Matt Moore believes he’s still a starting-caliber quarterback — even if he has willingly taken on a lesser role for the second time in three years.
“I view myself as someone, yeah, who always can compete and play and win in this league,” Moore said Monday, three days after signing a one-year, $2.7 million contract to return to the Dolphins. “I think if you view yourself as anything less, it’s a disservice to yourself. Just because I signed back with Miami, obviously with Ryan [Tannehill] being the guy, it doesn’t make me see myself in a different light.
“I believe in myself and I believe that I can play,” Moore added. “The way everything worked out, it puts me in the position that I’m in and I’m fired up about it and I’m happy about it.”
Moore has twice had a chance to test free agency since the Dolphins decided to draft Ryan Tannehill — which all but ended his chance to be a regular starter in Miami.
But each time, he decided to stay with the Dolphins, whom he joined in 2011. Moore was team’s MVP that season, but has thrown just 29 passes since.
Moore did draw interest from multiple teams, and examined all of his options “seriously” — including possibly some where he might have had a better chance to start.
But Moore explained: “I never thought about going in banking on being the starter or whatever the situation is because all of that is determined later. [I] just looked at the opportunities and ended up, I think, making the right decision in coming back.”
And in doing so, he provided a bit of stability to a Dolphins offense that’s sorely lacking it. Four of the team’s top six pass-catchers from 2014 are gone, and the oldest receiver currently on the roster is just 25.
Moore said that “time will be the biggest aid” when it comes to getting in synch with new pieces Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron, and that the skill-position players will get together prior to OTAs to get everyone up to speed.
“I think management knows what they’re doing, there is a plan,” Moore said. “You’ve got to, I think as a player and as part of an organization, you’ve got to respect and move forward in a positive way with the decisions that have been made. They’ve done some work to get other guys in the building that are talented and are going to help us win, and that’s all you can ask for.”