Another rookie quarterback will be making his NFL debut on Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season. Ryan Tannehill won the starting position on the Miami Dolphins over previous starter Matt Moore.
According to Yahoo, Tannehill earned the starting position over Matt Moore and David Garrard. Garrard took himself out of contention earlier this month when he underwent surgery on his knee.
Tannehill will be the 17th quarterback to start for the Miami Dolphins since Dan Marino retired in 1999. He’ll be the first rookie to start a season opening game for Miami.
Coach Joe Philbin said:
“We like a lot of things about him… ‘He has a chance to be a very good player… 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.”
Tannehill stands at 6-foot-4, weighs 222 pounds, and has been praised for his strength, intelligence, and overall athletic ability. The Dolphins are hoping that Tannehill, who will be working with his former coach and current Dolphin’s offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, will continue to get better throughout the season.
During his first two NFL pre-season games, he went 25 for 47 for 267 yards.
Philbin is confident in his new starter but also said that the pressure is on Tannehill for him to keep the job.
”We didn’t hand him anything. Nothing is forever in this league if a guy doesn’t play well, at any position.”
Do you think Ryan Tannehill was the right choice for the Miami Dolphins? At the very least, it will give Lauren Tannehill some more screen time.