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Dolphins’ first depth chart has David Garrard first at QB

David Garrard, Olivier Vernon AP

Preseason depth charts are notoriously malleable.

But the Dolphins made an interesting declaration in theirs, listing David Garrard as their starting quarterback, with Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill behind him.

Head coach Joe Philbin said the depth chart is fluid, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, pointing out that it could even change before Friday’s exhbition opener against Tampa Bay.

“It’s the starting point. It’s a fluid situation,” Philbin said. “In no way shape or form have decisions been finalized.”

At least Philbin acknowledged having a hand in it. In some cities, the depth charts PR departments put in releases may not have any coaching input at all, as they just go by what they see in practice.

As for the Dolphins situation, they’ve rotated the veteran quarterbacks with the starters, though it seems inevitable Ryan Tannehill’s going to be in the first chair sooner rather than later.

The chart also showed cornerback Richard Marshall ahead of Vontae Davis, replacing a guy who has started 36 games the last three seasons. Marshall was signed to shore up the nickel package, but his pushing Davis shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Marshall’s an aggressive player and a solid tackler.

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9 Responses to “Dolphins’ first depth chart has David Garrard first at QB”
  1. 8drinkminimum says: Aug 6, 2012 1:14 PM

    Certainly no suprise re Garrard. He protects the ball better than Moore and Moore’s practice history is not good.

    Not sure if the fins cut Moore if he isn’t the starter for the Texas game. A guy with a back injury, Garrard, could be a hit away from the bench.

  2. realitypolice says: Aug 6, 2012 1:28 PM

    I like David Garrard, and I thought he got screwed in Jax.

    That being said, if the QB battle is close, they should start Tannehill. He is their QB of the future, and they aren’t going anywhere this year anyway.

    Starting a veteran stop gap on this team makes no sense. Start getting experience for the kid you drafted in the Top 10 now.

  3. choocho says: Aug 6, 2012 1:32 PM

    smart move.

  4. kaep86 says: Aug 6, 2012 2:30 PM

    The Miami Dolphins need to start Matt Moore! He played well given that he was just thrown to the wolves last year. Now that he’s had OTA’s he will do a lot better than he did last year.

  5. cantonbound13 says: Aug 6, 2012 3:01 PM

    Boy do I miss the Dan Marino years.

  6. ctp603 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:32 PM

    Matt Moore has shown flashes that he might be able to play in this league, whereas David Garrard couldn’t cut it on the little brother Florida team. I just don’t see this lasting long.

  7. bengalsstillsuck says: Aug 6, 2012 4:38 PM

    The fins are a dying franchise you put your team in the hands of this quarterback for this season they need to play there first round draft pick

  8. ghjjf says: Aug 6, 2012 10:01 PM

    So the guy that was cut in favor of Blaine Gabbert is first on depth chart? Dolphins are in trouble…

  9. wipackman1265 says: Aug 7, 2012 2:55 PM

    Depth Chart means nothing til September

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