As the first half wound down, the Miami Dolphins were in prime position to get back int he game. They had a chance to overcome the atrocious game plan of Vance Joseph and make a game of it. A chance to get within 7, with us receiving the second half kickoff. Everything was in place.
Until Matt Moore gave the game away.
Matt Moore watched James Harrison come around the left end. He watched a little longer. He now had some choices. It was only first down, so Moore could have thrown the ball away. He could have taken a knee. He could have ran forward. ANY of those scenarios brings up second and goal. But Matt Moore did something else:
He handed the game away to Pittsburgh.
Despite what the blind Phil Simms had to say, this was not a blindside hit, nor was it Branden Albert’s fault. Matt Moore looked right at James Harrison racing right at him, and inexcusably he slowly jogged his his right. A second later, it was Steelers’ ball. It doesn’t count as a blindside hit if you watch the man come at you and then turn your back to him. Slowly. Moore blew the game right then and there. Moore created his own blindspot.
For anyone who still thinks Moore didn’t see it coming, observe my screen shot above. If Moore just fell over right then and there, we have 2nd and goal. But instead he decided to turn his back on Harrison and assume that Harrison would just disappear. Phil Simms said that except for the interception, Moore played a perfect game. Simms’ own word, not mine. Maybe Phil should watch Matt Moore fumble the game away and re-assess his announcing.
Look, I get it. Fumbles happen. But when you see a guy coming right at you and then turn your back to him anyway? That’s simply atrocious.
More to come, but I turn it over to you guys to get your thoughts.