Miami Dolphins: Matt Moore Is a Credible Option at QB If Chad Henne Fails

Brandon ChillingworthCorrespondent IIAugust 16, 2011

ATLANTA - AUGUST 12:  Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins passes against the Atlanta Flacons during a preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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When the Miami Dolphins signed Matt Moore, I was disappointed.

Firstly, because it meant that Miami wouldn't be getting Kyle Orton from the Denver Broncos. Secondly, because it meant that Chad Henne would be the starting quarterback for the Dolphins this season. Finally, because I knew what Moore did in Carolina in 2010 and frankly, wasn't impressed.

His numbers were bad in 2010, flat out. He played bad, and so did the entire Carolina Panthers team.

Head coach John Fox was fired, and for good reason. His defense played alright, but it was clear that his offense was not getting the job done.

I gave Matt Moore the benefit of the doubt and decided to see if he had done anything the year before; I was very surprised, to say the least.

He played five full games. He threw eight touchdowns and only threw one interception. In that time he completed 63.9 percent of his passes—a more than efficient number for an NFL quarterback. This number is even more impressive considering that this was his first year starting games.

In 2010 the Panthers were stagnant; players and coaches knew they were bad, and it undoubtedly affected player morale. Sometimes guys have bad years, and I think that this is what happened to Matt Moore.

On top of all that he had to start the year against a handful of tough teams. He played the Giants, Buccaneers, Bears, 49ers, Rams and Saints. They won against the 49ers, and he got hurt in the Saints game.

That isn't an easy schedule to begin with, and he won the game that they should have won. The rest of the year Jimmy Clausen took over and played much worse than Moore.

This year Moore has a new chance. The pressure is off of him and on Chad Henne.

I really want to have faith in Chad Henne, and I want to believe that he's the guy to get it done. With that said, I think he will repeat his poor performance just like in 2010 and get benched.

No pressure on Matt Moore. Nobody expects much out of him, and that's the best position to be in as a quarterback.

He's good on his drops and doesn't really have too many bad habits. He can move the ball and has shown the ability to be effective.

There's a good pool of talent around him; I think it's even better than what Carolina had in 2009. He has the best left tackle in the game watching his blind-spot and good receivers to throw to.

He was playing against a second unit against the Falcons last week, but did very well. This is also considering the fact that Miami has a less than stellar backup offensive line.

Moore handled the pressure well and got the ball in the hands of play-makers. Miami didn't run the ball well last week either, so that sure didn't make it any easier for him.

It looks like the Dolphins are going to have quarterback issues in 2011; if they do, I have faith in Matt Moore that maybe he can return to '09 form and lead the 'Fins to the playoffs.