Yeah, that's probably the ticket.
Matt Moore. The Dolphins have had multiple conversations with David Garrard but neither side seems to be budging on guaranteed monies at the time of this writing. I guess that could change, but not right this second.
And while the haggling continues (or not) and the picking over of other discard QBs continues (or not) the team has wasted three days without hiring someone new or better than Matt Moore to start Oct. 17 against the New York Jets.
Understand, this week is basically over. Thursday is the final work day. Players will be off Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They will come back Tuesday and be off again on Wednesday. So unless the new QB is on the field tomorrow afternoon, four days passed without a resolution of a QB issue.
I suppose Chad Henne could be the backup to Moore or even start if the miraculous happens. But I really don't see too many miracles happening so far this 0-4 season for the Dolphins. So I'm betting on Matt Moore as the starting quarterback against the Jets.
I'm sooo excited.
Anyway, don't be down on Moore. He's a good guy. He's something of a gunslinger. He's fearless. He's just, just, well, limited.
He spoke with the media on Wednesday -- as starting QBs do. And this is what he had to say:
(On working with the first team) - “It’s been good. It’s been good getting a lot of work in, much needed work. Getting upset with these guys and just getting reps, those are things that I need as a player and that are good as a whole and for everybody to get reps with me as well.”
(On feeling rusty or behind since the season started) - “No, I mean, those just much needed reps, that’s all. It’s good to get on the same page with everybody and the only way to do that is practice with them and get reps with them and all the obvious reasons so it’s good being in there.”
(On your mindset if you’re going to start) - “I don’t know, it’s all up to Coach (Tony) Sparano. Right now, I’m taking reps because they’re telling me to take reps so that’s where we at.”
(On the importance of the offensive line believing in you) - “Yeah, it’s big, I think as a quarterback if you’re O-line doesn’t believe in you, then you’re in big trouble, that’s a big deal. Your way to earn their belief or trust is going out and playing well, putting us in the right situation. Games like last week, being in battle and things like that, but it’s definitely a big deal for us and them to have a mutual respect for each other.”
(On trying out two other quarterbacks) - “I don’t know, if that’s what they’re doing. Don’t mean much to me, but if that’s what they got to do, that’s what they go to do.”
(On your feelings after watching film) - “Obviously, there’s some things I wanted back at the end of the game. Some good things I think that I’m happy about and I want to continue to do these things. Been in that situation before, coming off the bench and so disappointed that we lost, some bright spots, but obviously, some things we need to work on.”
(On having time to preparing during the bye week) - “Yeah, I mean, with the circumstances, getting reps is good, just trying to get better in the time that I’m in there and hopefully be ready if needed.”
(On anything you learned last week from playing) - “Like I said, I’ve been in that situation before, played minimal games in this league. I kind of knew how it’s going to be, kind of take it back a little bit, just practicing from the scout team to live bullets, it’s a little quicker than you anticipate on the sideline so I kind of have to get use to that quickly, but all and all, but once I got in there and got into a little rhythm, it’s was kind of back on the horse again so it felt good. Like I said, in every game, you’re going to have plays you’re going to learn from and there were some from that game, but it felt pretty good.”
(On knowing the history of quarterbacks after Dan Marino’s retirement) - “Yeah, I don’t really, to be honest with you. All I can worry about is this team right now, making myself the best player possible. Obviously, (Dan) Marino was a great one, it doesn’t matter who’s back there, the guy who’s going to make the plays and win ball games ultimately, is going to be the guy. Whether that’s 15 guys in 15 games, or one guy, they’re going to find the right guy so I can’t really speak on that.”
(On the adjustments needed for the players to feel comfortable with you) - “Well, I don’t know if I have to adjust. I think every guy’s different. Well, I take that back, I have to adjust a little bit, but at the same time, with more reps, they’ll get use to like my cadence quickly. The running backs the past two days have gone through ball handling drills where we’re working with each other and they’re kind of feeling me out because there are some differences from any quarterback not just between Chad (Henne) and I, but every quarterback is different. So just little things I need to work on and there were some cadence things in the game that we got squared away, the OL to myself so some little things we need to keep our ears open for and those guys will tell me what I need to change, what I need to do, and we’ll go from there.”
(On what you learned about the offense from watching) - “A lot, that’s one of the positives from being on the sideline I guess and when you’re not out there, you see the game from a different perspective and see it from a different angle, it definitely helps you. Things you might not see on the field, you’re able to see in different situations, you’ll be more heads up to certain things you might get from seeing it on the sidelines.”
(On the team wanting a win) - “Yeah, no doubt (laughing). Yeah, no doubt, that’s the name of the game and I can’t speak highly enough of this group in here. I know it’s not what we want right now, but these guys we’re working, and we’re hungry.
(On you wanting a win) - “Yeah, it’s been rough, but like I said, you don’t have time to think about the past in this game, you have to keep moving forward and keep grinding and working towards the next one, that’s my mindset.”
(On talking to Chad Henne about how he feels) - “A little bit, I don’t know, I think it’s a day-to-day thing with him. I hope everything will be alright, but really don’t know much right now.”