KIRK COUSINS WAS glowing. He’d spent months praying and patiently waiting for a moment like this, and now it had improbably arrived on Dec. 16, 2012. With their playoff hopes on the ropes, the Redskins had turned to the rookie backup in desperation after starter Robert Griffin III injured his knee. Cousins responded in his first career start by throwing for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a comeback win against the Browns.
The visitors locker room in Cleveland was buzzing. Cousins was standing by his locker, receiving celebratory handshakes and backslaps from teammates, when Redskins owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen entered the room-and essentially breezed right past him. Snyder, according to a witness, patted Cousins on the shoulder and kept walking.
But it’s entirely possible Miami is better off with Moore at the helm. At the least, it’s hard to imagine the offense getting any worse.
After the first six weeks of the season, the Dolphins were No. 32 in yards and points per game. The team has mostly been carried by a defense that is allowing fewer than 20 points per game.
Cutler completed 12 of 16 passes against the Jets on Sunday for 138 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Moore essentially matched the performance with 13 completions on 21 attempts for 188 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
It was Moore under center during a 17-point fourth quarter that erased a 28-14 lead for the Jets and gave the Dolphins the win.
Miami’s offensive struggles have plenty to do with the team’s difficulty running the ball, too. The Dolphins average just 3.3 yards per carry and still haven’t scored a rushing touchdown this season.
But the team has an amazing ability to win close games and is still 4-2 after six games.