Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fins making most of multi-quarterback offseason

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The Dolphins' offense is learning a completely new system this offseason under new head coach Joe Philbin, but that's not all.

Miami has a three-way competition going on for the starting quarterback gig. Rookie Ryan Tannehill, incumbent starter Matt Moore and veteran David Garrard are all jockeying for position behind center.

With that, each player is getting a fair share of reps with the starting offense, so the rest of the offensive skill players are adjusting on the fly with a different signal-caller dropping back behind them on a given play.

“It is a challenge that we are going to have to get through," Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano recently told the Finsiders. "Having this type of offseason, I think we have a lot more time, I think we have already put a lot more time than any offseason I have been a part of, and that is just going to continue to grow through June.

"I think having that extra time is going to help being able to get comfortable with multiple guys.”

The coaches' decision on who starts Week 1 will likely be between Moore and Garrard, since the team reportedly plans to let Tannehill learn from the sidelines early on.

Still, most teams in the NFL are working with a clear-cut day-one starter, which makes learning a new offense a little less painful, and it allows the offense as a whole to find chemistry and gel.

For that reason, you'd imagine the coaching staff would like to have its decision made sooner than later despite it maintaining that a starter likely won't be named until the team is in the midst of its preseason game schedule.

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