Back up Matt Moore not available as the Dolphins are a mess right now

The Miami Dolphins have a lot of problems going on right now. The team is off to a 1-2 start and could have been easily 0-3 if it wasn’t for a close game against the Washington Redskins in Week 1.

Head coach Joe Philbin has been taken a lot of heat as of late, as his job is on the line. And the news of Miko Grimes, the wife of Brent Grimes, being arrested on Sunday before the game put even more spotlight on the team.

Philbin could be fired in-season, which wouldn’t shock anyone. However, the team is complaining about their long practices, as of late.

While they have talked to former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and now Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, it doesn’t look good for Philbin. He’s hitched his wagon to Ryan Tannehill, who recently signed a massive long-term deal.

The 27-year-old has thrown for 882 yards with five touchdowns and three picks. He also has a 85.5 QB Rating.

Two of the games, he had less than 300 passing yards. In Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns.

However, last week, he was horrible with 297 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions and had a 59.7 QB Rating.

After his struggles, the team has reportedly informed others that back-up Matt Moore is not available in any trades. According to a source, the Dallas Cowboys even called and asked about Moore after Tony Romo went down with an injury.

Moore, who has been with the Dolphins since the 2011 season, hasn’t been used as a starter since that season. He’s appeared in just five games since the 2012 season.

As the Dolphins starter in the ‘11 season, he started 12 out of 13 games and went 210 of 347 for 2,497 yards. He also had 16 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.

In a story earlier this year, Moore was quoted in the Miami Herald that he feels like he’s a starting caliber quarterback.

“I view myself as someone, yeah, who always can compete and play and win in this league,” Moore said in the story. “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. 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.”

He’s under a one-year contract that he’s earning $2.7 million to be a back-up. Since the 2012 season, he’s only thrown 29 passes.

“I think management knows what they’re doing, there is a plan,” Moore added after the team’s off-season. “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.”

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