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Philbin, Sherman expecting great things from QBs

Mike Sherman and Joe Philbin are agreed. They both think the Dolphins quarterbacks are going to be pretty darn good this year.

"I’m confident about it that we are going to get very, very good quarterback play out of that group," Philbin said Monday. "I believe we have talented players with good arm strength, good mobility with good leadership qualities. I couldn’t be happier about the four men that are in that room and I told them the same thing."

Sherman goes a tad further. He thinks one of Miami's team strengths will be the quarterback play.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never been in our situation," he said. "I know we came in here, there’s a lot talk about the quarterback position and all the angst, and rightfully so. I feel very confident that we’re going to be able to…that will not be a weakness on this football team. I think that will be one of our strengths when we get done this thing.

"We’re not there yet, we still have a long way to go, but in determining who’s the starter, once we do that, that person will now get sufficiently more reps and I think he’ll just keep getting better. I feel very confident about our quarterback position and where he’s headed and I think we’ll have a good starter when we get done."

That's a lot of optimism sprinkled with confidence from both men.

Me?

I think Joe Philbin might be a tad happier if he had Peyton Manning in that room. I think the Dolphins quarterbacks will not be a disaster. I'm thinking the QB position will get the benefit of solid offensive line play and more talent at running back and tight end, with the maturation of Charles Clay.

But the receivers still concern me and they and the quarterback are joined at the hip. If they're not good, it's hard for the QB to be very good. So I'm expectant of solid quarterback play.

But a team strength ahead of the defensive line or the specialists?

I'll believe when I see. We all will.

Here is Sherman discussing the past (Saturday's scrimmage) and the future (Ryan Tannehill):

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ray,

Thanks for the heads up. I'll do some digging and see what I can dig up. I'll be really disappointed if I can't see my team up close on a show like Hard Knocks. Enjoy guys....I'm envious!

Craig, are you seriously comparing Matt Moore, an off and on starter, to guys who when they became starters never relinquished that role? Guys who then led teams to win SUPERBOWLS? SERIOUSLY? And don't give me that, "oh, Brees got benched" mumbo-jumbo. Then he got traded, became the face of a franchise, and broke Dan Marino's LONG-HELD record. And THAT'S the guy you're comparing Matt Moore to? A 5 year veteran who's been a starter for 2 different teams and failed to materialize on EITHER OF THEM. Failed to EVEN HAVE A WINNING RECORD! "6-3 down the stretch" is all people want to say, when his record in 2011 was 6-6.

I tell you what. I don't even need to entertain you on this topic. The facts will prove once again I'm right. You just watch and see what happens. When David Garrard starts the Season, and barring any injury becomes the caretaker QB, and Moore either becomes a backup or gets traded, to become a backup somewhere else, or else have a mediocre career, let's talk then. Then we can revisit this, so you can fall on your sword when it's too late (as is your M.O.).

By the way, you should learn how to read, I didn't say it can NEVER happen that a player is mediocre than gets better (a la Gannon), I said it usually doesn't happen that way. That means it CAN happen. But if you think the Dolphins, after the last few decades, after CHAD HENNE, are now going to wait around to see if there's a SMALL CHANCE Moore becomes a good QB, when they know EITHER of these QBs has maybe a year or 2 before the Tannehill takes over, then you're even more of a joke than people here already think you are.

Keep boosting Chad Henne and degrading Eli Manning. Sure helps posters understand your football I.Q.

"But a team strength ahead of the defensive line or the specialists?"

Armando, Philbin did not say that QB play will be a strength ahead of the D-line, he simply said QB play will be a strength for this team.

Stop trying to put words into Philbin's mouth.

If Philbin is right and QB play is a strength = Very Good (if not great) then there is no doubt in my mind the Fins beat the Pats twice. And the Jets.

Pats D is still weak, despite the rookie and FA pickups. With Very Good QB play the Fins should score 27.

And limit Brady to 24 - with Vernon proving to be the real deal he and Wake will do what everyone knows is required to beat Brady - Get Pressure on Him.

Fins secondary will be much improved over last year. Count on it.

Giants held Brady to 17 in the SB. Fins can hold him to 24.

The Jets? That D is way overated - and Sanchez? Give me a break. Fins will stuff the ground and pound and with Sanchez getting pressure from Wake and Vernon he has no chance. Fins will hold the Jets to 17.

All reports from camp are that Miller is the real deal, Clay and DT are progressing nicely as is Martin at RT. Hicks is a definite upgrade over Carey.

Fins O is looking good.

Bush and Miller on the field at the same time? Talk abuot a headache for any opposing D.

IMO - Fins O is looking good. With the only ? being QB play.

Let's hope Philbin is right.

If he is, Fins beat the Pats and Jets twice and shock the "experts" at ESPN. Most of whom predict the Fins will finish last in the AFC East.

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