QB carousel enough to make fans dizzy
By BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency
|Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore isn't exactly feeling the love in Miami. (DOUG MURRAY/Reuters file photo)
TORONTO - Tim Tebow might be getting cozy in New York, and Peyton Manning is making himself comfortable in Denver, but things are far from quiet on the quarterback front.
Matt Moore is still standing behind centre in Miami. Barely.
In Arizona, Kevin Kolb doesn’t know whether he’s coming, going or just playing behind John Skelton. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt says he’s “excited” about both. So excited that for weeks all anybody in cactus country could talk about was Manning. So, go figure.
Ron Wilson said he was excited too. And we all know how well that turned out. But, not to digress.
The Rams are looking to move up in the draft and, with the Browns failing to get a shot at Robert Griffin III, they’ve been sniffing around Sam Bradford. Which leaves Colt McCoy the puppet king of Cleveland.
Then, there is the draft and Ryan Tannehill, who despite his limited experience at the position (just 19 starts at Texas A&M), is rated as a quality NFL starter. And, just weeks ago Cleveland president Mike Holmgren was hinting they liked him. A lot.
It would seem to be enough to make an incumbent quarterback feel about as desirable as a wall-flower at the senior prom.
“I didn’t feel disrespected at all,” Moore told the Palm Beach Post. “I spoke with (Dolphins general manager) Jeff Ireland a month ago, and he basically told me that they’re obviously in the market for a quarterback and it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. Who’s not going to go after Peyton Manning?”
Moore survived as No. 1 despite the infatuation with Manning and Ireland’s chase after Matt Flynn. Chad Henne is gone to free agency.
But just to throw another hurdle in Moore’s path the Dolphins did sign former Jaguars’ starter David Garrard.
First-year Dolphins’ coach Joe Philbin said he would have an open competition. But if Moore is not feeling the love, he’s not admitting it.
“Personally, you’d love to go in as ‘the guy.’ But,” said Moore, “I guess I had a feeling it was going to be something like that, especially under new coaches.”
Whisenhunt said the pursuit of Manning shouldn’t be interpreted as a lack of confidence in Kolb or Skelton. “Before any of this happened, we were excited about our quarterback position. We have two players that have done good things for us.”
Meantime Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher said he has received several calls about the availability of Bradford. A year ago nobody would’ve bothered. He was in St. Louis for life. Still might be. But it shows what one down season can do to a guy’s untouchability.
Fisher said of the inquiries that “there was no consideration whatsoever on our part (to trade Bradford).” But the Browns’ interest shows that while they profess to be fine with McCoy at quarterback, covetous eyes are looking at Manning, at Bradford, perhaps at Tannehill, and elsewhere.
Greg Schiano is giving LeGarrette Blount the ball. But, he might just pull it back.
“I think LeGarrette has tons of ability,” the Bucs’ new head coach said. Blount’s trouble is that sometimes when he’s running he forgets to take the ball with him.
He rushed for 781 yards but also fumbled five times.
“No one who touches the football will get touches if they don’t protect the football,” said Schiano. “That is one of our core covenants — the ball. It’s so important they named the game after it.”
If Alabama running back Trent Richardson is available, when the Bucs make the fifth pick of the draft, they’ll be very tempted. Richardson fumbled just once in 614 career touches with the Crimson Tide.
Asked if Richardson is his type of running back, Schiano said: “He could be.”
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