One day after Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin declined to say that quarterback Ryan Tannehill would start in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, Tannehill admitted to reporters that the indecision has been a distraction in the locker room, and he even named himself the starter.
Following the Dolphins’ embarrassing loss to a then-winless Kansas City Chiefs team on Sunday, Philbin could not confirm that Tannehill would remain as the starter under center when the team takes on the Raiders in London this Sunday. Tannehill has clearly regressed from last season and is on pace to set career lows in completion percentage and yards per attempt. The only player this season with a lower Total QBR than Tannehill (27.2) is Jacksonville’s Chad Henne (16.1), who was recently benched in favor of rookie Blake Bortles.
The NFC North has been controlled by the Packers in recent years under the guidance of Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy. Even though Rodgers missed seven games last season, the Packers won the division with an 8-7-1 mark, defeating Chicago at Soldier Field on the last day of the regular season to take the crown.
“Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice’s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Thursday. “I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: `Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.
“My intention wasn’t to bring down Commissioner Goodell or anyone else at the NFL,” the he added.