Today was not exactly a stellar day for Miami's quarterbacks but if you're evaluating man versus man versus man, David Garrard versus Matt Moore versus Ryan Tannehill, the advantage again went to Garrard with Moore and Tannehill struggling behind him.
More on that in a few paragraphs ...
First the news: Brian Hartline (calf) and Clyde Gates (hamstring) did not practice today. Rookie Kelcie McCray (broken foot) was scheduled for surgery today.
The Good: The starting safety duo of Reshad Jones and Jimmy Wilson is being asked to come up with turnovers this season. They need to make plays, which the deep secondary for the Dolphins has done very little of in recent years. Wilson picked off Ryan Tannehill today and Jones picked off Matt Moore.
The Bad: Matt Moore threw two interceptions (by Reshad Jones and Anderson Russell) and fumbled on a strip sack by Randy Starks. I asked Moore how he's evaluating himself so far among the QBs. "I'm in the middle somewhere," he said ... Reggie Bush had two fumbles today, one on a rush and one after making a reception.
The Ugly: Chad Johnson painted his fingernails black. Some of you may dig that kind of thing but I guess I'm not hip like that. Johnson said it had to do with him working with KISS rocker Gene Simmons on some song. I have no clue if he was being serious. Coach Joe Philbin? "In what was probably the wisest approach of the day, he said, "Certain things are important to me ... that's not one of them." Philbin then added, "He should have used light blue or something."
Special teams note: Davone Bess, Marcus Thigpen and Reggie Bush are taking most of the punt return repetitions at this point. Thigpen is also taking kickoff return reps so the door is open for him to make the team on special teams if he can show that he's actually, you know, special at returning kicks.
The quarterback battle: If the season started tomorrow, I assume coaches, having seen the same thing everyone else has so far, would go with David Garrard as the starter. Obviously, the season does not begin tomorrow. Games will be important and Moore is a so-called "gamer." So we shall see.
Moore has been inconsistent and Ryan Tannehill, spectacular his first couple of days, came back to Earth today.
Let me give you a taste based on team drills.
First team offense versus first team defense:
Garrard complete to Reggie Bush who beats Vontae Davis one-on-one, but Davis strips the ball for a fumble.
Garrard complete to Legedu Naanee for 12 yards.
Garrard incomplete when Roberto Wallace drops a pass.
Garrard to Davone Bess for 8 yards.
Third team offense versus second and third team defense:
Tannehill to B.J. Cunningham in flat.
Tannehill to Cunninghamfor 20 yards.
Tannehill to Rishard Matthews for 18 yards.
Tannehill to Michael Egnew in the flat for 4 yards.
Two minute drills to end the practice ...
1-10-40 -- Matt Moore to Anthony Fasano for 5 yards
2-5-45 -- Moore incomplete.
3-5-45 -- Moore to Davone Bess for 8 yards.
1-10-47 -- Moore to Marlon Moore for 9 yards against Vontae Davis.
2-1-38 -- Moore incomplete
3-1-38 -- Moore to Chad Johnson for 18 yards.
1-10-20 -- Moore incomplete.
2-10-20 -- Moore incomplete (Charles Clay drops a potential TD pass on skinny post)
3-10-30 -- Moore incomplete.
Second team two-minute:
1-10-40 -- False start.
1-15-35 -- False start.
1-20-30 -- Garrard incomplete when Clay drops a 20-yard gain.
2-20-24 -- Garrard scrambles for 6.
3-14-31 -- Garrard complete to Julius Pruitt for 8 yards.
3-24-21 -- (situational repetition) Garrard 79 yard pass to Roberto Wallace down right sideline for a TD.