I am not claiming that Matt Moore is a perfect quarterback. He has his faults, plenty of them (fumbling, holding the ball too long, can be inaccurate in the short and intermediate passing game). All I'm saying is that Moore really deserves credit for the way he's played down the stretch this year, and the way he has led this team's turnaround. First of all, the man throws the deep ball and runs play-action as well as anyone. He's had some absolutely lights-out games this year. Most of all, he has STONES. Unlike Checkdown Chad, Moore has shown that he has the courage to throw the ball downfield and make the throws you need to make to win football games. Some people say he doesn't have what it takes to lead this team from behind; I say he answered those questions against the Jets, when he led the team on a 95 yard drive, completing something like 13 of 14 passes, and throwing what was essentially the game-winning touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. It seems that whenever the Dolphins win, Moore gets none of the credit, and all of the blame when they lose. This simply isn't fair to a guy that helped turn around a dead-to-rights 0-7 team to a team that won 6 of 9 down the stretch.
So how should we proceed with Moore? With Barkley out of the draft, our options for top-tier QBs in the draft is somewhat limited, pretty much down to Luck and Griffin (I'm really not sold on Landry Jones, if he comes out). Since we'll likely be picking at around 8th or 9th, we probably don't have a shot at those guys. We could trade up, but I don't think that's the right strategy. We has some real pressing holes (Tackle, safety, WR depth, pass rush) and giving up picks to get higher in the top ten. Rather, we should trade down, stockpile more picks, and address some of the other issues. At the very least, Moore has shown that he's an extremely capable backup, who should at least have a decent shot at the starting job next year. I would suggest taking someone we could get later on, perhaps Ryan Tannehill, and start Moore. Moore can get the job done, and if he's not the QB of the future, he can at least be a damn good stopgap for a while.