on’t dismiss the idea of the Miami Dolphins drafting a quarterback in the first round and keeping him on the bench for a year. Here’s a quick reminder this franchise almost did the same thing with Ryan Tannehill. And he was the No. 8 pick.
In fact, Tannehill probably would have sat on the bench as a rookie if not for a knee injury to veteran quarterback David Garrard during training camp.
The lesson here is it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Dolphins owner Steve Ross to approve drafting a quarterback at No. 11 and having him serve as a backup in his rookie season.
It would actually be history repeating.
The year was 2012.
It was coach Joe Customized Miami Dolphins jerseys Philbin’s first year, a training camp that was saved for posterity by HBO’s Hard Knocks.
Miami had the No. 8 pick, and the Dolphins, coming off a 6-10 season, just as they are now, drafted Tannehill.
He wasn’t guaranteed a starting job.
During training camp he was locked in a three-way fight with incumbent Matt Moore and the newcomer, Garrard.
Early in camp, Tannehill was No. 3 behind Garrard, the free agent from Jacksonville, and Moore, who was 6-6 as a starter in 2010.
As the Dolphins headed into the preseason opener Garrard was injured, requiring surgery.
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eventually won a close battle against Moore, and that’s how the No. 8 pick of the draft became a starter as a rookie.
Granted, Miami had a different brain trust in 2012, a different way of thinking.
We don’t know if the current brain trust — executive Mike Tannebaum, general manager Chris Grier and coach Adam Gase — approves of a first-round pick, especially a quarterback, who might not contribute right away.
But we do know as recently as six years ago, Ross wasn’t opposed to the idea.