Philbin considering benching Tannehill

Dolphins considering quarterback change


DAVIE, Fla. – Ryan Tannehill's time as the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback could soon be coming to an end.

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Head coach Joe Philbin refused to deny the possibility of benching Tannehill during his news conference on Monday.

Philbin reiterated that he planned to dress the best 46 players for the Dolphins.

"I think I just answered the question," Philbin said. "That's what we are going to do.  We are going to get our 46 best players to the game and we are going to utilize them the best way possible."

That's a similar refrain to what Philbin said after the Dolphins' 34-15 loss to Kansas City.

Tannehill had a poor performance Sunday, finishing just 21-43 for 205 yards and a touchdown.

Philbin was asked if 35 starts is a big enough sample size to judge Tannehill.

"I'm not offering any excuses," he said. "I don't think Ryan offers excuses. We're three games into it and we have to play better as an offensive unit. He's part of that.  I don't view it as a one man issue. The offense has to play better. The offense has to score more points."

Reporters pressed Philbin if not responding to the question opens up a quarterback controversy.

"I'm going to stick with the answer that I've given," Philbin replied. "That's what I've done since I've gotten here and that's the answer I'm sticking to."

The former first-round pick could be replaced with veteran backup Matt Moore.

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