Taylor said all that knowledge of Tannehill is helpful for understanding tendencies, but noted he hasn’t been with him since 2015, and “that’s like a lifetime ago.”
But cornerback Mike Hilton said much of what Taylor recalls about Tannehill remains valid, especially his mobility. Tannehill has thrown for 3,734 yards and 21 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while leading an offense that features a top five running game. Much of his work is done outside the pocket.
“It’s definitely a problem,” Hilton said. “Everybody knows how athletic he is outside the pocket. He is able to extend plays and throwing the ball downfield, taking off and running. We have definitely been preaching to our front four, be smart about your rush lanes. Make him beat us from the pocket. We feel like if we contain him from getting outside the pocket that will better our chances.”
Callahan balancing present and future
Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan is set to interview for the Broncos’ head coaching job Thursday afternoon via videoconference, but Callahan said Wednesday that would not impact his preparation for Saturday’s game.
Callahan, who worked for the Broncos from 2010 to 2016, is Taylor’s right-hand man and especially plays a big role in the redzone offense.
“My focus is 100 percent on this game and to our players,” Callahan said. “There is no other focus for me. Anything I do outside of that framework is on my own time. It’s late at night or early in the morning if I need to prepare for something. These are things that you slowly prepare for over time and you get a chance to collect your thoughts on your own time. I give everything I have during the day to get ready for this game. All these things are all personal accolades, it’s no different than MVP or Rookie of the Year. Any of those types of accolades is because the team had success and those guys that worked really hard. You get individual benefit from the collective success and that’s certainly where I’m at right now. It’s an honor to be included in a process like that, but I would never take anything away from my preparation for a game of this magnitude. Anything I do is on my own time and try to balance it that way as best I can.”
Ogunjobi still making impact
Although defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is done for the season and requires surgery on his foot, he is sticking around to remain with his teammates and offer any perspective he can from the sidelines.
Hilton said having him in the locker room and “out there on his wheelie” at practice shows how much he cares about the team. That feeling is mutual. Hilton said he hopes the Bengals re-sign him and give him another chance. Ogunjobi played this season on a one-year deal.
“We know mentally he’s probably down right now,” Hilton said. “He’s been having a great year, and just to go out like that, it’s tough. But he’s gonna be a guy that’s gonna constantly cheer us on and keep the energy high.”