Matt Moore came on in relief of Chad Henne today, and I would argue that on the whole his performance was better than Henne's. Now I would put two caveats around that: (1) He was playing with nothing to lose, so reckless abandon didn't matter and (2) defenses have a hard time adjusting to a QB they rarely (or never) see on film - there is no book of tendencies. If Moore is forced into duty next week, the outcome might be different.
Now, with that said, I ask you what do the following list of QBs have in common?
Jim Plunkett, Joe Theismann, Joe Montana, Jim McMahon, Phil Simms, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Brett Favre, John Elway, Kurt Warner, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Tom Brady, Ben Rothlisberger, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers
You might realize they are the QBs who have won at least one SuperBowl since 1980. What else do they all have in common - except maybe one or two of them, that I'll get back to in a minute?
That would be they are (or were) at the top of their sport. They have been considered as the best QBs of their time, some of the greats. Now, I realize there are other greats (a certain Dan Marino springs to mind) who have never won a superbowl, but this post about the ones who have won it all.
I'm making an argument that unless you have one of the great QBs, your team will not win a SuperBowl title. Heck, as you look at the losing QBs in that same span, most of them were also greats - so you could probably argue that just to get to the big show, you have to have a great QB.
Now as for the couple that might raise an eyebrow or two - Dilfer had probably the single greatest defense across the field from him; McMahon had arguably the second best. And a few others had outstanding running games and very good defenses and good coaching - and they didn't make a lot of mistakes. They were the kind of players you could count on to bring you back, and had success.
And guess what? They are all fairly smart guys. If you listened (again to MOST of them), they were articulate and really understood the game.
And overall, that's something that's been missing here since 1999 when Marino retired. And it won't get better until the dolphins finally address that need....