Dolphins talking “balance” as they evaluate QBs


The Dolphins might be all-in with Ryan Tannehill as their starter, but that doesn’t mean they’re not looking for another quarterback of the future.

So even as they have declared their intention to ride with Tannehill after two years of knee injuries, they still have to scout the Baker Mayfields and the Josh Allens of the world, and consider them with the 11th pick in the draft.

Team executive Mike Tannenbaum laid out the Dolphins’ rationale for making such a pick:

“You have to balance winning for today and developing for tomorrow,” executive Mike Tannenbaum said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “Last year didn’t go, obviously, the way we hoped. It gave us a chance to reflect on some things we could do better. Part of that is making sure we have good depth at as many positions as possible, knowing that over the course of a 16-game season, they’re going to play. That’s what history shows us. . . .

“We’re going to work really hard over the next couple of months to give ourselves as much flexibility as we get closer, assuming we stay at 11, so we can take the best player for us at 11.”

Of course, as much as they might love Tannehill, the reality is they haven’t gotten much from him lately, so planning for a life after (or instead if) might not be the worst plan. So that’s why it’s simply prudent for coach Adam Gase to be among the Dolphins staffers evaluating Mayfield and Allen at the Senior Bowl this week, and why that will be an important part of their decision-making for the future.

10 responses to “Dolphins talking “balance” as they evaluate QBs

  1. They want to balance winning for today with building for tomorrow yet they signed cutler this season who accomplishes neither.

  2. I’m sure this will all work out great. Mike Tannenbaum is an elite QB evaluator. After all, he was the genius who not only drafted Mark Sanchez, but resigned him as well. I’m sure our future is in good hands. Right? Oh and don’t forget Tim Tebow!!

  3. How can anyone make a negative comment about this? It is just common sense. The problem is neither guy will be there by the 11th Pick. I am all for taking a developmental QB, but not by Trading Up! We need to gain value at 1st and 2nd pick. That has been the problem for the Dolphins. The 1st rounders take 2-3 year to contribute and even then they are marginal (Harris, James, Parker, etc.). My guess is 4 QBs are gone by the 10th pick. Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen are the only questions. Darnold, Rosen and Mayfield are sure things to be gone. PLease Dolphins.. stick to OL and LB and maybe a CB!

  4. gbfanforever says:
    January 25, 2018 at 7:03 am
    They want to balance winning for today with building for tomorrow yet they signed cutler this season who accomplishes neither.

    Yeah because there are tons of franchise quarterbacks available in August.

  5. Balance ???? Miami has not been in the AFC championship game in 25 years they have not won a playoff game in 18 years and have been through 18 starting QB’S since Dan Marino retired..They need a TRUE franchise QB

  6. First off, Tannehill has missed 1 year with knee injury not 2; remember he got hurt at the end if season. Getting an offensive line that can actually pass protect and run block are key to having your Qb staying healthy. Let’s be smart about drafting talent that can start right away in the 1st or 2nd round, as we were unlucky to have McMillan hurt in first play last year.

  7. I understand the need to develop a back up qb but can anyone imagine how dangerous Drake would be behind a good offensive line next year. With his speed his numbers would be insane next season. And why draft a back up qb when you don’t even have back up lineman. Man this team is backwards.

  8. I’m all for a backup QB, but NOT in the first round! Hope we get lucky & draft Orlando Brown tackle from Oklahoma. We could then put him at LT, Tunsil could go to RT or back to LG, were he played at in his rookie season. I truly believe that Tunsil could become an All-Pro at guard!! Just like the Cowboys did when they drafted ND’s Zach Martin. Moved him from his college LT spot to RG. Been an All-Pro since! Fix the OL first. Protect Tannehill & give Drake a line to run behind!!! 2nd. round you could go QB or defense, either way is OK with me.

  9. Josh Allen is the best QB of the bunch, although he has some work to do. The guy has a rocket arm and a quick release. He will need help reading defenses, but what rookie doesn’t. If he’s there at #11 the Fins better snag him. He reminds me a lot of Dan Marino!

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