Miami in the quarterback market, but only for a backup

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This offseason figures to be one of the most fascinating in years, primarily because of the movement expected at the quarterback position.

But according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are out — at least in terms of looking for a starter.

While they might want to replace backup Matt Moore, they apparently are fully confident in the health and the progress of Ryan Tannehill after two years of ACL problems, and any notion they want to push him or replace him is misguided.

Between his getting well and the addition of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, the Dolphins are said to be “fully on the Tannehill bandwagon.”

But Moore seems to be ready to move on after seven years, and it may be time for that since he never really got much of a chance to play last year when Jay Cutler was floundering about.

The 34-year-old Moore’s a solid backup and should have a good market as an unrestricted free agent. He led the Dolphins to two wins in their final three games in 2016 to make the playoffs, but only got two starts last year and never appeared close to leapfrogging Cutler regardless his play. He has a 15-15 career record as a starter with the Panthers and Dolphins, and an 81.2 passer rating.

21 responses to “Miami in the quarterback market, but only for a backup

  1. Chances are good that Moore ultimately returns, unless if they are keyed in on a younger backup like Brock Osweiler, who played under Gase in Denver. They might be targeting lower round prospects in the draft too.

  2. I really feel for Matt Moore. He got hosed in Carolina during John Fox’s lame duck year and then again this year when Gase signed Cutler instead of giving Moore a serious chance. I like to think he would have pulled a Foles-Keenum-Bortles win record if only given an opportunity to show what he could do. I hope the third team he lands on will be better for him. Always seems like a nice guy and solid professional football player.

  3. bobthebillsfan says:
    January 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    The Vikings may have something to offer.
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    The Vikings have one QB under contract for ’18, Kyle Sloter. He started the year on their practice squad and has never thrown a pass in the NFL.

  4. I love Moore as a backup, but only when forced into a game. For some reason he excels in that role but if he gets the start his decision making seems to fly out the window. In his starts this year he played very poorly. Back-up QBs believe they will play when the starter gets hurt or performs badly so I completely understand Moore wanting to go somewhere else.

  5. Sad part is, Moore would have no problem staying in Miami. I think he is as solid as any other back up QB plus he knows the system inside and out. Gase should keep him and let someone try to beat him out of his job

  6. Teddy Bridgewater is a perfect choice. Vikings Office and coach Zimmer are still sold on Bradford. Keenum will be starting next year but not at Minnesota. He has proven to be a fairly solid Starter but a QB that cannot come from behind. He gets rattled when pressured and plays poorly.
    Bridgewater may stay with Minnesota in a wait and see roll. I doubt anybody would make him their Starter, but then again there is always the Browns!
    Green bay will probably dump Brett Hundley, A QB that has potential but doesn’t thrive in Rodgers BIG arm system.
    I also do not see Denver keeping Osweiler as their starter..

  7. He led the Dolphins to two wins in their final three games in 2016 to make the playoffs
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    I’d say Ajayi ran the Dolphins into the playoffs in those 2 games.

    I’m all for Miami drafting Allen if he’s still there at 11 to backup Tannehill. Maybe even take a shot on Jackson in the 2nd-3rd if he falls that far. Tannehill is a good QB and has shown some amazing ability in his career. He can be one of the 10 best QB’s in the NFL if he can stay healthy but Miami needs to address that backup position. If Tannehill doesn’t work out, they’ll have a few years with the new QB where they wouldn’t have to scramble to find someone to fill the position. If Tannehill does work out, the QB market is always hot and having a good backup that could possibly be a good starter for another team is always good.

  8. Gase never bought into the abilities of Matt Moore. Moore was never beat out by Tannehill. Matt may not be a starter but should have been given more respect from head coach Adam Gase. This Dolphins head coach has been given a lot of personnel decision making power. I’m not sure Gase is that great in the area of talent evaluation. He has yet to put together a competitive offensive line. He brought in Cutler and TE Thomas; Two major over the hill mistakes. Gase has been hailed as a QB developer and offensive architect. Lol

  9. Dolphin fans need to realize it’s obviously apparent that Gase is all in with Tannehill. But I do hope we draft a kid like Falk or Ferguson or even Shimonek in round 3 or 4 to sit for a year or two and develop.

  10. Matt Moore has a Don Strock thing going on. If he starts you are in trouble, coming off the bench he can ignite a team.

    He is a pro and stays in ready mode. He’s better at improvisation and slinging the rock when not game planned for.

  11. joemontanawasthegreatest says:
    January 24, 2018 at 8:51 am
    Matt Moore has a Don Strock thing going on. If he starts you are in trouble, coming off the bench he can ignite a team.

    He is a pro and stays in ready mode. He’s better at improvisation and slinging the rock when not game planned for.
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    Exactly. I didn’t want to bring up Strock in my comment above but that is what I thinking when I typed it. There are a lot of similarities between Moore and Strock…but the younger fans may not quite see it.

  12. Maybe Nick Foles could become a Dolphin! He is going to be the back up to Wentz evn if he wins Super Bowl. Tannehill is 30 and has been sacked more than any QB should be sacked in 1 career. I predict that he will be on IR by the mid season. If lamar Jackson is available at 11 – take him. He will need a year to grow develop anyway.

  13. I do feel bad for Matt Moore. Gase was too narrow focused on what he wanted at QB this last year. Moore proved himself fully capable to take over for Tannehill & got the cold shoulder. He should leave. The Dolphins have shown him minimal love for his talents. If Matt would have been the Dolphins QB in 2017, the losing season would have been easier to stomach than having Jay Cutler. I wish you the best Matt. You deserve better.

  14. “Tannehill is a good QB and has shown some amazing ability in his career. He can be one of the 10 best QB’s in the NFL”

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    If the top 15-20 QBs die or retire, sure, you could then argue he’s 9th or 10th best.

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