Dolphins take comfort in having Matt Moore as their backup QB

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When Matt Moore was a free agent last year, he visited the Cowboys. But the Cowboys didn’t want to spend what the Dolphins were willing to — $3.5 million over two years. While it might have seemed a luxury at the time, considering Moore had appeared in only six games the previous four seasons with only 30 attempts, he proved worth every penny last season.

Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury against Arizona last season put Moore in the driver’s seat, and the Dolphins didn’t miss a beat in making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

He could start for a bunch of teams,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said, via Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post.

Moore played in four games, with three starts, and completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 721 yards with eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a 105.6 passer rating. He also started the 30-12 loss to the Steelers in the postseason, completing 29 of 36 passes for 289 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“I think I was just always ready,” Moore said.

Moore, 32, goes back to the bench with Tannehill healthy. Moore and Tannehill are good friends, and Moore is comfortable in his role.

And the Dolphins take comfort in having Moore as an insurance policy.

27 responses to “Dolphins take comfort in having Matt Moore as their backup QB

  1. I’ve been a Matt Moore fan since his days in Carolina when the Big Cat flushed the season down the commode by not renewing Fox’s contract. Alas, Moore and Clausen’s starter prospects (which appeared bright if they’d had time to develop going into the season) swirled down the tube too during that awful, awful year for the Panthers. I still retch thinking about that year, but I’m glad Moore has gone on to be successful as a backup. Clausen never did live up to what some thought would be an excellent career.

  2. Is Tannehill actually fully healthy? I thought he had a partially torn ACL and it would never heal fully until he opts for surgical repair at some point. Isn’t there a risk that Tannehill goes down this season?

  3. dlw492 says:
    Jul 4, 2017 4:33 PM
    I expect Tannehill to throw for 28 TDS/9 INT, in his second season under Adam Gase

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    And you consider that good?

  4. If Mike Glennon can make 14.5MM for a couple of years then Moore should see if he can get at least 12MM for a year or two.

  5. If he is the same quarterback that showed up week 17 at home vs New England or the first round of the playoffs at Pittsburgh, then he is what he is. That’s a decent backup quarterback, but he can’t start for a “bunch of teams”.

  6. fishyinalittledishy says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:06 PM

    The second best QB in the AFCE behind Tanny. Brady’s a close third though. Anybody that knows the game would agree.

    Seriously, who are the 16 idiots that gave this a thumbs up?

  7. For three and a half million dollars I’ll clean toilets with my bare hands every day for two years.

  8. says:
    Jul 4, 2017 6:06 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:06 PM

    The second best QB in the AFCE behind Tanny. Brady’s a close third though. Anybody that knows the game would agree.

    Seriously, who are the 16 idiots that gave this a thumbs up?
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    It is called, humor. It is ok to laugh sometimes. Don’t take yourself so damn serious. Yikes.

  9. 3.5mil to hold a clipboard 📋 in Miami is probably the best back up job in sports!

  10. If he could start for a bunch of teams (those guesses would include the Jets, Browns, Rams, Bears, Broncos, 49’rs’, Jacksonville, and I guess you could throw in the Bills.

    No, he would compete for some of those jobs (and likely lose most if not all) otherwise, his agent is an idiot.

    He is what he is. A great back-up QB that any smart team would find a way to pay double the minimum wage for. He chose Miami because it’s a fun place to be rich and famous and no state income tax. (My mother lived in a neighborhood with a bunch of Marlin’s players, I only wanted to watch their better halves…lol).

  11. If he could start for a bunch of teams (those guesses would include the Jets, Browns, Rams, Bears, Broncos, 49’rs’, Jacksonville, and I guess you could throw in the Bills.

    No, he would compete for some of those jobs (and likely lose most if not all) otherwise, his agent is an idiot.

    He is what he is. A great back-up QB that any smart team would find a way to pay double the minimum wage for. He chose Miami because it’s a fun place to be rich and famous and no state income tax. (My mother lived in a neighborhood with a bunch of Marlin’s players, I only wanted to watch their better halves…lol).

  12. Matt Moore is a class act. He was the team MVP before RT was drafted and when David Garrard got hurt they gave the job to Tannehill (I support all Dolphins). Moore took it in stride and said “I’m with you 100%.” Then he goes out and balls out when he gets his number called. I love this guy.

    63.2 percent of his passes for 721 yards with eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a 105.6 passer rating.

    Not bad Matty!

  13. Moore is way better than Tannehill.
    Moore is way tougher too.
    The cheap shot that he took vs the Steelers was a testament to his bad-assdom.
    Before we had Jimmy G, I always wanted to have Moore back up Brady.

    Tannehill sucks. He is a whiner. He is soft. I love having him “lead” the Dolphins! They can’t go anywhere with him.

  14. laughing at the Pat fans trying to say Moore is better than Tannehill.

    they are also butthurt because Suh spoke truth and said the Pats are beatable. He wasnt disrespectful at all in what he said, in fact quite the opposite saying that you almost have to play a “perfect game” to beat them.

    Pat fans also lie about Suh’s contract being ridiculous when actually Suh is doing the most difficult thing in professional sports … LIVING UP to a huge contract as evidenced of his #52 rating in PFF’s top 101.

    oh and before you blow off PFF as a source that same list had Brady #1, Malcolm Butler # 25, McCourty was #29 and Solder 59.

    keep checking your mirror Pat fans – your era is ending…..

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