I think the point is that there a number of questions surrounding. With the competition being mere stop gaps, why not at least try to start finding answers to these questions ASAP. I'm not saying that he should start from game 1 but our team isn't good enough to allow a QB that we chose at 8 in the draft to sit a year.
Let's hope Tannehill's development is better than Chad Henne's
That was a disaster.
10 spots is a big difference....
Inspired by no other than Ben Violin
So you want to saddle a wet-behind-the-ears QB with only 19 college starts behind that team that isn't good enough? Why would you want to subject him to an O-line that gave up nearly 50 sacks and a WR unit with no identity learning the WCO? Do you realize the kinds of bad habits a young Tannehill could learn while running for his life and dealing with the chaos of his receivers not being in the right spots?
Let Philbin get this team together and the veteran QB's handle the awkward stage. Make the situation the most optimal it can be before the baptism by fire. It's smart, responsible coaching.