Miami’s coaching staff has expressed confidence in Tannehill. But his 15-17 career record and zero playoff appearances still leave doubt if Tannehill is the quarterback who can eventually lead the Dolphins to a Super Bowl. Tannehill also will have to learn from a new offensive coordinator following this week's firing of Mike Sherman. The Dolphins also will have a new general manager making the decisions following the parting of ways with Jeff Ireland.
That brings us to an interesting question: Should Miami draft a quarterback in this year's draft for insurance?
It would be silly for the Dolphins to take a quarterback in the first or second round. Even the third round may be pushing things, because the Dolphins have plenty of bigger needs. However, taking a flier young quarterback in the fourth round or later may not be a bad idea.
This is a deep year for rookie quarterbacks, the NFL’s most important position. You can never have enough good quarterbacks, and bringing in another young player to develop may be worth the risk for Miami. It will probably be another year or two before we know Tannehill’s long-term potential. Developing another young thrower along the way sounds like a wise move.
Matt Moore is a solid backup for the Dolphins, but he’s not long-term starter material. Pat Devlin remains a developmental quarterback who could use some competition in training camp for the No. 3 spot.
Mid-round college quarterbacks this year may include Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, University of Miami’s Stephen Morris and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas. The risk may be minimal for the Dolphins, but drafting a rookie quarterback could offer potential rewards.