DAVIE, Fla. -- Even before his first game as a head coach, Joe Philbin is part of a trend.
By starting Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill in Sunday's season opener, Philbin is trying to build a winning foundation around a young quarterback.
Philbin's not the only coach to do so. Ten starting quarterbacks this week have been in the NFL a year or less, which is a record to start a season. Tannehill is one of five rookie starters at QB.
Beginning Sunday when the Dolphins open the season at Houston, the fates of Philbin and Tannehill will be linked. If the young quarterback blossoms quickly, the Dolphins might exceed expectations and end a streak of three consecutive losing seasons.