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May 20, 2012 1:47 AM

Moore named team MVP

Quarterback Matt Moore, who may be supplanted by first-round pick Ryan Tannehill by the end of this season, was named the Dolphins' Most Valuable Player Friday, after leading the team to a 6-6 record while throwing 16 TD passes against just nine interceptions.

This falls in the category of someone had to win the award, which was voted on by Dolphins players. It could have gone to Reggie Bush, who had a career year with his first 1,000-yard season. But really, was there another candidate?

Moore deserves kudos for what he accomplished after he arrived as an afterthought from Carolina, but he's going to be missing a big piece of his success with Brandon Marshall now in Chicago.

As for Bush, he recently said his goal for this season is to lead the NFL in rushing. That would be a nice feat, because the Dolphins are probably going to have to rely on Bush, Daniel Thomas and fourth-round pick Lamar Miller to ease the load on Moore and a weakened receiving corps.

New coach Joe Philbin didn't have much of a ground game during his time in Green Bay. In fact, other than Ryan Grant's breakout season in 2007, the Packers have not had a legitimate threat in the backfield since Dorsey Levens powered the Pack to the Super Bowl during the Brett Favre era. So, having as many as three quality runners will be a first for Philbin.

Reports say Tannehill had a great rookie camp, playing with poise and taking leadership of the offense from the beginning. That bodes well for the rookie, but the Dolphins still should not throw him into the fire until he is much further along.

The most interesting aspect of this preseason will be how the players adjust to the West Coast offense, and how all the new parts will mesh within it. Also, someone needs to step up at wide receiver to try and fill Marshall's big shoes. Those will be the things to watch this preseason, and on defense, who will step up at safety with Yeremiah Bell gone? Bell signed with the Jets, who have become something of a haven for ex-Dolphins over the years after acquiring Jason Taylor and former coach Tony Sparano.

The pass rush also needs help, and though the Dolphins re-signed Cameron Wake, they need Jared Odrick and third-round pick Olivier Vernon to come to the fore. The defense also has a major adjustment in going from a 3-4 to a 4-3, so this offseason will be a time for learning, and expect those growing pains to extend into the regular season.

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