The deep ball is the most aggressive weapon in a quarterback’s arsenal. It’s a devastating play the can change the course of a game in an instant, and it’s a throw that only the greatest quarterbacks can make consistently. Of course Hall of Famer and Dolphins legendary signal caller Dan Marino was one of those guys, routinely connecting with receivers like the Marks Brothers (Mark Duper and Mark Clayton), O.J. McDuffie, and Irving Fryar. And now he’s hoping to see to that connection develop between the newest generation of Dolphins stars at the quarterback and receiver position in Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace.
In an interview with Finsiders, Marino spoke about the connection that a quarterback and a receiver need to have to hit on deep passes. Marino believes that there’s one very important thing that they need to do together to be successful. And that’s practice, practice…and practice.
“Practice. You have to do it in games, you’ve got to do it in game speed. Ryan Tannehill has to make Mike Wallace understand what he wants to see in a route and how you run that route according to different coverages.”
The two were really close on a lot of throws, and Marino thinks that the timing between the two will eventually get there. A lot of things have to go right on a deep throw, and the more time the players spend together, the better their connection will become. He believes that they’ll be better in their second season together.
“Mike Wallace needs to find a way [to do it]. He’s fast, he gets open. It’s timing, it’s a timing thing,” said Marino. “You’d think over a year they would be in perfect shape as far as that’s concerned on the connections. And they did, they got better all year and they will get better. Next year, I’m sure you’ll see a lot of it, a lot of big plays from those two guys.”
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