Matt Moore Controls His Own Destiny


Miami Dolphins’ QB Matt Moore has officially reached a fork in the road on his journey to become a franchise quarterback.  With just two games left in the regular season, his play can dictate the decisions made from the Dolphins’ organization that will affect this team for years to come.  Sitting at five and nine, the Dolphins are on the cusp of pursuing a first round franchise QB for the first time since the great one, Dan Marino, in that 1983 draft.  Moore is in position to control his own destiny as he enters the two biggest weeks of his NFL career.

If the season was to end today, Miami would be drafting tenth in the 2012 NFL draft.  The teams drafting in front of the Dolphins who will most likely select a QB in that first round are the Colts, Browns, and Redskins.  However, since QB Matt Barkley officially declared he is coming back for his senior year at USC, there are now only two quarterbacks (in my opinion) worth drafting in that first round: Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.  Many Dolfans are claiming Oklahoma QB, Landry Jones, will be a solid pick, but I’m not sold on him just yet, especially for a first round draft pick. 

Barkley’s decision to come back for his senior year was a huge curve ball that will affect the draft strategies for several teams.  This is where “Economics 101” comes into play where we truly see the meaning of supply and demand.  Because there are three other teams currently in front of the Dolphins licking their chops for one of these two QBs, Miami is the odd man out who will be left in the cold come draft night.  Because of Barkley’s decision, the price of moving up to select Luck or RG3 has significantly increased.  NFL “experts” have been stating it could cost a team as much as three first round picks AND a second rounder to move and grab one of these guys.

All of this conversation about drafting a QB in the first round will be moot if Moore can pull off a miracle and lead the Dolphins to victory over these final two games in New England and at home against the hated Jets.  After all, he is sitting in the front seat driving this car.  The Dolphins will inevitably go wherever he steers them.  Without getting into too much detail discussing unlimited draft possibilities, the Dolphins would finish the season seven and nine and at best will be drafting eleventh.  On the other hand, if they lose the final two games finishing five and eleven, “mathematically” they could draft as high as fourth, depending on what the Bucs, Browns, and Jags do.  As you can see, the outcome of these last two games is vital to this franchise.

If the Dolphins do win out, they will not give away the farm to move up and draft Luck or RG3.  Instead, you can probably bank on a first round right tackle selection to replace the senior citizen, Marc Colombo.  In return, they will stick with Moore as the undisputed leader and quarterback of this team in 2012.  And don’t even bring up free agency because there will be no good QB options next year.

I am not a proponent of Matt Moore and I certainly have my own doubts about his capabilities leading this team to the Promised Land.  But, it’s time to play devil’s advocate here.  Moore was a last second addition to the Dolphins and didn’t officially start taking snaps in practice with the starters until AFTER the San Diego game in week four, when Chad Henne went down.  As a starter, he is five and five.  He currently has a total of fourteen TDs and only six picks.  Don’t even get me started about dropped touchdowns…cough…Brandon Marshall.  Since Moore took over, the Dolphins have scored thirty or more points four times this year.  All of last year the Dolphins had only one game where they scored thirty or more points. 

For the first time in years, the Dolphins’ offense has actually been exciting to watch.  Unlike some of the emotionless robots that use to call plays, Moore actually shows some passion on the field.  He is not afraid to put diva receivers in their place and tell Brandon Marshall to “shut up” when he cries for the ball.  If you analyzed his body of work throughout this season, he has made the most out of his opportunities.  Most importantly, Moore has earned the trust and respect as the leader on this team from every player in that locker room.  That certainly never was the case for Henne.   

Moore is currently twenty seven years old and has been in the league for five years.  He has been called a journeyman, band aid, temporary, and bridge quarterback for the Dolphins.  Like a stray cat, people like to feed him, but don’t want to take full ownership.  Right now, Moore is parked on the shoulder of the road staring at that fork.  His opportunity to silence the critics and position himself as a franchise quarterback has finally arrived.  With two games left, Moore controls his own destiny.   Which way will he go?

Tags: Andrew Luck Matt Barkley Matt Moore Miami Dolphins Robert Griffin III

  • Southbeach

    Moore has exceeded expectations and I really like him, as a VG backup. I would never even consider saying that he has a chance of being a franchise QB, regardless of what he does in the next two games.

    He cannot play under pressure when he is about half as good as without it. He ranks among the worst QB’s in the league when pressure comes. This is when VG to franchise QB’s make their mark, and win games. It is not something which can be taught.

  • redteg02

    Imagine the chaos to grab Luck if the Rams or Vikes get the 1st pick and Griffin decides to go back to school too.

  • drumzan

    With the lack of QB’s available, I kinda wonder if the Phins will consider re-signing Henne to a 1-year contract and ride out the Henne-Moore combo another year until a better QB comes their way. Almost all fans won’t like that decision…but may not be many other options. Or…maybe Pennington as well.

  • Lespaul

    Tough to tell how Moore will end his first year as a Dolphin. He has certainly earned a spot to competenfornthe starting job. We didn’t win a single game under Henne, so why not give Moore a chance. I hope the dolphins can get creative and find a way to acquire RGlll if he becomes available. There are other qb’s available like Jones and the kid from Wisconsin. They are not highly touted players, but neither was Dalton and look what he has done in Cincy.

  • bill.stowers

    Again if the opportunity is right. Trade our first round pick. Vernon carrey and brian hartline to the rams in order to draft RG3. The rams have a worse offensive line then us and absolutely no reciever help. We need that 2nd or 3rd round pick to draft a real offensive lineman.

  • irelandjeff

    Funny how this writer is hating on Moore when we just wasted four years with the useless Henne. Never once did I see a writer being critical about Henne is the way the writers bash on Moore. I would take Moore over Henne any day. Wasting all those years with Henne and now we’re desperate, good going writers and Henne lovers!

  • irelandjeff

    Wow, you’re delusional and crazy to want Henne back. What has he done except waste our team’s valuable time? @drumzan

  • irelandjeff

    And Henne for four years stank up the place and nothing from you??? @Southbeach

  • Mattpatrick5

    @irelandjeff I was not hating on Moore at all. In fact, I pointed out all the great things he has accomplished for the Dolphins this year. As for Henne, where in my article do you see my support for him? You may want to go back and read the article again.

  • RandyCarlson

    Barkley made up his mind three months ago to stay at usc,Luck will not be a Dolphin and RGIII is a wasted draft pick,Ross should trade draft picks this year with the two lowest ranked nfl teams for they’re #1 picks and get Barkley next year. (IMHO)

  • Lespaul

    @RandyCarlson RGlll would not be a wasted pick. I watched him play most of his games at Baylor and he can play. Has a cannon arm and takes care of the ball. Runs the ball well too…

  • RandyCarlson

    @Lespaul

    ((runs the ball well))

    That is the problem Baylor runs an option offense,not a pro style offence.would you take RGIII this year over Barkley next year?

  • Lespaul

    @RandyCarlson uh, what? You obviously haven’t seen Baylor play. They run a spread offense not an option offense. They have some option style plays, but they actually throw more from the offset TB formation. I would argue that the spread really keeps QBs at a disadvantage coming into the pros, but Dalton and Newton have adapted quite well.

  • Lespaul

    @RandyCarlson plus there is no chance that Miami would get Barkley next year. If he comes out no 1 in the draft someone like Washington or Buffalo would end up in the basement above Miami. If the Dolphins Defense keeps playing well next year they could challenge e Jets for second spot and a wild card.

  • redteg02

    He looked good enough to be a stop gag for a year or 2. Will he win a Super Bowl? Probably not. Could he lead the team to the playoffs? Definitely.

  • PVS53

    matt Moore could not make the difference. Two quarters of great football would not be enough. Brady make the comeback in the second quarter for the win.

  • Lespaul

    @PVS53 exactly, man. Moore did not play well enough to win….wasn’t all his fault, but Brady didn’t exactly play up to his normal self, yet made enough plays to win. Moore has not ever had to WIN a game. That is the difference between a good QB and a guy who takes snaps from center. Moore will never be more than a backup.

  • JoseBaidal

    This team is going to be DANGEROUS next year. People will cringe at the idea of playing Miami. I’ll stick by that statement whether Moore is under center, whether Henne is under center or whether RG3 is under center. This team has found itself. Too bad it took 7 losses to get there. Even with the loss today to the Patsies… I still feel great about where this team is going. Next year 1. Daniel Thomas will be healthy. 2. We will have a better RT. 3. Pouncy and Clay will no longer be rookies. 4. We’ll get another monster pass rusher. 5. We’ll get a blazing WR that can catch. 6. Daboll continues to gel with his team and inproves their aggressive nature. THIS TEAM IS GOING TO BE DANGEROUS!!!! Do you think Buffalo wants to see us anytime soon! The only dissapointment I carry from this year is not seeing Gates become the weapon we had projected him to be. Hopefully he plays catch up considering how players like Clay, Pouncey and Wilson played this year. And I’ll even count Odrick as a rookie even is this was his 2nd year. He’s beasting on Defense!!! This next year Roberto Wallce and Marlon Moore need to prove themselves… Or it’s time for them to go.

  • JoseBaidal

    This team is going to be DANGEROUS next year. People will cringe at the idea of playing Miami. I’ll stick by that statement whether Moore is under center, whether Henne is under center or whether RG3 is under center. This team has found itself. Too bad it took 7 losses to get there. Even with the loss today to the Patsies… I still feel great about where this team is going. Next year 1. Daniel Thomas will be healthy. 2. We will have a better RT. 3. Pouncy and Clay will no longer be rookies. 4. We’ll get another monster pass rusher. 5. We’ll get a blazing WR that can catch. 6. Daboll continues to gel with his team and inproves their aggressive nature. THIS TEAM IS GOING TO BE DANGEROUS!!!! Do you think Buffalo wants to see us anytime soon! The only dissapointment I carry from this year is not seeing Gates become the weapon we had projected him to be. Hopefully he plays catch up considering how players like Clay, Pouncey and Wilson played this year. And I’ll even count Odrick as a rookie even if this was his 2nd year. He’s beasting on Defense!!! This next year Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore need to prove themselves… Or it’s time for them to go.

  • Lespaul

    @JoseBaidal that would be nice. Depends on who is under center. If its Moore or Henne you will see more defeats than wins. No one else is gong to roll over and die, especially New England. They will fix their defense and most likely acquire a speedy receiver for Brady. Miami needs to score points…touchdowns and not just fg’s. This the only way to beat Brady and have any chance at a run in the playoffs.