Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Discussion Outside Peyton Manning

Dylan DeSimoneCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Peyton Manning  #18 of the Indianapolis Colts gives instructions to his teammates during the NFL against  the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Entering the 2012 campaign under a new offensive-minded staff, the Miami Dolphins are aware that its most pressing need is under center. It is no mystery that a large sum of Miami fans await the release of Peyton Manning from the Indianapolis Colts, so their team can pounce on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

It's not that I don't think Miami has the best chance to acquire Manning when he eventually reaches the open market, but I'd like to propose some contingency plans in case that scenario doesn't play out.

Matt Flynn

There's a good amount of NFL heads out there that think Flynn is the second coming of Kevin Kolb, in that he is an over-hyped commodity that is going to get lucky with a big payday without proving himself. I think Kolb is still that, but I believe Flynn has a lot more to offer.

First of all, Kolb didn't play behind the almighty Aaron Rodgers. Since Flynn doesn't have a great amount of game experience at this level, it is important to judge his mechanics. He looks sound and confident for a youngster that hasn't gotten a lot of reps, and confidence is an integral part to the quarterback position—just ask Aaron Rodgers.

Obviously there is the Green Bay connection, now that Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman are going to be running the show in Miami. Philbin has a close working knowledge of Flynn and it could make for the ideal situation for both parties.

Robert Griffin III

'RG3 is would come at a high cost, as the Rams are reportedly looking for a lot—even for Washington and Cleveland who are looking to trade up from closer draft spots. But remember, this is predicated on Manning not landing with Miami, and thus making the Dolphins front office more desperate for a quarterback. Griffin's stock has him as a virtual lock at No. 2, and he honestly won't fall out of the top five even on a weird draft day.

I like Griffin in Miami for a lot of reasons: he's young, healthy and a pure playmaker with world class speed and a rocket arm. He's bigger and stronger than Michael Vick, and could prove to be a more accurate and decisive passer in the NFL. Between Griffin and running back Reggie Bush, the Dolphins would have so much speed behind that offensive line; they could seriously throw defenses for a loop with a creative playbook.

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill's stock has been rising and he could find himself being picked between picks eight through the mid 20's if he falls. Right off the bat, I don't believe Dolphins fans would be satisfied with this pick because they have been waiting for someone proven, and I understand that. However, given the impact that Andy Dalton had on the Cincinnati Bengals as a second rounder, it's not that ludicrous of an idea.

Tannehill is a pure pocket passer and could flourish with an offensive-minded head coach in Philbin and an experienced offensive coordinator like Mike Sherman. He would have Jake Long protecting his blindside, Mike Pouncey snapping the ball to him and Brandon Marshall making his job easier.

The Dolphins also rely heavily on their run game and they won't put too much pressure on Tannehill. Not to mention, Chad Henne and Matt Moore didn't set the bar all that high. Although I liked what I saw from Moore a lot more than Henne, and Moore could be kept to push Tannehill to win the job outright, so the Dolphins don't have a 'Mark Sanchez situation' on their hands.

Entitlement and a lack of competition would be the worst thing for Tannenhill, but the new staff is knowledgeable and experienced enough to protect against this.

And once again, it's not that I don't believe Miami has an excellent chance at Manning, but it never hurts to examine other options—options the Dolphins are all but certainly looking at as well.

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