It would be a stunner if Matt Moore, not Ryan Tannehill, is the Dolphins starting quarterback Sunday against the Raiders.
But today — a day after the Dolphins lost 34-15 to Kansas City — Philbin publicly wouldn’t say for certain if Tannehill will be his starting quarterback against the Raiders.
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.