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. We conclude the three quarterbacks' comments, and our look at day one of the OTA, with Tannehill's comments:
(On how his experience at Texas A&M helped him today) - "I think it definitely helped. Like I said before just knowing the offense. It's definitely a different level. It's the NFL for reason. Guys are a step faster in every aspect so I think knowing the offense and having the background definitely helps me not focus on that as much and really get adjusted to the speed of the game."
(On what the reality is of the speed of the game) - "It's faster. I mean it kind of is what I thought it would be. It's faster. Guys are faster. The play happens faster. But I was expecting it. You know I wasn't in a situation where I kind of sat back and said wow so fast. It is what it is. It's faster and just about getting adjusted to it."
(On practicing with the full team) - "It's exciting. I was excited to really get to work with these guys the first time. We had kind of the walk thru practices last week where everything was kind of half speed and really not going full speed so it was good to get to throw those guys for the first time really going full speed against a secondary. So it's just exciting to be on the field and have the first practice."
(On how fast the pace and tempo were during practice) - "It was quick. I think we can pick up the tempo even more as an offense. You know it was the first day and we are really getting adjusted to the speed of the game here. You know I think it was a good first day but we've got to play a lot faster."
(On the owner saying Matt Moore would be the starter opening day) - "I'm going to go out and compete every day. Whatever the situation is I'm here to compete. I'm here to one day play, so I'm going to go out and give my best every day and whatever the decision is at the end of camp then that's what it is."
(On his comfort level in this offense) - "I feel really good. I think that I've picked up the things that we've added you know that they brought in from Green Bay over the past few weeks. So I feel really good. I know that I have a lot of work to do. A lot of speeding my job up. Speeding my reads up. But just the comfort level with the offense I feel pretty good."
(On settling into Miami) - "A little bit, yeah. I'm kind of in temporary housing right now. But it's a good spot All my stuffs here. All my clothes and my wife's here so it's good to be here."
(On how David Garrard and Matt Moore are helping him adjust) - "Yeah they're both great guys. From day one they kind of welcomed me into the quarterback room. I was kind of wondering how it was going to be walking into that room but they're great guys. You know helped me out just as much as any other guy. Talking through plays. Talking through reads. Asking questions. Whatever it is they're great about sharing information and we're all competitors. We all want each other to succeed but we're here to compete so it's nothing where we're trying to hold each other down and compete ourselves. We want the best the best player to play because we want this team to win."
(On finding his way around town) - "First couple of days I got lost a few times. I had a GPS and it was like I'm not using this. I'm going to find my way home without using it. So I ended up missing an exit and was halfway to the Everglades before I turned around. I was heading into Weston where my apartments at. I was going down I-75."
(On how much he learns about himself and his receivers during OTA practices) - "You learn a lot. It's the speed of the game. It's more competitive. You see how guys adjust to coverage. It's kind of easy to go out there and throw a route on air. There's no coverage, whether it's off, bump. Routes adjust depending on how the defense is playing you. So your route might a little different if you got bump coverage. It might be a little different if you got off and inside coverage. Just seeing that. Going through that. Those reps are going to be great for us as a unit."
(On if his interaction with Coach Sherman has changed since Texas A&M) - "It's pretty much the same. He jokes around a little bit more now. So that's good. But it's great to have Coach Philbin as well. He's got a lot of experience and he's always there too. So to have two great guys to learn from it's awesome."
(On if any veterans ask him about plays) - "I mean some guys ask some questions but nothing like hey, coming up to me. Just on the field. Just like I'm any other quarterback. We're supposed to know what's going on so they might ask us something. You know I just try to help out as much as I can because of my familiarity, maybe not wait for them to go up you but go on up to them and try to help out in any way I can."
(On if he's ready for rookie life) - "Oh yeah. Richie (Incognito) gave me a welcome my first day in. So it's been great but it's part of (being a rookie). We all go through it and you just got to enjoy it. He gave me a few words and told me how I was going to be, I don't want to go into details here. You know it was good. He's a good guy. He gives me a hard time but it's all in good fun."