Things are not working out for the Miami Dolphins as many in the organization had hoped. While he was a product of the Jeff Ireland regime, which almost never worked out well in South Beach, Ryan Tannehill has yet to play up to the potential that surrounded his draft buzz a few years ago. The Dolphins used their No. 8 pick to draft Tannehill, viewing him as their future franchise quarterback. Needless to say, things have still not gone as planned, with the latest news coming that head coach Joe Philbin has considered benching Tannehill after his poor play during the Dolphins’ past two embarrassing losses. With the rumors of Tannehill’s benching at least temporarily put to bed, as Philbin has reportedly told his Dolphins’ players that he will stick with his starting quarterback when the team travels to London to take on the Oakland Raiders, we all know that he will be playing for his job on a week-to-week basis. With that being said, if or when Miami decides to bench Tannehill in favor of incumbent back-up Matt Moore, would the Dolphins look to tarde what could be yet another NFL Draft bust?
Whether they will admit it or not, it is certainly possible.
Philbin is not sold on Tannehill. Of course, the team is not completely sold on Philbin. The two need each other to keep their jobs. Both men may need to step it up if they plan on wearing the teal and orange past 2014. Moore would not be the long-term solution for Miami either, but if Philbin feels as if he could jump-start a fairly anemic offense, he will not hesitate to make the change.
If that switch does come, the Dolphins could look to move Tannehill prior to the NFL Trade Deadline next month. If they do decide to go that route, could they call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or St Louis Rams to gauge their interest? The Bucs have floundered under Josh McCown, and things may not improve that much with Mike Glennon taking over in Tampa. The Rams have blown through quarterbacks like crazy, especially with Sam Bradford unable to stay healthy and looking unlikely to remain with St. Louis past this season.
Of course, if the Bucs or Rams don’t show any interest, we cannot entirely discount that possibility that a team without a need for a starting or even back-up quarterback could make a play for Tannehill. After all, he was a wide receiver for more games as a member of the Texas A&M Aggies than he was a quarterback. Perhaps, it is time for him to go back to playing receiver.