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Don't be surprised if Tannehill starts Friday

If the distance between third-string quarterback Ryan Tannehill and and second-stringer Matt Moore was small last week, as coach Joe Philbin said Friday, it seems much smaller today. In fact, it can be argued the two are tied in the battle to become the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback.

And while Tannehill seems to be climbing, Moore seems to be fading.

Both players took first-team snaps in practice today. I was not there. But The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley tracked the practice and reports Tannehill had the better day.

Beyond that, coach Joe Philbin did not rule out starting Tannehill against Carolina Friday night in the second preseason game.

Beyond that, Philbin also made the point he would like to pick a starter for the regular-season opener by the time the Dolphins play their third preseason game.

"Our plan all along was to get all three of those quarterbacks reps with the first group in the preseason," Philbin said referencing Tannehill, Moore and injured David Garrard. "We haven't quite crossed that bridge yet. We'll figure all that out as the week progresses."

Asked if Tannehill would get a chance to start in the preseason, Philbin responded ...

"In one of these games we'll definitely try it, yeah, sure."

Here's the deal: Moore already started a game. If this competition is going to be completely fair, Tannehill needs to show what he can do with Miami's starting group and against a starting defense to give the coaches an apples-to-apples comparison.

So it makes sense for the Dolphins to start Tannehill Friday -- keeping in mind he cannot drop off the table in practice the next four days to earn that distinction. That would be the fair way to draw the comparison. Moore versus starters one week. Tannehill versus starters the next week. Moore coming in as a backup one week after Tannehill came in as a backup.

Philbin does not want to publicly commit to a starter yet because he sees what we see. He sees his rookie advancing and his veterans falling off -- Garrard because of the knee injury and Moore because, well, I don't know why.

The problem is the Dolphins don't have a lot of time to make a decision if they are going to keep to their original plans. The team wanted to know who would be the starting quarterback after Friday's outcome.

"I've stated in the past that in an ideal situation when you have a quarterback competition in training camp, you'd probably like to have your starter named after your second preseason game," Philbin said. "The plan right now would be that our starters would play their most snaps against Atlanta (in the third preseason game). That would lead you to believe if things were right you would have your starter by then."

But if Tannehill and Moore -- oh so close to one another -- cannot separate, then what?

"I'm going to look at film and evaluate the position," the coach said. "I'm going to do the best thing for the football team to win games. I can stand up here and say I do believe that will be the scenario that unfolds, however, it may not. So we're going to have to be flexible and do the best thing for the team and make the decision when the time comes."

One more thing: The depth chart that will come out Monday will not be the final word on which quarterback starts for Miami Friday. It may be a snapshot of the competition on Monday. But Philbin says this is perhaps the preseason's most important practice week. A lot of things can happen. A lot of things can change.

So the first-team QB on Monday might not be the starter Friday. Come to think of it, last week, the first-team quarterback on Monday did not start the game Friday.

 

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Armando, please ban the doucher odin. His posts are just stupid & take up space.

PARAGRAPH AFTER PARAGRAPH OF CHILDHISH JIBBERISH!

Its a no-brainer, T-Hill starts Friday, he's the opening day starter. It means the starting job would now be T-hill's to lose if he starts Friday.

Hope none of you think Moore would be good enough to win it back. Ifr that were true, Moore never would have lost the job in the first place.

But if Tannehill and Moore -- oh so close to one another -- cannot separate, then what?

"I'm going to look at film and evaluate the position," the coach said. "I'm going to do the best thing for the football team to win games. I can stand up here and say I do believe that will be the scenario that unfolds, however, it may not. So we're going to have to be flexible and do the best thing for the team and make the decision when the time comes."

Thismeans if there's no separation, T'hill still wins the job. Because then "the best thing for the team", as Philbin said, would be to begin getting T'hill ready for the "team's future".

Were not surprised....

Today's practice from MD.com:

##Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill got to work with the first team offense against the first team defense before the weather took a turn for the worst and looked sharp again. He managed to get off a nice flare pass to running back Daniel Thomas with a blitzing Cameron Wake in his face for a completion and a first down. Later in the practice he dumped it off to Reggie Bush in busted coverage for a touchdown.

Also:

##Wallace turned in yet another solid practice, hauling in a 40-yard touchdown pass inside the bubble from Matt Moore with one hand in the right corner of the end zone. There wasn’t even the hint of a bobble as he simply reached out with his right hand and tucked it. He did a good job of getting open on intermediate routes as well and hung on to one pass that bounced off of his chest in the flat.

And:

##Linebackers Jason Trusnik and Gary Guyton got a lot of extra work with regulars Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett watching from the sidelines and Trusnik impressed both in pass coverage and against the run. He broke up a couple of passes and plugged the gaps well on running plays.

I've prepared martinis we can enjoy on the veranda with my lesbian poodle, Miss Cha Cha.

On target, Armando.

they waiting till monday to cut cj?

Your lesbian poodle should meet my lesbian cat.

Seriously, I have a lesbian cat. She has sex with other female cats. I have seen it.

Good challenge for Philbin see if he can get this Team playing better. And a chance for us to evaluate him.

Up to know Philbin has been articulate, has said all the right things. But now is the time to put all those words into action. And he has 2 tasks now. Handling the cj affair and getting this Team in synch, all in one week. We'll see.

IN A SURVEY BY THE NFL .......


THE DOLPHINS FANS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED IN THE CRIMINAL LAW........


DUE TO THEIR PLAYERS LIVING STYLE ...


IF MARSALL THE BEST WR IN THE NFL WAS KICKED OUT OF THE TEAM FOR BEING STABBED BY HIS WIFE ,THEN CHAD JHNSON SHOULD BE SENT TO EXILE ....

how much longer before that idiot ocho stinko is cut? all are Ireland and Philbin going to keep this wife beating idiot around longer???

IF MARSHALL IS GONE FOR WAY LESS ,,,SO CHAD SHOULD GO TO EXILE ..

Lots of nicks and bumps but I don't like all those sleeves on legs, that's a sign of dehydration.

Crazy to have held practice outside today at 1PM. I went out about 2PM to get something at the store and almost died. Another brilliant stunt by the Organization?

gets them in great shape so they can wear down other teams in 4th quarter

Maybe, bill.

But see, Fortune is smiling upon us. Tha rains came and ended practice outside short.

Proper hydration down here needs to be continuous and not sporadic, due to the humidity.

Aloco what about the fact that he punched a woman in the stomach at 2am in a night club? We just letting that one go? How about screaming at his teammates and coaches during games? How about screaming at his qb on the sidelines? How about all of the other bs Marshall has ever done? Johnson head butting his wife has nothing to do with Marshall, they are both idiots, period. And anyone who sticks up for one over another is sadly ignorant.

You know, you sweat a lot down here, even if you are not exercising.

el guru It's evident you probably are here on a green card so let me explain something to you. There is a thing called due process in our country. If the Dolphins cut Chad right now before doing an investigation of their own it wouldn't be in their best interest. Sued by hyena lawyers and having the players union come after them for wrongful termination isn't something the team wants to pile onto their list of problems.

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE"RE TIRED OF THE LOSING! HELP MAKE A CHANGE!

90% of SoFla's population is underhydrated.

STFU!!!^^^^^^^

The advantage: we won't die of heatstroke here.

WALT................ GOOD POINT,STILL WE COULD HAVE MARSHALL PLAYING FOR US ....AS FOR THE WOMEN WHO GOT PUNCHED ,I BELIEVE THAT ONE WAS TRYING TO GRAB HIS MANHOOD IN THE NIGHT CLUB ,,,

SOME HERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELD BACK IN SCHOOL, BUT, YOU PROVE HERE WHY YOUR TEACHERS PASSED YOU ANYWAY! LOL

We down here who like a taste, also need to be continuously hydrated.

Any drunk knows that ingested ETOH dehydrates.

Once I met this guy that couldn't wait. When he ran out of alcohol he would drink his perfumes. Can you believe that?

Careful where you thread with Women.

After watching luck and rg3 do you idiots still think those meaningless wins last fall were worth it???

OSCAR,


TELL US A NICE STORY ABOUT THE FIRST LOVE IN YOUR LIFE...

Two things -

Cut CJ

Start RT

YG,,,,WHAT WSOULD YOU DO I A WOMAN IN A NIGHT CLUB TRY TO FELL YOUR MANHOOD GUY ?


I KOW YOU WILL WELCOME IT BUT MARSHALL DIDN'T LIKE IT.

What do you mean by nice, ALoco. A pleasant story? Unfortunately, I have few of those.

OSCAR,,,PLEASE TEL US A PLEASANT STORY ABOUT YOUR FIRST LOVE ....

Have you ever heard Cal Tjader? Nice to cook by.

The more I think of it, the more Chad Johnson's wife "supposedly" finding a reciept for condoms in the trunk of the car sounds.

First of all, if Chad had only purchased condoms at Walgreen, why would he put them in the trunk of his car? The wife wasnt with him them, so, naturally he would get into the car with them. Not put them in the trunk,

2ndly, even if his wife saw a reciept of any kind in the car's trunk, your mind doesnt naturally tell you to pick it and read it. Seeing an old reciept in the trunk doesnt spark enough interest to pick it up and read it. Her story sounds strange.

Married only 1 month, her story sounds more gold digger, than anything. If she really doesnt love Chad, just marry fool, and get a quick divorce for a big payday. Any educated golddigger knows an infidelity claim would grant them just that.

Moore well I don't know Why?

Wow, Bias or What. Someone has a Horse in this Race.

Moore Sucks because he Doesn't have Talent. Moore doesn't have "it" either. He's a good leader or great teammate is side talk for the Guy can't play. Those are just words to describe him as a person not a player.

Does Moore have any Mobility?

Good Accuracy? Touch? Throw Wr's open?

Can he Adjust In-Game? Call audibles? Hot Routes?

Does he hold on to the ball? Turnovers?

Moore is a backup who got glorified because we all were done With Chad Henne. Moore is Fiedler 2.0, People liked him because no one wanted Damon Huard anymore.

I've been saying it all along. This week if T-Hill starts it's his job. Philbin said it at the beginning, he said it on hard knocks and he said it again today. The Fins want to have their starter by Week 3. That means this week is real important to deciding this competition.

Misi needs Competition

"After watching luck and rg3 do you idiots still think those meaningless wins last fall were worth it???"

HEY GENIUS WHAT WAS YOUR PROPOSITION? That the coaches tell the players not to try? That they put them in a position to fail on purpose? Don't you think that might have been met with hostility seeing how those players were playing for future contracts with different teams and contracts with their own team?

The players union would have filed a grievance with the NFL AND the Dolphins would have been fined and lost draft picks. Is that what you wanted?

I swear to God this blog has the dumbest posters on the internet.

Aloco maybe in your country it's okay to punch a woman if she touches you but here in America it's kind of frowned upon.

Dashi,

Tannehill is declared starter, and Devlin begins to show reall progress in preseason. Im sure, either Garrard or Moore is gone. It would mean Devlin's the 3rd string backup.

Marsha punched the Birthday girl because his wife was arguing with her.

Marsha and ManHood 2 words that don't go together in any sentence.

I know that hitting a Woman once, is just as bad as hitting her multiple times. But this is chad's first reported case. Marsha has a history of 5 or more with domestic Abuse. The 2-3 times down here. The other countless ones in Denver. And in UCF.

I believe this has a little bit of "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate" in it. She probably went to her neighbors house and went Ric Flair on herself.

Your dumb too,

Beit against 2nd teamers, T'hill's numbers were far better than RG3. I as a RG3 homer and I admit that.

Also, if you take away the fact Luck threw "A ONE YARD PASS" to a rb that ran 60 more yards for a td, Tanehill's numbers were better than Lucks too.

Your dumb too, doesnt sound like you're too smart either. LOL

YG, Agreed

They're has been a Couple of us here not just myself that have been saying this for a couple weeks now. Moore or DG won't make the Team.

Garrard was signed in case we couldn't draft T-Hill. Everyone knew pre-Draft we were getting him. I liked Devlin last year but he needed seasoning.

I believe Devlin won't make the Practice Squad(The Secret is Out) this year, So we better keep him as our 3rd string. We will have 2 qb's for the Future. Our starter and his backup.

Moore or Garrard won't get traded cause no one will give anything for them. So stop with the Hypothetical's. No one will give even a 7th rd pick for them.

Im beginning to believe the experts that said Tannehill has far more upside than Luck or RG3. When we say "upside", we have to also consider Luck and RG3 have already shown most of thier "upside" in college.

Im cautiously optimistic Tannehill will be just as good as RG3 and Luck. Or even better, if either Luck or RG3 falters during thier nfl careers..

Philbin is a spitting image of Cam Cameron. And like Cameron he's already lost the lockeroom.

Scotty,

Are you nuts? Cam Cameron had John Beck. Philbin has Ryan Tannehill. Zero comparison case closed! LOL

YG, Ur going to get hell for that. I agree the same. Upside and Potential are there.

Like i said before when 2 qb's are taken 1 and 2, one of them becomes a bust. Hopefully neither Luck or RG3 become one. But that would be the first time it happens.

T-$izzle or The Great White Hope. Has been running the same Offense for 5 years Now. He's just worried about the D and learning how to break it down. He already knows his progressions. Which Audibles to switch too.

I know Philbin already has his haters. That want the team to go 0-16. But I think T-Sizzle dropped into the position possible to start his career. The Fins even want to use the same pace he played with in college.

You just wish that Tannehill had someone to throw to. Don't make any mistake about it my fellow Dolphin fans. This it the worst the Dolphins have been at the Reciever spot since Marino last years in the 90's.

RG3 will be a bust.

Philbin is his own man.

Cam Cameron was a Mormon trying to Coach Football!

Imagine what will happen if a Mormon was President.

I just want to know how can U hate the Man without him even coaching a "Real Game" yet.

Where were U guys at when I was Calling For Spoelstra's Head for almost blowing it!! Heat almost loss to Indiana and Boston. With the Most talented team in the NBA

Now if Philbin had the same amount of talent as the Heat do. And we get man handled, then yes. Philbin Sucks. Till then can we please hold Judgement till week 8 of the Regular Season when the games count.

Yeah, it was preseason but how many times did the Offense throw for over 300 yds under Sporano?

The worst Wr corp the fins had was during the 1-15 season. Our best Wr was Camarillo. Remember

Dashi,

Dolpfans in this blog raved over Cammarillo like he was a 12 time all pro when we firts traded him away. Now, Cammarillo's been gone a few years, and not only is it like he left the dolphins. Seems like he's left the nfl too. Havent heard a peak of his name anywhere in the nfl since. LOL

As long as they don't hire another idiot Italian like Sparano or Olivadotti I'm fine.

All you have to do is watch Jersey Shore or visit one of their filthy and tacky neighborhoods to see what those people are all about. Total trash.

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