Dolphins' Joe Philbin doesn't commit to QB Ryan Tannehill as starter

Monday September 22nd, 2014

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin wouldn't commit to Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders at his press conference Monday.

According to a report from the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Dolphins coaches are meeting Monday to decide if Tannehill should be benched in favor of backup Matt Moore.

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When asked if Tannehill will start against the Raiders next Sunday, he declined on every single occasion to say Tannehill would continue to be Miami's quarterback. Instead, Philbin said he and his coaches will decide on the "46 best players" to help the Dolphins win a game.

"We're going to choose the best 46 guys we think will help us win a football game and we're going to go from there," Philbin said.

Philbin also said, "We’ll decide our game plan before we leave to play Oakland." Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor later indicated that Tannehill would start, but also didn't give a firm answer.

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Tannehill, 26, has completed just 56.5 percent of his passes this season for 624 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He went just 21-of-43 for 205 yards in Miami's 34-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. He's started every game for the Dolphins since he entered the NFL in 2012.

Moore, 30, last started an NFL game in 2011, when he threw for 2,497 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 starts and 13 games for the Dolphins.

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