Miami Dolphins announced Monday afternoon that Ryan Tannehill has officially won the Dolphins quarterback competition. Tannehill was named the Dolphins starting QB after a solid practice on Monday where he took all of the 1st team snaps.
Matt Moore, who was the only competition left for Tannehill after David Garrard’s injury, was said to have taken the news like a professional. Although Tannehill is the winner, he kind of sort of won. Yes, he clearly beat out Matt Moore. But, David Garrard was the top QB in camp and was atop the Dolphins depth chart when he got injured. Tannehill took the opportunity in stride and has looked very good in practice, very good in the Bucs game, and decent against the Panthers (he didn’t get much help).
Tannehill will start this Friday’s game against the Falcons in what will be the final dress rehearsal for the 1st team Dolphins players before opening weekend against the Texans. Moore will serve as Tannehill’s backup with Pat Devlin as the #3 QB. Atlanta will be a good test for Tannehill and the Dolphins. The rest of the team played poorly against the Panthers so they all have something to prove.
It will be very interesting to see what happens with David Garrard. The Dolphins could cut him before week 1 and save over $2 million against the cap. This would leave Matt Moore and Pat Devlin as Tannehill’s backups this season. The Dolphins could also look to keep Garrard (or cut him and resign him after week 1), hope he is healthy, and have him backup Tannehill. If this happens it would be quite risky given Garrard’s recent injuries. If this happens, the Dolphins could look to trade Matt Moore to a team that needs a solid backup QB.
Any way you look at it, I think Tannehill goes into the season #1 and Pat Devlin goes in as #3. I don’t see how/why the Dolphins would keep Moore and Garrard. If Tannehill does well, he stays in. If Tannehill does poorly, I highly doubt the Dolphins would take him out anyway. He’s the future QB of the team. Making him the starter essentially means that he will be the starting QB for the next 2-3 seasons. The future is now for the Dolphins. Their QB of the future is now the QB of the present.