Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has had some gems this morning in his latest blog post and it really uncovers a messy situation that is currently going on within the Miami Dolphins locker room. This all came to a head earlier this week when Joe Philbin created a quarterback controversy by refusing to publicly name Ryan Tannehill the starting quarterback. Jackson got opinions from around the league and here's what people are saying.
CBS analyst Rich Gannon, the former Super Bowl MVP quarterback, told Jackson off air: “I’ve never heard a coach do that. Never. He better be careful. You start messing with the psyche of a quarterback, especially a young one, it affects his ability to lead and credibility with his teammates. I would not do that. The issues Ryan’s having now are the same as before - - accuracy, anticipation, moving through progressions more quickly. But it’s too soon to make a change. He’s really starting over, learning a new system. It’s one thing if you have this other young whippersnapper. But do you really think Matt Moore is an upgrade and if not, why make the move? You have to find out one way or the other about Tannehill.”
In previous meetings, Gannon had asked Philbin if he considered asking new coordinator Bill Lazor, after his hiring, to “adjust his system and verbiage and terminology so the quarterback and receivers wouldn’t have to learn a new system.” That would have made the transition easier, but Philbin said that was given no consideration.
Meanwhile, a Dolphins receiver said that there has been a huge learning curve with Lazor's offense as it requires them to be very detailed and precise in their routes. This player told Jackson that the routes are much different than Mike Sherman's.