Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/8/12
The Miami Dolphins have had issues at the quarterback position ever since Dan Marino retired. Chad Pennington had a good year for them and Jay Fiedler wasn't terrible, however it stops there.

Four long years ago the Dolphins passed on Matt Ryan to select left tackle Jake Long with the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. They continued on to the second round where they took Chad Henne.

Fast forward to today - Long has established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the game, however Miami’s quarterback issue seems nearly impossible to solve.

With only 31 touchdowns and 37 interceptions, most Dolphins fans were happy to see Henne leave for Jacksonville this offseason.

When Henne went down with an injury early in 2011, his replacement, Matt Moore, played well going 6-6 with a quarterback rating of 87.1. Moore was involved in a few close losses including a three point loss to the Giants, a three point loss to the Patriots and a one point loss to the Cowboys.

Despite this, the Dolphins still went after multiple quarterbacks in free agency including Peyton Manning. Miami was the first team that Manning turned down which forced them to look at Alex Smith and Matt Flynn.

Miami supposedly “Low-balled” Flynn while Smith decided to stay with San Francisco. At this point, other free agent quarterbacks like Jason Campbell and Kyle Orton had already found a new home.

This left the Dolphins with two options–David Garrard or Tim Tebow. Tebow was traded to the Jets and Miami picked up Garrard. Just when it was looking like Moore vs. Garrard would be the quarterback battle going into Training Camp; people started suggesting that the Dolphins would take Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in this year’s Draft.

They have not taken a quarterback in the first round since Dan Marino and with Chad Henne gone and not many players interested in signing with the Dolphins, the pressure is on and the front office may make a bid for him just to show the fans that they are trying.

Considering the needs that Miami has at wide receiver, right tackle and pass rusher, Tannehill is not a smart pick. Even if the Dolphins trade down, he should not be the pick. A combination of Matt Moore, Stephen Hill, Mike Adams and Chandler Jones (for example), is a much better combination then Ryan Tannehill and Chandler Jones.

With a top ten pick in this year's Draft and an extra third-round pick, Miami has a chance to make an impact after a quiet free agent period. Matt Moore is the man who should lead the Miami Dolphins into battle at quarterback in 2012 and if they build around him, he has the potential to become a franchise quarterback.  

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