Miami Dolphins Fans Should Embrace Matt Moore as QB of the Future

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30:  Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins rushes for a touchdown in second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins will draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Lock it up.

Wager a mortgage on it. 

It's happening. 

Whether it be Southern Cal star Matt Barkley, dual-threat dynamo Robert Griffin III or gun-slinging giant Landry Jones, the Fins will appoint a "quarterback of the future" on the night of April 26th. 

Despite the impending arrival of a young quarterback, incumbent starter Matt Moore has earned—and should receive—a chance to succeed with the Dolphins. 

Sure, Moore might never earn a Pro Bowl nod or shatter any records, but he has been flat-out awesome over the past few weeks. Just look at his numbers from November: 70-of-104 (67 percent completion rate) for 901 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. 

And let's not forget that Moore led the Fins to a 3-1 record last month, including the team's first victory of the season and first home victory in a whole calendar year.

Also, had it not been for a pair of defensive and coaching collapses, Moore would have led Miami to two more wins against the Broncos and Giants

What more does this guy have to do for a legitimate chance to start and succeed?

Moreover, what must he do to earn the respect and affection of Dolphins fans?

Much of Moore's future with the Fins hinges on whom Stephen Ross hires to replace Tony Sparano. It's tough to gauge which potential replacements would favor keeping Moore in over throwing a rookie into the gauntlet. 

However, some of the early favorites for the job, such as Jon Gruden, Joe Philbin, Jeff Fisher and Marty Mornhinweg, would likely stick with Moore. 

Gruden won a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson, so even though he has become the unofficial shepherd of rookie quarterbacks, he knows that he'd be able to win with Moore at the helm while the rookie is groomed. 

Philbin saw first hand the benefits of having patience with young quarterbacks. He has been on Green Bay's offensive coaching staff since 2003 and has served as offensive coordinator since Aaron Rodgers took over the starting role in 2008. 

Fisher drafted Vince Young in 2006, but he had far more success with Kerry Collins under center. Young's collapse in Tennessee could easily deter Fisher from throwing a youngster into the lineup right away.

Finally, Mornhinweg drafted Joey Harrington in 2002. Even though Mornhinweg was ousted from Detroit after Harrington's rookie season, the quarterback's failures could be traced back to his rookie season.

Without a stable offensive line and staple of weapons around, Harrington may have lost his confidence. Also, Mornhinweg's success with Michael Vick in Philadelphia could lead him to favor a veteran as well. 

Be patient, Dolphins fans. 

So many of the NFL's best passers—Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo and Matt Schaub just to name a few—rode the pine before ascending to a starting position.

The quarterback of the future will arrive soon, but Matt Moore has played far too well to simply shove aside.