Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is making noise. He missed the entire 2017 season with an injury. Ryan isn’t taking any chances this season and the usually reserved quarterback surprised his teammates and coaches when he kicked rookie running back Kalen Ballage out of the huddle during practice.
Ballage drew his quarterback’s ire when he missed a blocking assignment, which led to a clean sack by Charles Harris. Not a good look for the rookie.
After the play, Tannehill stopped practice to let the rookie know he wasn’t happy about the sack. Despite being called out by his quarterback, Ballage seemed to take the criticism in stride. On the other hand, head coach Adam Gase was happy to see Tannehill show some fire and approved of the way his quarterback handled the situation.
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“I would have been upset if I was him because he knows what the result in a game would have been. It would have been painful for him, for sure,” Gase said. “He was in the right, kind of making an example there. When he does things like that for our offense, it’s a good thing.”
“You can’t kick a guy out of the huddle all the time. You can’t shut it down all the time and have big discussions,” Gase said. “It’s a feel, timing, when is the right time to say, ‘You know what? We’re not right here. We need somebody else in here.’ He was right today with what he did.”
Ryan Tannehill didn’t speak to reporters after the practice, but Ballage did and told the press that he didn’t take being called out personally and understands that there are still a lot of things he has to learn about the team’s offense.
After getting called out in front of his teammates, Ballage likely won’t miss many blocking assignments this season if he wants to stay on the field.