This is a policy issue.
Philbin doesn’t answer questions on injuries. He doesn’t answer questions about players who don’t participate in practice, whatever the reason. The standard answer on those questions is always something along the lines of, “I’ll be glad to discuss any player who participated in today’s practice.”
Philbin doesn’t answer questions who will start. He doesn’t answer questions about who will be on the 46-man gameday active roster. The standard answer to those two questions is always something along the lines of, “We’ll meet Friday night and determine who are the 46 players who give us the best chance to win on Sunday.”
That’s the way it’s been with Philbin for his two-plus seasons as coach. That’s the way it is now with Tannehill.
We believe Tannehill will be under center against the Raiders. As the article illustrates, Philbin's policy is to be evasive when asked questions about injuries, or who will start.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:39pm
"At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London," Philbin said Tuesday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday there is legitimate talk the Dolphins might bench Ryan Tannehill for Matt Moore. Tannehill has struggled through three weeks and was unable to move the offense in Sunday's home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Philbin said Monday he wanted to have a QB in place by the time the team leaves for London.
Philbin was asked if he felt it necessary to sit down with Tannehill after the coach was publicly noncommittal about his plans.
"I talk to him all the time. So we have multiple conversations," he said. "So again, I communicate with him frequently. And yeah, any kind of -- I don't usually get into personal conversations that we have."
Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:36pm
Philbin said repeatedly at today’s press conference he will bring the best 46 players to London to play the Raiders. Philbin is rarely specific about who’s going to play but this is different. This is the confidence of his starting quarterback.
Phiblin was specifically asked if it hurts Tannehill but not saying for sure that he will start against the Raiders.
“That’s my answer I’m sticking to it,” Philbin said.
The last question to Philbin couldn’t have been more clear:
Will Tannehill start Sunday against the Raiders?
“We’ll decide our game plan before we leave to play Oakland,” Philbin said.
It sounds as if many of the beat writers would be shocked if there is a switch heading into this week's game, but the team is coming off a very bad loss to the Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs at home. It very well could be a final wake-up call in what should be a winable game for Tannehill and the Dolphins this week as they take on the Raiders.
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:58am
Two Dolphins people dispute a CBS report that Joe Philbin will have a shorter leash on Ryan Tannehill and might play Matt Moore. But the Dolphins feel strongly that Tannehill must improve his chemistry with Mike Wallace. One Dolphins official said Tannehill can throw a ball anticipating where Brian Hartline will be, but cannot consistently with Wallace.
Miami will probably have to live with its uninspiring collection of running backs and tight ends for another year, and things could still get interesting with the quarterback position as well. Joe Philbin's job is riding on QB Ryan Tannehill progressing. I wouldn't doubt a little more pressure from highly paid back–up Matt Moore ($4M salary; $5.5M in cap) in 2014, with Philbin professing his belief in Moore to several of the GM candidates and demanding more from Tannehill.
"He definitely wants to push Tannehill more," said one source who has spoken to Philbin about the quarterbacks, "and if he doesn't see improvement he said he might go to Moore at some point. He definitely has a lot of faith in Moore, and they're paying him a lot of money."
Tannehill will certainly enter the season as the starter, but if the team doesn't get off to a good start, he could potentially be replaced by Moore. Tannehill is a committee-type, but fantasy owners should keep this in mind as they head into 2014 fantasy drafts.
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 4:14pm
It was another up-and-down day for Patriots QB Tim Tebow throwing the ball Sunday. He again struggled to pull the trigger in the pocket, often waiting 5-7 seconds before finally dumping the ball off. He also threw a bad pass over the middle in 7-on-7 drills that should have been picked off by Steve Beauharnais, but was dropped.
Tebow once again participated briefly as a receiver in the catch-and-run drills. It was interesting to see offensive assistant Brian Daboll, who had been working mostly with the offensive line, working personally with Tebow during some drills. Daboll got a lot out of Colt McCoy in Cleveland and Matt Moore in Miami.
It's smart work by general manager Jeff Ireland. Moore widely was considered the top quarterback in a thin NFL free-agent market and likely would have been courted by multiple teams. Moore wants to be a starter, but he's comfortable with the Dolphins and close friends with second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Moore could have had a shot at a starting job elsewhere, but instead decided to stick as Tannehill's backup in Miami. He has trade value now that the Dolphins have his rights.
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 10:26am
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was asked who would start at QB for the Browns.
I still get the feeling the Browns would like to upgrade if they can. But their options are limited. The only quality veterans expected to be available are the three Matts: Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel and Matt Moore. Cassel isn't currently on their front burner and Moore is believed to have other destinations in mind. The draft class is generally viewed as weak, and with Colt McCoy set to make more than $2.3 million in 2013, he might get the chance to seek greener pastures. So for now, I think Brandon Weeden is still their best option, but they'll keep their eyes and ears open.
Weeden has a strong arm, which should fit nicely with Norv Turner's vertical passing attack. It's not easy to upgrade at QB so the Browns may give Weeden another year to progress.
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 8:47am
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:14pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 9. The Colts are #29 in QB aFPA and have given up eight passing touchdowns in the last four games. Tannehill should be able to take advantage if he's healthy enough to play. If he can't, Matt Moore would be a serviceable fallback option.
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:14pm
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:45pm
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:45pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:25pm
An MRI exam Monday on the left knee of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not show any structural damage, but his status for Sunday's game against Indianapolis remains uncertain, according to The Miami Herald. The rookie Tannehill could sit out with a bruised quadriceps and, according to the Herald, a bone bruise in his left knee.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:41pm
On Ryan Tannehill’s status (sprained knee, bruised quad), Joe Philbin was predictably non-committal. He said on the plane ride home from New York, Tannehill expressed optimism about being able to play next Sunday at the Colts.
Is Philbin optimistic? “I don’t know much, but it was a good conversation on the plane.” Asked if snaps might be altered in practice to give more work to third-stringer Pat Devlin, he said: "It's too early to predict what's going to happen."
Would Philbin be inclined to play him Sunday at Indianapolis if he isn’t 100 percent? “You have to make a decision: Can the guy function and do the job asked of him? Either he can do the job or he can’t. You would love the guy to be 100 percent.”
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