Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/10/12

Are observers overstating Ryan Tannehill's mastery of the Dolphins' offense just because Mike Sherman, his former head coach at Texas A&M, is the Dolphins' offensive coordinator?

According to head coach Joe Philbin, the Dolphins' offense isn't a carbon copy of the Aggies offense. The offensive staff has spent months blending plays and language from the offense Sherman used at Texas A&M, Philbin used as offensive coordinator at Green Bay, and the one Ken O'Keefe, Miami's receivers coach, utilized as offensive coordinator at Iowa.

"I think initially it's going to help him, no question about it," Philbin said of Tannehill's familiarity. "David (Garrard) and Matt (Moore) have been around the system for three weeks or four weeks, so at some point that is going to even itself out and the difference is going to be the decision making and the accuracy, the playmaking ability at the quarterback position."

However, Philbin does admit Tannehill's comfort level does even the playing field for the team's first-round pick, closing the knowledge gap the veterans have.

"I am sure, as opposed to some of the other rookie quarterbacks that are practicing, he probably feels a little more comfortable when he puts his head on the pillow at night," Philbin said. "But the bottom line is the productivity once you get on the field, so we will see how that goes."

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