5 Reasons to Believe That Matt Moore Can Lead the Miami Dolphins to Success

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2011

5 Reasons to Believe That Matt Moore Can Lead the Miami Dolphins to Success

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    Last Thursday, the Miami Dolphins placed Chad Henne on injured reserve. They quickly engaged in pursuit of names like David Garrard and Jake Delhomme, but ultimately settled on Sage Rosenfels. 

    The takeaway: The 'Fins are ready to roll with Matt Moore. 

    Rosenfels, a veteran journeyman, will serve as nothing more than insurance. 

    The masses are already disregarding Moore as a hapless quarterback who will keep the Dolphins at the forefront of the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes. However, there's plenty of reasons to believe Moore can—and maybe will—get the 'Fins into the win column.  


    Scott Altman is a featured columnist for the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League. He is also the co-founder of GentlemensTailgate.com, a sports blog with a classy edge. Check it out and like the site on Facebook here

Moore Has Been with the Team Since August; Had Time to Develop Chemistry

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    One of the many lessons we've learned during the Dolphins' post-Dan Mario quarterback roulette is that wide receivers need continuity to thrive. 

    Sure, guys like Brandon Marshall can catch a pass from anybody, but in order for him to play at his peak level, he needs to have a mental connection with his quarterback. 

    Matt Moore has been developing such chemistry with Miami's wide receivers for nearly three months now, and that work could pay off over the next few weeks. 

He Could Be Auditioning for a Long-Term Job with the 'Fins

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    At the ripe age of 27, Matt Moore may still have a bright future ahead of him.

    Although he has never been a team's unquestioned starter, Moore has a 7-6 career record and displays some promising skills. He puts great zip on the ball and he isn't afraid to take risks and play aggressively.

    If Moore can string together a few quality outings, the Dolphins would be wise to keep him on board for next season. Moore could be a great backup and help usher in a young quarterback next season (assuming Miami drafts one). 

He Could Also Be Auditioning for Other Teams

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    While Moore will certainly be auditioning to the Dolphins (and whomever coaches/manages this team next year), he also has a chance to impress other teams. 

    Again, Moore is only 27. If he performs admirably over the rest of this season, he could easily garner the affection of another team and nudge his way into a starting role somewhere. 

    In other words, these next few weeks are the biggest of Moore's career. He has everything to gain and everything to lose. The pressure will be on, and you can rest assured that Moore will give 110 percent—and that could equate to success for the 'Fins. 

Moore Has More Mobility, Which Is Pivotal Considering the Line's Struggles

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    Sure, Chad Henne rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in Miami's first three games. But c'mon, man. Henne is painfully immobile. Let's not even start that argument.   

    Matt Moore, on the other hand, does have some speed. He ran a decent 4.85 in the 2007 NFL combine and has shown an ability to maneuver out of the pocket and throw on the run—two vital traits considering the offensive line's struggles. 

    Jake Long and Co. have struggled mightily in pass protection, but Moore's mobility could help alleviate the issue. 

Moore's Style of Play Contrasts Nicely from Chad Henne's

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    Robo-Henne frustrated the fanbase over the past two seasons with endless check-downs and overly conservative decisions, but Matt Moore won't do the same. 

    Moore is far more risk prone than Henne, and he won't be as willing to settle for for the safer option. 

    In Miami's Week 4 loss to the Chargers, Moore often tried to fire the ball into tight windows, something that we rarely saw from Henne despite his great arm strength. Even though Moore's aggressiveness often works counterproductively, it's a refreshing change from Henne's prudent play. 

     


    Scott Altman is a featured columnist for the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League. He is also the co-founder of GentlemensTailgate.com, a sports blog with a classy edge. Check it out and like the site on Facebook here