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Philbin, Dolphins make the right call on Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill is the Dolphins starting quarterback for the regular-season opener on Sept. 9, coach Joe Philbin announced this afternoon.

And after the coach talked about it being a "close" call and saying it was made based on tape study and gut and discussions among, coaches Philbin did not take a bow.

But he should have.

The Dolphins coach made a hard decision. Made a timely decision. And, most importantly, made the right decision.

In choosing Tannehill over Moore, Philbin picked the quarterback of the future to take over now. So that's good. The future -- meaning whatever Tannehill will ultimately become as a player -- will get here sooner, we all expect. Furthermore, Philbin made the right call for now in that he picked the better player now.

That's right, if you've been following along on this blog or on my twitter handle or on TV, you've heard me make the point that Tannehill has outplayed Moore since he arrived for training camp.

I recognize this decision is not a slam dunk. Tannehill, as rookies often do, might struggle and the cynics will make it seem as if it was wrong to pick the rookie. But that would be the short-sighted view.

Understand that this season is not about Tannehill taking the Dolphins to the playoffs. This season is aobut making Tannehill better, giving him the experience to ultimately succeed in the future.

Peyton Manning didn't light it up as a rookie. Neither did Steve Young or Brett Favre. But they laid a foundation for what they ultimately became in their rookie years. If the Dolphins had waited until next year with Tannehill, we'd be a year behind where we're likely to find ourselves by the end of this year.

So get on with it, I say.

And a warning: When Tannehill struggles and he will, manage your expectations. Manage your commentary. He's a rookie. He started 19 games in college. He's got a lot to learn, even by his own admission.

So understand the circumstances. This is not Tannehill's make or break year. This is, however, his foundation laying year.

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Agreed.

Thanks for costing us Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin, Matt.

Awesome news

Cool

Mark, have you seen RGIII play so far in his preseason games? He's completed comeback routes and checkdown passes in his 1st game and he looked terrible in his 2nd preseason game. Cousins look like a better QB than RGIII at this point. Moore may have cost us Andrew Luck but I'm more than happy to have Tannehill over RGIII.

finally a smart move, good job philbin

I can't wait to blitz the sh*t outta this kid!

simply not true, griffin looked solid in both starts. luck looks amazing, off the chart good. i do like thill though

Well... Here we go again... Let's all hope this is the "ONE"...

WHY DOES IT TAKE 15 YEARS TO FIND A QB?
IT TOOK ONLY 6 YEARS TO GO TO MOON

BUILT ROME IN 12 DAYS

BUILT PYRAMIDS TOOK 14 YEARS

BUILT EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN 4 MONTHS

COLUMBUS FOUND AMERICA IN 5 WEEKS

BUILT HOOVER DAM TOOK 2 YEARS

GRAND CANYON TOOK 5 YEARS TO BUILD

IAM NOT A GYNOCOLOGIST BUT YOUD THING BUILDING GRAND CANYON WOULD TAKE LONGER THENN FINDING QB.

I don't think we're watching the same RGIII...I judge a QB based on how well he can anticipate a defense and lead a receiver. RGIII completed all of his passes with the receiver standing still (thus the comeback routes and checkdowns) he had that one glorious pass in college where he led the receiver in the endzone for the gamewinning score, other than that he hasn't thrown the ball well, or run as well as a Michael Vick to date. Sure it's only 2 preseason games but Tannehill looks more like a real QB than RGIII.

My question is this. Who is he going to throw the ball to? I hope Philbin has a healthy number of running plays called for each game. And oh, yes, Defense: let's stop talking smack and how about playing well?

MD20, come on, how are you going to say here that RG3 won't be a superstar in this league?

Love the decision, let's move forward and see sooner rather then later what we have here...I think Sherman game plans around RT's strengths and understands his weakness, so I look for up tempo offense with lot's of shotgun formations that allows for quick passes

Time for a new shirt....have not bought QB shirt since Marino..

this is good. It's better to know now and get into the suck for barkley sweepstakes instead of waiting a year.

Ryan Tanehill is going to be outstanding

So. Armando, you're saying he started three less games in college than Bill Parcells would require for a franchise QB? Ha, totally agree with what you're saying, and best of all...Tanny earned it.

rg3 very good. guy could throw it a mile at baylor also

Not to mention Tannehill is still developing as an overall QB. He looks pretty darn good for a guy who only started 16 college games at the position. He is no Andrew Luck, obviously, but I say he ends up being the 2nd best QB to come out of this year's draft.

WHY DOES IT TAKE 15 YEARS TO FIND A QB?
IT TOOK ONLY 6 YEARS TO GO TO MOON
BUILT ROME IN 12 DAYS
BUILT PYRAMIDS TOOK 14 YEARS
BUILT EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN 4 MONTHS
COLUMBUS FOUND AMERICA IN 5 WEEKS
BUILT HOOVER DAM TOOK 2 YEARS
GRAND CANYON TOOK 5 YEARS TO BUILD
IAM NOT A GYNOCOLOGIST BUT YOUD THING BUILDING GRAND CANYON WOULD TAKE LONGER THENN FINDING QB.
Posted by: ALoco | August 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM

Pure comic Genious.

ill take that bet easily. eilson,cousins,weeden all guys who have looked solid also. wilson might even beat out flynn

Philbin to Sherman after deciding on RT as the starter:

I sure hope he won't need hip or knee replacement surgery when this year is all said n done.

T-hill is going to suprise alot of fans on how well he does this year if the Oline plays decent. GO FINS!

Been critical of Philbin...think my comments were he didn't have them ready to play. And that's the truth. But I have to admit this guy has guts. Hats off to Philbin.

I shouldn't say "I told you so, but..."

And where's my troll now? Stop picking your nose and sleeping in your momma's basement. Take this assswhoopin' like a man (or boy which is a more accurate description).

Not ONLY am I right about this, but I DO NOT know more than everyone, I JUST KNOW A HELLUVA LOT MORE THAN YOU!!!

See ya TwinkleToes Troll.

RePost From Last Post

HEY

ON CONDOM, OFTEN pENIS Jokes

Dashi has been saying since last Week when we all knew Garrard wasn't going to be ready for the Season.

Start T-Sizzle. Make Devlin his Back UP

One thing is definetly for Sure I wasn't waving the MAtt Moore flag like U were doing. U Old Hag

Just cause u use a 1000 names to state the same thing OVER and OVER and OVER and OVer and Over and Over, again.

Doesn't mean Ur opinions Count.

It's Ok keep Spewing Ur Negative Rants on This Storied Franchise.

Dashi will Slay All AszClowns With the Sword Of Truth and Knowledge.

Put down that little Shank, Little Man. Dashi Swings the Excalibur.

Get the Old Hag Ready, We Celbrating Tonight. I'ma leave her SuperSoaked tonight Oscar.

Posted by: Dashi | August 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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Also, Aloco Sorry for copying some of ur writing Style Before.

IT'S JUST SOME CLOWNS NEED THE WORDS TYPED CLEARLY, TO UNDERSTAND THEM.

I've said it before I'm as Cool as the other Side of the Pillow. BUT IF U WANT TO TRY ME FOR A CLOWN. I WILL END U.

I GIVE 2 FLYING F'S IF HE'S 305 YEARS OLD. HE KNOWS HE CAN'T WIN.

I don't think it's too bold of a statement to say that RGIII was overhyped and won't be as good as advertised, and definitely not worth what the Redskins payed for him. Earlier this year I was on the RGIII bandwagon, he looked AMAZING. But from what I've seen so far he's come back down to Earth and I'll take my #8 draft pick every day of the week over RGIII.

Im not gonna specualte on what type of QB tannehill will be especially with what he has in front of him this year, but i expect that he will show more skills that might position himself to be a good QB in this league if Somebody(Irefiend) would actually give the kid some targets to play with for this offense to find success..for now, let the growing pains begin but at least his learning process will be the same with all the other rookie QBS in this league...and that is what I wanted to see more than moore guiding this team to a 500 record at best!!!

MD20,

Who knows, you may be right but I think it's incredibly early to be dismissing RG3. I love the kid - he was the guy i wanted after Luck and before Peyton. Tannehill was #3 on my list.

In the end, I'm happy we got the guy though and will hope to high heaven he can go a long way in making this team relevant in 2013 and beyond.

RGIII won't be able to do the same things in the NFL as he did in Baylor, his game doesn't translate and his skill set is better suited for college than the pros. Cam Newton didn't come out of nowhere, before being kicked off his original team (auburn? Or was the the last team he was on before he was drafted I have no idea) he looked like a stud. RGIII surprised everyone last season and for 3 1st round picks he's going to disappoint. The redskins are going to be bottom dwellers of the Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and yes even Tony Romo NFC East with a huge setback for the next decade. RGIII may be good, but I wouldn't put money on it.

I'm totally on baord with this.
And I expect nothing from the kid other than his best effort, and eventual improvement, so we all have something to look forward to next season.

I am now officially very interested in watching the Dolphins again,

Win or lose... we'll be interesting and maybe even exciting. All I can ask for.

Bold statement my @ss, how do you judge a guy after 2 games


Seriously, this league has become so QB spoiled that every rookie entering needs to throw up Aaron Rodgers type numbers just to get a break, and in preseason of all places


Some of You need some perspective Badly!!!

Who's Buying a Tannehill Jersey this afternoon??

Well cheers to a 5 and 11 season. Sigh. Anyways might as well start talking draft. Is there any WR thats worth a top 5 pick, hows that kid Woods from USC? Who else?

this is just great news people. We finnaly have a rookie QB picked in the first round to start the season

Stop picking your nose and sleeping in your momma's basement.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | August 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM

Notup on current events are you? I'm sleeping in your moms bed. Your pops is in the basement.

Tannehill I think it's a good call let him sink or swim. Now we will found out if the theory about a QB makes the WR good. We will see.

Like I mentioned it's ONLY two preseason games, so who knows what can happen from here on out. He can be the next Mcnabb who had a terrible NFL skill set but he won year-in and year-out, but for arguments sake if at this moment you told me to put 1000 bucks on who will be the better QB in 5 years I'd pick Tannehill over RGIII. Not to mention Griffin has solid (albeit: not great) receivers around him as well (though I must say the redskins are god awful when it comes to signing FA wr's ... They always overpay for a solid receiver....I'm looking at you piere garcon)

ripping griffin for no reason is hilarious, dude has huge potential

Great! Now if they can only find someone to pass protect and receivers that can get open. Otherwise, his career will be over by Game 6 due to shell shock!

miami will have solid shot at first pick which would be huge, deal it

Clue, They would only win 5 games with whoever plays at QB position, Lets face it New HC,New Coaching staff,No WRor TE,Defense that is suspect I say 5 games is about right.
My only real Question is when will Idiot Ross wake up and fire Ireland?

I told y'all the other day Ryan was gonna be the starter.

I told y'all the other day they probably told David he wasn't going to start no matter what. Even though he was winning the QB battle.

I'm pretty sure they told Moore he wasn't going to start either. That's why he doesn't give a crap right now in his play.

This management is so pathetic.

There is a good possibility that Tannehill's a bust. So at least we can get Barkley next year if he is.

Right decision made, holding off making it for another week when it's obvious Tannehill is better than Moore already would have been a waste of time.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Garrard waived now, and we go with Tannehill, Moore and Devlin. No way we'll sit Tannehill when/if Garrard's healthy, even if he's not playing well. There's no future in Garrard, and it'll save money.

The future's now, the future's Tannehill.

Just hope the fans give him some leeway when he makes rookie mistakes...

Do the math, again!

David was winning the QB race.

David had a year off.

David said his knee had floaties in it.

Why didn't David take care of that during his year off?

David was told by the Tea Party Management that he wasn't going to start ever.

So he said, I'm taking the month off.


There is a good possibility that Tannehill's a bust. So at least we can get Barkley next year if he is.

Posted by: Mike | August 20, 2012 at 04:17 PM

Theres also a strong Possibilty Tim Tebow will be the best HOF pass option QB in the NFL

Do You Believe in every strong possibilty that comes along or are you just pouting

thats false though on tebow. miami def has great shot at first pick, would be huge for this franchise

I'm on board with giving a QB more than one season to prove himself, but I said Russell was an overhyped player when the Raiders picked him because everyone was enthralled with his cannon arm and 80 yard passes from his knees. Griffin can run and I guess pass but he hasn't thrown a single NFL pass in 2 preseason games. I can throw a ball 10 yards with the receiver running back towards me. Buttonhooks aren't NFL passes. Sanchez's first preseason pass was a perfect fade 40 yards down the field and he only had 1 college season under his belt. RGIII should be making those throws he has plenty more exp.

I like the move to start Tannehill and let him take his lumps. I just hope the fan base is patient with him. He will have the worst wr's in the AFC to work with so don't expect fireworks and explosive plays. This passing offense will be lucky to be ranked in the middle of the NFL at seasons end.

As far as a Rookie getting Rattled Did you all know some of the best QBs suffered terrible 1st years
Terry Bradshaw 1 and 13

Troy Aikman 1 and 15

Bob Griese 2 and 12

And I think Payton Manning was only something like 3 and 13 so dont be surprised if Tennehill goes 1 and 15.

I don't care what y'all say.

I'm rooting for utter failure this season. If they win it all (or some) it still won't matter to me.

Ireland is a "word" I can't say right now. This dude is a total that "word."

thats false though on tebow. miami def has great shot at first pick, would be huge for this franchise

Posted by: bill connors | August 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM

Go watch the wets play and then see if you believe we still have a chance at the #1 pick....Top 5 or 10 is more likely...just sayin!!!

We know what Garrard and Moore are.. stopgaps at best !!
We will find out who Tannehill is, a potential NFL QB for years to come, or a probable backup. But , the questions can start to be answered this year and that makes future planning easier. Since there is almost zero chance of this being a playoff year, no matter who plays QB, it's time to evaluate for 2013 and beyond.

Also to added on Tannehil was going to start period, I made a comment on Ross JI decision on Tannehill starting. Why because Ross and JI stated the day they drafted him wasn't going to sit he was going to compete and Ross wanted Tanny. Not JI or philbin

Maybe Ross finally made a good decision as a Owner..

Though Garrard is the better QB, I don't trust him health-wise. I go with Moore as the backup (Devlin practice squad again). Deal Garrard to the next franchise looking for the next 2010 Pennington.

If they waive Garrard, Miami can forget about attracting any quality players in the future.

FP4FGS, I like that Tannehill is starting might as well take the lumps now, I just want to see us become the Detroit Lions get a QB which we have and give him a stud WR, although I dont beleive theres a WR that have Megatron talent in college.

If Ross new anything about football he would of realized Ireland has picked nothing but acorns on the team. Insteas he let Ireland con him into thinking he can win with this Division 2 talent.

Yes of course RGIII has huge potential. I haven't seen a *sign* of that potential yet. I've seen *signs* that Tannehill will be good, haven't seen it from RGIII, and he hasn't had a QB competition to worry about he's been named the starter from day 1. Making a prediction now I don't think RGIII is what we think he is. That's my opinion and you have yours, only time will tell who's right

Ill settle for a poor mans mike wallace at this point if only to bring some life to this offense for next year....and a real threat at tight end ( and whose name is not fasano or on this roster currently)

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