Miami Dolphins: 'Incumbent' Should No Longer Be Associated with Matt Moore

John MoorheadContributor IIIMarch 20, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I'm tired of hearing the phrase "the Dolphins' incumbent starter Matt Moore."  

Let's take a look at Moore's stats from last season in comparison to other starting quarterbacks who made it to the playoffs: 

QB Yards Comp % TD Int Rating
Matt Moore 2,497 60.5 16 9 87.1
Alex Smith 3,144 61.3 17 5 90.7
Joe Flacco 3,610 57.6 20 12 80.9
Andy Dalton 3,398 58.1 20 13 80.4


Moore only made 12 starts, while the other quarterbacks on this chart had a whole season.  If he had started the full season, his yardage would be right on par with the other players.

None of these other quarterbacks have been referred to as incumbent. In fact, Andy Dalton was selected as an alternate to the pro bowl.  With a full season, Matt Moore could have put up similar numbers.  

Matt Moore, entering midseason with almost no offseason or reps with the first team offense, posted these numbers on a new team.  He had no chance to develop timing with his receivers and very little time to learn the new offense that he was entering.  Despite this, Moore had a 6-6 record as a starter.

If Moore can post a .500 record in that sort of situation, imagine what he could do with a full offseason. Moore could very possibly be a successful starter with a system designed for him and a training camp that includes practice with the first team offense.  

An offense tailored to Moore's abilities could put Miami in a spot similar to the San Francisco 49ers of last season.  It could only help that Moore already has a rapport with the receivers on the team.

If this happened, Moore could lose his title as "The Best Backup QB in the NFL"

The only problem Moore had was with his 14 fumbles.  Solidifying the offensive line in the offseason could help reduce this issue, especially with the loss of the 'human turnstyle' Marc Colombo.

Going into the draft with Moore as their starter would allow Miami to focus on other areas of concern such as a pass rusher, right tackle, and tight end.  Oh, and how could we forget wide receiver.

Putting in Moore as the starter would be a great spot to get on with yet another rebuilding phase in South Florida.