Thursday, March 16, 2006

Not quite

CBS Sportline graded the 1999 draft thusly:
Minnesota B
Comment: This draft is an "A" if Vikings don't reach for Michigan State DE Dimitrius Underwood in the first round -- 29th overall. Before that, Denny Green used the 11th pick on his QB of the future: Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper. Trading up with Pittsburgh in the second round (59th to 44th), Green snagged North Dakota TE Jim Kleinsasser. But the best part of this draft is Culpepper-to-Randy Moss, a passing combination for the next decade.
...Or at least for the next 4 years [Dave's edit]

Uh, yeah

Culpepper will be switching to #8 when he comes to Miami. "I grew up wearing it in high school, grew up wearing it in college and I am going to switch back because everybody down here in Florida knows me as '8.' It has good karma, so I am going to switch it back to '8'. Ride it out into the sunset with No. 8."

And need I remind you that Culpepper does not have an agent. Quoth he: "A lot of people tell me, 'Man, you're stupid, you need an agent.' But I know anybody takes their time and looks at a situation and just prays and uses clear thoughts, you can accomplish anything."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Culpepper and morality

Daunte joins the Phins with what some might call questionable morals. He was, after all, implicated in the love boat scandal.

But here's the thing: what he did was considered wrong by people in the midwest because he had a hooker on a boat. Here it would be considered wrong because he only had one hooker.

Daunte, I'm sure there a number of young women who are looking forward to seeing you on South Beach.

Thanks to Curt at Phins.com for producing this photo.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

At least they have a QB.


The Phins really wanted Drew Brees. So much so that they flew to Alabama to meet with him before he went to New Orleans.

He met with the Saints and then came here. Miami wined and dined him. And in all likelihood had him checked out by the various doctors they have on the payroll.

And in the end, Drew said he wanted to think it over for a while, because this decision was for the rest of his football career. And as he thought, the Phins traded for disgruntled Daunte Culpepper.

It was a bit surprising, because they gave up a 2nd round draft pick. I mean, that's what the previous management gave up for a 3rd team QB (Feeley) a few years ago. So, I guess we could assume that Culpepper is no better than a 3rd team QB, then?

If I were to guess, I would expect the shoulder injury Brees suffered was more of a risk than the knee injury Culpepper suffered. A knee injury doesn't affect the way you play QB. A shoulder injury does. Just ask Chad Pennington. And Brees' quote that worst case he couldn't play this year certainly made me do a double take. I can only imagine how the team felt.

So, Miami has a new QB. And an old QB. And they both wear #11. Who gets to wear it? Maybe they'll share it?

Photo from NFL.com

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Isn't that interesting?

Let's take a look at the departure of Sam Madison and the arrival of his replacement Andre' Goodman:
 
Madison is 31 (and will be 32 next month).  He signed a 4 year, $7.4 million dollar deal, that will probably net him $4.1 million over the first two years.
 
Goodman is 27.  He signed for 3 years at $5 million, with $2.5 million in "likely to be earned" incentives.  I didn't see the breakdown per year, but you have to figure that he's probably going to net close to $5 million over the first two years.
 
I know Madison had trouble in run support, but I have to ask whether we got the better end on that deal?