Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen says QB Matt Moore could start for many teams

Matt Moore came up big with four touchdown passes to beat the Jets. (Getty Images)

Matt Moore came up big with four touchdown passes to beat the Jets. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—Backup quarterback Matt Moore stepped in capably for injured starter Ryan Tannehill last week and led the Dolphins to a 34-13 romp of the Jets. He looked calm and decisive in the pocket, which is a good sign for Miami as it tries to finish a playoff push.

Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen wasn’t surprised by any of that. Moore’s been solid in practice and been impressive enough over the past five years to stick with the Dolphins despite multiple coaching changes.

Here are Christensen’s thoughts on how Moore played, as well as other updates from his weekly media briefing:

— Christensen said Moore reminds him of Matt Hasselbeck. “He could start for a lot of teams,” he added.

— Regarding his description of Matt Moore as a “gunslinger,” Christensen said that’s a positive term. He uses it to describe Moore’s fearlessness and poise, rather than as a synonym for reckless.

— Running back Jay Ajayi still hasn’t gotten back to 80 yards in a game since his midseason outburst, but Christensen said his running is more impressive now than it’s been at any point in the season.

— Christensen said Jarvis Landry and Ajayi are first alternates for the Pro Bowl. “They’ve had Pro Bowl years,” he said.

— He loves the attitude in the locker room this year. “We haven’t had any whining,” he said. “That’s rare in this league.”

— T.J. Yates is next in line at quarterback. He’s been here a week and a half. “Every week is a good deposit in (getting him ready,” Christensen said. “We believe he can function, but if he’d had to play three quarters last week, we all would’ve been holding on to our behinds.”

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