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Moore-Garrard loser in danger of getting cut

Matt Moore, David Garrard, Ryan Tannehill AP

In the Dolphins’ three-way quarterback competition, only rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill can be confident that he’ll still be in Miami in a month.

If Tannehill performs well enough in training camp and the preseason to make the coaches think he’s ready to at least be the No. 2 quarterback, then the loser between the two veterans competing for the job, Matt Moore and David Garrard, could get cut before the start of the regular season, according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.

Both Moore and Garrard are vested veterans whose salaries will be guaranteed if they’re on the roster for Week One, so cutting one of them would save more than $2 million. (Moore’s salary is $2.75 million, while Garrard’s is $2.25 million.) If one of the quarterbacks is cut, the Dolphins would keep only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Through the early days of training camp, all indications are that Garrard has looked like a better fit in new coach Joe Philbin’s offense. Garrard, however, is declining to call himself the favorite.

“Not one coach has come to me and said, ‘Buzz is you are winning the job right now,’” Garrard said.

But if the buzz is right, Moore could be out of a job soon.

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24 Responses to “Moore-Garrard loser in danger of getting cut”
  1. nspatriot says: Aug 3, 2012 6:52 AM

    Moore is getting a raw deal here. I though he played great last year. Numbers don’t lie.

  2. bchapman2011 says: Aug 3, 2012 6:52 AM

    Garrard is already in…He is the most polished qb and he is outperforming both QB’S in camp. If Miami does cut Moore they better be prepard to see heavy doses of Tannehill this year. Garrard is working with a surgically repaired back and his chances of not missing at least some time are slim.

  3. dumbasdirt says: Aug 3, 2012 6:54 AM

    That would be foolish because in the last 3 years the Dolphins have had 2 QB’s get injured in a game. Yes in one game.
    In the 2009 season against the Steelers, and in 2010 season against the Titans.
    In both games they had 3 QB’s. Who would be the third QB if that happens this season?

  4. ebr362 says: Aug 3, 2012 6:54 AM

    That would be the wrong way to go. Having a qb depth the quality of moore/garrard/t-hill for a little over 2 mill in todays nfl is cheap. At the very least, if a decision is made to get rid of one, trade him for some value.

  5. cuda1234 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:06 AM

    But the loser could also be resigned AFTER week 1 so that they are on the roster but not guaranteed. And isn’t Pat Devlin still on the roster? Could he be #3?

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 3, 2012 7:28 AM

    Someone get the SPF 50 out for Tannehill. Geez!

  7. deathonwings410 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:31 AM

    Moore is the best option immediately.

  8. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Aug 3, 2012 7:51 AM

    Philbin is a Green Bay guy, there is no way he’s going into the season light at QB.

  9. mamalukaboobooday says: Aug 3, 2012 7:57 AM

    nflofficeadmin says:
    Aug 3, 2012 7:28 AM
    Someone get the SPF 50 out for Tannehill. Geez!

    …if his wife needs any lotion, i’d be more than happy to apply

  10. ebr362 says: Aug 3, 2012 8:02 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    Aug 3, 2012 7:06 AM
    But the loser could also be resigned AFTER week 1 so that they are on the roster but not guaranteed. And isn’t Pat Devlin still on the roster? Could he be #3?
    ==============================
    No assurance they won’t be picked up using that maneuver, look at what belicheck did to the giants TE.
    As for Devlin, if he hasn’t shown the goods by now he is no more than a practice squad project.

  11. randomguy9999 says: Aug 3, 2012 8:05 AM

    It would be mega dumb to go with 2qbs. I’m not buying it…..

    If through some devastating drop in IQ, Moore becomes unemployed, then somebody is gonna get the bargain of the year, because the only thing not adding at least 3 Ws was drops and the 30th ranked O line, Moore was playing great….

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 3, 2012 8:10 AM

    Do the words “getting ahead of ourselves” mean anything to anybody here? We’re still one week away from the FIRST pre-season game.

    The only thing that matters at this point of the season is that the Jets hired Tony Sparano to be their Offensive Coordinator. Holy crap that can’t be true is it? Where’s Ashton Kutcher because that has to be a Punk right?

  13. lostsok says: Aug 3, 2012 8:27 AM

    I like Matt Moore but the suggestion he played “great’ last year is wildly off the mark. He played well. He showed a lot of heart. The offense had a spark when he was one the field. But.

    But…while his QBR in the first three quarters averaged in the high 80s and into the 90s, it was in the low 60s in the 4th quarter. He did not close well.

    But…his downfield arm, while more accurate than Henne’s, was still pedestrian at best.

    But…his decision was consistently inconsistent. While an improvement over Henne, he was far from elite.

    If healthy, Garrard seems an obvious improvement. The big problem, to me, is that unlikelihood that he can remain healthy all season if he does win the job.

    I think Miami should eat the extra 2 million. 4-5 million combined to have QB depth seems cheap compared to having your season go down the toilet if the guy you keep between the two goes down too early in the season for a rookie to reasonably step in…

  14. brutus9448 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:00 AM

    no way they cut either. They might trade one but they won’t cut moore. He has value and some desparate team will trade for him. I wouldn’t cut moore. If Cassel in KC goes down Moore would be a perfect fit since he already knows Dabol’s offense

  15. geetee52 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:09 AM

    “Moore is getting a raw deal here. I though he played great last year. Numbers don’t lie.”
    _______________

    Actually…numbers sometimes DO lie. While Moore’s numbers may look decent on paper, the opposing secondary from every opponent knows he doesn’t have the arm to complete the deeper patterns. He also takes sacks in lieu of getting rid of the ball IMHO.

    While you may have seen the rare occasion when a Dolphin receiver catches a 20+ yard pattern up a sideline, you will NEVER see a ball caught over the middle. It just gets there too late.

  16. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:10 AM

    Matt Moore has overachieved and really isn’t that good. He played awful for Carolina in 2010 (only kept the job because John Fox decided to pack it in early) and had like 15 fumbles last year? See ya Matt! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  17. phinfan527 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:26 AM

    How stupid to keep 2 Qb’s on a roster. Both go down, maybe you bring back Joey Harrington!!!

  18. FinFan68 says: Aug 3, 2012 10:08 AM

    The only way they get rid of one of them is if the coaches are certain Tannehill is ready and the likely starter early if not week 1. QB unjuries have hurt this team in the past. I say keep them this year just in case. Both are in last contract year anyway.

  19. jgedgar70 says: Aug 3, 2012 10:43 AM

    jimthebuilder27 says:
    Aug 3, 2012 9:10 AM
    Matt Moore has overachieved and really isn’t that good. He played awful for Carolina in 2010 (only kept the job because John Fox decided to pack it in early) and had like 15 fumbles last year? See ya Matt! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
    _____
    Let this Panther fan give you a little insight into Moore’s awful 2010 before you pass final judgement.

    Fox didn’t just pack it in early, he packed it in in the 09-10 offseason when he didn’t get a contract extension. His goal for 2010 was ro finish no worse than 7-9 (his worst record in any season here) and get the hell out of dodge. He is also still stuck in 1965, and thinks the forward pass should only be used in dire emergency. He loves defense so much I’m surprised we never saw a 2nd down punt so the D could get on the field faster.

    The other thing working against Moore was that the 2010 Panthers offensive line was the worst offensive line in the history of the sport of football, on any level, in any era. Moore and Clausen never had more than 0.05 seconds to throw the ball before getting destroyed by an opposing DE.

    Moore is by no means an All-Pro. But he is decent. Miami would be wise to keep him on the roster. He and Gerrard can be good mentors to Tannehill.

  20. fintastic13 says: Aug 3, 2012 11:43 AM

    Per the photo, and training camp reports… 8+9 > 17

  21. zinn22 says: Aug 3, 2012 12:00 PM

    Moore would be a very large upgrade over Sanchez or Tebow.

  22. majbobby says: Aug 3, 2012 9:18 PM

    I bet if Moore gets cut he signs with a team in 48 Hours. He is better than half of the Backups in this league.

  23. captcrunch5019 says: Aug 4, 2012 12:34 PM

    This is the Not For Long league…Moore may have been great last year but, what have you done lately? Having said that, this appears to be a money decision more than a football decision. Let’s assume Garrard gets the nod and starts the season and he gets hurt second game, out for the season with back problems; who you going to play? Ryan? That would be suicidal for the Phins and a punishment for Ryan to say nothing about the fans…
    The thought of cutting either one is foolish. It’s more for headline grabbing than factual reporting.

  24. ghjjf says: Aug 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    So is Pat Devlin that good that they would cut Moore or Garrard?

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