Izzy Gould of the Sun-Sentinel posted a picture on his Twitter account of the preliminary depth chart heading into the Carolina Panther game base on the play in the first pre-season game. Ryan Tannehill is running with the second team while Matt Moore holds the first. While it’s not overly shocking that Moore is still listed as the number one following the injury to David Garrard, fans and some in the media believe that it’s time to hand it over to the rookie.
Tannehill looked like a leader on the field last Friday night. Matt Moore did not perform well at the top but none of the first team starters on either side of the ball performed well. If in fact Moore starts at Carolina this weekend, Moore will have to prove he plays better than he practices. Another solid effort by Tannehill and the all important third pre-season game will see Tannehill playing into the second half.
The Dolphins were not expecting a QB issue heading into camp but the surgery to remove debris from Garrard’s knee threw a wrench into their plans. Garrard is due back in 2 to four weeks but it’s not know whether or not he will be back with the team when he is healthy. While that plays out in the rehab center, the leash on Moore by the fans is a short one at best. Fans want something to hold their hopes on and seem to be more willing to lose this season with Tannehill starting than being below average with Moore.
I still hold firm to my prediction that Ryan Tannehill will be the opening day starter and while Moore may be the starter today, another sub-par start this week will give way to the rookie.
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