Day 8 of training camp has caused a severe deflation that would make Tom Brady and the New England Patriots proud. What was turning out to be one of the most promising starts to a season ever, quickly went down the drain as the news of Ryan Tannehill going down to the ground simply from planting his left leg awkwardly.
It's hard to imagine that the season isn't actually over - in fact it hasn't even started - but the reality is that in the NFL, anything can change at any time, including the Miami Dolphins possibly losing their starting quarterback on what is - conveniently - Tom Brady's 40th birthday.
But, as depressing as it is to think about, the show must go on, and Adam Gase is no doubt already preparing to enter the season with Matt Moore as the starter if the worst case scenario becomes reality. So if Gase isn't willing to throw in the towel, he's earned the benefit of the doubt, so let's take a look at some other storylines first.
Other quarterbacks available
Before we can go into the current Dolphins on the roster, we need to address this and get it out of the way. There are options for Miami to explore to potentially replace Tannehill, or at the very least act as an equal-caliber backup to Moore.
Names being circulated include two recently retired veteran QBs in Tony Romo and Jay Cutler. Romo, at 38 years old and a history of back problems, is an excellent QB when healthy, but he is rarely ever healthy, and that in itself is the problem. Also, he'll be commentating on the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night.
So, it's unlikely Romo will get a call.
Cutler on the other hand, has had success under Adam Gase during his time in Chicago, as he reached a career high in quarterback rating in 2015, and Cutler himself credited Gase and his offensive genius for giving his career a brief revitalization. Cutler has also retired to the broadcast booth, so to bring him back to the field would require some coaxing.
As for Kaepernick, he's arguably the best raw athlete out of all these QBs, but he carries with him the PR nightmare that is his political stance. If you agree with him, you're a traitor to the country, if you disagree with him, you're a racist. There's no in-between.
But in any case, Kaepernick would require time to learn the offense, which means Matt Moore would still be the starter at the opening of the season if Tannehill's knee is determined to require surgery. Ultimately, it boils down to Tannehill's knee, which will be the deciding factor. But recent news indicates that there is still hope.
Davon Godchaux continuing to get first team snaps
During the last practice, rookie DT Davon Godchaux was called up to the first-team when veteran Ndamukong Suh was given a rest day. But instead of going back to the second-team, Godchaux once again was lined up when the starters came on, but in place of Jordan Phillips this time.
Phillips has had a reputation for not having a "high motor," and one has to wonder if Godchaux's repeat appearance with the starters is an indicator that Gase is tired of Phillips not showing much in practice. If this is indeed the case, Godchaux made a good impression again today, as he was able to break through the blocking and stop Damien Williams behind the line of scrimmage.
The depth on the defensive line has been in question since Earl Mitchell was released, and many were wondering who would emerge as the team's third DT. But if Godchaux can somehow impress Adam Gase enough that he takes over as the starter next to Suh, that turns Phillips into a backup, which is far from a bad situation.
WR Malcolm Lewis has been impressive in training camp, making plays whenever he gets the opportunity, which may make him the new "Rashawn Scott" of 2017. Lewis also has special teams potential, which could earn him a spot on the roster if this continues.
Amidst the drama of Ryan Tannehill's knee tweak, another injury went unnoticed. Offensive lineman Ted Larsen, who was signed earlier this offseason, is feared to have torn his bicep, which will keep him out of several regular season games. As he was projected to be the team's starting left guard, there is now a gaping hole in the line, and it will take some doing to fill it.
Other than the drama of the injury to Tannehill, there wasn't much to see. Chase Allen had a tip drill interception, the defensive line did a fair job stopping the run, and the passing game - despite no Tannehill - was able to move the chains.
At this point, there isn't much to think about other than what the fate of Tannehill will be. If he requires surgery, the season isn't over, but it will be a lot harder to find success than what was initially projected.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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