Sports Illustrated’s senior NFL writer Peter King is widely considered to be among the top football journalists working today. He is in the middle of of a national tour that has already taken him to places like New Orleans to see the Saints, San Francisco to see Randy Moss and the 49ers and Cardinal’s Camp in Arizona. In the upcoming days he will hit Buccaneers camp and the Jaguars camp. Where was King on Wednesday? He was soaking up the Florida sun at Miami Dolphins practice in Davie. Before he left, he gave an interview to the Finsiders radio show and discussed what he noticed from the Dolphins during his day at their camp.
As is normally the case with media discussions about the Dolphins, the conversation shifted focused to the Dolphins quarterback situation at rather quickly. King shared his thoughts on why he doesn’t think the Dolphins should try and start their 8th pick from the draft, QB Ryan Tannehill, right away.
“What is the real rush? You have two veteran QB’s who have started in this league for multiple seasons,” King said.
King discussed how starting Tannehill may not be beneficial and should only happen if he is “markedly better” than veteran quarterbacks Matt Moore and David Garrard.
When asked who he thought would be the starting QB for the Dolphins when the regular season rolls around King said he felt it would be Garrard.
“When I was looking at him I said: this is a guy that had this offense,” King said about what he took from Garrard’s practice.
As the conversation shifted from quarterbacks to coaching staffs, King expressed how impressed he was with the speed of Dolphin’s camp and first year Coach Joe Philbin’s strategy.
“I like coaches who think… and I think he has come up with a good idea,” King said while discussing the rapid pace at practice. “This is the fastest camp I have ever been at… there is no wasted time.”
In the course of his nearly twelve minutes of airtime King also said he feel’s like Miami is the best possible situation for a guy like Chad Johnson and that the defense’s switch to the 4-3 only worries him if it affects Cam Wakes ability to get to the QB. He added that the defense did practice very fast despite the shift in philosophy.
So there you have it! An overall positive take from a well respected member of the national media came out of Dolphin’s camp. I thought this day would never come.
You can catch the video of King’s interview in full on the Dolphins website.