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Dolphins' QB Depth
1) Matt Moore
2) Ryan Tannehill
3) David Garrard
Who Should Start: Tannehill
Joe Philbin comes to Miami with some vital experience working with perhaps the league's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. Philbin is a smart, no-nonsense coach, but he's in a tough position in naming his starting quarterback for the 2012 season.
The Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, far earlier than many believed Tannehill deserved to be drafted.
Nonetheless, the rookie is firmly entrenched in a battle with incumbent Matt Moore to be the Dolphins' starting quarterback.
Moore quietly put together a solid 2011 campaign. After a 0-4 start to the season, he started the final 12 games of the season and led the team to a 6-6 record. Moore's passer rating for the 2011 season was a respectable 87.1, and his 16 touchdown passes far outweighed his nine interceptions.
Despite Moore's success last season, Philbin and the Dolphins would be wise to start Tannehill in 2012.
Regardless of who the starting quarterback is, Miami isn't expected to compete for a playoff spot with either New England or Buffalo. The focus for this season should—and will likely be—on the future.
Tannehill was impressive in his preseason debut, completing 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown and compiling a passer rating of 106.6.
Anytime a quarterback battle is as close as the one currently going on in Miami, the coach's decision is open for criticism if the team is losing.
But Philbin knows a good quarterback when he sees one, and Tannehill should be given the keys to the car as a rookie.