Music was blaring a lot more often during the ninth day of training camp, no doubt in an attempt to breathe some life into a football team dealing with the emotional hangover that comes with learning that it's very possible their starting quarterback could undergo season-ending knee surgery before the season even begins.
For me, it was - admittedly - difficult to get into the swing of things as I fought to come to terms with the reality of the situation. There is a reason that young sports reporters are advised to not cover the team they are a fan of, and this is precisely it.
Nevertheless, as I said in the last report, the show must go on, and the season isn't over just because Tannehill may or may not even play in 2017. I have always said that there's more to a team than the quarterback, and that philosophy remains intact now.
With that said, let's get a quick look at some of the storylines from Day 9 of Dolphins training camp.
Matt Moore looking solid so far
I would like to be able to remove the "so far" from this title, but past evidence indicates that Moore will have just as many downs as ups. So far, Moore is doing a good job filling in for Tannehill, but something that must be kept in mind is that the offense is not taking many chances as a whole in camp, this is not merely a result of a quarterback switch.
Moore has been - and always will be, for better or worse - a gunslinger quarterback. He doesn't think about where the ball is going to end up, he just fires away and expects someone in the right color jersey to come down with it.
Slight exaggeration perhaps, but the mentality is fact.
Moore will take chances, Moore will get lucky, but he will also get unlucky. That is just the reality of the situation. Will the Dolphins give Jay Cutler the job on a silver platter (and the cash to go with it) like he wants? That remains to be seen.
I personally would just roll with Moore at this point.
For now, Moore is looking solid as the team's starter, but that could change quickly. Just hope it doesn't.
Charles Harris has a lot of work to do
While it would be nice to focus solely on silver linings, something that unfortunately caught my attention was when Charles Harris was working against the offensive linemen on the far field. Armed with a pair of binoculars, I watched the trench play unfold and what I saw wasn't encouraging.
Harris, who is notorious for having a spin move, was trying to get by the offensive linemen he was going against, but his spin move just wasn't getting the job done. Veteran backup Sam Young was able to maneuver his hands and keep the whirling dervish that was Harris in front of him, effectively neutralizing him.
Then Harris went against undrafted free agent offensive tackle Eric Smith, and he was walled again, then Jake Brendel put him on the ground. Clearly, Harris has some developing to do, more than just in setting the edge. He'll have to develop more pass rush move than his usual spin move if he wants to be an effective pass-rusher in the NFL.
There is certainly something to work with there, Harris has a lot of potential, but he will likely be somewhat limited in what he can offer at the start of his career.
Jake Brendel may offer an in-house solution
Speaking of Jake Brendel, the Miami Dolphins may have gotten lucky and found a diamond in the rough in former Cowboys undrafted free agent Jake Brendel. With veteran Ted Larsen set to miss several weeks with a torn bicep, someone is needed to take over his spot.
The name Nick Mangold - a solid veteran who was cut by the New York Jets - has been floated around among the fanbase, but perhaps the solution is closer than we think.
Brendel was signed to the practice squad late last season and was added to the active roster on November 16th, and he has been in the rotation to try and compete for the primary backup position at center, but he's also been rotated in at LG along with Anthony Steen, and from what I can tell, Brendel has been overall more solid than Steen in practice.
This is good news.
With the offensive line - once again - in flux, getting lucky with Brendel would be a real shot in the arm for a team that's low on morale after the possible loss of their starting QB for the season.
Saturday morning will be the live scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium, and of course, I will be there giving a play by play on everything that goes on.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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