DAVIE — Adam Gase delivered the news to Matt Moore and it wasn’t surprising.
“It wasn’t very Hollywood,” Moore said Monday. “It was just pretty straightforward.”
Jay Cutler is coming and he isn’t coming to watch Miami Dolphins games from the sidelines, as Gase said.
Out of respect to Moore, Gase didn’t flat-out publicly say Moore is still the backup.
But Moore is still the backup.
“I talked to Coach Gase,” Moore said, without providing specifics. “We had a nice conversation and he told me what was going on, and that was it… It was very simple. Very straightforward and I get it. I understand.”
Moore may not like it. This may have been he last and best chance to be a starter on a winning time.
Moore is 32 and he led the Dolphins into the playoffs after Ryan Tannehill was hurt last season.
“You know what? This is a team sport and you guys know this, I’ve been with this organization for a long time and have been a team guy and I’m, like I said, (focused on) training camp,” Moore said. “My focus is getting better and working with the guys that are here.”
Frankly, Moore knows he must stay ready because Cutler, 34, has been injury-prone in his career.
Last season Cutler had shoulder and thumb injuries. At various times in his career, Cutler’s hamstrings have failed him.
“I think I’ve been in this league long enough to know that you compete every day,” Moore said. “Whether there’s a depth chart or not, you’re competing every day with yourself, with your teammates, and that makes you better.”
Has Moore ever asked himself, “Why not me?”
“I don’t have time for that,” he said. “I’m grinding. I’m working on things. I’m improving from last year and looking forward to the future.”
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