Miami Dolphins trot out no-huddle uptempo offense (no, really)

Miami Dolphins trot out no-huddle uptempo offense (no, really)

August 19, 2018 Off By admin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 

Adam Gase wants to go even faster. But in general he was happy with the way the Dolphins looked when opening Friday’s game at Carolina in up-tempo, no-huddle.

It remains to be seen how fast and how often Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins actually pick up the pace this season. But it seems Tannehill really wants to. And we know Gase wants to.

It’s just — this is something Miami’s talked about for years and years.

Calling plays at the line of scrimmage, Tannehill hit Kenyan Drake, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant in rhythm on the first drive. Though the Dolphins have never truly committed to going faster on a regular basis, Tannehill has flourished at it, in spurts.

Drake is a proponent of going fast.

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“It went very smoothly,” Drake said. “We were able to get the calls out. See the defense. Execute the plays. We just have to have a better efficiency in the red zone and on third down. Not put ourselves in third and long.”

The Dolphins have always felt they would have an advantage if they could train for, and roll out, an uptempo offense in a home game in September.

The Dolphins open with a home game against Tennessee on Sept. 9.

“We can make the D-Line winded because they’re not really rushing as hard,” Drake said. “We can sit in the pocket and make good throws. And run the ball by knocking them back. The linebacker won’t be running so quickly side-to-side when we’re running quick screens. And things like that. It’s a way to keep the defense off balance and use our conditioning to our advantage. They can’t catch their breath.”

Earlier this week, Gase talked about how the team frequently practices in the no-huddle format.

“You just try to have as many options as you can to keep the defense off balance,” Gase said. “When we want to be in an attacking mode, we jump into something like that and try to put pressure on the defense.”

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