Why Matt Moore Is Making a Strong Push to Be Miami Dolphins' QB for 2012

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Why Matt Moore Is Making a Strong Push to Be Miami Dolphins' QB for 2012
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If you were told at the beginning of the season that someone would suggest what the title of this article suggests, you'd think they were crazy—and yet here we are.

A few weeks ago, the Dolphins were neck-and-neck with the Colts for the title of Worst Team in the League. Now, the Dolphins have won their last two games—both by substantial margins—and one against a team that was on a hot streak themselves.

So what changed?

Part of it was Reggie Bush finding his groove, but another part of it is the emergence of Matt Moore.

Moore got his first start against the Jets, where he didn't look great. He completed only half his passes for 204 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Dolphins lost the game, 24-6.

In his next start, he looked significantly better, completing a much-better 22-of-33 for 197 yards and a touchdown. No one got too excited, though—it was just the Broncos, and the Dolphins still lost in overtime.

The next week was when the team seemed to turn it around.

The Dolphins had a lead on the Giants (who are 6-3 right now, by the way), but lost the game near the end of the fourth quarter. Moore regressed a little, only throwing for 138 yards on New York's powerful defense.

Since then, it's been all uphill for Moore. He completed 17-of-23 passes against the red-hot Chiefs defense, leading the Dolphins to a 31-3 victory. Only a few weeks before, the Chiefs intercepted the Raiders quarterbacks six times. Moore didn't get intercepted once.

He looked just as good against Washington, completing 20-of-29 passes for 209 yards. He also converted eight of 14 third downs, which is great if you ask me. The Dolphins won that game, 20-9.

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Moore isn't putting up elite numbers, but he's certainly starting to look like starting quarterback material. The Dolphins will, without a doubt, have a high pick in the draft this year, but yet again, many teams are hungry for quarterbacks.

Other than the Dolphins, the Colts, Redskins, Broncos, Seahawks, Browns and the Chiefs could all be in the hunt for a quarterback in the first round of the draft, and right now, there don't seem to be enough elite prospects to go around.

If Matt Moore may be the answer at quarterback, why not pick up another elite player with the high draft pick that the Dolphins have? Or even trade down to pick up additional picks. If only one elite prospect is left on the board after the first few picks, some of the teams I mentioned will be salivating for a quarterback.

The Dolphins do have other needs apart from quarterback (like offensive line and cornerback). If they're sitting with a top pick, they could potentially trade down and pick up a plethora of additional picks to upgrade the rest of the team.

Remember, there is no such thing as a can't miss prospect (yes, not even Andrew Luck). If the Dolphins keep having success with Matt Moore under center, maybe they could stick with him into 2012.

His first big test will be this week against the Buffalo Bills. If he can lead the Dolphins to a third win in a row, he might have a job come next season. If the Dolphins don't want to keep him, I'm sure several other teams would be more than happy to take him off their hands.

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