Matt Moore started the last 12 games of the Miami Dolphins 2011 NFL season. Moore lead the Dolphins to a record of 6-6 in those last twelve games. Did you know that Moore was sacked at least 4 times in each of his six losses and not more than 2 times in each of his six wins? Think of the possibilities if Moore had been better protected in some of those losses.
Moore was sacked 4 times in a 18-15 Week 7 loss to Denver. He was sacked 5 times in a 20-17 Week 8 loss at the Giants. He was sacked 4 times in a 20-19 Week 12 loss at Dallas. And, he was sacked 5 times in a 27-24 Week 16 loss at New England. In these four games alone, Moore was sacked a total of 18 times and the Dolphins loss all four games by a total of 10 points. Let me say that again, Moore was sacked a total of 18 times in 4 games in which the Dolphins loss by a total of 10 points … more sacks than point differential. If the Dolphins could have won these four games, their record would have been 10-6 rather than 6-10. AND, the Dolphins would have made the 2011 playoffs.
If the Dolphins had made the 2011 playoffs behind Matt Moore, there would not be such an outcry to pursue a “franchise” QB. There would not be such a discussion now about drafting Ryan Tannehill. Rather, the focus of draft discussion would be on drafting an offensive lineman to protect Matt Moore.