If the owner of the Miami Dolphins has any say or thought on the matter, then the starting quarterback to begin the 2012 NFL season will be the incumbent, Matt Moore, and not the team’s No. 1 NFL Draft pick, Ryan Tannehill.
And to you, David Garrard, you could have probably stayed at home for another season, unless you feel comfortable wearing a baseball hat and carrying a clipboard, because it appears clear that you have no shot at wresting the starting QB gig from either Moore or Tannehill.
Ross told Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network that he believes that Moore has the best shot entering OTAs.
“I don’t think they’re going to rush [Tannehill] into anything,” Ross said. “He’s going to have to win the starting job. I think Matt Moore will probably be the starter, and I wish him the best.”
That translates to we drafted Tannehill early, but with absolutely no intention of rushing him out there before he is ready. The Dolphins are going nowhere once again this season, and Moore will be the man while Tannehill stands around with Mike Sherman and learns the game. He may know the offense, but that doesn’t mean he is ready for the NFL.
In case you didn’t understand owner-speak, that was basically what Ross meant.
The bottom line is that regardless of how people feel about Miami’s prospects this season, Moore deserves to be the starter entering the upcoming season. He played well enough last season when he took over for Chad Henne to earn the chance going forward, at least to begin the season. The Dolphins are not going to make the playoffs in 2012, so why rush a rookie quarterback with limited experience since leaving high school to take a beating from opposing defenses as well as the media as his team more than likely finishes in last place?
It just doesn’t make sense.
Finally, the Dolphins realize something that the rest of the world realizes as well. Maybe they are finally catching up with the rest of the football world.
Miami fans can only hope as much.