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Philbin, Ross say quarterback is Dolphins’ highest priority

Joe Philbin speaks to the media after he was named head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins in Davie Reuters

After Dolphins owner Stephen Ross introduced Joe Philbin on Saturday as the team’s new head coach, they both agreed that the next step in Miami is going to be identifying the right man to be the starting quarterback for years to come.

That job won’t be easy — it’s a job they still haven’t accomplished in Miami since Dan Marino retired — but Philbin said it’s a necessity if Miami is going to have the kind of offense that he coordinated in Green Bay.

“We want to be able to take advantage of structural weaknesses, matchup weaknesses in a defense,” Philbin said. “We are going to have players play fast and decisive and quick. I would love to say we’re going to score 560 points next year. I’m not sure yet. It’s a team game. We’ve got to get the quarterback help.”

The Dolphins want to upgrade from last year’s quarterbacks, first Chad Henne and then Matt Moore, and the most obvious way to do that would be to sign Matt Flynn, the Packers backup who looked good in limited action running Philbin’s offense in Green Bay.

Ross indicated that price won’t be an obstacle to getting the right quarterback in Miami.

“I’m looking for a franchise quarterback,” Ross said. “That’s the highest thing on our agenda.”

Those comments have to be music to the ears of Flynn’s agent.

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40 Responses to “Philbin, Ross say quarterback is Dolphins’ highest priority”
  1. backindasaddle says: Jan 22, 2012 2:56 PM

    The biggest priority to Steven Ross is public perception and public relations. Winning is secondary. He knows nothing about football and continuously makes bad football decisions.

  2. gatorays says: Jan 22, 2012 2:58 PM

    Where i have nothing against Flynn….he is not the answer

  3. benh999 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    God forbid they try to do something with the best QB they’ve had in years.

  4. burm61 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:07 PM

    Matt Moore is like Jason Campbell, he can’t stay on anywhere as a starter but he deserves a legitimate shot. He looked pretty good.

  5. finsfrenzy says: Jan 22, 2012 3:08 PM

    Once again Mr. Ross….you can’t make a winning football team by throwing money at it. I always think of Ross walking around saying “We’ve spared no expense…” like the guy in Jurassic Park.

  6. artbyrob says: Jan 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    when you take a QB who looked real good in one system and put him in another you get Kevin Kolb, it happens all the time. then you get the least road taken, take a QB from one system and put him in the same system on another team, you get another Matt Hasselbeck. (Holmgren again from Green Bay) let hope the Fins get the later with Philbin & Flynn.

  7. ibeshane says: Jan 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    …..and also to learn how to speak in public remains high on my priority list…

  8. FinFan68 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:19 PM

    Hasn’t that been Miami’s preseason priority for the last decade+? When will they actually follow through? Maybe Flynn is the guy, maybe a trade for Mallett, a draft smorgasbord to Indy or the Rams or roll with moore and try to get Barkley next year. They just need to get it right this time

  9. wannstache says: Jan 22, 2012 3:22 PM

    Blah, blah, blah….Talk is cheap Ross. And Philbin, you’ll be one-and-done.

  10. thingamajig says: Jan 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    Well thats 2 Dolphin Q/B’s that just got thrown under the bus.

  11. packerman1968 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:28 PM

    QB has been the highest priority since Marino left.

    Next story please……………………….

  12. nickynick04 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    I believe Matt Flynn is absolutely the answer.
    He IS proven in the 2 games he started in the NFL versus the Zero games any college QB has….
    I am sure a deal can be cut with the Packers…franchise him, then trade him…

  13. savagedolfan says: Jan 22, 2012 3:37 PM

    Let’s see if they have the chest hair to trade up in the draft. Flynn and Moore are good but nowhere near “franchise” quarterbacks. If they are to be taken seriously, they might need to mortgage a lot to get RG3. Not to mention, he would fit perfect in a system that is quick paced.

  14. kiopta1 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:47 PM

    Flynn is good but his best game was against my lions who have a very weak secondary IMO.

  15. roamingabriel says: Jan 22, 2012 3:51 PM

    This is going to be fun!

    Yesterday they reminded me of the Three Stooges…

  16. skito13 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:59 PM

    How did that money work in getting the coach you wanted???

  17. uscfan1988 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:01 PM

    Ryan Mallet is trash. He sucked in big games and was lousy against strong defenses. Flynn may or may not be the guy. Moore played well but he was not all world by any means we are so used to poor qb play he just looked great. Pick up Flynn and take a shot on Tannehill in the 2nd or possibly Foles and let them sit a year.

  18. jh500 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:06 PM

    Should stick with Matt Moore.

  19. rosloe62 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:17 PM

    Flynn is far from the answer. Henne could have thrown for the same yards in one game too if he had all of the weapons the Packers have.whatever Ross does is going to be wrong! The Fins will always be the bridesmaid!

  20. ern215 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:19 PM

    jason campbell is a nice fit for that team.

  21. truthserum4u says: Jan 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    nickynick04 says:Jan 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    I believe Matt Flynn is absolutely the answer.
    He IS proven in the 2 games he started in the NFL versus the Zero games any college QB has….
    I am sure a deal can be cut with the Packers…franchise him, then trade him…

    ————————————————–

    Technically prohibited by the CBA. I think you’ll see teams file a grievance if the Packers try the tag & trade route. Packers can’t claim they put the tag on him to keep him, wich means they were just trying to get compensation for a free agent which is specifically mentioned in the CBA.

    Flynn may or may not end up a decent QB, but he doesn’t seem likely to be a franchise QB.

  22. steviemo says: Jan 22, 2012 4:52 PM

    Some folks keep saying Matt Flynn will come up short the way Kevin Kolb did. And irrespective of the fact Kolb didn’t get an offseason with Arizona and may still pan out for the Cards, I say Flynn’s more like Matt Schaub, who came in and solidified the QB position for Houston — even making the Pro Bowl. I’d rather have a guy who threw for 480 yards and 6 TD’s in an NFL game than the next college “superstar” like Ryan Leaf, David Carr, Tim Couch, Heath Shuler, Cade McNown, David Klingler, Andre Ware, and the rest of an endless list….

  23. cantonbound13 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:55 PM

    I’m surprised Ross knows the positions. His football for dummies must have came in.

  24. jimmysee says: Jan 22, 2012 5:37 PM

    All the talk about Flynn reminds me of all the talk about Aaron Rodgers when Brett “retired.”

    Flynn is a graduate of the Mike McCarthy QB school, and with Joe Philbin as his head coach will be going into the same system.

    Miami fans need to be patient. It will not happen overnight. The Dolphins need a few good drafts.

    But Flynn is a great signing if the Dolphins can get him.

    He’s shown he has the ability.

  25. cannonballdookie says: Jan 22, 2012 5:43 PM

    It’s about time they spend a second round pick on a QB. They took a year off their annual donation towards the mediocre QB fund.

    I really hope they get Flynn though, as he can probably do well in their system. Won’t have the talent like he had in GB but he should still produce, worthwhile gamble but the price will be high.

  26. stl45fan says: Jan 22, 2012 5:47 PM

    Flynn = Kolb = Cassel. It’s the SYSTEM not the QB!

  27. billh1947 says: Jan 22, 2012 6:41 PM

    Philbin knows Matt Flynn better then any Fins fan does,he knows what he can do after watching and teaching him in practice for four years,if Joe believes Flynn is the guy to lead Miami he will try to get him,Flynn knows how to run their offensive system and wont need to study to learn it like another qb would who has not been in it before,Flynn fits right in there talentwise with all the other very good qbs Green Bay had to let go because of Favre in the past and we all know who they are,they worked out very well for their new teams and so will Flynn.

  28. jessethegreat says: Jan 22, 2012 7:17 PM

    Best thing that could have happened to Green Bay was Philbin signing with a “QB needy team”.

    Best thing for both Philbin and Flynn would be for them go to Miami together. Both would be working with someone very familiar with the offense they intend to run. They’ve alreayd built a relationship from working together the past 4 years.

    I’m sure Philbin knows Flynn’s limitations, but he also knows his high points in his game. This would be an excellent start in getting Miami back to the playoffs by signing Flynn.

  29. buckybadger says: Jan 22, 2012 7:39 PM

    Ted Thompson is smiling. If the Pack can get a 2nd round pick I would be happy. Better than nothing.

  30. promickey says: Jan 22, 2012 8:08 PM

    Well just because you pay a quarterback a lot of money or draft one in the first round does not make him a francise QB in the NFL. Flynn was a 7th round pick in the 2008 draft and has performed behind one of the best teams in the NFL. Mat Moore has performed (12th rated passer in the NFL) behind an offensive line that needs help on the right side. If Philbin looks at the film he will see that Moore is the one that needs help or team support, yet he performed to be a highly rated QB. The Dolphins are not in draft position to get Luck or Griffin………..so I guess Flynn is the Franchise QB spoken of in the post? Matt Moore must be feeling like chop liver.

  31. sclazo says: Jan 22, 2012 8:47 PM

    Welcome coach Philbin and soon to be QB Matt Flynn to Miami. Please bring you’re system with you. Marshall, Bush, Bess, and others will catch on fast with a full off season. Will be awesome seeing Phins average over 30 points a game again.

  32. cphinswin1 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:51 PM

    Flynn would be a GREAT addition to the roster. If not the starting QB it sure would light a fire under Moore and Hennes ass. Although I’d rather see a trade for Luck, I think Flynn deserves a starting position!!! Go PHINS

  33. smackingfools says: Jan 22, 2012 11:01 PM

    Gonna be funny when Henne goes to another team and lights it up.

  34. fin1fan says: Jan 22, 2012 11:35 PM

    Finally looking forward to a prosperous upcoming season!

  35. miamidolfan says: Jan 23, 2012 12:09 AM

    If I were the GM of the Dolphins I would Trade up to get the #2 or 3 draft pick and take either QB Robert Griffin the III or WR Justin Blackmon, I would move Jonh Jerry to right tackle since he played well at left tackle when Jake Long was hurt. If we draft RG3 then I would sign WR’s Vincent Jackson or Laurent Robinson. Then I would go after TE’s Jermichael Finley, whom the Packers said they would not franchise or Fred Davis from Washington who could be signed for a cap friendly deal because he’s on his third strike for testing positive for Marijuana.

    Any combination of players at those two positions would instantly make us a more potent offense than we are now. And those three positions (RT,WR and TE) being filled would help Matt Moore or RG3 be a better QB for this team now and into the future.

  36. 305phinphan says: Jan 23, 2012 2:10 AM

    It’s about time they spend a second round pick on a QB. They took a year off their annual donation towards the mediocre QB fund.

    I really hope they get Flynn though, as he can probably do well in their system. Won’t have the talent like he had in GB but he should still produce, worthwhile gamble but the price will be high.

    ====================

    Could you please elaborate as to why you made the comment that Miami does not have the talent that GB does.

    IMO Brandon Marshall is above GB top receiver Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson is light years ahead of Brian Hartline, Davone Bess can stack up with James Jones, Finley is better then Fasano but he still has issues with his hands. Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas are more of a running threat then Ryan Grant and James Starks, and the offensive lines are pretty equal.

    I don’t see how you can say GB has more talent then Miami (without Aaron Rodgers in the equation) the way you made the statement above. I think aside from the QB position they stack up pretty well against one another.

  37. cantonbound13 says: Jan 23, 2012 6:19 AM

    I’ve never seen a worse public speaker in my life. How did Ross make his billions?

  38. miamiphin says: Jan 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    If they can somehow bring in Tom Clements, this could quickly turn into a great organization quickly. Whether he comes in with Flynn, or he works with Matt Moore, or even drafting a QB with good skills in the latter rounds. PLEASE get Clements.

  39. dukemarc says: Jan 23, 2012 11:53 AM

    truthserum4u says: Jan 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    nickynick04 says:Jan 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    I believe Matt Flynn is absolutely the answer.
    He IS proven in the 2 games he started in the NFL versus the Zero games any college QB has….
    I am sure a deal can be cut with the Packers…franchise him, then trade him…

    ————————————————–

    Technically prohibited by the CBA. I think you’ll see teams file a grievance if the Packers try the tag & trade route. Packers can’t claim they put the tag on him to keep him, wich means they were just trying to get compensation for a free agent which is specifically mentioned in the CBA.

    Flynn may or may not end up a decent QB, but he doesn’t seem likely to be a franchise QB.

    ———————————

    That’s all well and good, except for the fact it’s already been done several times without any grievances being filed. Just because you don’t want it to happen, doesn’t mean it won’t.

  40. heat256 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:03 PM

    Trading up in the draft isn’t the answer. The Fins have holes in the OL, DL, LB, S AND QB areas and those need to be addressed before grabbing a QB and giving up basically 4 players to get him. If they actually lost a few more games the prices maybe wouldn’t have been so steep, but as usual, the Dolphins went from elephant turd awful to merely mediocre which has doomed them for over a decade.

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