Dolphins center Mike Pouncey doesn’t know which quarterback he’ll snap to at the start of the season, but if it’s rookie Ryan Tannehill, Pouncey says the Dolphins will be just fine.
In fact, Pouncey said on NFL Network that Tannehill isn’t just ahead of most rookies, he’s ahead of the veterans on the Dolphins’ offense because he played for Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M. And Tannehill is the one helping the veterans learn Sherman’s system.
“He definitely knows it. He ran it in college. You can see it in practice. He’s teaching the veteran guys some plays. All those guys are working together, so there’s not any animosity in the room. Those guys are going out there and competing,” Pouncey said. “He’s a guy that’s mature and ready to play, he knows this offense and with his arm strength he can help this team.”
Pouncey does not, however, have a favorite in the quarterback race.
“Matt Moore came in last year and he did a heck of a job for us — he won a bunch of football games for us,” Pouncey said. “You’ve got a guy like David Garrard, a guy that’s been in the NFL for years now, a guy who was in the Pro Bowl before he got hurt. And then we drafted a guy with the eighth overall pick, a rookie but he’s 24 years old, he knows our offense and does a great job. I can’t wait to see these guys compete and go out there and see who’s going to win the starting job. I feel comfortable with any one of them out there.”
The Dolphins’ coaches say Tannehill, Moore and Garrard will all get a chance to compete for the starting job in training camp, which open in Miami on Thursday.