Matt Moore earned the right to enter the 2012 season as Miami's starting quarterback. He resuscitated a winless, heartless team last year, posting a 6-6 record and impressive numbers along the way.
But that was before Joe Philbin arrived, overhauled the coaching staff and installed a new offense.
Just because Moore was effective in Tony Sparano's system does not mean he'll be effective in Philbin's.
Unlike fellow quarterbacks David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill, Moore does not have any documented experience in a West Coast offense, and it's tough to gauge whether or not he's a fit for the system.
The West Coast offense requires quarterbacks to maintain great precision, timing and zip. Not only does Moore have to exert all three traits in training camp, he also has to learn the entire scheme.
And let's not forget about Moore's consistency issues.
Everybody is judging Moore's 2011 performance as a whole. Looking at his body of work, you see a quarterback who won six games with a very mediocre offense, completed more than 60 percent of his passes and threw almost twice as many touchdowns as interceptions.
Moore's game-by-game performance tells a different story.
He finished four games with a completion percentage below 52 percent and also finished four games with a quarterback rating below 67. On the flip side, Moore posted a completion percentage above 68 percent four times and a quarterback rating above 92 six times.
Not to mention, he is a notoriously erratic practice performer.
The positives might outweigh the negatives, but if the Dolphins want to be competitive—and if Moore wants to win the starting job—then that inconsistency must be eradicated.