Head coach Joe Philbin announced on Monday that QB Ryan Tannehill will be the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins in 2012, via NFL.com
“After a thorough evaluation of the quarterback position, we have come to the decision that Ryan Tannehill is our starting quarterback,” coach Philbin said at the Monday press conference. “It was a close competition, but in the end we feel that this is the best decision for our football team at the present time.”
Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s performance Friday night had mix reviews. While the rookie quarterback took three sacks and was 10 of 23 for 100 yards, he led the Dolphins on the 15-play scoring drive that ended in a touchdown. Although his play was up and down, Tannehill could be named the Dolphins starting quarterback.
“But there’s a reason that, after speaking to league sources over the weekend, there’s a growing buzz that Tannehill will soon be named the starting quarterback for Friday’s game vs. Atlanta and, subsequently, for the Week 1 regular season game at Houston: The coaches are impressed with Tannehill’s decision-making and quick development,” writes Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “Through two preseason games, Tannehill has yet to throw an interception or turn the ball over.”
Obviously, Tannehill is the quarterback of the future for the Dolphins. While Miami does have veteran quarterbacks David Garrard and Matt Moore on the roster, who may give the Dolphins a better chance to win due to their experience, they haven’t had the most impressive NFL careers. If Tannehill can continue to make good decisions and not turn the ball over, don’t be surprised if he’s the Dolphins week one starter.