Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn't have any problems aiming his passes downfield on Sunday against the Raiders.
Two big factors for that: 1) J.J. Watt doesn't play for the Raiders, and 2) Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman remembered the kid has pretty good wheels and opted to roll him out -- a lot.
What's the prime benefit of doing that?
"The advantage is he's a heck of an athlete so he's able to escape and make some plays with his feet," Sherman said today at his weekly media availability. "It was evident in the first drive when ... he ended up getting some yardage [13 yards] with his feet. But the fact that he's a good athlete, as well an excellent quarterback, I think plays to our advantage."
It was a 2-yard bootleg around left end that got Tannehill into the end zone for the Dolphins' first offensive touchdown of the season Sunday, but it's more than that, of course.
"The fact that we can move him out a little bit and his launch point isn't always the same," Sherman said, "so people have to scheme up for him to be on the edge, I think helps us be a little more versatile and helps us also to be able to protect him and let him do some of the things he does best. He can throw well in the pocket but he can also do extremely well on the move."
Makes sense, right?
Sort of makes you wonder why they didn't just use him that way in the opener, too.
Oh, well. Too late now.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun