DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Ryan Tannehill’s teammates have endorsed the decision to give him the starting quarterback job with the Miami Dolphins.
First-year coach Joe Philbin chose Tannehill over Matt Moore, who started the final 12 games last year. Moore is popular with teammates, but veteran players said Tuesday they expect Tannehill to do well.
The Dolphins (No. 27 in the AP Pro32) will have a rookie quarterback start a season opener for the first time when they play at Houston on Sept. 9. Tannehill will be the first rookie QB to start for Miami since John Beck in 2007.
Beck went 0-4 that year. The Dolphins anticipate better results from Tannehill, the first quarterback they’ve drafted in the opening round since Dan Marino in 1983.