QBs React to Depth Chart
QB Matt Moore
QB Matt Moore
Associate Editor
Posted Aug 7, 2012


Even though its significance can be overblown, the release of the first depth chart of the season always generates news. It's even more scrutinized when there's a battle for the starting quarterback job, such as is the case with the Dolphins this summer. So naturally the three contestants in the battle were asked for the reaction after Tuesday's practice.

To recap, veteran free agent acquisition David Garrard was listed first on the depth chart, followed by Matt Moore, who started the last 12 games in 2011, and 2012 first-round pick Ryan Tannehill.

“That was pretty cool," Garrard said. "But, like Coach said, it doesn’t really mean that there’s no more competition or anything like that. So I’m just going to continue to go out there every day and do my job and try to hang on to it and make it so when it really counts, that’s when my name is up there.”

Even though Garrard has outplayed Moore since the start of training camp and he's got the experience advantage over Tannehill, he said he didn't have any expectations before the depth chart was released.

"I left it all in the coaches’ hands, and their evaluations and what they thought," Garrard said. "I’m excited to be where I am right now and hopefully I can just continue on.”

Moore, who took the first snaps with the first-team offense at the start of training camp, admitted that being listed on the second team was "frustrating a little bit."

But he refused to get down about it.

"I’m not overly concerned that it’s going to wreck my performance or wreck my play from here on out," Moore said. "We’re just competing. Nothing has changed in practice at all. They had to have a starting point and that’s how they went. That’s how this league works. Not everybody can play.”

Tannehill is in a different situation than both Garrard or Moore in that he knows he eventually will start for the Dolphins.

After all, that's why the Dolphins took him with the eighth pick in the 2012 draft.

But Tannehill would rather start right away as opposed to watching and learning at the start of his NFL career.

"Obviously, as a competitor I want to be the guy come Game 1, but it's really up to the coaches to decide if they found the best guy for the team," Tannehill said. "I want the best guy that's going to be able to lead the team to the most victories this year to be in there, obviously. Hopefully that's me. I'm doing everything I can to be that guy. If not, I'm just going to keep trying to get better every day."

Tannehill also was asked Tuesday about how Moore responded to being listed behind Garrard on the depth chart.

"He's a competitor, he wants to be first just like myself, just like Dave," Tannehill said. "We all want to be the guy. We're competitors, we want to get better and be the guy, but it's a friendly competition. We're supportive of each other.

"We're on the same team at the end of the day. We want to get wins for this organization, for this team. We do everything we can to help each other out, and talk through things. I think it's a great situation."


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