Jul 24, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) runs during training camp practice at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Have Moore Than Most Teams


 

Ryan Tannehill is entering is second season in the NFL and there is no denying that the Miami Dolphins are his team. The success or failure of this season will fall on his shoulders.  However, if there is one thing about the NFL that separates it from any other professional sports league, it is it’s unpredictability.  It is a league where a sixth round draft pick can become a legend, a seemingly devastating injury can be shrugged off in a near record breaking season, and the world’s biggest stage can face electrical difficulties for half an hour.  While the team is Tannehill’s as of now, in a mere moment of unpredictability, this team could quickly fall into the hands of backup QB Matt Moore.

While analysts and fans alike were oozing over Miami’s acquisition of WR Mike Wallace and TE Dustin Keller, I considered Miami’s retention of Matt Moore to be one of their smartest off-season moves.  I am by no means saying Ryan Tannehill will be injured this season (knock on wood) or that Matt Moore should be the starting QB for this franchise.  But, as we see almost every week in the regular season, key players on every team go down with injuries.  Heck, Dolphins fans have seen their quarterbacks injured multiple times.  In 2009 against the San Diego Chargers, starting QB Chad Pennington injured his shoulder and was out for the rest of the season.  In 2010, Dolphins fans watched as starting QB Pennington re-injured the same shoulder and backup Chad Henne injured his knee.  Third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen would close out Miami’s 29-17 win over Tennessee.

While I constantly pray for no injuries during the season, injuries do happen and should be expected.  Last season Tannehill left a game against the New York Jets with a hyperextended left knee and bruised quad. He would return the next week against the Colts, but Matt Moore filled in nicely in a 30-9 blowout win over the Jets.  Which brings me to my point: should Tannehill get injured, Matt Moore is more than capable of filling in.

In 2011, Moore’s lone year as a starter in Miami, he started 12 games and completed 210 of his 347 passes for 2497 yards, 16 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. In those 12 games, Miami was 6-6 with four losses by 3 points or less.  In a recent article by Marc Sessler of NFL.com, Moore was listed as the 7th best backup quarterback in the league. Sessler had Kirk Cousins (Redskins), Kyle Orton (Cowboys), Chad Henne (Jaguars), Chase Daniel (Chiefs), Kevin Kolb (Bills) and Nick Foles (Eagles) ahead of Matt Moore. In my opinion, the only quarterbacks that I think deserve to be ahead of Moore in that group are Orton and Kolb for their previous success as starting quarterbacks in this league.

Matt Moore brings a safety blanket to this Miami Dolphins organization.  He provides a viable second option to our starting QB and has the confidence and prior experience to win games should he be needed.  Most backup quarterbacks in this league have skill but lack the intangibles that Matt Moore possesses.  His ability to move out of the pocket and complete throws on the run on crucial third downs keep the offense in flow during key parts of games.  His intelligence to throw the ball away or check down to the running back when his initial reads are covered limit his interceptions. His instinct of when a pocket is collapsing and awareness of an oncoming rusher keep drives alive and give the team another opportunity to convert on the next play. No, Moore does not have the skill of an elite NFL quarterback.  He may not even have as advanced a skill set as some other backup QB’s in this league.  What he does offer is the ability to come in and manage games, and if need be, win games. These are assets you can not teach in this league and are what make Moore so special.

Hopefully, everything will go great this season for Ryan Tannehill and this team.  Chances are, Moore’s services won’t even be needed.  However, if by chance they are needed, Dolphins fans can relax knowing that they have “Moore” left to hope for.

 

 

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  • Randy Curry

    I would rather have Matt Moore than Orton or Kolb.

    Moore is happy here & has good chemistry with his teammates.

    Kirk Cousins is the only backup QB I would take over Matt Moore,

    mainly because if his youth & upside potential.

    • Pygskyn

      This, exactly, every single word, dead on.

      • Eric Roddy

        While I agree a change would be necessary if tannehill struggles deep into the season, i think we can expect a little bit of a sophomore slump at the beginning. however, I think Tanehill will put together a nice season and really come into his own this year with the weapons surrounding him. Like I said in the article, I hope we never have to use Moore! Thanks for the read and comment!

    • Guest

      I agree too. I have liked Matt Moore since before, he’s played a down for us… just from what he’d done in Carolina BEFORE his concussion and even after getting hurt, his TD to INT ratio was superb… I made a comment at anther site where they discussed EARLY training camp during which Tannehill threw a couple of INT’s. They were sticking with # 17 forever. I am also sticking with Tannehill but NOT forever, I’m not even keeping score right now but if struggles were to continue into mid NEXT season, I ill be calling for Moore, WCO or not.

    • Eric Roddy

      Agreed, Moore is better than both of those, but I was justifying Sessler for putting those two ahead of Moore! As for the other ones, no way they are as good in-game as Moore! Thanks for reading and commenting

  • Fins4ever

    Eric,

    I could not agree more that retaining Moore was one of the best moves the team did that no one is talking about. One could make a strong case that the Fins have the best backup QB in the league. Nice article!

    • Eric Roddy

      Glad someone else sees it my way! Thank you!

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    I agree too. I have liked Matt Moore since before, he’d played a down for us… just from what he’d done in Carolina BEFORE his concussion and even after getting hurt, his TD to INT ratio was superb… I made a comment at another site where they discussed EARLY training camp, during which Tannehill threw a couple of INT’s. They were sticking with # 17 forever. I am also sticking with Tannehill but NOT forever, I’m not even keeping score right now but if struggles were to continue into mid NEXT season, I ill be calling for Moore, WCO or not.

  • Johnny

    Yes… Great move keeping Moore around.. And with Devlin looking better and better is even better.. Not sure Moore will be here next year.. Probably cut him to not have to pay him 4+ million.. Devlin is that much more important… But as of now.. I believe we have one of the best Back-ups in the NFL with Moore… Phins up!!

    • Eric Roddy

      Well said Johnny! If Devlin continues to progress, he is no doubt the favorite to backup Tannehill next season. Will be sad to see Moore leave if he does. Thanks for reading and commenting