The Miami Dolphins are started their first organized team activity (OTA) yesterday. It marked the first time the entire team, veterans and rookies, were on the practice field together, as well as the official start of the quarterback competition between Matt Moore, David Garrard, and Ryan Tannehill.
All three QBs spoke to the media after the practice, and we will post their comments throughout the day today. First up, we have incumbent starter Moore:
(On going out there as the number one guy) - "It doesn't feel different. I mean I try and go out there and just compete and do well when I'm in there and try and ensure that number one spot. I mean I guess that's what I'm doing every time. I'm just trying to learn and you know we're moving quickly in this offense which has been good. I thought today went pretty well for the first day but I'm just trying to get better every time I'm out there."
(On the conversations with the coaches on the field) - "Everything. We're stressing details right now you know and it's tough I think early on when you're absorbing so much information. So much different information. Just trying to learn it all. So we're just kind of staying on our p & q's. Those conversations range from a lot of different things and we're just trying. It's constantly trying to get better and you preparing for the next period and different looks and things like that. So that's kind of how it goes."
(On what he thinks about the owner saying he expects him to be the starter) - "That's an awful nice thing to say. You know all I can do is come out here and work my tail off and try and get better. I've heard Dave say earlier, the best guys going to play. And we're all making each other better but for Mr. Ross to say something like that, I guess it means a lot. But I still got to come out here and make all the plays. Make all the throws and that will speak for itself."
(On how it feels to have familiarity compared to last season coming during training camp) - "Well it feels good just from a personnel standpoint. Just knowing the guys. That's a huge deal especially for a quarterback coming in and just really having the relationship with those guys but also just being here as a Dolphin. But just being here with the guys is huge and then obviously the experience I got last year, it's so valuable to have it all now during this camp you know, it's a good thing to have in my back pocket."
(On his familiarity with the offense) - "Yeah I mean there's, football's football I think. And all the concepts are going to be the same know matter how you call them. I think philosophy changes on when plays are called maybe, but for the most part it's the same. I feel really good. Obviously we need to learn new terminology but. I mean you need to be prepared for something. Just quicker stuff. As a quarterback you really need to quicken up your feet and be sure of your reads and the things like that. So there's a lot of differences but it's the same. I know that sounds really dumb but that's the way it is.
(On his thoughts of the receiver corps) - "It's going to be good. It's going to be good. I know a lot of people are worried we don't have a standout guy. Well that's baloney. We got five guys that are that guy. I mean especially in this offense it really tailors to them. Anyone of them can get the ball at any time and that's just the way it is on all plays and they know that and really appreciate that. So naturally, they've stepped up their game. I know a good young group coming in. I haven't spent much time with them but you can just tell just watching them they're pretty athletic kids and the guys we have here with the addition of a couple of guys it's a strong group. So, I feel very confident in those guys and what they're doing and what they're going to do."
(On if he enjoys this time of year) - "Yeah. Good golf on TV. Absolutely, I mean you're learning a ton, but you get to come out here and compete and it prepares you for training camp and I think guys like it because you're not sitting in meeting rooms anymore. You're out getting to do stuff. But also it's just fun. You go out and you get better and you compete every day. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. It's just a good time of year and you know all the stress of the season has with games every weekend but it's a good way to learn and compete and get better. Hoping it will propel you into training camp and the season."
(On his thought on how Ryan Tannehill performed today) - "Hey he can spin it. He definitely can throw the ball. It looks good. Day-by-day, obviously I'm getting to know him a little better. He's a good kid. I mean he kind of just, he's quiet right now but you can tell he's definitely a quality, quality player. I'm looking forward to getting to see him play more and you know it's been good so far."
(On what David Garrard has brought to the team) - "Yeah a lot. You always look for a veteran player like that. You love to have one in your room and we got one of the best, I think in Dave. He just, you know, he's a guy that's been around. He's been in tons of situations. A guy you can go to and ask questions to. It's so different talking to an older player as well as to a coach. And so for a younger player, it's great for me to have a guy like that. And I know Pat and Ryan probably really appreciate it to."
(On if Ryan Tannehill is asking him a lot of questions) - "No. Some, here and there. I mean but he's got a good handle on what he's doing. But I'll be there to try and help anyway I can but I guess a little bit."