Tannehill: Our Relationship Continues To Grow

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Dolphins quarterback talks about his completions to Wallace, the injury to Keller and more from the preseason loss at Houston.

(on the Dolphins’ offense taking the next step) “It was good. You know I think it builds confidence for everyone to see. You know, we ran the ball pretty well. We got the ball downfield. I think we didn’t have penalties we moved the ball well. As an offense you can’t come out and have a penalty early in a drive and put yourself in a first and 20 situation. It just makes everything tough. So I think that’s the one thing we have to take away from this is don’t beat ourselves. You know, when we play clean we can move the ball effectively, but when you get put in long yardage situations it makes it tough.”

(on how critical it was to find a connection with WR Mike Wallace) “Oh, it was great for us. I think that our relationship continues to grow. We continue to get more on the same page the more reps we get in practice. You know, it’s exciting to get a couple balls to him today and hopefully get his ball rolling.”

(on how the team copes with the injury to TE Dustin Keller) “It’s tough. You know, Dustin brought a lot to the table for us. He’s a great player. It’s a tough situation, but at the end of the day we have to have somebody step up and play in his shoes you know. We have a good tight end room with (Michael) Egnew, (Charles) Clay, Dion (Sims), and those guys are going to have to step up and fill the void. I think we have the guys in the room that can do it. Now it’s just a matter of going out and making it happen.”

(on if a free agent tight end was brought in would he have enough time to get ready) “I have no idea. I don’t know. I don’t know how all that works. I’m sure if we bring somebody in then we’ll do our best to get him ready. We still have a couple weeks left so we have options.”

(on what he thought of the team’s offense tonight) “I think we showed we moved the ball well. Like I said earlier, if we don’t have penalties we can move the ball effectively. And, that’s kind of what it comes down to is us not beating ourselves. Being clean. Especially early in drives before we get that first, first down, and then just keeping the ball rolling.”

(on the offensive line’s performance) “I think they did a great job. You know, I had a lot of time to throw on several occasions. I took a sack down in the strike zone on our last drive that I shouldn’t have taken. And, that’s a testament to those guys. You know, they did a great job protecting me all night long.”

(on his scrambling abilities) “Yeah. You know, I try to stay somewhat athletic. I get out of the pocket when I can. I think it’s a weapon that teams will have to account for. Whether it
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