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Sparano: QB battle not really a battle right now

Note to everyone who is now considering Matt Moore a legitimate competitor for the Dolphins starting quarterback job:

Stop it. Just stop.

At least for now.

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano addressed the possibility today when he said he wouldn't say there is a quarterback battle right now because while Chad Henne had some issues during Friday's preseason game at Atlanta and Moore brought the team back from a deficit to help Miami win, 28-23, much has to happen for this to become a legitimate competition.

"I mean I wouldn’t say there is a battle right at this second," Sparano said. "To me it takes more than a few outings, couple practices any of those things.  But I mean I thought Matt did some good things.  I mean, on the surface it’s going to look like Matt did way more good things than Chad maybe, I guess to your eye but there was enough things in there to Matt’s 36 plays I believe it was that needed to be corrected as well.  He did some good things, that’s the Matt I know.  Matt can move the football team pretty well.  He’s got a little bit of savvy to him and he can move the team, step up in the pocket and make those kind of throws.  He did a nice job last night."

In other words, Henne has to seriously struggle while Moore has to seriously play sharp the final three preseason games for the coach to consider this an issue.

And so that is not where we are right now. Remember, we're talking about snapshots in time here. Today, this is not an issue. Much stuff has to change for it to become an issue.

Henne can close the door on the issue by simply playing consistently well the next two games.

But as I wrote in my column for today's newspaper, Henne was both good and bad versus the Falcons. And consistently inconsistent is not unusual for Miami's quarterback. He finished 4 of 8 for 77 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Playing against both Atlanta's starters and second-team players, Henne posted a 83.9 rating.

Moore, playing strictly against backups and guys that will not be employed by the Falcons in a month, completed 11 of 18 passes for 123 yards, with two TDs and one interception.

That's a good but not perfect outing. It's an outing that suggests Moore is locking in on Miami's backup QB job. It is not a performance that says, 'I'm better than the starter."

At least not right now.

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Do you really believe that TS has forgotten Ross's demeaning action against him last year(or Season). It is a lucky thing that TS is a man of Honor(or he kisses A-s too much, not sure). Ross definitely is on the Scope.

henne really couldnt play any worse than he did. he is complete garbage. and our defense was torn apart easily. brace yourself for a long ass year, but remember it will finally clean house and turn this once proud franchise around in 2012

Ch. I just let directv bring it in and record it.

ARE YOU SERIOUS TONY, YOU BLITHERING IDIOT !!!!
OF ALL THE STARTING QB'S IN THE LEAGUE WITH ANY, AND I DO MEAN ANY GAMES PLAYED, CHAD "CHECKDOWN " HENNE HAS TO BE DEAD "FREAKING " LAST. I WOULD EVEN START ANY ROOKIE, INSTEAD OF THIS BUFFOON, HE TRULY SUCKS, HASN'T IMPROVED AND TONY AND JEFF NEED NEW GLASSES. I DON'T CARE WHAT HE DID DURING THE LOCKOUT, HE FLAT OUT SUCKS. AFTER 3 YEARS AND YOUR MAKING THE SAME ERRORS AND CAN'T READ THE FIELD OR NFL DEFENSES, YOU SUCK, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. I DON'T NEED THE OFFENSIVE LINE GURU, (I MEAN HEAD COACH) TO TELL ME HE'S IMPROVED, HEY TONY- WATCH THE TAPE FROM LAST YEARS GAMES, WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, CAUSE, IT ISN'T WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS SEEING. HAVE ANOTHER PRESSER AND TELL US HOW GREAT HE PLAYED LAST YEAR AND WHY ON EARTH, DO WE STILL HAVE FASANO PLAYING TIGHT END ???? ZACK MILLER AND WHOEVER, ELSE, HELL, I'LL TAKE ROOKIE CHARLES CLAY STARTING OVER ANOTHER " GEM " FROM YOUR DALLAS TEAMS. STOP THE BULL AND RESIGN ALREADY AND TAKE HENNE WITH YOU, PLEASE, YOUR KILLING A ONCE GREAT FRANCHISE, THE WAY JIMMY, DAVE, AND CAM CAMERON DID.

Speaking of glue, what kind of glue sniffing wanna be still thinks the coaches draft the players? GGGGGGGGGGGGG,,,,,MMMMMMMMMMMM

nick i feel your frustration. this team has the worst coaching and qb in the nfl. it will all be over in a year and we can start to rebuild

Itc.....

The bridge is MAN-UP...and admit to whats i the article.....( ididn't even say ADMIT YOUR WRONG)....

Thats the only bridge there is.......

Other than that for me.......there really is nothing more to say......

if you guys want to go absolutely insane, watch the 3rd qtr from NE and JAX, and remember we drafted a RB over Ryan Mallet.

I d have one more thing to say.....

If you don't understand...."THE POINT"......then this conversation was a lost cause LONG BEFORE it ever began.....

After watching Gates and Wallace last night with Livas the return man on ST`s the WR position is the least of my worries. In actuallity it will be a really tough final cut at the position because after the Four firmly entrtenched (Marshall, Bess, Hartline and Gates) the battle for the 5th and final WR spot is fierce. I like the upside at that position alot and if Lee Evans could have been had or not means little in the grand scheme of needs for the Fins.

Start looking at Nickel back people Nolan Carroll looked terrible. I know Sapp had a pick but was a weak link last season and Wilson is still to green. The OL was the worst I`ve seen in some time we ran it all off LT and it was like running into a brick wall, did anybody notice the RDE for Atl. lining up wide on Colombo which was causing enormous pressure early or the inside blitz which Pouncey never seemed to adjust to either.

I`d worry about that more than whether we could pick up a 2nd option at WR at this point. I liked what I saw out of Livas and the ST`s and was ready to sing there praises until Atl. switched KR`s and we couldn`t contain to save our lives with Darren Rizzi still in as ST Coach. It is tough when in PreSeason with 80 bodies in camp you still can`t field a group on ST`s most of these guys are banking on it being there ticket to a job!! Many more worries than a 31 year old WR on this squad by a ong shot!!

Kris. Nothing to admit. You can insist all you want to make yourself seem superior but that is not the case. Keep at it Kris=don quiote

Hey Tony,

Sorry about the rant, but, seriously, NO QUARTERBACK COMPETITION ?????? I'll take Matt Moore with less than 10 days in camp over " your boy " any day.

I'll even suffer losing again this year with Matt Moore and not complain at all, I won't even give away my tickets.
I'll be at every game, win - lose - or draw,

If you bench " Check Down " Chad, " I Promise " (wink-wink) to say your still a quality NFL head coach even though you fist pump for field goals.

I was really looking into last nights game, dolphins v falcons, and I have to say Henne didn't prove anything last night. Sure it was just the first pre-season game. The defense has a little ways to go. As far as the rookies go, they did pretty good, especially Jimmy Williams and Clyde Gates. Also AJ Edds and Odrick played good last night. I just hope somehow this comes together. I'm starting to believe Henne is not the answer.

Sparano is thrashing about in the surf, trying desperately to keep his head above water so that he can breathe.

What he says is meaningless.....it all sounds like "Help! I'm drowning" to me.

Guys let's enjoy this year of football and let the idiot coach of our beloved PHINS make a fool out of himself, and let Henna play it out this year that way we probably have one of the worst record in the league giving us a chance to bring a good coach( bill Cowher) and get lucky and draft luck or the next best QB coming out, so let's enjoy football in general and Let's laugh our f u k ing a s s until TS JI CH are gone!!!

and to all of you good folks screaming that Moore did it against the 'scrubs' on the 2nd team from ATL. The assumption you are making is that there is little difference competitively between the 2nd string on an NFL team and the starters from a college team. Last I checked the hurdle to jump from College to NFL is about a mile high. ATL 2nd team beats most college teams around the country, badly, so the argument being made that the 2nd and 3rd team QB's are having success only b/c they are playing against scrubs shows you do not think the NFL is much different than the college game, which is simply untrue. NFL is bigger, stronger, faster, a completely different game one that requires anticipation and intuition.

Itc/Craig M.....

Its one thing to beat a man in an argument......and the guy is to stubborn to admit he is wrong.....

It is totally differerent thing to beat a man in an argument and he is to DUMB to even know he was beaten....

SO you are either an OUT RIGHT LIAR....or BORDER LINE RETARTED.....

The argument/conversation about Evans is over......the only TRUE question that remains is are you a BOLD FACE LIAR.....or a BORDER LINE TARD.....

I know which one I think you are......

Uff, some People here really know Football. Good. Good.

I actually like Sparano and Ireland, just thiink there is too much group think going on over there, too many yes men, need someone to shake it up a little, would be good for them.

explain this

why is it that matt moore doesn't get the same 'pass' that henne gets for lack of talent around him? it's not like he sucked on a playoff team.

he had his moments, they are their on youtube, 2009 highlights, worth a look. yes they are highlights, not the bad stuff. even still, to me, he looks more competitive than henne, is mobile and reacts quicker. i would like to see him get time with the starters.

Thanks Dusty,

I'm just so sick and tired of seeing all of the other NFL teams improve, but, US.

Cleveland, the armpit of the NFL forever, (sorry Cleveland Fans) has Mike Holgren as GM and they might suck now, but, they will improve before US.

As posted by the millions, (and MILLIONS) of Dolphins fans on here, these guys are really clueless, hell, " WE " seriously could draft better players.

Listen, when Orlando " Big O " knows more than the Dolphins scounting department, something is really wrong.
He routinely goes and does his homework and the players that he and other draft guys fit into other teams need areas (get drafted) and the other NFL GM's pick those players and we consistently MISS ON, something is wrong with that.

But, I will continue, to trudge down to SUN LIFLESS STADIUM and try to witness a miracle, Chad Henne actually becoming a starting NFL QB hoping I don't see anymore fist pumping from Coach Tony and the boys.

You could say that a feeling of inferiority not well compensated drives Great Men Mad.

Some of you out there are saying Matt Moore is still not the answer. Take a look again at the replay from last nights game. It was a tale of 2 different QB's. Doesn't matter who or what string they were playing. It is still the NFL. The skill sets between the 2 were so far apart it was very apparent. Henne stares down recievers and does not look comfortable in the pocket at all. Just the opposite from Moore, who looked off the safeties several times last night. One notable time was his first TD pass when he looked off the safety, recognized corner blitz, made the right read and a perfect pass. He also looked very comfortable in the pocket, the awareness and his mobility. Arm strength, notably on the 4th and 7 play he fired down the middle for a first down, which ended with another perfect pass into the back of the endzone for the go-ahead TD. That is what we can expect from Matt Moore on a weekly basis. There is nothing inconsistent about his play. The next few weeks will tell the story. I will take Moore over Henne anytime,anywhere!

Kris. Quit embarrassing yourself. You take a grow away paragraph in an obscure article that has not factual bSis and you hang your small hat on that to say you were right. And then to further denigrate yourself you start acting like a two year old and call names. That's a sure sign of someone that is either not talking from fact or is obsessed with being right. Either way kris=don qiuote. My screen name is my screen name.

Our QB situation stinks!!! I just hope we win 1 game and then we can get Luck or pull a Ditka and trade all our picks for him, like we really would get any worse!! lol

preseason=offseason=only coaches should watch

more henne is sh*T, henne isnt sh*T, still nothings changed

imo, henne should still start til at least bye week (maybe bye bye week) but i still think he's gonna do the biz starting with the almighty pats who we r gonna run close,hopefully shock, i have faith

wake me up sept 12th

Same old Tony!!! Six games before him and Ireland go packing!!

I very rarely write anything and all I really have to say is, "FIRE SPORANO and Ireland now and get a LEGIT QB" thank you

This is what ltcdolphin/craig M just said to me.....

"kris....quit embarrasing yourself....you just took the facts of Armando's blog....copy and pasted them foe me (ltc) and all others to see......and I ltcdolphin refuse to believe it or even acknowledge it......

I guess itc will now decide for the rest of us what is a 'THROW AWAY PARAGRAPH"......and what we should "hang our small hats" on.......

This keeps getting better.....KEEP DIGGING....cause clearly tou are to DUMB to know when to stop.....lol....

Prediction......

itcdolphin=new screen name........very soon......

some of you are talking about the pats game. we'll get a pass if we lose against them. i'm seriously worried about buffalo beating us and stamping us with cellar dwellar for the season.

don't underestimate chan gailey.

Kris keep at it your like the nationwide vanishing deductible, you get smaller by the post. Now after name calling your next move becomes obvious.

no ONE SHOULD CALL ANY ONE A LIER AS THE CASE WITYH WHAT'S HIS WHEN ACCUSED ITCDOLPHIN OF MAKING UP LIES..........

AS THE CASE WITH WHAT'S HIS NAME

ltcdolphin

Did you read the espn article link I sent you or are you still calling my report a hoax?

The proof is there right now. I posted unaltered direct quotes from espn.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/30620/observations-on-the-dolphins

ITC...... FORGIVE THAT GUY , HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT'S HE'S TALKING ABOUT .

Aloco, whatever you said. And that does not count trying to put words in my posts.

So tell us why after 4 seasons they don't recognize we desperately need a real NFL calibur QB and still have not got the line together?

Well, you can't give up on a QB after a couple of mediocre seasons. Where would Peyton and Brees be? And you can't bet the farm on one. Kolb may be a 1-hit wonder. Time will tell. Tony is obviously an O-line perfectionist. Maybe too much so. People complain that folks he releases start for other teams, like Satele. Obviously he didn't like something about him. I think maybe he tinkers a bit much, but that's his right. And I'm definitely optimistic that this year all the bugs will be worked out by opening day. This preseason doom and gloom is pointless.

I call call you names ltc....because you are not worthy of my respect....I mean that in all honesty and seriousness....

I don't respect LIARS.......therfore I don't respect you.....

I don't respect those that can't admit the truth.....espcially when it is clearly and simply put in their face.....therfore I can't respect you......

I don't respect someone who twist simple truth....in to something ugly just to suit your VERSION of events...therfore I can't respect you......

SO thats why I call you names.....because you aren't derserving of anything better.....IMO

Aloco, ltcdolphin = your buddy Craig M.

I would like to see Moore take some snaps with the first team. I think sparano/ Ireland are either geniouses who know more than anyone, or delusional. Thus far all signs point to the latter.

ITC...... I WAS TALKING ABOUT WHO SHOULDN'T BE NAMED ,WHO CALLED YOU A LIER ...........

When its clear...in BLACK AND WHITE that you LIE......

then you are a LIAR.....i don't know any other way to put it......

THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY GOING ON BEHIND THE PUBLIC SCENE WITHIN THAT ORGANIZATION. REALLY. THEY ARE STUBBORN ABOUT MAKING CHANGES TO THE POINT YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT THEY ARE BEING MIND-CONTROLLED SOMEHOW. IT'S OBVIOUS SOMETHING ELSE IS GOING ON. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A FOOTBALL TEAM RUN AS RAGGEDY AS THE DOLPHINS ARE. NONE OF THERE ACTIONS MAKE ANY (COMMON) SENSE WHICH USUALLY POINTS TO SOMETHING DEEPER GOING ON. DON'T BE SURPRISED IF SOME WILD THINGS COME OUT OF THE TEAM IN THE FUTURE.

Espn report are you kris?? What I believe my post said was to post a link, after all there are many false posts supposedly from news sources put on here by hoaxers. You did post a link will check it put when I get to a computer.

ANY ONE STARTS TO USE THE WORD ...RESPECT ADDRESSING A FOLLOW BLOGGER ,HE'S NOT SINCRE ................

RESPECT................ MY FOOT .

ODIN SHOWED ME HIS THING ON CAM LAST NIGHT HE WAS DRUNK BUT IT WAS NICE.

THE GUY WHO'S ACCUSING ME TO BE ARMANDO IS USING OTHER NAMES TO SIGN WITH............NO SHAME ...........

Have you no memory Itc.....thats from Armando's blog maybe a day and a half ago.....

look on the left side of your SCREEN...four blogs down.....sheesh....

Kris. Name calling will get you nowhere. You protest too much don quiote

KRIS FAKING ME @ 7;02 PM.........THANK YOU MR RESPECT .............

Kris obviously has small pecker complex. Nothing I can do about that.

ltc......Don't worry...i'll do all the work for you....

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2011/08/lee-evans-on-the-trade-block-so-what.html

kris loves older men with bold head .

Espn you send that link again. At a buddies computer and it's not on my iPhone any more

False ltcdolphin post. I don't call names

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2011/08/lee-evans-on-the-trade-block-so-what.html

I'll send it as many times as you want...

i call names ,kris the donkey .

No doubt....

Its from the one who felt the need to but his nose in.....his pattern is simplistic....and predictable......

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