No one needs that kind of pressure. But playing quarterback in the NFL is mostly about pressure these days because that one position is more responsible for the team success than anyone else in the entire organization including the owner, coach, assistants and general manager.
And the Dolphins take that pressure and multiply it several times because their quarterback is asked to do more than other signal-callers around the league. Under Miami’s system, the quarterback spends a dozen or so seconds at the line of scrimmage basically reworking the Pythagorean theorem.
Before snapping the ball, Miami’s quarterback must identify the coverage, linebacker placement, check the defensive front and recognize whether the cornerbacks are playing inside or outside technique.
And then the quarterback has to take the play called from the sideline and adjust it or discard it altogether to get the offense in the best situation possible.
Oh and then he has to, you know, actually execute.
Moore has so far not done so well with the execution portion in practices. Even he admits he’s “in the middle of the pack” of the quarterback competition. Garrard admits he’s still getting comfortable with the system but isn’t reacting instinctively in it yet like he did in Jacksonville’s more familiar system.
Tannehill is familiar with the offense because he ran it in college and it shows.
So the question is whether one of veterans can get accustomed to the Miami offense faster than Tannehill gets acclimated to the NFL. Chances are good that in the preseason, the former happens before the latter.
“I’m not at my best like I was at certain points in Jacksonville,” Garrard said. “I think I give that to being in a new system. When I was in my second year in that system, I was rolling. But I’m picking this one up so well that it’s allowing me move a whole lot quicker as we go.
“With my age and my understanding of NFL defenses, that’s allowing me to play faster. I still have room for improvement, a ways to go, but I’m happy where I’m at right now. I can go out and win ballgames where I’m at right now. I have to still get to a higher level and I will.”