DAVIE, Fla. – Sometimes leading a vocal guide is better than teaching a trainer.
We saw a surprising look from Ryan Tannehill in the middle of a dolphin practice on Sunday, when the QB shouted at rookie Kalen Ballage and knocked him out of the pile after the running back had missed a blocking shot to a clean sack by Charles Harris led.
The usually reserved Tannehill temporarily stopped practicing to show his displeasure with Ballage. In practice, he came to the rookie from Arizona State a little later to help. Ballage seemed to be open to Tannehill's involvement.
It was unusual to see that from Tannehill, but the dolphins might need that fiery lead if they want to beat expectations and push for a playoff spot. Dolphin coach Adam Gase was pleased with the leadership of Tannehill and said it was appropriate for him to react that way.
"I would have been upset if I were him, because he knows what the result would have been in a game, it would have been painful for him," Gases said. "He was the right guy to set an example and if he does that for our insult, it's a good thing."
Tannehill could not speak after the training. Ballage did not take the chewing personally and he said he understands that he still has a lot to learn about the dolphin scheme.
Remember, Tannehill missed the entire NFL pre-season 2017 and regular season because of an ACL torn. Three days ago, he made his first live snapshots since 2016 in a short but solid performance with the attack of the first-team dolphins against the Buccaneers.
It was an otherwise strong practice for the dolphins, but the biggest snack was perhaps the latest example of Tannehill, who had seen the team as his own and was not waiting for a coach to hold other players accountable.
"You can not throw a guy out of the pile all the time, you can not turn it off all the time and you have a lot of discussion," Gases said. "It's a feeling, timing, when is the right time to say," Do you know what? We are not here. We need someone else here. "He was right today with what he did."