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Stephen Ross: Matt Moore will probably be the Dolphins’ starter

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Despite drafting quarterback Ryan Tannehill and signing quarterback David Garrard, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross believes the man who ended last season as his team’s starting quarterback will remain the starter this year.

Ross told Jeff Darlington of NFL.com that Matt Moore is the favorite to win the starting job during training camp.

“I don’t think they’re going to rush [Tannehill] into anything,” Ross said. “He’s going to have to win the starting job. I think Matt Moore will probably be the starter, and I wish him the best.”

Moore started 12 games last year and played well late in the season: After starting the season 0-7, the Dolphins went 6-3 in their final nine games, and Moore had 15 touchdown passes and just five interceptions over those nine games. So he has done something in a Dolphins uniform to give the team confidence.

Of course, if the Dolphins were all that confident, they didn’t have to sign Garrard and draft Tannehill. And Ross has said he believes Tannehill is the quarterback of the future. But Moore will enter training camp as the favorite to keep the job he had at the end of the season.

“Whenever [Tannehill] is ready,” Ross said. “And if Matt Moore develops, so be it. We want a franchise quarterback.”

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38 Responses to “Stephen Ross: Matt Moore will probably be the Dolphins’ starter”
  1. tjacks7 says: May 21, 2012 7:30 PM

    Moore > Tannehill. If this is a fair competition, I expect Tannehill to ride the pines for a while.

  2. joeytorontosucks says: May 21, 2012 7:31 PM

    Matt Moore has never gotten a fair shake, he’s in a no-win situation in Miami, hope he gets another shot once they turn to Tannehill.

  3. quadya says: May 21, 2012 7:33 PM

    probably one of the smartest things that guy has said since he bought the team….

  4. sbdt says: May 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    Seems too early to commit to having the 1st overall in 2013 but hey, I’m sure they know what they’re doing.

  5. vexey says: May 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    Moore played really well the year Delhomme finally melted down, and then got dealt a really bad hand the year after with injuries and checked out coaches. I’m glad he’s getting a somewhat fair shot even if it’s temporary

  6. meytonpanning says: May 21, 2012 7:35 PM

    Awesome.

  7. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2012 7:38 PM

    Matt Moore is a bit of an enigma if you ask me. He went 2-1 in the final 3 games in 07 when Delhomme/Carr/Testaverde all got hurt, and did so well when Jake Delhomme got hurt in 09 that we made him our starter going into the 2010 season. That didn’t turn out so well. He turned the ball over too much (especially in the redzone) and got hurt. Then Clausen… well, he sucks.

    Not trying to knock the guy. All I’m saying is this: when the pressure is off this guy, he seems to perform better. He’s not a guy you can really rely on for 16 games. Tannehill better be ready to play at some point this season.

  8. handsatlanta says: May 21, 2012 7:41 PM

    I swear this guy will never learn to shut his mouth.

  9. rodge1 says: May 21, 2012 7:43 PM

    Moore did just fine last year. All Miami needs is 11 players on the field to execute and player development, which hasn’t happened in years. They may be on the right track with these coaches.

  10. drtharrison says: May 21, 2012 7:47 PM

    Moore played well at the end of last season… and Tannehill will hopefully developed for the future. I don’t want to rush a rookie QB in. Wait until his is ready. I have always been a believer in picking the best player available at your spot, and Tannehill is a pretty good candidate.

  11. specialteamsposter says: May 21, 2012 7:48 PM

    Lions fan here and I have to say that it looks like Ross is simply abusing his fans with his decisions this off-season. First it was the teaser with Flynn and Manning. Ok, so you didn’t get them. But don’t go out and sign Garrard. What an insult to the fan base. If Garrard ever takes a snap you know its a loss. No need to sign for that kind of depth. And then Ross overreacts and drafts Tannehill. Now he realizes Tannehill really isn’t ready for the big time so Moore gets the nod. As someone who suffered through Millen, I feel for the Fins fans.

  12. pedroherce says: May 21, 2012 7:48 PM

    Always been a fan of Moore, I wish him the best.

  13. FinFan68 says: May 21, 2012 7:53 PM

    What’s the big deal? I don’t care who starts as long as the best guy actually wins the job. If that’s Moore, fine. If it’s Tannehill, fine–I just hope he doesn’t lose confidence if he gets pummeled or confused by NFL defenses. He is no doubt the future QB of the Dolphins and needs to play when he is ready to–as long as he is the best guy they have.

  14. randomguy9999 says: May 21, 2012 8:11 PM

    Moore has finally got a good shot (which he didn’t get with the panthers)

    He’s got a legitimate shot at becoming their franchise guy…. If not, tannehill will be there… This is the best depth scenario they’ve had in a long time….

  15. zonedogz says: May 21, 2012 8:13 PM

    Super Bowl!

  16. trbowman says: May 21, 2012 8:14 PM

    Tannehill’s a week one guy. He’s not a ‘project’ as some media types have portrayed him to be. Even if he was, the best way to develop is to play. The Dolphins would be wasting time sitting Tannehill early on. Let the young gun take his lumps this year

  17. twyger says: May 21, 2012 8:23 PM

    specialteamsposter says: “But don’t go out and sign Garrard. What an insult to the fan base. If Garrard ever takes a snap you know its a loss.”

    Yeah… clearly a loss. :)

    Sun 11/14 vs DET W 23-17 (OT) (Garrard – 19 of 36, 198 yards, 52.8 % Comp, 5.50 yard avg, 36 long, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 87.5 QB rating

    Sun 11/9 @ DET W 38-14 (Garrard – 18 of 25, 238 yards, 72.0 % Comp, 9.52 yard avg, 29 long, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 128.4 QB rating

  18. jimthebuilder27 says: May 21, 2012 8:23 PM

    Matt Moore is the best option? A QB who played okay in Carolina when there was nothing to prove, choked when there was something to prove, and proved to be allergic to the football (didn’t he have like 20 fumbles this year?) I feel so bad for Dolphins fans!

  19. lostsok says: May 21, 2012 8:47 PM

    I really like Matt Moore, and he showed flashes of being The Guy at times. However, statistically there was one glaring red flag. His Quarterback Rating in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters was solid, over 90 in all three I believe. However, his 4th quarter QBR was in the low-60s. He seemed to make his worst throws, and poorest decisions, late in the game.

    If he can continue to improve and show he can close games, he COULD be a franchise guy. But he has to show he can make that leap…and do so consistently.

    I have to believe better coaching will help, and I definitely will be rooting for him. It would help Tannehill considerably if Miami didn’t need him right away.

  20. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: May 21, 2012 8:48 PM

    I wish this guy would suddenly go mute. We have become just about the only team with quotes like this from an owner. You never hear any other owner commenting on what’s going to happen at the QB position.

    Not even the tweet twit Irsay makes comments like this. HE’S AN OWNER, HE KNOWS NOTHING OF FOOTBALL.

    Please, for the love of God, Mr. Ross. Just shut up and sign checks!

  21. southbeachtalent says: May 21, 2012 9:06 PM

    7-9 here we come!!

  22. 69finfan says: May 21, 2012 9:13 PM

    Hey Lions Fan;

    You need to join the growing lawsuit list because you are clearly concussed. Stick to your own team, you know nothing about ours. Go Fins.

  23. bchapman2011 says: May 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    Hopefully moore kills it this year and miami is faced with the same dilemma as san diego a few years back with brees and rivers. Miami could franchise moore and trade one of the qb’s nexxt off season

  24. promickey says: May 21, 2012 9:47 PM

    This should not surprise anyone as Matt Moore was the 12th rated passer in the NFL even though the offensive line was a low 30th in their performance. He had Brandon Marshall who was thrown to often but who also dropped many TD passes. Having Tannehill or Gerrard as backup is what’s needed in today’s NFL to insure that a team continues winning. Matt Moore did not have an elite group of receivers to throw to but still allowed his team to be ahead of both the Giants and Partriots until the last minute of the respective games.

  25. valcomm5 says: May 21, 2012 9:52 PM

    great draft pick, great owner, superb g.m.! Miami Vice? who drafts a qb, #8 overall, that cant start? idiots do! thats who!!! Fire Ireland! Step back Ross! Bring in a smart GM and you will see great football in Miami!!! until then,,,Forget about it!!!

  26. lks311 says: May 21, 2012 10:21 PM

    twyger says:
    May 21, 2012 8:23 PM
    specialteamsposter says: “But don’t go out and sign Garrard. What an insult to the fan base. If Garrard ever takes a snap you know its a loss.”

    Yeah… clearly a loss.

    Sun 11/14 vs DET W 23-17 (OT) (Garrard – 19 of 36, 198 yards, 52.8 % Comp, 5.50 yard avg, 36 long, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 87.5 QB rating

    Sun 11/9 @ DET W 38-14 (Garrard – 18 of 25, 238 yards, 72.0 % Comp, 9.52 yard avg, 29 long, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 128.4 QB rating
    _________________________

    How old are these stats? From the Millen years? What’s the point here?

  27. valcomm5 says: May 21, 2012 10:36 PM

    FIRE JEFF IRELAND NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. rufustfireflyjr says: May 21, 2012 10:53 PM

    If I was a ‘Fins fan, I’d be very concerned about my owner making player personnel pronouncements about who’s likely to start and how they’re going to bring Tannehill along slowly. Sounds like he’s got Dan Snyder-Jerry Jones-I-wanna-be-a-personnel-guy disease. Be afraid, be VERY afraid . . .

  29. pftfollower says: May 21, 2012 11:20 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA still laughing that miami took a guy in the top 10 with less than 20 starts at QB. Hats off to being the laughing stock of the nfl this entire decade.

    Miami is one of the hottest, most glamorous cities in the world and you can’t beg players to join the dolphins as a free agent.

  30. qtownchawk says: May 21, 2012 11:24 PM

    I don’t know why Miami was acting so qb thirsty this whole offseason while they had a good qb on their team all along. The kid can play. He deserves the starter role.

  31. Little Earthquake says: May 21, 2012 11:36 PM

    In a related story, Dolphin season ticket prices slashed again.

  32. wannstache says: May 22, 2012 12:40 AM

    When it comes to football, Ross doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. Somebody shut him up! Just be quiet and let the QB situation play itself out. Oh how we miss you Joe Robbie!!!

  33. tfaulk says: May 22, 2012 12:40 AM

    “Of course, if the Dolphins were all that confident, they didn’t have to sign Garrard and draft Tannehill.”

    Really? Do you really think you can pull off that statement?

  34. whoknowsnothing says: May 22, 2012 1:07 AM

    This should be an interesting summer for the Fins.
    Ross should get the Fins on Hard Knocks.

  35. SmurfJuice says: May 22, 2012 1:42 AM

    Matt Moore deserves the support of a front office and sideline, for just once in his NFL career. The guy can play, but he’s always looking over his shoulder to get yanked.

    I’ll take Matt Moore over a half-dozen other STARTERS in the league right now.

  36. phillyfinsfan says: May 22, 2012 5:38 AM

    Nobody really knows how good Tannehill will be. So let’s stop with the predictions based on speculation. Just think back to last year when all you haters said that trading for Reggie Bush was a huge mistake. I’m more concerned with the wide receiver position than QB.

  37. annes22 says: May 22, 2012 7:56 AM

    All you fans of other teams leave the Dolphins alone. None of you have a clue what you are talking about so worry about your own teams first. The Dolphins will “make it” just fine without your help thanks.
    Since when were season tickets prices slashed????
    That’s a load of rubbish too. Obviously a fan of another team, who has no clue.

  38. vaphinfan says: May 22, 2012 8:19 AM

    Am I the only one that remembers he lead the league in fumbles and only started 2/3 of the season. The phins are better off running the ball every down right now than throwing the football.

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