Matt Moore handles Dolphins backup role gracefully
PHOENIX Matt Moore stood on the sidelines the entire way Sunday, conferring often with Miamis offensive coaches but not playing in the Dolphins 24-21 overtime loss to Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The five-year pro from Oregon State is backup quarterback to rookie starter Ryan Tannehill, who had the game of his young career, throwing for 431 yards in the loss to the 4-0 Cardinals.
Moore started 12 games for Miami a year ago, but when the Dolphins took Tannehill in the first round in the April draft, it was only a matter of time before the former Texas A&M standout would assume a starting role.
With his college coach Mike Sherman Miamis new offensive coordinator, it was going to happen sooner rather than later.
Naturally, youre disappointed, said Moore, 28. But Ive been a backup for most of my career, and Ive played and started a lot of games (25, including at least one in each of his four previous seasons). Its a role you have to understand. You have to approach it with the right mindset. I think I have that.
I believe I still help this team in a lot of ways. The key is to be ready to play if my number gets called. Hopefully it doesnt come to that. Ryan is playing his rear end off. He has a bright future. Hes extremely advanced compared to a normal rookie. But Ill be ready if need be.
Moore was a fixture on HBOs Hard Knocks reality series involving the Dolphins this season. One of the scenes featured Moore being told they were going with Tannehill as the starter to open the season. He handled it with aplomb.
That was a little crazy, but it was something fun to do, he said. You spin it as a positive. People out there who dont know me personally get to see my character and who I am.
Moore invariably wore an Oregon State baseball cap during the taping of Hard Knocks. He is a proud Beaver alum who watched on television the wins over Wisconsin and UCLA.
I couldnt get the Arizona game, so I listened to Mike Parker on my iPad, Moore said. It was a great win. They have something good going. The defense stands out to me. With (quarterback Sean) Mannion playing the way he is and two guys outside in (Markus) Wheaton and (Brandin) Cooks, theyre looking good. Makes you proud to be a Beaver.