Are the Dolphins Missing the Boat by Not Acquiring Orton?
Coming into this abbreviated offseason, the Dolphins clearly stated that they wanted to explore improving the quarterback position.
Starter Chad Henne is a respectable quarterback, but his turnover-prone ways have kept the Dolphins from being as successful as they could have otherwise been.
For all the success they have had with the wildcat offense led by Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, too many offensive drives were stalled by costly Chad Henne interceptions.
If we're asking a simple yes or no question about whether or not the Dolphins have improved the position, the answer is yes.
With the signing of Matt Moore, Miami has added a relative young, cheap quarterback with starting experience. At the very least, he will come into camp, push Henne and give the Dolphins a good backup option should Henne go down with an injury or prove to be too inconsistent.
Head coach Tony Sparano described Matt Moore as "a guy we're going to bring along." To me, that sounds like they view Moore as a long-term project rather than a player that they expect to contribute right away.
The Dolphins' offseason just seems incomplete. Sure, Moore gives them more depth at quarterback, but they will be going into the 2011 with the same offense as before.
Chad Henne will still be running the show and the offense will still revolve around the running game, this time led by Reggie Bush. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents that have yet to sign.
It just feels like the Dolphins have sputtered around in neutral rather than making a pronounced move forward.
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald wrote about the need for a sense of urgency in Dolphins camp:
But nothing the Dolphins have done so far, post-lockout, would scream win-now and command the rest of the league’s attention as much as the acquisition — still — of quarterback Kyle Orton.
While they still have some time to work something out, the chances of the Dolphins making the deal now seem close to zero.
If they were confident in their chances to land Orton, they wouldn't have signed Moore. For me, it's as simple as that. As it stands now, the Dolphins have Henne, Moore and recently signed rookie free agent Pat Devlin on their roster.
Making a trade for Orton would push Devlin to the practice squad, or worse, the unemployment line and you don't go out and sign a rookie free agent that quickly if you plan on simply discarding them before the season.
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