Moore Named Team MVP

So much of the talk in the Dolphins offseason involved the need to get better at quarterback that we can't help but see the irony of one Matt Moore being named the team's MVP for 2011.

Yep, the same Matt Moore who the Dolphins so desperately needed an upgrade from was selected as the team's most valuable player.

As I've argued before, Moore was a lot better in 2011 than many observers would have you believe and nothing proves that better than the fact he had the sixth-best passer rating in the ENTIRE NFL over the last nine weeks of the season.

It also wasn't like Moore hadn't proven before he could be successful — he had done it in the last month and a half of the 2009 season while with Carolina.

Even then, the Panthers drafted Jimmy Clausen in the second round the next spring. So the Dolphins drafting Ryan Tannehill in the first round this April after Moore was so effective in 2011 was not a new experience for Moore.

For the 2011 season, Moore ended up with 2,497 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He guided the Dolphins to a 6-3 record over the last nine games. His 87.1 passer rating for the season was the best of his career.

Along with Moore, other Dolphins honored Friday night were linebacker Karlos Dansby, who won the Don Shula Leadership Award for the second consecutive year, and kicking specialists Brandon Fields and Dan Carpenter, who were named co-winners of the Nat Moore Community Award.

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