DAVIE—Matt Moore knows he could be a starter somewhere else if he was interested in leaving Miami. He won’t mention the teams, but looking around at who’s starting around the NFL, he sees some guys he could beat out.
But he doesn’t want to. Moore, soon to be 33, has survived multiple coaching changes with the Dolphins to hold his spot as Ryan Tannehill’s backup. He jumped in for Tannehill last December and helped Miami make the playoffs before getting clobbered by Pittsburgh. He’s satisfied with that role and, more importantly, he’s happy in this organization.
“I think it’s natural to have thoughts that you’re capable of playing in this league,” he said. “But I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m in a great spot. I love my teammates and my coaches. I’m here, trying to win ballgames.”
Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen added that he thinks 5-10 teams would take Moore over their current starter.
Going into Year 11, Moore is the clear favorite to be Miami’s No. 2 quarterback ahead of Brandon Doughty and David Fales. In four regular-season games last year, he completed 63.2 percent of his passes, had 721 yards and threw for eight touchdowns against three interceptions.
Moore will play for $2.2 million this season, which is the final year on his contract.
Unrelated: While Moore has his job, several noteworthy veterans do not. This offseason, Tony Romo retired from the Cowboys, Jay Cutler drew so little interest in free agency that he left for broadcasting and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.
None of that is particularly stimulating to Moore.
“I have no thoughts,” he said. “I’m kind of focused on myself, a little selfishly, just trying to get myself to where I need to be. Obviously, you hear those storylines. The Romo deal’s crazy. I don’t know what to say about that. Or the Cutler thing. Or the Kaepernick thing. I don’t know. I have no thoughts. I worry about myself and what’s going on here with my job and that’s all I can do.”
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