Have batted balls ever been such a big story? Perhaps the fact that Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill stands at a mountainous 6'4" and has a superb quick release are the primary reasons behind the talking point.
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer dissected the problem, per Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post, and brings up one valid point after another:
Dilfer said he believes the onus falls on the coaching staff to put Tannehill in better situations. Tannehill, whose forte is throwing on the run, ran just three playaction passes and three designed rollouts among his 36 passes on Sunday. And Dilfer said that the Dolphins' formations and personnel groupings tipped the Texans off as to what was coming, and that they need to adjust his "launch point" so he's not throwing from the same spot on every play.
"People studied Philbin's offense in Green Bay, and knew it was going to be run in Miami," Dilfer said. "I think it's correctable by having a little bit more multiplicity offensively, a little more playaction, change the launch point, and now you won't get so many balls knocked down," Dilfer said.
This isn't too far off what I wrote about Tannehill after Sunday's game, when I said the Dolphins "should look to get Tannehill outside the pocket and take advantage of his athleticism a bit more. Quick reads are good, but the windows need to be there at the line, and Tannehill needs to find them."
The best bet would be to get him out in space, where he has a clear view and doesn't have to worry about finding those lanes.
Tannehill is an athletic quarterback, so moving him around seems like the smartest thing to do given both his strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some more links from around the AFC East this Friday morning.
Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com goes into the film room to break down the Steelers for the upcoming game.
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reports that Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session due to a death in the family.
Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel informs us that despite failing to sell out, the Dolphins game will be televised in Miami on Sunday.
According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas has been cleared for physical activity but not for contact following a concussion he sustained against the Texans.
Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe tells us that the Patriots should try to take Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald away over the top and hit quarterback Kevin Kolb early and often to make him look at the rush.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.
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