Ryan Tannehill is coming off a fairly disappointing season in which many expected him to break out, but he is hoping Peyton Manning can help him take the next step in 2016.
Tannehill recently told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald that Manning visited the Miami Dolphins headquarters this spring to meet with Adam Gase, who was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator during three of Manning’s four seasons with the Denver Broncos. During the visit, Manning also spent some time with Tannehill.
“It was really cool,” Tannehill said. “A guy that had his career, the living legend he is, coming off a Super Bowl winning season — it was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he’s done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game. We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love.”
The meeting came before Tannehill and other Dolphins players were permitted to meet with their new coaching staff, so the 27-year-old felt like Manning helped him get a head start in his new offense.
“At that time, we weren’t able to meet with the coaches or anything, so I didn’t really have a great handle yet,” Tannehill explained. “So I wasn’t really able to dive into the playbook too much. So I had a few questions [for Manning]. If he comes back now, we can have a completely different conversation.”
Tannehill said it was nice to see how much “mutual respect” there is between Gase and Manning. The former Texas A&M star is hoping to replicate that, but reaching a Super Bowl will be a tall task.
We don’t know what to expect from Tannehill this upcoming season, but we know he must be glad to have one former teammate’s wife out of the picture. If Manning works with him again in the future, that can only help.