After more than a decade, the Dolphins believe they finally have found the heir to Dan Marino — rookie Ryan Tannehill.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws a pass in drills as quarterbacks Matt Moore and Pat Devlin watch during Miami Dolphins practice at Dolphins Training Camp in Davie on August 20, 2012. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Staff Photo
Dolphins fans have waited a dozen, maddening years for Dan Marino’s heir to arrive.
They won’t have to wait much longer to see whether Ryan Tannehill is that guy.
Coach Joe Philbin announced Tannehill, the strong-armed rookie from Texas A&M, as the team’s starting quarterback Monday afternoon — formally ending a competition that began when the Dolphins took Tannehill eighth overall on April 26.
Tannehill beat out Matt Moore, the sixth-year veteran who ended the 2011 season as the Dolphins’ starter and team MVP, but who has been largely unimpressive in this month’s practices and exhibition games. David Garrard had been the atop the depth chart before his knee injury took him out of the running.