DAVIE–The Dolphins are headed for their first playoff game in eight years, and it’ll be the postseason debut for quarterback Matt Moore.
Moore looks like he’ll be the starter as Miami continues waiting to see if Ryan Tannehill will be available for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. Here are his thoughts from this afternoon’s media session:
— As far as Moore knows, he’s the starter this week. The speculation about Tannehill returning doesn’t bother him whatsoever.
— He’ll be making his playoff debut at one of the best venues in the league, and he’s excited about the atmosphere. “Some guys go a lot, and some don’t get those chances,” he said. “This is my second time ever being part of a team that’s gone to the playoffs (he was a backup for one of Carolina’s playoff teams). It’s an unbelievable opportunity in a great football town, so we’re ready to go.”
— Moore’s message to his teammates is to stay within the game plan and not take unnecessary risks by trying to do too much. “Rely on the guys around you,” he said. “Guys are gonna be excited, I’m sure, but there’s a real good understanding that it’s a team game. You don’t need to be Superman. Just play within the scheme and system and you’ll be alright.”
— His cohesion with the receivers has improved since he took over for Tannehill and he cited Sunday’s touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry as an example. Landry worked his way across the field from right to left, and both players were able to anticipate where the other was headed.
— Regarding Mike Tomlin’s perception that the Dolphins’ offense hasn’t changed despite the switch from Tannehill to Moore, Moore said, “I think so. I would agree with him.”
— Moore added that Tannehill is pushing hard to be in position to play this weekend. “He’s going crazy,” Moore said. “He’s doing his best to get better. That’s just who he is.”
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