If Tannehill is injured, what’s next for the Dolphins?

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Folks in South Florida currently are holding their breath for news on quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If he’s injured (and for now that’s just an “if”) what would they do?

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has suggested that the team would be more likely to pursue retired quarterback Jay Cutler over unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and Kelly is right.

As to Kaepernick, the notorious Castro T-shirt and comments make it impossible for a team in Miami to sign the free agent — and the Dolphins won’t need to engage in awkward, clumsy crowdsourcing to come to that conclusion. That said, it would be fascinating to see what coach Adam Gase (who once ripped up the Broncos’ playbook on the fly to accommodate Tim Tebow) would do with Kaepernick.

As to Cutler, Gase presumably didn’t pursue the former Bears starter as a backup to Tannehill because his presence could have undermined Tannehill’s status as starter. The failure to attempt to sign Cutler apparently had nothing to do with Cutler’s much-scrutinized personality.

“I guess I know a different guy than what everybody else portrays,” Gase told reporters earlier this year. “I think a lot of things that have been said about him in the past have really been [BS].”

Dolphins fans will be shouting far stronger expletives loudly if Tannehill misses time. They also may utter even stronger expletives if Cutler becomes the replacement. The end result could be, however, the use of one specific expletive, followed by “yeah!”

84 responses to “If Tannehill is injured, what’s next for the Dolphins?

  1. Oh look…..another reason to bring Kaep into the discussion? Why would you not bring up Jay Cutler? The guy is easily better than Kaep. For that matter so is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Why the constant pushing of Kaep?

  2. Well, they could probably trade a 7th rounder for Sam Bradford, or if they’re wanting a better prospect, the Packers would probably give up Brett Hundley for a 1st or 2nd round pick.

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  3. All I know is ESPN will say that this is a perfect spot for Kaepernick, just like they say every time a team has a question a team about its qb situation

  4. Reminds me of when Marino tore his achillies and tried going after Aikman. They might go for Romo.

  5. It isn’t just the American Cuban population who have a problem with his Castro t-shirt (which you fail to mention in all other articles). The rest of the American population has a problem with somebody denouncing the United States while praising Castro with the at the same time. The American population has a problem with him painting all of law enforcement with the same broad stroke. The rest of the population has a problem with him disrespecting those who fought and died fighting for his right to vote by not voting. So he didn’t respect any of the presidential candidates. There were 22 other articles he could have cast his vote for or against.

  6. Cutler is waiting for Russ Wilson to get injured and that call from John Schneider to come in, after Schneider gets rejected by Romo. Neither guy will even sniff at anything less than a contender, but Romo would decline any NFC team over Cowboy loyalty, whereas Cutler would probably relish the chance to show what he could do in the conference with a proper team around him.

    Dolphins will be settling for Trading a 6th for Brock Osweiler and splitting his salary with the Browns. No way they go with RGIII.

    They would be wise to go after someone like Tom Savage or Trevor Siemien, young guys with potential and likely a low asking price

  7. If Tannehill does miss time Moore can step up and do a better job than Cutler would. And they could pull Brandon Doughty up from the practice squad to backup Moore.

  8. I have been a Dolphins fan for about 40 years…and I’ve NEVER been so disappointed in my team to say “I’m done with them” or refuse to watch the games. However, if they sign Kaepernick, it may get to that point. I don’t care if another team signs him…let him play in the NFL if he gets the chance. But I don’t want him leading my favorite team. He obviously hates what America stands for, hates the police and reveres people like Castro. If the Dolphins choose to go that route, that is their right, but it’s my right to “un-follow” them and spend my time and money elsewhere. And yes…I know a couple of Dolphins kneeled for the National Anthem last year, but they were following the lead of one bonehead, and they were not the QB either. Like it or not, the QB is THE representative for your team. Say what you will about Tannehill, but all he does is work hard and do his best to help the team win. There is no “agenda” with him.

  9. Does anyone ever simply watch CK’s tape the last two years? Ignore the other stuff. Do you want that guy as the captain of your offense? His performances have been dreadful

  10. Tannehill may have that knee surgery after all … they gambled that rest and strength work would allow him to play this year, but it’s looking like he’s gonna miss the season … and be 10 months behind in his rehab.

  11. Um, yeah, that pro-Castro t-shirt Kaepernick proudly donned last year will NOT go over well in south Florida. Of course, Kaepernick isn’t going over well anywhere in the league right now, but Miami is the LAST place he’ll be welcome with open arms.

  12. Matt Moore and about a dozen other guys are better than Kaepernick. Cutler would be awful rusty. Maybe lock up a backup to Moore if the Tannehill prognosis is cloudy.

  13. Komrade Kaepernick isn’t even an option under any circumstances. Ozzie was literally fired by the Marlins for saying “Castro’s my boy.” Can’t happen in Miami.

    I don’t know what the options are, but this is bad for the long-suffering Dolphin fans – which I am not. But I feel for them.

  14. Aye, Matt Moore would be a much better choice than parachuting in Kaep, Cutler or Fitzpatrick etc, but it might be worth reaching out to someone like Fitz as clipboard holder just in case Moore got injured early enough in the season that you don’t just want to use the remaining games to give Yates some experience (or if you do then at least have a vet like Fitz to back Yates up). Playing the Phins twice a year means Fitz would prob have at least some idea of Phins approach.

  15. It’s for the same reason(s) Kaep could never play in Miami that no other NFL team wants that as being representative of their squads. But that’s none of my business….

  16. As I’ve posted before (but it was probably deleted), Kaepernick is a good fit with Miami. He has the athleticism required, ans we already knows he owns a Dolphins’ baseball hat!

    As jokes aside, Miami should sign him to START. Baltimore should have signed him to BACKUP
    (and quite possibly start if the back injury is worse than they are letting on) for Flacco.

  17. nhpats says:
    August 3, 2017 at 10:23 am
    Oh look…..another reason to bring Kaep into the discussion? Why would you not bring up Jay Cutler? The guy is easily better than Kaep. For that matter so is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Why the constant pushing of Kaep?

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    If you think that in a vacuum, with all off field issues removed, that Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better QB than Colin Kaepernick, you’re out of your mind. There is simply no basis in terms of team records, stats, post season success or anything else you could use to make that case.

  18. NFL needs to let the judicial system punish the player. If a player is arrested for a felony, even if they plea bargain the charge down, they are gone from the league if found guilty.

  19. If T-Hill is out, Miami should call Cleveland and see what their interest in moving Brock Osweiller is. He’s been in the Gase offense in Denver and he’s worked with Tight End Thomas there.

  20. An injury to some QB’s aren’t always the worst thing for the team. Remember when Drew Bledsoe got injured, and the Patriots had to go with the young kid named Tom Brady? Remember when Trent Green got injured and the Rams were forced to go with the undrafted free agent named Kurt Warner? Remember when Alex Smith got injured and the 49ers had to go with Colin Kaepernick? All those injuries resulted in the backup getting the team to the super bowl (or multiple super bowls).I’m sure you remember when Tony Romo got hurt and then the Cowboys second QB couldn’t go, so they had to turn to rookie 4th round pick Dak Prescott?

  21. It’s going to make me laugh when the inevitable injuries happen at the QB position and teams pass up Kap for a much worse QB. The question for GM’s on the hotseat in this situation, lose while avoiding controversial QB and possibly lose your job. Or Maybe alienate a small sector of fans, while giving yourself a better chance of winning. Which GM has the stones to do this? I think we will find out once a starter is officially out for the year!

  22. @charliecharger:

    Sorry, but as the current roster stands, I do not see Matt Moore as a backup that can take them on a deep playoff run and miraculously become an elite QB at this point in his career.

  23. Hmm. Apparently only Cuban-Americans are allowed to be disgusted with Kap regarding Castro. The rest of us are not.

  24. I don’t think Cutler is the answer, unless the question is about “most punchable face”. Blaine Gabbert will be showcasing his “skills” tonight for the first half of the HOF game. Dolphins might want to tune in, because what other options are really out there for a guy with substantial NFL starting experience?

  25. If it’s a few games, Matt Moore can handle it. If it’s a season… hmmm… Cutler might be the best of so-so options. (Someone suggested Brock Osweiler, who is probably available for the cost of airfare, but did you see him play with Houston? Ugh. Even Cutler is better. My 17-year-old dog might be better.)

  26. I think the people of South Florida need to be more tolerant and ignore Kaepernick’s pro-Castro views. Sure, many people there had to risk life and limb to get here to get away from Castro, and many of their family members were killed and imprisoned by Castro, but who are they to judge the opinions of others who believe Castro is a fine leader that made sure everyone had free health care and a 100% literacy rate?

  27. at least Tebow’s in shape right now…not football shape, but in shape. Gase knows him. With Ajayi and Drake, can run it a whole lot. That, or Kaep. Cutler’s not coming back. Romo knows he’s gonna be a cripple if he takes one bad shot, not worth it. Not many options…steal a CFL QB currently in season? (don’t know if NFL allows that with their relationship w/ CFL)

  28. timesausage says:
    August 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    If I express a conservative opinion, I am blocked, but if I express a liberal opinion, the moderator allows it.
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    LOL please tell me you’re joking. 95% of the comments here are conservative.

  29. wib22 says:
    August 3, 2017 at 11:13 am
    Jimmy g

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    There’s zero chance Belechick sends Garoppolo to a division rival

  30. Remember when Trent Green got injured and the Rams were forced to go with the undrafted free agent named Kurt Warner?
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    The Dolphins don’t have Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Ike Bruce and 2 All-Pro O-lineman.

  31. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    August 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    nhpats says:
    August 3, 2017 at 10:23 am
    Oh look…..another reason to bring Kaep into the discussion? Why would you not bring up Jay Cutler? The guy is easily better than Kaep. For that matter so is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Why the constant pushing of Kaep?

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    If you think that in a vacuum, with all off field issues removed, that Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better QB than Colin Kaepernick, you’re out of your mind. There is simply no basis in terms of team records, stats, post season success or anything else you could use to make that case.

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    I agree if I am picking a guy to be on the field (Fitzs current job is for mentoring not playing) I would take Kaeprnick over Fitzpatrick. But that just because Fitzpatrick is that far down the list. There are still a ton of better choices than Kaepernick. They need pocket presence, which Kaepernick has zero, he is a one read and run guy.

    But since Miami is an opponent to my team I actually do want to see them go with Kaeprnick. I could care less about his protest and as a purely football decision I love him as an opponent. Also the entertainment will be there if they bring in Mr. ” I honor Castro for his stand against oppression” for the fan base made up so largely of Castros victims and family members.

  32. Kaepnernick would probably fair better on Ravens, plus Matt Moore was pretty good last year.

    If it’s between Kaep and Cutler though, one is ascending (from his kneeling position :), widely praised as a leader by his teammates and still wants to play.

    The other was known as having the worst attitude from pretty much everybody who played with him, not to mention he retired.

  33. Oh, great. Hope hes gets by with nothing major.

    Now we get an article from Florioe on why Kaep would be a perfect fit for the Dolphins in 5…, 4…, 3…

  34. aarons444 says:
    August 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    Without Tannehill, AFC East = Weakest Division in NFL history?
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    The NFC Jest will still be there to break everyone’s fall. Nothing new there though,that pathetic division was once won by a team with a losing record. Now that is some history

  35. Chris says:
    August 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I don’t think Cutler is the answer, unless the question is about “most punchable face”.
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    Judging football players by their facial expressions – shallow, but interesting. Are you the type that only watches the Super Bowl for the commercials, too? (because that’s what you sound like).

    Anyway, hope this season you find some men’s faces more to your liking. I’m assuming you’re more into the “boyishly handsome, with a nice playful smile” types?

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