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Is there a Quarterback Battle in Miami?

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Is it possible that Joe Philbin and his staff will have a quarterback battle they have to deal with this off-season?

Yes. Luckily, it doesn’t involve starter Ryan Tannehill, who has proven that he deserves at least one more year to be the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.

Instead, the Dolphins have to worry about who is going to back up Tannehill. Matt Moore and Pat Devlin have been on the team for 3+ years and there is no need to have both on the team.

Matt Moore was resigned at the beginning of the 2013 season to backup and mentor Tannehill. The thing is, Moore’s contract will be worth about $5.5 million in 2014, which is really good for a back up  quarterback.

Moore had to play in week 16 against the bills when  Tannehill went out for a few plays with an injury. Moore didn’t show that he could move an offense like a  $5.5 million backup should. He started by completing a 50 yard pass to Brian Hartline over the middle. After that he went on to throw two interceptions….

Pat Devlin seems a little harder to figure out. He was drafted in 2011 when Tony Sparano was still the coach on Miami. He spent the whole 2011 season on the practice squad. When Joe Philbin became the head coach in 2012, Devlin remained on the practice squad.

A player can only spend two on a team’s practice squad before they have to be put on the 53 man roster or released. Joe Philbin must have seen something he liked in Devlin, he made the 53 man roster but did not play a single snap all season.

I have a very hard time seeing both of these QBs being on the team next year. Moore makes too much as a backup to need a 3rd QB taking up a roster spot.

In 2014 there will be only one of these QBs backing up Ryan Tannehill and I believe it will be Pat Devlin. The Dolphins have too many holes to be spending $5.5 million on a backup QB who will rarely see the field.  Between that and not being able to step up when he a chance to spark the offense, it just seems like a simple choice.

Even though Devlin hasn’t proven a single thing over the last three seasons, it has to be his time to step up. A backup doesn’t make it through two different coaching staffs just to take up a spot on the roster. Philbin must believe that Devlin is capable of being a dependent backup in the NFL and it will be his time to prove it in 2014.

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