The San Diego Chargers should sign Matt Moore

By Kenny Gardner
Matt Moore San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers have a workhorse quarterback in Philip Rivers.  Rivers started San Diego’s last 112 regular season games, which ranks second behind Eli Manning among active QBs and fifth on the all-time list.

San Diego’s backup quarterback is Charlie Whitehurst.  In four career starts, Whitehurst has a 1-3 record with three touchdowns and four interceptions.  If Rivers goes down with an injury, San Diego is in trouble.

Whitehurst was not good enough to start over Tarvaris Jackson on the Seattle Seahawks.  Jackson had a 10-10 record going into the 2011 NFL season, but won the starting job over Whitehurst.

San Diego’s front office should go after Matt Moore in free agency.  In five combined seasons with the Carolina Panthers and the Miami Dolphins, Moore had a 13-12 record with 33 TDs and 26 INTS. Moore started 12 games for Miami in 2011, had 16 touchdowns, nine interceptions and an 87.1 QB rating which ranked 12th in the NFL.  Moore has an 80.5 QB rating for his career compared to Whitehurst’s 64.5 rating.

Moore will be 29-years old when the 2013 season starts compared to Whitehurst, who will be 31-years old, so this is another reason to make Moore Rivers’ number one backup.

San Diego has to fix their offensive line issues, solve their issues with their horrific rushing attack and improve as a team in the receiving game, but finding a better backup QB cannot be overlooked. I believe that Moore is the right man to bring in to be Rivers’ number one backup because he proved that he can win games at times.

Rivers proved that he can play through injuries because he played in the AFC Championship game with a torn ACL in January of 2008.  History says that Rivers will be healthy in 2013, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

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