Gase: Dolphins won’t need an outside quarterback if Tannehill gets injured again

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Last year, the Dolphins had to scramble when quarterback Ryan Tannehill tore an ACL during training camp, luring Jay Cutler out of retirement. If Tannehill gets injured again this year, Cutler won’t be back.

“No. Nope. Nope,” coach Adam Gase told reporters on Thursday regarding whether the team would need to sign an outside quarterback if Tannehill gets injured again.

It’s still not clear which quarterback would replace Tannehill, if it happens. Matt Moore is gone, David Fales and Brock Osweiler have arrived. Most recently, a waivers claim was made for Bryce Petty.

“There’s a lot of confidence as far as the guys that we have here right now,” Gase said. “[W]e felt good with Ryan starting and the Brock and David competing for that No. 2 spot. Now you add Bryce and that’s going to be an interesting competition. Really, we’re just going to see how it all works out for us.”

Osweiler has become an intriguing option, given his history as a Gase pupil in Denver, a part-time starter during the Super Bowl season of 2015 (Gase was in Chicago then), a failed one-year starter in Houston, and the subject of a hot-potato trade to Cleveland.

“When we started the free agency process, guys were talking about the fact that, ‘He’s 27-years-old. He’s played for you before and you were part of the guys that drafted him. You know him well. He wants to be here,'” Gase said of Osweiler. “They were almost selling me. I really had to go through things and just make sure that he was good getting back with me and understanding the situation we were in and kind of what he was going to be competing for. I didn’t know where his money was. . . . Just hearing him and where he was mentally and what he wanted to accomplish and how he kind of wanted to get his career rolling again, after we had that conversation and we got him in the building, everybody really liked him. I felt good about it. We ended up making that move and ever since then, I’m seeing the same guy that I saw in his younger years.”

Gase knows that Osweiler’s experiences of the last two years could have taken a toll.

“It can hurt you,” Gase said. “If you’re mentally weak, it can go one direction and it can be a bad one. I’ve known him since he was 20 years old. I’ve seen this kid have to sit behind a Hall of Famer. It’s a good thing and a bad thing sometimes. When he had an opportunity, he did some good things when he got to play in Denver. Things didn’t quite go the way he wanted to in Houston. It was a quick stop in Cleveland. Now being here, I just see a guy that’s excited. He’s enjoyed getting back into this offense and the way that we’re coaching him right now. I think he just enjoys that whole process.”

It’s clear that Gase plans on either Osweiler or Fales being the primary backup to Tannehill, and starter if Tannehill goes down.

“I’m comfortable with the two guys, between David and Brock,” Gase said. “I’m comfortable. If I wasn’t, then we’d have somebody else here.”

This year, the good news is that, no matter what happens to Tannehill, the Dolphins believe they won’t need somebody else.

15 responses to “Gase: Dolphins won’t need an outside quarterback if Tannehill gets injured again

  1. “I’m comfortable with the two guys, between David and Brock,” Gase said. “I’m comfortable. If I wasn’t, then we’d have somebody else here.”
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    *sigh* you just claimed Bryce Petty on waivers and even said so in the same interview. At least he knows he is just a camp arm now

  2. I really like what Miami has done this off-season and the draft, But not bringing in a better option at backup QB was a big miss.

  3. You know, someone brought up the fact that it’s a better backup situation than most teams…and after looking at teams like Car, Dal, Sea, Oak, SF, NYG, Chi, Det, and some others, they are actually right. It could be worse.

  4. Realistically, what other feasible options would they have than to ride with Osweiler, Fales or Petty? As someone else pointed out here, look at the #2 QB situations throughout the league. Philly got lucky last year that they have 2 quality starters at QB. Most do not. 80% of the league is one busted ACL or shoulder away from disaster.

  5. They’ve probably had a “worst case scenario” plan since the Super Bowl – Tannehill goes down, trade next year’s number one for Nick Foles.

  6. tylawzpick6 says:
    They’ve probably had a “worst case scenario” plan since the Super Bowl – Tannehill goes down, trade next year’s number one for Nick Foles.

    After reading your comment it’s obvious that you don’t know Gase very well. If he says he’s comfortable with the backup QB situation (for better or for worse) he means it . He’s not one to spin the situation to appease the masses.

  7. “There’s a lot of confidence as far as the guys that we have here right now,” Gase said.

    I ask why??? You’re scaring us Adam ..

  8. I think Osweiler has huge upside. He has been thrown to the wolves on bad teams with horrible OLines. He certainly has more potential than all but 2 of the newly drafted QBs. Also, there will be about 60 QBs released at the end of August. Ones that do well in the Pre-Season will get picked up. Finally, if the Dolphins really suck the way it is predicted, then they will have a shot at the top QBs in the draft. Problem solved.

  9. “would need to sign an outside quarterback if Tannehill gets injured again.”

    Sure hope he remains healthy throughout the season. Would like to see a competitive Dolphins team for a change.

  10. If Tannehill does not live up to the Gase expectations he should put Osweiler in as starter. Brock certainly throws a better deep ball than Tannehill, so let’s see what happens. I’m not sure that Gase should be making all these quarterback personnel decisions. He certainly has not had enough success to call him a quarterback guru. Yet the Dolphins keep giving him what he wants.

  11. No way does Brock have the better deep ball than Thill or any other throw. RT is the better player and that’s why he’s the starter.

  12. “Brock certainly throws a better deep ball than Tannehill”
    Really? What are you basing this on?
    Going by PFF deep passing Stats since 2015 which is when Brock started playing.
    2015
    Brock 30 attempts 7 completions, 256 yards, 1 TD, 2 int 46.0 QB rating
    Tannehill 81 att, 27 completions, 930 yards, 5 TD, 1 int, 93.1 QB ratin
    2016
    Brock 63 att, 12 completions, 379 yards, 4 TD, 4 Int, 46.9 QB rating
    Thill 38 att, 16 comletions, 641 yards, 8 TD, 4 Int, 89.3 QB rating
    2017
    Brock 17 att, 8 completions, 232 yards, 3 TD, 1 Int, 108,5 QB rating.
    Composite since 2015.
    Brock: 110 Att 27 completions, 867 yards, 8 TD, 7 Int, 56.5 composite QB rating
    Thill: 119 Att 43 completions, 1571 yards, 13 TD, 5 Int, 103 composite QB rating
    It appears to me that Tannehill is a lot better throwing deep.

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