Their lukewarm attitude towards Matt Flynn notwithstanding, over the course of this offseason the Miami Dolphins have made a conscious effort to pursue every potential available option to fill their need at quarterback.
Whether it was inquiring about what it would take to make move for Robert Griffin III, considering Ryan Tannehill, getting spurned by Peyton Manning or being used by Alex Smith to gain leverage with the San Francisco 49ers – Miami has been nothing if not active in the hunt for a new face to lead the offense. And each time the franchise has come away with nothing to show for its efforts.
Not that David Garrard isn’t a franchise-changer, of course.
Given how much Jeff Ireland and Co. obviously covet picking up a new starting quarterback, word of Tim Tebow suddenly being on the trading block should have theoretically been music to the organization’s ears. Couple the fact that he would fill a need with his beloved hero status in the state of Florida and you have a match made in heaven, right?
As it turns out, not so much. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are taking a thanks but no thanks stance when it comes to bringing in the NFL’s biggest star. Per Salguero's report:
“…multiple highly placed club sources have told The Herald today there will be no pursuit of the former University of Florida star. The reasons for this is the Dolphins are unwilling to revamp their offense to suit Tebow and highlight his obvious strengths. The Dolphins intended, instead, to run a West Coast offense in 2012.”
So there you go. Because Miami already has an offense that the new coach hasn’t implemented yet and doesn’t have the pieces he wants for, it will not chase a quarterback who doesn’t fit that offense.
Look, there are plenty of reasons to steer clear of Tebow. His weak mechanics, the unnecessary distractions that come standard whenever he’s around, the fact that he seems to evoke resentment from former teammates – all of those things and more are solid reasons for the Dolphins to roll the dice on Matt Moore next season. But the fact that they don’t want to alter a gameplan that the new coach hasn't even had a chance to run with this group yet?