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No quarterback derby in Miami, not now anyway

But Tony Sparano impressed with Matt Moore Brad Biggs

Print This August 14, 2011, 07:25 PM EST

Tony Sparano isn’t ready to declare a quarterback competition in Miami.

But that doesn’t mean the Dolphins coach wasn’t suitably impressed by Matt Moore on Friday in the 28-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Moore completed 11 of 18 passes for 123 yards and threw two touchdowns in a poised effort that has some wondering if he could put some heat on Chad Henne for the starting job.

"That's the Matt I know," Sparano said, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "Matt can move the football pretty well. He's got a little bit of savvy to him, can move the team, step up in the pocket and make those kind of throws."

Sparano was first exposed to Moore when he was an undrafted rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. Now, he looks locked into a backup job on a team that isn’t completely sold on its starter.

"I wouldn't say there is a battle right at this second. For me it takes more than a few outings and a couple of practices," Sparano said. "I thought Matt did some good things. On the surface it's going to look like Matt did way more good things than Chad maybe, I guess, to your eye, but there are things in there from Matt that need to be corrected as well."

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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