ESPN ranks Miami Dolphins among league worst in quarterback confidence

Ryan Tannehill is coming back, but not everyone is as confident as the Dolphins. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins have been adamant that they expect quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be healthy and back to normal for the upcoming season, but those outside their building are a bit more skeptical.

ESPN published a list this week that ranked all 32 NFL teams in terms of confidence in their current quarterback situation. The best of the bunch, predictably, were the Patriots, Eagles and Packers. Not only do those teams have top-line starter, they also have reasonably reliable backups in case of emergency.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, checked in at No. 26 overall. That puts them ahead of just six teams.

Miami heads into the busy part of the offseason with Tannehill and former seventh-round pick Brandon Doughty as the only quarterbacks under contract. Tannehill is coming off two knee issues, one of which cost him all of last season, and Doughty has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Longtime backup Matt Moore figures to be gone as he hits unrestricted free agency. Moore, who has been with the team since 2011, was bypassed in favor of retired Jay Cutler to be the starter when Tannehill went down in training camp, then was shelved late in the season as Miami proceeded with Fales as the backup.

Fales, by the way, was auditioning for the No. 2 spot last year and is going to be a restricted free agent. Dolphins coach Adam Gase has long been a fan of his and seemed interested in bringing him back.

Miami’s quarterback situation will look dramatically different if it makes a significant move in free agency or the draft. There are several compelling free agents at the position, and the Dolphins should be in reach of a top college prospect if they hang on to the No. 11 pick. They could draft a quarterback with a plan of him being Tannehill’s backup for 2018 and evaluate the newcomer’s viability as a starter—as well as Tannehill’s progress—after that.

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