Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Dolphins’ hidden treasure: Quarterbacks
By James Walker
Examining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations:
The Miami Dolphins are the only AFC East team without a clear-cut starter at quarterback. But they own the deepest group of quarterbacks in the division -- and possibly the entire NFL.
Matt Moore, David Garrard and rookie first-round pick Ryan Tannehill all bring something to the table. Moore is coming off a career year and is a gamer. He won six of his last nine starts in 2011. Garrard has tons of experience and is a former Pro Bowler who has won in the playoffs. Tannehill has a ton of potential and can make all the throws. The rookie is Miami's quarterback of the future.
However, Miami is hoping one of these players can play the best football of his career right now. Moore and Garrard have the inside track heading into training camp, according to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.
The bigger concern could be the wide receivers. Based on last week's minicamp, 34-year-old Chad Ochocinco was the best receiver on the practice field. That might be a good sign for Ochocinco but not a great sign for the team. Miami is installing a new West Coast offense that relies on timing and precision.
Miami's passing game needs both its receivers and quarterbacks to step up. One cannot work without the other.