Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
The news of Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback for the 2012 season only broke on Monday, but it still managed to sneak its way into the back end of Hard Knocks, as we got to see quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor deliver the news to both quarterbacks—first Matt Moore, then Tannehill.
Taylor said the competition was "as close as it could possibly be," but of course, that could be of little consolation to Moore after hearing the news.
Taylor added, "I look at you as the best backup quarterback in the league right now."
"I can't necessarily say that it's X percentage of passes," said Philbin, addressing Moore. "It's more a kind of a gut instinct, so to speak. I don't expect you stand up and give me a hug and say, 'Thanks, Joe.' I know you're disappointed. I can't put my finger on it necessarily. I have a lot of confidence in you, I believe in you...you're an important guy on this team to me, and I think to everybody."
As usual, we got to see the juxtaposition of the bad news for Moore, followed seconds later by the good news for Tannehill.
"No one lost this job," said Taylor to Tannehill. "I just think you did enough things to win the job, and we feel like going forward. You're giving us a great chance to win a lot of games and win quickly."
Tannehill worked his way up from the No. 3 spot, so when Philbin sat him down after he heard the news, it wasn't surprising to hear Philbin reiterate that he had earned it, and that "nobody handed you anything."
Philbin added: "Everybody's going to make it a huge deal, and try to blow it out of proportion—Tannehill's a rookie; they don't' have a great wide receivers; why are they putting him out there?; who's going to play the right side? They'll come up with a million reasons, OK? And they're not bad people—that's just what they get paid to do. My point to you is, I want you to be—one reason I like you is you've got a lot of poise, you have composure. You know how to handle yourself."