Appearing Thursday with Joe Rose of WQAM, Philbin said that the three-headed competition has yielded no clear favorite.
“I think it’s very close,” Philbin told Rose. “I think it’s very close. I think they all bring different attributes to the table. I will say that the room itself, the quality of the individuals in the room, I think is excellent. I mean, as you know Matt came in here [and] was voted as the [team’s] Most Valuable Player, really played well down the stretch, and he’s picked up the [new] offense very well. David Garrard, when you look at his last season that he was active, obviously he didn’t play last year, he played very well in 2010. And he’s been working his tail off. And then we’ve got a young guy that has some familiarity with the offense but not a lot of familiarity with the NFL game. But he’s holding his own, very much so. So it’s been a good competition so far.”
If it’s close, it’s hard not to think the job will go to the eighth overall pick in the draft. But that will be one of the stories to watch during Hard Knocks.
We’ll ask more about the quarterback competition and other issues relevant to the 2012 Dolphins with Coach Philbin on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live. Click the box on the right rail at 12:00 p.m. ET to watch.