SB Nation's Guide to Quarterback Competitions

Miami Dolphins incumbent starting quarterback Matt Moore finds himself in a competition to keep the job this offseason.

There's no hiding the fact that the Miami Dolphins have a quarterback competition happening this year. Matt Moore, who started the majority of the games last season after former starter Chad Henne was lost due to injury for the year, is currently the favorite to claim the top spot this year, but veteran free agent signing David Garrard and rookie first round pick Ryan Tannehill are both fighting for the position as well.

The future of the Dolphins rests on the right arm of Tannehill, who was selected with the eighth overall pick back in April. But, this year, it's open right now, and it should be a lot of fun to watch throughout the offseason, and on HBO's Hard Knocks with the Dolphins, which first airs on August 7.


Related: What Does Hard Knocks Mean For Miami Dolphins?

SB Nation took time this week to break down all of the quarterback competitions around the league, including the Dolphins. Of the three way battle between Moore, Garrard, and Tannehill, they wrote:

"2012 may be the only year this is a legitimate competition. Tannehill, the Dolphins first round pick, is clearly the future in Miami. But that future may not start in Week 1. Owner Stephen Ross conceded that Moore is likely to be the Week 1 starter, but plenty of things can change in that time.

"Between Moore and Garrard, the choice should be Moore, who is only 27 years old compared to Garrard, who is 34 years old. At least Moore is still young enough to fool yourself into thinking there's the "potential" factor.

"Throwing Tannehill into the mix confuses things a little bit. The Dolphins likely won't start the season with Tannehill as the starter -- it's still too early to say definitively that will be the case -- but he'll come in at some point in the 2012 season, assuming the Dolphins aren't in a playoff race, which is possible.

"Predicted winner: Moore will be the Week 1 starter. If the Dolphins don't have a winning record by Thanksgiving, they will turn to Tannehill to finish out the season."


Related: Top Five Position Battles to Start Miami Dolphins' OTAs

The guys over at SB Nation also took a look at the Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the Cleveland Browns' Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy, Tennessee Titans duo Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck, and the three way competition with the Seattle Seahawks' Matt Flynn, Reussell Wilson, and Tavaris Jackson.

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