and see what these guys have and start building that chemistry that an offense needs to have over the new few months leading up to August and the games in September.”

In Tannehill, the Dolphins clearly feel they have a quarterback with a bright future.

The offseason signings were a clear message the team wants to surround him with as many weapons on possible, even if Tannehill himself doesn’t quite perceive it that way.

“I don’t know if it was about surrounding me, but I know that they tried to do whatever they felt was the best thing for the team,” Tannehill said. “If you just take a step back and look at it, they added some playmakers on offense and really got some speed on the outside with Mike and some solid linebackers on the other side. I’m excited for the new guys that have come in, been in communication with them a little bit and excited to work with them.”

One of those Tannehill has spoken with this month is Gibson, who joined the Dolphins after spending four years with the St. Louis Rams.

In the conference call (listen) that followed his signing, Gibson first mentioned Tannehill when he talked about what drew him to Miami. He later said in an interview (listen) with The Finsiders that he liked the fact that the Dolphins had a good young quarterback in place.

“I love getting a compliment from a new guy, especially a guy that I don’t know that well. It’s strictly going off of what he’s seen so far,” Tannehill said. “He seemed excited when I talked to him to get down here and get to work. I think we’re all looking forward to the middle of April when we can get the organized team activities going.”

Head Coach Joe Philbin was asked (watch) at the owners’ meetings in Phoenix about his expectations for Tannehill given all the additions.

“We’re looking for improvement from him, there’s no question about it,” Philbin said. “Part of it is the decision-making that we think is so important. Part of it is accuracy. Part of it is playmaking ability at critical times in the course of a game. While we think he made some really nice strides in his first year, there’s still a long way to go and he’s well aware of that.

“He’s been in the facility a lot already working. He’s working at his trade. The guy’s a worker. So, yeah, we’re excited about the future for growth with him as well.”

No question, Tannehill is going to make sure he does everything possible to take a big step after what overall was a solid rookie season.

He’s been watching tape from the 2012 season and also has been throwing passes to several of his teammates who have been in South Florida, such as Rishard Matthews, Michael Egnew, Jeff Fuller and Armon Binns.

Tannehill did take a little bit of time off after the end of the regular season, but he’s been pretty busy for the most part. He has made several appearances for Dolphins community events, such as the Kiting with Kids and Fins.

Mostly, though, he’s begun preparing himself to have a big 2013 and to make sure he takes full advantages of his new toys.

“I’m excited,” Tannehill said. “I think that I can make a big jump this year, but you’ve got to put in the work and the time to do it. I’m excited to get on the same page with our new guys, start to build that chemistry and hopefully we can do something special this year.”
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