Quartback Matt Moore Could Upstage Chad Henne for the Starting Job

Colin McGrawContributor IIAugust 18, 2011

ATLANTA - AUGUST 12:  Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins passes against the Atlanta Flacons during a preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Alright here's another quarterback controversy article, but I believe it is a topic worth debating. Chad Henne has been named the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins this year, how long will it last?

Other fans may not agree with me on this, but I do not have confidence in Chad Henne as our starter.  I would absolutely love for him to prove me wrong, but I have seen nothing from him that has changed my mind, thus far.

Chad Henne, this offseason, has been getting into the leadership role by conducting workouts during the lockout. When I initially read this I was excited, "finally our QB is stepping up". But still, it all depends on the quality of his play. You earn leadership and respect based on your own performance and making a team believe that you can win a football game. Maybe the leadership Chad has gained this offseason will help, but will his quality of play back him up?

This past weekend in the first preseason game, I saw classic Henne. Inconsistent Henne. Two interceptions and one TD Henne. Enough to make you pull your hair out, enough to say "Well he did get us some points".

This year, I just don't know if I can tolerate it. All I have seen is backup quarterback play. Some games he looks like a starter, others he looks like a high school quarterback. Fans like to blame the offensive coordinator, offensive line, running game, wide receivers, just about anybody but Chad Henne. When you look at the tape, look at what Henne is doing wrong next time.

Tony Sparano stuck up for Chad Henne saying he saw good things and that you can't just look at the surface and say Matt Moore was better. I disagree. Yes Matt Moore was playing against backups, but in situations he looked like a starting quarterback. On multiple occasions I saw pressure in his face, but he stayed calm. made a throw and took a hit. Beautiful.

Even his throws were great. They were either to a wide receiver or to only where the wide receiver could catch the ball. His interception wasn't his fault, but it was thrown into double coverage, so it was a bad decision. I know one thing. I definitely saw more positives out of Matt Moore than Chad Henne, besides just the stats.

In my opinion, Matt Moore should be the starting quarterback of this football team. He has little pressure on him because he is coming off of a bad year. Little pressure= time to shine. I just believe Matt has a clean slate with this team and if he could play enough to show he can win, the team would follow him as a leader.

You might think this is all crazy talk by me, but think about how split the Miami fanbase is when it comes to Chad Henne. Heck even one of Henne's old teammates, Channing Crowder, doesn't think he can get the job done. Maybe it's time to hand the keys over to a new face.

Chad Henne has to show the coaches and the team this next preseason game, versus the Carolina Panthers, that he can be the starting quarterback of this football team. If not, you can count on Matt Moore getting a hard look to see if he can carry the team.