The Miami Dolphins signed quarterback David Garrard to bring a dose of veteran security to a position that loomed as a question mark before the draft.
After the organization grabbed Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick, Garrard's place in the QB pecking order is perilous. Last year's starter, Matt Moore, is a likely candidate to open the season under center and we expect Tannehill to be pushed into action before long.
One reason for Tannehill's rise in Miami has to do with his progress off the field. He hit the scene with a deep familiarity of Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's attack, which Garrard attested to Thursday on SiriusXM Blitz:
Garrard on Tannehill.."First time I've been in a meeting room where the rookie knows the offense better than the veterans."
- Adam Schein (@AdamSchein ) May 17, 2012
Sherman was Tannehill's coach for four seasons at Texas A&M. While the Dolphins insist their history didn't seal the team's decision to draft Tannehill, it's now paying dividends.
Draft experts talked for months about Tannehill being a year away from starting in the NFL. That sounded appropriate in February. It sounds ludicrous here in May. The writing is on the wall in South Beach.