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Tannehill and the Wildcat

I don't envision him as a Pat White triggerman of the wildcat due to the danger of getting a Pat-White-like-concussion. But since Tannehill is already a polished wide-receiver, he does bring some receiver skills to the table (remember how the QB in the Wildcat formation was split out wide to draw a defender and create a blocking mismatch).

I am in no way suggesting that we use him as a WR in a standard formation even for a few snaps. The risk is too great. What we need to make this work is a running back with some decent QB skills (better than Ronnie Brown). Enter Daniel Thomas, who was a very mediocre QB at the junior college level...all this to say that throwing a forward pass - or a quick screen/smoke route is not foreign to him).

My philosophy would be to practice the formation/playbook (few plays) until smooth and use it very rarely, for those instances when you absolutely, positively have to make a play (for example, first down wins the game, other team out of timeouts or fourth down on the 5 yard line). It's a trick play that you keep under wraps until needed.

Formation 1: Overload Right...Traditional Wildcat with Nontraditional QB

Power Run formation with Tannehill a significant distraction split out wide as the QB.

Reggie Bush or Lamar Miller is the TB in the slot and Daniel Thomas is the FB who triggers the snap.

WR_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _TE JJ MP RI JM JL _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _QB

_ _ _ _ _ _TB - - - - - - - - - > _ _ CC

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ FB

Play options: Power, Jet Sweep, Reverse to Charles Clay (CC), and QB reverse pass/run, FB swing pass or pass run option

Formation 2: QB in the Slot position

WR_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _TE JJ MP RI JM JL _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _CC

_ _ _ _ _ _TB - - - - - - - - - >_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _QB

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ FB

Play options: Power, Jet Sweep, Reverse to Tannehill (QB), and QB reverse pass/run, FB swing pass or pass run option

Formation 3: QB in the Trailer position

WR_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _JL JJ MP RI JM _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _WR

_ _ _ _ _ _TB - - - - - - - - - >_ _ _ _ _ _ _TE

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ FB

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ QB

Play options: Power, Jet Sweep, Reverse by TE back to QB deep, FB pitch option to trailing QB pass/run, FB swing pass or pass run option

Some say that if Tannehill does not win the starting job that we cannot see the fruit of this pick for 2-3 years. Might he be the secret weapon...used judiciously...to break open close games and lead Miami to another 11-5 surprise or from 6-10 to 10-6 or 6-10 to 16-0 (Instead of moving the hyphen, call it swapping the digits)?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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