Insider: Dolphins Preseason Blog
Dolphins Starting Tannehill
The Miami Dolphins have made the decision that rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is ready to open the season as their starter. Tannehill hadn't really separated himself from backup Matt Moore, who led the team to each of it's six victories in a relief role last season.
Miami Sun-Sentinel writer Izzy Gould sheds light on the decision.
Our take: Regardless if Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, David Garrard, Pat Devlin or even a 50-year old Dan Marino starts the Dolphins are not a playoff team. Understanding the fact that if you start Tannehill you can't take him out, it is still in the organization's best long-term interests to start the rookie and let him get his mistakes out of the way.
Miami Defense Looks Stale
With a lack of offensive weapons and potentially a rookie starting at quarterback, the Dolphins are going to have to depend on their veteran defense to stay competitive this season. That Miami defense finished sixth in the league in scoring a year ago hasn't looked the part in the early going as they've allowed 43 points in two games. What's more troubling is that 34 of the 43 points have been scored in the first half of both games, against mostly Dolphins starters.
The Sports Xchange explains why Miami is having a tough start.
Our take: Although the Dolphins played a lot of four-man fronts last year they were primarily a 3-4 alignment. Miami is making the full-time switch under new defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and there have been some mis-fits on the line which are allowing big runs. If the defense can't play at a high level this season then Miami will likely be in the running for the top pick.
A New Cult Hero Born On Hard Knocks?
Dolphins undrafted rookie wide receiver Chris Hogan is quickly becoming a marked man as the wideout from football-rich Monmouth has gained notoriety thanks to the HBO series. "7-11," the affectionate nickname for the man that's always open appears as if he might earn a roster spot.
Dolphin Digest publisher Alain Poupart is doing a great job recapping how the HBO series affects the actual team.
Our take: We love the HBO series, as it adds a personal touch to the business side of football. As for Hogan, who else on that team would you feel good cutting him for? Thanks to HBO, Hogan likely won't last long on the open market as several teams are looking for developmental fifth receivers. With Miami in the midst of a rebuild, it's tough to justify keeping no-name veterans over no-name rookies.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for SportsTalkFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie