Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dolphins QB Moore finds himself in familiar territory

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore was listed No. 2 on the team's first preseason depth chart. It's early, and the rankings are not final, but it must feel like deja vu for the veteran quarterback.

Moore was signed last offseason to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job, only to see Henne named the starter and play flat in Miami's 0-4 start. Moore was handed the reins to the team after Henne went down with a season-ending shoulder injury, and led the team to six wins in the final nine games.

Now, he once again finds himself fighting for the job, and perhaps even his spot on the Dolphins roster.

“I guess it’s frustrating a bit,” Moore told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post regarding being listed as the backup. “But I’m not overly concerned that it’s going to wreck my performance or wreck my play from here on out.”

As the team prepares for their first preseason game against Tampa Bay on Friday, Moore is facing one of his last chances to seize the starting job that many thought he earned last season.

The South Florida media has all but anoited first-year Dolphin David Garrard as the winner of the quarterback competition, and his listing as the starter on the depth chart lends credence that the coaches are leaning the same way.

Still, head coach Joe Philbin has not yet named a starter for Friday's preseason game, and still insists that the QB race is "very close".

Moore's window is closing. He must show in exhibition games that he can move the offense better than he has in practice.

Moore has been labeled by some as a player who performs well in games but not in practice. With a new coaching staff and new offensive scheme, Moore can't afford to play poorly in any opportunity. The coaches will start who they are most comfortable with based on what they have seen.

Volin earlier reported that Moore could find himself on the trading block, or even waiver wire, if he does not win the job and rookie Ryan Tannehill can serve as a backup.

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