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Ryan Tannehill Named Dolphins Starter In Actual Words

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After unofficially naming Ryan Tannehill the starting quarterback in practice, the Miami Dolphins have made the decision official. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin announced on Monday that Ryan Tannehill will be the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback. In announcing the news, Philbin said that "this is the best decision we can make at the given time."

Tannehill won the job after David Garrard's injury knocked him out of the competition. Tannehill also outperformed Matt Moore in preseason to earn the nod.

Tannehill has taken a lot of the snaps in preseason. In his first game, Tannehill went 14-for-21 for 167 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his second game, his first start of his NFL career, Tannehill dropped off a little bit, completing 11-for-23 passes for 100 yards. Matt Moore, by contrast, completed just 5 of 15 passes for 57 yards.

Philbin ensured reporters that this was a true "open competition" for the starting job. The Dolphins made Tannehill the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.