Miami Dolphins Full Positional Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Quarterback
Let's do what Sun-Sentinel Miami Dolphins beat writer Omar Kelly loathes doing: Let's talk quarterback.
Here's the Miami Dolphins quarterback situation in a nutshell: Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins' starting quarterback on Week 1 unless he gets hurt. There, I'm done; it's that simple.
What's not simple is whether he will be the starting quarterback on Week 1 of the 2015 season. Tannehill, much like head coach Joe Philbin and general manager Dennis Hickey, is facing a make-or-break season.
We'll cover Tannehill in this piece, as well as his backup Matt Moore, and the battle between Pat Devlin and newly signed undrafted free agent Brock Jensen.
4th String: Brock Jensen
The signing of Jensen seemed to get some Dolphins fans excited. No one currently sees him as someone ready to take Tannehill's job yet, but he will compete for Miami's third quarterback spot with Devlin.
Not everyone is high on Jensen's chances of unseating the teacher's pet though, as Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel points out that Jensen: "doesn't have an NFL arm" and "can't throw a 15 yard out on a rope."
Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post had a different take on Jensen, stating that he was viewed as "a potential late-round pick. He has a NFL-caliber arm but his accuracy and play speed need to develop."
Jensen is a developmental guy, but one the Dolphins seem to have enough faith in that they felt comfortable enough to release Jordan Rodgers, whom they had signed in April.
3rd String: Pat Devlin
Due to his previous three seasons on the roster, Devlin is the favorite to hold the third-string quarterback slot on the Dolphins this season.
Devlin teases during the preseason, and last preseason was no exception as Pro Football Focus' statistics from last preseason show (subscription required) that he completed 47 of 80 passes for 504 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions while stringing together some very good drives.
That's the main problem with Devlin: He teases but still winds up only doing so-so against third- and fourth-string defenses. Because of this, I don't see him being anything more than a third-string developmental quarterback who won't develop.
2nd String: Matt Moore
There are people who believe Moore should be Miami's starting quarterback, or at least compete for the job.
While Moore should've had a fair shot in 2012, that was two seasons ago. Two years later, we know that Tannehill has much more upside than Moore and has done well considering the fact that he hasn't had as much help as Moore had during the 2011 season that makes many want to give Moore that starting job.
In the OTAs opened up to the media on May 27, Moore seemed to outperform Tannehill based on this report from Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns.
Moore does throw a better deep ball than Tannehill, but he's not the future of the organization and, at best, will remain a backup, albeit the best backup quarterback in the NFL.
Starter: Ryan Tannehill
I stated from the beginning of this slideshow the obvious: Tannehill will be Miami's starting quarterback, barring injury.
There is absolutely no reason other than any unforeseen changes in health why Tannehill shouldn't be the starting quarterback. He has made progress from year one to year two, going from a 76.1 quarterback rating to a 81.7, throwing more touchdowns and improving in wins (by one, but still an improvement).
The only statistic Tannehill didn't improve upon was in interceptions and sacks, but the two go hand in hand and can be explained by an offensive line that got worse from 2012 to 2013, as well as an increase in dropbacks from 532 to 661 (shown by Pro Football Focus) and pass attempts from 484 to 588.
Not having a good running game will also add sacks and interceptions, as the Dolphins regressed in that department from one year to the next.
Now Tannehill has a new offensive coordinator, an offensive line that should be improved and a few new weapons as well. With all of that, he should be in great shape
Statistics provided by Pro Football Reference, unless otherwise noted.
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