Episode three of “Hard Knocks” premiered tonight on HBO and while it didn’t necessarily pack the same emotional punch as last week (Joe Philbin discussing the death of his son, Chad Johnson being cut), there was plenty of great behind-the-scenes access to the last week of Dolphins training camp.
The show ended with Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill being told that the rookie has been named the starting quarterback, but a lot led to that moment and to that decision.
Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin came to the podium at his daily press conference today and announced that rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill would be the starter. This news isn’t shocking considering the progress Tannehill has shown throughout training camp and in his two appearances in the preseason games.
It’s funny how things worked out for Tannehill. It took a injury to quarterback David Garrard to open this competition up again and the fact that quarterback Matt Moore didn’t get the best effort from his supporting cast last Friday night in Carolina.
After a week of speculation, several published reports indicate that rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start for the Dolphins in tonight’s second preseason game at Carolina.
Dolphins plan to start rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill vs. Panthers tonight.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2012
Veteran Matt Moore started last week’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay after David Garrard was found to be injured the day before the game.
Very fairly, the big question for tomorrow night’s preseason game at Carolina is: Who will be the Dolphins’ starting quarterback?
We don’t know the answer yet, but it could certainly go either way. Below are reasons why it could either be Matt Moore or Ryan Tannehill…
The case for Matt Moore…
…He’s the veteran who led the Fins to a 6-3 record in their last nine games in 2011.
After a Friday night dropped pass and a Saturday night arrest, Johnson’s contract was terminated by the team on Sunday and the show was there to capture much of what was a very intense weekend in South Florida.
Things, began, though, on an even more serious note, as the show opened with the death of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s son.
While he was in Davie as part of his NFL training camp tour, CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco joined Jesse Agler to discuss Chad Johnson’s release and the team’s quarterback competition.
Joe Philbin handled Johnson’s situation decisively, citing a lack of fit between player and organization. Prisco felt that the diminishing return on investment–even if it cost the team next to nothing financially–just wasn’t worth it.