NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday's Around The NFL, per team sources, that there is talk Miami may bench Tannehill for Matt Moore and it is "not a motivational ploy" for the third-year passer. The team wants to make a decision before they fly over the Atlantic Ocean.
"We'll decide our game plan before we leave to play Oakland," Philbin said.
It was a stunning non-admission. Given the chance to simply state Tannehill was the starter, Philbin talked multiple times about getting the "best 46 players" ready to play this week and going from there. The Miami Herald reports that the team's staff will meet on Monday to decide whether to make a change.
Lazor, for one, was far more positive about Tannehill when he spoke with reporters on Monday. He said "there is no panic" about Tannehill and was asked if he had any doubts Tannehill would start.
"No. Is there any doubt I'll be the offensive coordinator?" Lazor cryptically asked.
It's only Week 4, and this is the type of franchise-altering decision that doesn't usually arrive until deep into a panicked season.