10 October 2007

The Phuture of the Phins?

The Miami Herald has a nice opinion piece advocating the ascension of former BYU quarterback John Beck to the starting spot on the Miami Dolphins. He makes a good case:

Beck did pretty well in the preseason if you'll recall, throwing for more August yards (300) than any Dolphin rookie since Marino pitched for 354 in '83. Don Shula then waited half a season to give Marino his chance and later wished he hadn't.
Marino went on to throw 296 passes as a rookie. Bob Griese threw 331. The idea that rookie QBs need to be treated like porcelain -- lest they shatter irreversibly if deployed a minute too soon -- doesn't stand up.

There is a very good chance that Beck will get more playing time. That is reason to be optimistic.


Unknown said...

I read that same article, but I'm not sure how I feel on the issue. I still think I might like to see Beck play back up to Cleo Lemon for the majority of the season. I think it might be good to start him for the last 2-3 games, but I don't think it's a good idea to throw him into the fire just yet. After the loss today, the Dolphins would have to go 10-0 or 9-1 for the rest of the season to have a hope for making the playoffs. We all know that's not going to happen. So I say leave Cleo Lemon in there to take the beating (physically and mentally) of dealing with the crappy season. Then get Beck a couple of game experiences at the end. After that Miami can hope to do well in the draft, build up the o-line, etc and then let Beck break in next season as the starter.

But who knows? I could be wrong.

Jlowryjr said...

Good point. It would be great to see him play, and I think the experience would be valuable, but he can get some of that over the home stretch. What a lousy season.