DAVIE - Matt Moore has been the runner up in a quarterback battle plenty of times in his NFL career, so learning he'd lost this summer's competition with Ryan Tannehill for the Miami Dolphins' starting spot wasn't uncharted territory.
That's why when Moore was asked if it was a challenge going through Monday's practice knowing he wasn't named the starter the six-year veteran joked, "Oh, I'm a great actor."
Moore's presently acting as if losing the starting spot he held for 12 games last season, leading the Dolphins to a 6-3 finish, doesn't sting.
“I was disappointed," said Moore, who has completed 12-of-27 passes for 136 yards (one touchdown) during his two exhibition games. "Obviously, if you play this game you want to play. As a leader of this team you want to be back there with the guys, but I understand the decision. I support the decision and I’m behind coach [Joe] Philbin and Ryan [Tannehill] 100 percent, and I’ll be ready if they need me.”
Moore, who has spent most of his six NFL season as a backup in Carolina, stressed that nothing changes for him. And the decision hasn't impacted his friendship with Tannehill, the team's first-round pick.
"I knew they were going to have to decide sometime soon. So I didn’t have any expectations," said Moore, who enters the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.5 million this season. "I’m disappointed, yeah. I think naturally as a competitor anybody would be disappointed, but I am 100 percent behind this and with the team so I am just ready to move forward.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun