Retired Broncos play-maker Peyton Manning is currently in Miami to offer a few tips to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Specifically, he is helping the athlete adjust to the system of Miami's new coach, Adam Gase.
The connection between Manning and Tannehill may seem odd but the former may be the best person to help out the latter in learning about the new coach's methods. After all, Manning and Gase worked closely in 2014 back when the coach was the offensive coordinator for the Broncos.
Aside from the fact that the veteran athlete took time off from his retirement to help out a fellow quarterback, Tannehill is thankful for the chance to be mentored by an NFL legend.
"It was really cool," he said according to Miami Herald. "A guy that had his career, the living legend he is, coming off a Super Bowl winning season - it was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he's done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game."
"We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love," he added.
But Manning coming to Miami to teach Tannehill doesn't mean that the athlete is a newcomer to the league. In fact, he has been with the Dolphins since 2012 when he was drafted by the team as its 8th overall pick during the first round.
With this, it's probably safe to say that Tannehill already knows his way around the field. And, with Manning's guidance, he'll surely gain new tricks and techniques as a quarterback. More importantly, he'll be ready to take on Gase's coaching system once they meet.
"At that time, we weren't able to meet with the coaches or anything, so I didn't really have a great handle yet," he said. "So I wasn't really able to dive into the playbook too much. So I had a few questions for [Manning]."
"If he comes back now, we can have a completely different conversation," he added.