Miami at Baltimore
When Ryan Tannehill was injured last season, Matt Moore stepped in, preserving a victory against Arizona, then winning two starts against the Jets and Bills to get Miami into the playoffs. Moore lost his last two starts, against superior teams; the season finale against the Pats, and a playoff game against the Steelers. Moore’s a gamer, and he showed it.
So, when Tannehill was hurt in the preseason this year, did the Dolphins turn to the guy who so ably filled in last year, who had been with the team since 2011, and who knows the offence? Nope. In typical Dolphins fashion, they coaxed Jay Cutler out of retirement and handed him the starting QB job. Real head-scratcher, what?
Miami has won its last two games by coming back after falling behind early. I watched last week’s game against the Jets, and the Dolphins looked lost and unprepared early, particularly on offence. They really came together after Cutler got hurt and Moore entered the game. Poor preparation, falling behind early, these are hallmarks of poor coaching. Between that, and the whole Cutler thing, I have to wonder if Adam Gase is cut out to be a Head Coach.
The Ravens are not very good, and they have a lot of injuries. They haven’t scored an offensive TD since the 2nd quarter of their Week 5 game against the EJ Manuel-QBed Raiders. Even at home, they are ripe for the picking against a talented team like the Dolphins.
That was a great comeback last Sunday, Matt. I hope you play well tonight. I have a bad feeling that, even if you win, with ten days off until the next game, you’ll probably be back on the bench and Cutler will be the starter again. Whatever happens, I believe in you. You’re my fella, my guy.