Omar Kelly: Jacoby Brissett more than capable of keeping Dolphins afloat in Tua's absence

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Dwayne Haskins, a 2019 first-round pick who’s on his second team in three seasons, also will be hard-pressed to start as many games as Brissett.

The point: draft status doesn’t get a player to 32 starts. Performance and reliability does.

Matt Moore, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL, seven of which were with the Dolphins, made exactly 32 starts. Moore went 16-16 in those starts, which includes six comebacks and eight game-winning drives.

That’s the bar for Dolphins backups the past two decades, in my mind.

If Brissett — who completed 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards with one interception in last week’s loss to the Bills — can deliver those types of heroic performances during his run as Miami’s starter, the 2021 season will stay afloat.

“I don’t think he’s an NFL starter. He’s a good backup, who is a good sounding board for the starter, and a really good locker room guy,” one NFL executive said this week. “The guys will initially play hard for him because they love him and his makeup. They like what he represents. But if it’s not wielding results, wins, it will run its course.”


But the same can be said for every quarterback, including Tagovailoa, but that discussion is for another day, another column.

What this franchise should be more worried about is its troublesome offensive line because Brissett has proven the job isn’t too big for him as a fill-in starter for the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts traded Phillip Dorsett, a former first-round pick, to New England to acquire Brissett before the 2017 season because of Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury.

Brissett quickly became Indianapolis’ starter, despite a limited knowledge of the offense, and threw for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns, with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 260 rushing yards and four touchdowns while leading that team to a 4-11 record.


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