In the 2012 off-season, there were two quarterbacks that would have been a clear upgrade for the Miami Dolphins. Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck are better than Dolphin incumbent quarterback, Matt Moore. Remember him, Dolfans? The same Matt Moore that had the 11th best QB rating (87.1) in the NFL among quarterbacks who launched the ball, at least, 300 times. Moore had a higher rating than Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, Cam Newton, and Joe Flacco. I did not include Mark Sanchez in that group because he wasn’t even close.
If you want me to include Robert Griffin III, fine. That brings us to three quarterbacks. The Dolphins tried for Manning and had no chance with Luck. The Redskins paid a steep price for Griffin, one that I am glad the Dolphins did not.
Flynn? He was a seventh-rounder for a reason. If Philbin would have told Ireland that Flynn was Tom Brady, he would be a Dolphin. He was offered “we like you, now compete” money, not “potential superstar” money. He settled for “you’re our guy” with the Seahawks. Alex Smith, Matt Garrard, and Tim Tebow are options you don’t want to go out of the way for, because they are not clear upgrades to Moore. Tebow is too expensive even if the Broncos give him away and he is not made for the west-coast offense. A non-guaranteed contract for Garrard is perfect.
Do not draft Ryan Tannehill, eight overall. Before Matt Barkley and Landry Jones opted out of the upcoming draft, no one knew who Tannehill was. Dolfans, we are not this desperate. I’m not saying that Tannehill is not a nice player. I would love him in the second round. It would be even better if the Browns drafted him, fourth overall.
Manning, Luck, and Griffin are gone. The Miami Dolphins’ best option at quarterback is Matt Moore.