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Report: Dolphins may cut Matt Moore or David Garrard, use Ryan Tannehill as QB2

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
The Fins are considering cutting one of their veteran quarterbacks. (AP)

The Dolphins quarterback competition is kind of like a thesis on the motion of helium atoms in an excited state -- a real scorcher. Matt Moore and David Garrard will duel to the mediocre death, and Ryan Tannehill will hang out and try to make Fins fans hopeful for the future. At least that's supposed to the plan.

According to our pal Ben Volin at the Palm Beach Post, it might not work out that way. Miami has, per Volin's sources, "considered every contingency at quarterback." That includes cutting one of Moore or Garrard and making Tannehill the No. 2 quarterback heading into the season.

Volin adds the caveat that this situation likely only unfolds "if [Tannehill] plays well enough in the preseason and proves that he could handle himself this year if called upon to play."

On the surface, this idea seems crazy. How could the Dolphins gamble on entering 2012 knowing that a quick tweak of Garrard's back -- or early struggles from Moore -- might result in Tannehill, who's clearly a project, going under center? That's insane, right?

Maybe not. Think about it like this: if the Dolphins are as bad as everyone expects on offense and come out struggling this season, there's a very good chance that the team will cave and play their first-round pick anyway. Assuming Tannehill is even remotely capable of getting under center in live NFL action, there's a good chance he'd see the field by midfield (certainly if they start out 0-7 again, Tannehill's getting some run).

Fans aren't going to love the idea of "this team stinks with Garrard, let's see what Matt Moore can do!" And that's especially true in a division that should prove to be quite competitive in 2012. It doesn't hurt either that the team could save north of $2 million by cutting one of Moore or Garrard: Volin reports that Miami would save $2.75 million by dumping Moore and $2.25 million by ridding themselves of Garrard.

Maybe Tannehill won't look ready -- he's already reportedly out of the running to start and Volin noted that sources believed he looked lost in live action during the spring -- and the Fins will roll with both guys. That's an entirely likely scenario. At least we'll get a first-hand, Hard Knocks-style look at the competition.

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