Tannehill ‘not in the running’ to start


Untimely mistakes in offseason training activities appear to have proven cost-worthy.


It goes without saying that when the Miami Dolphins selected Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill eighth overall in April’s draft, it was done with the intention of him starting under center for many years to come. However, at this point in time, it appears it will be a veteran entrusted with the duties of running new head coach Joe Philbin’s up-tempo, west coast offense.

According to Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post, the high-potential rookie passer is no longer in consideration to begin the 2012 regular season leading the Miami offense.

“As for Tannehill,” writes Briggane, “he’s not in the running (to start) right now due to his untimely mistakes, particularly when throwing into traffic.” Briggane notes that Tannehill will “continue his apprenticeship” as a third-stringer behind seasoned veterans David Garrard and Matt Moore.

Garrard, former long-time Jacksonville Jaguars starting passer, has been tipped as the current favorite to begin the season as the Phins’ quarterback according to ESPN, while Moore started twelve games and posted a touchdown to interception ratio of 16:9 in 2011.

While there’s certainly no arguing we will be seeing Ryan Tannehill start for the Miami Dolphins in the near future, coach Joe Philbin and his staff appear intent on fielding the individual who gives the team the best chance to succeed immediately. Efficiency and productivity have been the staples of Green Bay’s offense since Philbin took over in 2007, and it will be intriguing to see how his unit functions without an Aaron Rodgers-caliber talent leading the assault.


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