And how exactly is Matt Moore supposed to feel today? Guy comes off the bench to lead the Dolphins to six wins in their final nine games, finishes the year ranked 12th in the league in quarterback rating — right between Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler — and somehow he’s still part of the problem?
“We need a quarterback that can lead us over the hump,” Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
I can’t argue the Dolphins’ continued need for a franchise-type quarterback, but Moore still showed he’s good enough to lead a playoff-caliber team after he stepped in. That team just has to make sure it doesn’t start 0-7. Even if the Dolphins mortgage their future to draft Robert Griffin III, Moore still figures to open 2012 as this team’s starter. And that’s not the worst thing in the world.
To complete our trilogy of Dan Marino’s comments on the Dolphins’ three most likely quarterback targets, here’s what No. 13 said about Peyton Manning this week on his weekly WQAM show:
“Everybody loves Peyton Manning, come on,” Marino said. “The question mark is his health. If he’s healthy, I’m sure he really would like to continue to play in Indianapolis. He’s had his whole career there. That’s where his kids have grown up and the whole thing, but you never know. You never know.”
“He has a relationship with the franchise there [in Indianapolis],” Marino told host Joe Rose. “Just in my opinion, they’re going to do the right thing by him, whatever it is. To let him go, to sign him on. Whatever Peyton would like to do under the circumstances, I’m sure they’re going to help him in that process, whatever that may be.”