- DAVIE, FL
They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well the Miami Dolphins are pushing that to new heights, announcing Monday that rookie Ryan Tannehill will simultaneously start at both quarterback and wide receiver.
“I approached Mike Sherman with this Saturday night,” Joe Philbin explained. “The more I looked at the tape of our wideouts I felt that the best option was to have Ryan pass to himself.”
A game Sherman immediately set out to design plays that included the ball being strategically deflected back to Tannehill, the only way a quarterback can legally catch his own pass per NFL rules. “It’s crazy alright,” Sherman says. “Just crazy enough to work.”
The Dolphins began implementing Tannehill to Tannehill plays in today’s practice. However, the Dolphins may design several illegal passes, knowing the replacement officials will likely not recognize them as penalties.
Tannehill plans to put in two extra hours of practice per day, running patterns with himself. “I’m ready,” Tannehill said, heading out to the practice field. “I’m already developing great chemistry with myself.”