Dolphins: Backup QB plan

Assessing the Dolphins’ backup QB situation if the starter is injured and misses time.

This is where things get tricky. The Miami Dolphins are the only AFC East team with an open quarterback competition. Matt Moore is the incumbent and probably a slight favorite. But some feel veteran David Garrard may have an inside track, because he’s more experienced and has played in a West Coast offense before.

Garrard has playoff experience and three times as many career wins (39) than Moore (13). Rookie first-round pick Ryan Tannehill also will be thrown into the mix but is a long shot. There is good and bad to this situation. The bad is obviously Miami does not know its leader on offense. The good is the Dolphins are deep at quarterback, which is the most important position in the NFL.

Moore and Garrard have different strengths and weaknesses, but overall they are both pretty equal and interchangeable. If Moore or Garrard goes down as the starter, there shouldn't be much drop-off to the No. 2 quarterback.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Miami's starter goes out for an extended period: 80.