Tannehill-Wallace chemistry is improving

October, 6, 2013
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MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have a lot of holes to fix following Sunday’s 26-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was the second consecutive defeat for Miami.

But one previous void appears to be improving: the chemistry between quarterback Ryan Tannehill and No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace. Both were on the same page Sunday against the Ravens. Tannehill combined with Wallace for seven receptions for 105 yards. It was Wallace’s second 100-yard game of the season.

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Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsRyan Tannehill and Mike Wallace connected for Wallace's second 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Miami's offense had significant trouble running the ball and protecting the quarterback. But Wallace and Tannehill showed flashes of what could be a dangerous tandem for the rest of the season.

“We have to make plays regardless,” Wallace said in the locker room after the game. “Whatever the situation is, we need to make plays on our side.”

The Dolphins certainly made a concerted effort to get Wallace the football against a tough Baltimore defense. Tannehill targeted Wallace a season-high 16 times. It was a mix of short, intermediate and deep passes that kept the Ravens off balance. Wallace also drew an defensive-holding penalty in the first half that helped lead to a field goal.

Tannehill’s best play was a 49-yard bomb to Wallace, who was double-covered but still had the speed to run past two defenders. Tannehill's pass was slightly underthrown, but Wallace was able to make the play and set up another field goal.

“We always have something in the game plan, and you kind of get a feel for the game as its going on,” Tannehill explained. “We were able to hit him on a deep play. It was really kind of the worst look we have possibly gotten for that play, but he used his speed and was able to make a big catch downfield.”

The bye week should only help this pair. The Dolphins will only go as far as Tannehill takes them, and Tannehill needs his best receiver to produce. Wallace has world-class speed and the Dolphins are still in the feeling-out process of how to use him. Wallace is only five games into his Miami tenure and should improve as the season goes on.

A growing rapport between Tannehill and Wallace can only mean good things for Miami's offense.

“Honestly, we have to get better,” Wallace said of the offense. “We make plays, but we have to make some more. We make some plays sometimes and then we stall.”

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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