Ryan Tannehill says he’s starting, if Joe Philbin won’t

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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin continues to not say who his starting quarterback is this week.

So his starting quarterback did the honors Wednesday.

I’m taking the first snap of the game,” Ryan Tannehill said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

Whether he’s uncertain or just trying to light a fire under the former first-rounder, Philbin has for three days straight refused to confirm Tannehill will start Sunday against the Raiders.

Tannehill said Philbin explained his reasoning to him, but didn’t elaborate. And he was clear that he would have preferred it didn’t go this way.

“Obviously it doesn’t feel good,” Tannehill said. “It creates a lot of stir, a lot of distraction in the locker room — mostly from outside.”

Of course, it was created solely from the inside, specifically by Philbin.

37 responses to “Ryan Tannehill says he’s starting, if Joe Philbin won’t

  1. My growing concern here is that Joe Philbin actually thinks not publicly declaring a starter is going to provide his team some sort of strategic advantage. I’m sure the Raiders are completely befuddled as to whether or not they’ll face Tannehill or Matt Moore.

  2. “Of course, it was created solely from the inside, specifically by Philbin.”

    Right. Philbin got on the horn and told reporters to get over there and ask him questions about Tannehill. Holier than thou, hypocritical media media can never, ever see their part in the controversies they create. I’m sick of every one of you brainless sycophants.

  3. Speaking as a huge Dolphins fan, Philbin is wearing thin on me.

    I agree Tannehill could play better… but coaching decisions are costing them games.

    They aren’t going no huddle soon enough, and they are leaving plays on the field at the end of the 1st half each week.

    The main contributing factors to the Dolphins struggles, in order of strongest to weakest are:

    1. Bad coaching decisions in games (especially on defense)
    2. Moreno’s injury (Miller can run, but he doesn’t block as well. And Moreno inspired the team with his strong play in the 2nd half vs. NE).
    3. Special Teams being diluted by linebackers needs due to injury.
    4. WR drops.
    5. Tannehill slumping.

    I’d love to hear Philbin’s reasoning for throwing his quarterback under the bus when it’s his responsibility to get the team playing through this adversity.

    If they miss the playoffs I hope he’s fired and Tannehill stays.

  4. Sorry Tannehill, but the correct answer was –

    “I’m working as hard as I can in practice to improve and spending extra time watching film. You’ll have to ask Coach about who the starter is.”

  5. I’m seriously disappointed in Joe Philbin. It’s obvious he has a great football mind from his time in Green Bay, but it’s even more obvious that he has no idea how to be a head coach. Between watching hard knocks 2 seasons ago, the incognito/Martin bullying scandal and this latest tannehill drama it’s clear this is a head coach who couldn’t be further disconnected from his players.

    When he cut Chad Johnson without consulting the captains and veteran leaders they came to him with genuine concern, and he dismissed them as if he was above them and it was obvious and on camera. His solution, send Reggie bush packing the next year. (Who looks great in Detroit, while the dolphins have no backs)

    The following year the previous biggest scandal in the NFL happens and he has no idea what’s going on in his own locker room, and once again handles it terribly once it hits the media.

    3 awful drafts of giving tannehill no weapons and blowing up his own offensive line by not knowing/ being ignorant of “bullying” and here is the team that Philbin built.

    He does a great job of deflecting all the blame, and then he doesn’t support his young QB in a pivotal year. He’s like a calmer dumber Bud Kilmer.

    Phire Philbin.

    Signed a sympathetic Bengals fan.

  6. As a RAIDERS fan I hope there is QB problems with Dolphins.

    Dolphins lack of run Defense and a shaky QB is just what the RAIDERS need to give Carr a break and win a game!

  7. chrispin53 says:
    Sep 24, 2014 3:36 PM

    3 awful drafts of giving tannehill no weapons and blowing up his own offensive line by not knowing/ being ignorant of “bullying” and here is the team that Philbin built.

    ———————-

    That’s mostly on Ireland, not Philbin.

    Also, last draft by Hickey I’d say was actually pretty solid.
    Ju’Wuan James is darn good at RT, and Landry, although not a great kick-returner, is finding his way in the offense. Injuries have Billy Turner, Tripp, Lynch, and Terrence Fede out, but they could provide a lot of help once they’re back.

    Make no mistake though, I agree, Philbin’s doing more harm than good to this team. His philosophy works in his head and on paper, but, he’s also in over his head and out of touch. That just won’t cut it in the NFL.

  8. Almost all teams do everything in their power to try and avoid QB controversies. This coach starts one to distract the media from his poor decisions (e.g., having Cameron Wake covering backs out of the backfield).

    This reminds me a bit of Shanahan leaking stuff in the media every week at the end of last year. Worst Coach in the league bar none, and 31st place isn’t very close.

  9. Apparently the first poster can read minds. And you clowns would check Philbin has improved the teams record each year. Its only by a win each year but its better nevertheless. Its not easy to get coaches in miami. Not because of the patriots which everyone claims, its because of the crappy calls that have been constantly one sided if they are home or away.

  10. Coach made a mistake to say it publicly this early in the season. QB play has been poor and coach wasn’t the only one who took notice and so has a lot other areas on this team been poor. In that light every player could be replaced but still a bad move out of frustration. Coach could get on that same podium and say enough of that and move on.

  11. ” Its not easy to get coaches in miami.” Riiiiight. Because no one would want to coach in the horrible south Florida weather. Ever think that maybe…just maybe, no one wants to coach for the money they want to pay?

    “its because of the crappy calls that have been constantly one sided if they are home or away.”

    Said every fan of every team that loses. It’s always the refs fault. SMDH.

  12. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    aldog83 says:

    Sep 24, 2014 3:45 PM
    As a RAIDERS fan I hope there is QB problems with Dolphins.

    Dolphins lack of run Defense and a shaky QB is just what the RAIDERS need to give Carr a break and win a game!

  13. cantonbound13 says:
    Sep 24, 2014 4:35 PM

    Cue the circus music. Why is this team such a joke since Ross purchased it?
    ———————————————————-
    Yea, the guy with the blank check? that guy?
    you tell us why genius, why should we blame the rich owner? all he does is pass out blank checks,
    it’s not like Jeff Ireland is out tripping on himself,
    or Randy Mueller is having another self-righteous moment, how about Jimmy Johnson? or the patron saint Nick Saban? Noooooo couldn’t have been any of those guys, huh? So you ‘re going to tell us all how the owner, the complete opposite of Jerry Jones is messing up the whole thing??

  14. The Miami media is a joke plain and simple. Philbin never once said anything negative about Tannehill, he simply said the best players will be playing. He clearly stated that there are many issues on offense including coaching. Media has selective hearing. Everyone would certainly blast Philbin if he supported Tannehills play because the fact is he’s sucked the past 2 weeks. While I am not a Philbin fan, the media has created this so called QB controversy.

    Tannehill will start and he better get his act together. In all honesty he was anointed “the man” from the day he was drafted. He should realize that it is year 3 and the kid gloves are off. But Philbin is not required to name a starter last time I checked and I’m betting everyone in that locker room, coaches offices, and front office knew Monday who was Sunday’s starter. The idiots in the media knew as well but they have to sell papers, blogs, etc…

  15. Glad Tannehill did it. Philbin is getting on my nerves as he tries to place blame on anyone but himself in every situation. I was hoping that Philbin could somehow learn and grow into a decent coach after last years debacle but this year looks like it may end up being more of the same. So Tannehill will come under fire again next year by the media when he has to learn another offensive system unless Ross can convince a decent coach that runs a west coast offense to come in and take over.

  16. idahomer says: Sep 24, 2014 7:16 PM

    The Miami media is a joke plain and simple. Philbin never once said anything negative about Tannehill, he simply said the best players will be playing. He clearly stated that there are many issues on offense including coaching. Media has selective hearing. Everyone would certainly blast Philbin if he supported Tannehills play because the fact is he’s sucked the past 2 weeks. While I am not a Philbin fan, the media has created this so called QB controversy.

    Tannehill will start and he better get his act together. In all honesty he was anointed “the man” from the day he was drafted. He should realize that it is year 3 and the kid gloves are off. But Philbin is not required to name a starter last time I checked and I’m betting everyone in that locker room, coaches offices, and front office knew Monday who was Sunday’s starter. The idiots in the media knew as well but they have to sell papers, blogs, etc…
    ===================================

    Good post. I agree with almost all of it. This falls mostly on Salguero, and his twisting of words to say anything he chooses without reprisal. Just as he did with the “bullying scandal” he and other members helped create. Scandals are apparently required in the NFL now, and it appears to be Baltimore’s turn this year.

    I will say I don’t believe Tannehill was handed the job when he got there. The facts don’t back that up, and just because Omar Kelly says it, doesn’t make it so. In year 1, Garrard was running away with the competition, until he got hurt. Moore is a backup for a reason. Yes he came in and did well in 2011, but he is feast or famine. He also fumbled the ball 14 times during that stretch, a point that the fond memories gloss over.

    And while Tannehill hasn’t been lighting it up, I will go with the PFF take on his play, before the simple minded passer rating analysis. Add 13 drops back into his figures and he is closer to 66% completions with at least 2 more TD’s. The team is also riddled with injuries on both sides of the ball. No excuse, but it factors in.

    The thing that sticks out to me is that since Philbin has been there, they have always tried to make players fit the scheme, and not the other way around. Why do they not let Tannehill use his legs more. He is a great athlete, and excels on the move and in the 2 minute offense.

    Bottom line is that the team is loaded with talent, and getting very little production out of it.

    That falls on coaching.

  17. No surprises here, we all know Philbin chooses his starting quarterback every Wednesday based on whose locker is cleanest.

    Has anyone ever inquired as to whether Joe is related to Regis? It would explain a lot.

  18. Tanny excels on the 2 minute offense? huh?

    then why is Miami so bad in the redzone and giving up leads with no scoring in the 2nd half?

    Tanny is a joke and needs to go… the idea that Philbin is holding him back is ridiculous…. they both need to be gone..

    there needs to be an aggressive coach and a franchise player capable QB… neither of which the Phins are anywhere near

  19. Third game in a new offense. Not his third year in this system. Back away from the ledge.
    Look at it from a different angle, as coaches way for Ryan Tannehill to step up and take leadership of this team and offense. The whole team needs a boost and this should serve as an opportunity to get behind their quarterback.
    Raiders in London with the publicity makes the perfect redemption game.

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