DAVIE, Fla. Wide receiver Davone Bess saw it on the NFL Network. Tackle Jake Long watched it go by on ESPN's scrawl. Tight end Anthony Fasano read it on Twitter.
The news was that Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill would be their starting quarterback for the Sept. 9 opener at Houston.
"It caught me off guard," wide receiver Clyde Gates said Tuesday about seeing that Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had informed the media of the decision after Monday's practice but had not told the team as a unit. "I'm not surprised (at the decision). I was surprised (by the way Gates learned the news). I said, Oh. That's how I have to find out.' But it's all good."
Philbin initially only told the team's quarterbacks on Monday about his decision.
That included Matt Moore, who was beaten out by Tannehill in what had become a two-man derby after David Garrard suffered a knee injury two weeks ago that will keep him out at least several more weeks.