When Ryan Tannehill went down in the first quarter against the New York Jets, the gut reaction of every fan was incredibly pessimistic. The young quarterback who had slowly started to lead the squad to victory has fallen. Dismal thoughts of defeat surface.
But not when you have Matt Moore as your backup quarterback. Although talks have circulated about the Miami Dolphins trading Moore to earn an additional draft pick and leave Pat Devlin, who proved himself in preseason, as the backup, Moore proved last Sunday that he should stay in Miami.
Last season, what everyone admired about Moore was his sheer ability to win football games. He would not torch a team for 500, yet alone 300 yards. He would not have a Tom Brady-, a Drew Brees- or an Aaron Rodgers-type of performance. But he will win you a football game.
And that is exactly what he did on Sunday. He went out on that field. Completed over 50 percent of his passes. Threw for a touchdown. But most importantly, he led. At a point where the squad could have desperately looked for any sort of offensive hero, Moore put on his helmet and took over under center with a clear composure of a veteran and a leader on this football team.
He is the perfect mentor for Ryan Tannehill. He has a calmness about him when he plays and seems very comfortable with the football. Coming off the bench, he fit right into the role assigned to him and did so in a manner that put the Jets away.
And for these reasons, Matt Moore's value to the Dolphins now is worth more than a relatively late-round draft pick next year. He should be here to stay.