Sunday, May 27, 2007

The QBs

There's still a lot of uncertainty about the QB situation. Who is the projected starter? Will Daunte be ready? Will Daunte even be with the team on opening day? Will Trent Green be here? Will he get a fair chance to start? What's the plan for Beck? And is Lemon the odd man out?

Here's my take, based on things I've heard and read, and because of my general understanding of the Dolphins management...

(1) Cleo Lemon will be the starter on opening day. He will lead this team unless and until he faulters in a Joey Harrington or Ray Lucas spectacular way; or until Jon Beck beats him out.
(2) Beck will be the 3rd team QB to start, and will have to work his way up the depth chart.
(3) Daunte Culpepper will not be with this team come opening day. When he is healthy enough, the Phins will trade him away. I don't believe Mueller is sold him as a QB, and I don't think Daunte has endeared himself to management. His style of acting as his own agent, but never making clear to management who they are talking to - player or agent - has had the same effect here that it had in Minnesota. The only thing that might prevent him from being released is Miami's failure to acquire another capable backup.
(4) The whole Trent Green situation is somewhat window dressing. Miami wants a veteran QB to come in here and be the backup, but tutor both Lemon and Beck. Green is the most likely candidate, but Miami is not going to sell out to get a guy who is not going to start. He may be given an opportunity to start, but he'll still have to beat out Lemon. If they can get him very cheap, or free, they'll take him. Otherwise, he remains in KC.
(5) If Green isn't available, look for them to keep scouring the waiver wires for a veteran QB who can fill the role. An older guy is what they're looking for, but one who has the right attitude about sharing. Not a Brett Favre type who says he won't help the young guy.

That's my take. We'll see how it works out in the coming weeks and months.
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