Monday, August 20, 2012
Ryan Tannehill will start Week 1 for Dolphins
Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been named the starting quarterback for Week 1 by head coach Joe Philbin.
Tannehill had been competing with veterans David Garrard and Matt Moore in camp for the starting position, but Garrard's knee surgery left Moore as his only competition
Tannehill went 14-of-21 for 167 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Dolphins' preseason opener, but went just 11-of-23 for 100 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Friday's exhibition game. He showed pose and calmness in the pocket.
Unlike Moore on Friday, who got rattled after being pressured so much. Tannehill got the kitchen sink thrown at him, but he remained cool.
Moore struggled completing passes against the third and fourth string of the Panthers. Moore has combined to go 12-of-27 for 136 yards and an interception this preseason.
Tannehill was selected number eight overall by the Dolphins in the 2012 NFL draft following his final season with Texas A&M. Last season, he passed for over 3,700 yards while tossing 29 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.
Tannehill will attempt to lead the Dolphins back to the playoffs after a disappointing 6-10 season last season.