Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess joined The Big O Show earlier today to discuss Ryan Tannehill, Bess as the Dolphins top wide out, and if he was underused last year in the Miami offense. Sports Radio Interviews was able to create a transcript of Bess' interview, sharing it with us.
When asked what makes him, and the rest of the team, believe Tannehill can be the franchise quarterback the team need, Bess responded, "He's pretty poised and he's very, very level-headed. He would throw a bad pass and he'll come back and want to talk to the receiver and there's always good dialogue there wondering what's going on. ... Or even if we score through a perfect pass, he's just real humble about the way he handles the position. You need guys that's not satisfied and guys that are continuously wanting to get better and stay hungry."
Bess then continued, discussing what the veterans on the offense need to do to bring along the rookie quaretrback. "We just got done talking about that," Bess explained, speaking about the way to grow Tannehill."About us, specifically the skill-position group, meeting with him on some off time, some time to ourselves. When it comes down to the ballgame, the coaches can only tell you so much, can only put you in so many positions, but you have to actually go out there and play the game. So by us spending that extra time, meeting before the games and being on the same page, understanding what he's thinking ... it's going to be key to his development and to our success."
Bess was also asked about the Dolphins wide receiver corps, and who would step us beside him within the group. "Only time will tell," Bess responded. "Even back in '08 when I got my opportunity, Camarillo went down in Week 6 or 7, I forget what it was, and my opportunity came, I made the most of it and ran with it. We have to see how these guys are going to respond when the lights are on. ... A big part of this league is being given the opportunity. You can't do much without the coaches putting you there. From what they can do on the practice field, they've been getting better. ... Guys have to step up. I appreciate having the bull's eye. I want the bull's eye, whether it's third down a critical fourth-down conversion we have to make, I want the bull's eye and I'll be ready."
Before the interview ended, Bess taslked about his role in Tony Sparano's offense. Asked if he was "underused" in 2011, Bess answered, "I wouldn't say underused. Did I want more balls? Yes. Could I have made more plays? Yes. A big part of our success, and a lot of players in the league, is the coach's scheme, and that's something we can never go against. Like I said, whenever my number's called, I'll definitely be ready."
Head over to the Sports Radio Interviews site to read more from Bess. They included a link to the audio from the interview, if you would prefer to hear Bess.