Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin announced Monday that rookie Ryan Tannehill will be the team’s starting quarterback.
Tannehill, the No. 8 overall pick in April’s draft, started Miami’s second preseason game. In his two games, he has completed 25-of-46 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
David Garrard, the front-runner to start earlier in the offseason, has been out with a knee injury. Tannehill beat out Matt Moore, who was the team’s starting quarterback for 12 games last season. Moore was 12-of-27 passing with one interception in the two preseason games.
The Dolphins open the regular season on the road against the Texans. Tannehill will be the team’s 17th starting quarterback since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season.
The way we see it
In the first few months after Tannehill was drafted, all reports indicated that the Dolphins ideally would take things slow with Tannehill, who began his college career as a wide receiver. He struggled in spring minicamp but has impressed since signing his contract and joining his teammates in training camp.
Garrard likely would have won the job if he didn’t get hurt, and Moore’s inability to separate himself in practice factored in, but Tannehill certainly went out and proved himself the past few weeks, meaning the future will start early in Miami. This is the biggest decision Philbin has had to make in Miami, and his success will be tied to Tannehill, who has a lot of pressure to bring success back to the Dolphins' organization.