Joe Philbin Declines To Say If Ryan Tannehill Starts On Sunday

Posted: Sep 22 2014, 3:56pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 22 2014, 3:58pm CDT, in News

Joe Philbin Declines to Say If Ryan Tannehill Starts on Saturday
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The Miami Dolphins Head Coach Avoids Reporters Questions on The Subject Four Times.

On Monday, reporters asked Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin if Ryan Tannehill would be the starter for next weekend's game in London against the Oakland Raiders. Each of the four times Philbin was asked he declined to answer the question on whether-or-not Tannehill would remain the starter.

Tannehill had another lack luster performance over the weekend in a 34-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw for 205 yards and one touchdown pass during the game, and is set to have career lows in passer rating (74.1) and completion percentage (56.5), leaving him ranked as the 29th overall quarterback in the NFL.

Philbin would only go into detail about how he wanted to setup the roster for the upcoming week to help his team win.

“What we do every single week is the same,” Philbin said. “We take a look at our roster we decide who are the 46 players we can take to the game who can help us win the football game and how can we best utilize them, so we’ll do that again.”

Asked whether he’d consider starting backup quarterback Matt Moore ahead of Ryan Tannehill, Philbin replied, “I think I just answered the question. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to get our 46 best players to the game and we’re going to utilize them in the best way possible.”

When asked if he might be leaving Tannehill out to hang, Philbin said, “Again, I’m going to give the answer that I’ve given. I believe that’s what I’ve done since I’ve gotten here and that’s the answer. I’m sticking to it.”

Matt Moore is considered to be a solid backup for the Dolphins should they choose to use him in next week's game.

Tannehill was selected 8th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, and has been the starter for Miami ever since he arrived in town. He improved over the previous two years, finishing with 3,913 yards passing and a completion percentage of 60-percent, 24 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.

However, under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Tannehill has regressed. Lazor came over this offseason from Chip Kelly's offensive machine in Philadelphia. But outside of a 33-point Week 1 showing against the New England Patriots defense, but ever since Miami has failed to produce any viable numbers for moving forward on offense.

In response to his performance Tannehill stated, "I don't think [wide receiver Mike Wallace and I] had an issue. I think we only threw one pass deep [and there was] a collision. I had to skip the pocket, he had a double move and the guy [collided with] him. Thought we could get a pass interference if I put it, the safety was coming across the top when I scrambled. I'm not going to throw a pick in that situation but since I was out of the pocket, the defense is allowed to contact the receiver and we didn't get the call."

Sunday's game between the Dolphins and Raiders starts at 1:00pm EST on CBS.

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