The biggest issue facing new Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is whether returning starter Matt Moore or recently signed David Garrard will be his quarterback next season.
He said Tuesday the two will compete for the job.
"I envision Matt Moore, and David Garrard, and Pat Devlin at this point in time getting a lot of repetitions in the voluntary minicamp," he said, "and as things move forward based on what things happen, we'll divide the reps up from there. It's an open competition. I told both guys that, and we're very clear about that. I told David my only obligation for Matt Moore is he's a member of the 2012 Dolphins. He's under contract. He played well last year and he deserves an opportunity to compete for a starting position. Just like David does because David is now a member as well."
Moore and Garrard are competing because the Dolphins were unable to land free agent Matt Flynn, who wound up signing with Seattle.
"I think we made an aggressive push [for Flynn],” Philbin said. “We got him in here relatively quickly. Again, we had a great meeting. Matt, and I had some conversations, a number of conversations prior to his arrival to Miami. We had some subsequent ones after. He'd probably be able to give you better answer as to why he chose to go elsewhere. All I know is when we were together the visit was excellent. I thought he got along very well with our offensive staff. He and I obviously have a relationship together. Excited for him and wish him all the best and I think he'll do a fine job.”
Moore started 12 games for the Dolphins last season, completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Garrard started 14 games for Jacksonville in 2010, when he completed 64.5 percent of his passes, with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He missed the 2011 season with a back injury, but Philbin feels comfortable that he's healthy.
"In 2010, he had very good productivity,” Phlbin said. “I think he throws a real catchable ball. He can spin it pretty good. He came in a couple weeks ago, whenever it was when he came into visit, and moved well, threw the ball well. He's got good velocity on his ball. I think fundamentally he's got nice mechanics. I like his personality. I like the way he handles himself, carries himself around the building I think will be good.”
Packers won’t open season vs. Giants
The New York Giants will continue the NFL's recent tradition of having the Super Bowl champions host the opener the following season when they play the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the NFL Kickoff game.
The NFL made the announcement on Tuesday, noting that the game will start at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time and will be televised by NBC.
Last year, the Packers and Saints met at Lambeau Field in a meeting of the previous two Super Bowl champions. With the Packers and Giants on this year's schedule, the NFL could have set up another champion-vs.-champion matchup but instead went with the NFC East rivals.
It will be the ninth consecutive season that the reigning Super Bowl champion will host the first game of the regular season, although the previous eight season-openers were played on a Thursday. The Giants-Cowboys game was moved to Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. This will be the first Wednesday game for the Giants since Oct. 3, 1934, when they beat Pittsburgh 14-12.
Saints talking to Parcells
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke with Bill Parcells on Tuesday regarding a possible position for Parcells with the Saints, multimple media outlets reported.
A number of possibilities were discussed, according to a report by NFL.com, but it is unlikely that Parcells will agree to anything immediately.
One idea that was discussed was the possibility of Parcells taking on a consulting role but not being the interim head coach while Payton is serving his one-year suspension.
It's also possible that assistant head coach Joe Vitt could become the interim head coach, even though he is suspended for six games for his role in the bounty controversy. In that case, Vitt would act as head coach through the offseason, and someone else would be the on-field head coach for the first six games.
"There’s really nothing new to date," Payton told FoxSports.com. "More than anything, we just played golf. It was a great chance to visit with him and see how he’s doing.
"This is something involving Mickey [Saints general manager Mickey Loomis] and our owner [Tom Benson]. Certainly for a guy like Bill, if this is a possibility down the road, he would want to know all the specifics. But we haven’t gotten to that stage at all."
Falcons pleased with Saints’ punishment
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank agreed with the harsh punishments of the New Orleans Saints bounty system.
Blank told ESPN.com that he totally supported commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend coach Sean Payton for a year, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six games, fine the Saints $500,000 and ban former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely.
"I think the league has handled it well and appropriately," Blank told ESPN.com. "One of the other owners made this point, but I told the commissioner I totally agree with him, the NFL, outside of our stadiums, the only things we really own are our reputation, our integrity, our shield and the relationship and trust we have with our fans and our sponsors. Anything that's done that violates that or hurts that, is something that has to be dealt with. My view is that everything the commissioner has stood for since 2006, which has to do with the shield, the trust, the fans and player safety, etc. really that goes completely in the opposite direction based on the New Orleans experience."
Cowboys, Redskins get lighter cap
NFL owners voted without opposition to approve proposed penalties totaling $46 million in 2012 salary-cap space subtracted from the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
With one owner abstaining, owners backed the NFL ruling handed down last week to expunge $36 million of 2012 cap space from the Redskins' potential player payroll and $10 million for the Cowboys.
The two teams filed a grievance Monday after being penalized for front-loading contracts in what was labeled an "uncapped year" in 2010 because there was no collective bargaining agreement in place for the following season. The advantage, the NFL maintains, was the ability to overpay to avoid cap charges in later years.