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Dan Marino discusses Tannehill's batted passes, talks about pocket-awareness drills he used to work on

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Danny, the Dolphins had a nice game going through the first quarter, really dominating things, had some nice drives, the defense is stopping Houston, they can’t getting anything on third down, the special teams look good… everything was going great. Then--I’m sure it’s happened before and I just don’t remember—in like six minutes, four turnovers and 24 points so quickly. Can you ever remember anything like that with you? "No. It was like bam, bam, right? That’s what just demoralizes you when it happens like that. I loved their effort, and there’s a lot of things our team can build on down here." The defense just got stuck in crummy field position: "Plus, they were on the field a lot." They only had three plays in the third quarter. "Well, that’s it, that’s it." That was a tired defense. I’ve gotta tell ya, they played their a—off. I know the pass coverage wasn’t great, the run defense… They had had guys flying around. Effort, the coach will be happy with what he saw from that. "The fact is, three plays with those turnovers, and your playing a team a team like Houston that’s pretty solid, they’re going to be around at the end." Can you talk about Ryan Tannehill’s batted passes? He had problems with it in college and the preseason, too. I’m calling bull on the offensive line being blamed. "It can depend what the protection is. If you’re doing a quick pass, three-step drop, sometimes the offensive lineman’s gotta cut the guy, get their hands down. And you change up your protections sometimes. Sometimes you cut them, sometimes you don’t, sometimes you go after them if it’s a quick pass. … But a lot of times, man, it happens so fast that you’re not… you can’t look at where a defensive lineman is standing and jumping. I mean, you are looking at a picture downfield, it’s almost like a television screen … it’s part of your vision underneath, but behind it are receivers and defensive backs and you know your reading the coverage at the same time, you can’t tell that, unless it’s a screen pass or a dumpoff or something when you know you have time. But when you have patterns that are timing patterns, even when there down the field a little bit, that’s hard to judge that, either way, I don’t care who you are." Did you slide around? "That’s part of it, too, but what I’m saying is that it’s the play call. What’s the play call? Is it a screen? Is it a quick three-step slant? Is it an out? Is it a high-low, is it a back underneath with a wide receiver or somebody behind it, and you know you are looking at a vertical high-low stretch. So, it’s all different, it really is…. Defensive ends, they’re not dumb, they see it, too. If the quarterback is setting up quick, they can see that through the linemen, and if he’s setting up quick and he’s not going to get there, he’s going to stop and jump. As soon as you snap it, cut him, you can do that, too. That’s legal. Not chopping down on someone (while engaged with another blocker) but straight-up, you can do it. … The other thing as far as being in the pocket and that, I remember when the offensive line used to go do one-on-ones [in practice] or maybe work on some team defense stuff, you go back there in the back of the pocket and take snaps with them and get a feel for the pocket. You don’t have to throw, just dump it off. You just do things like that. I used to do that all the time. I did that twice a week, where youi just work on moving in the pocket and dumping the ball … You slide around and you just get a feel for it. That’s a little extra work for you that you could do…. We’re coaching ‘em up right here!" That’s what we do here on Monday mornings from 8-9 a.m. We know everything. "I do know that, though. That does work. I don’t care what anybody says. I know that."

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