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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why The Dolphins Should Go With John Beck

Johnny BeckI think it's time to set the record straight with regards to Miami's QB dilema. And by that I mean, Miami doesn't actually have a QB dilema; they have a quarterback and his name is John Beck.

Now it's not that I don't think Josh McCown can turn the Dolphins around and get them a division title or two (oh wait a minute, that's exactly what I think), it's just that I believe John Beck has the right qualities to be a superstar in the NFL. He just needs the chance to prove it.

Last year Beck was thrown into a deeper deep-end then any rookie QB in recent history. The Dolphins hadn't won a single game, were down to their third string RB and had an offensive line that just could not block on pass protection. Oh and his first start would be against The Eagles in Philly. And yet, until the Bills game where Cameron pulled him in knee-jerk response to a fumble, Beck had done well and shown all the right signs.

He was nervy to begin with, but soon settled in. He was poised, accurate and he created long drives that the Dolphins hadn't seen all season (including one against the Eagles that should have been the game winner, were it not for some terrible run blocking and frankly shocking play calling). Sure he made some rookie mistakes, but he showed some flashes of brilliance too, like in this touchdown play against the Bengals:


That's a 22 yard throw on the run to the corner of the endzone - and it hits Hagan right between the numbers. Awesome! Notice how Beck has less then a seconds worth of protection from the O-line as well.

It is clear to me that with the right amount of patience and development, John Beck can become the franchise QB that the Dolphins have been scratching around for since Big Dan retired. The Dolphins must surely give him that chance.



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At 11:16 am, Anonymous Jake said...

Well he still has a lot to prove but looking at that pass, he sure looks like he could be a good QB.

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At 4:48 am, Anonymous DM said...

Good Lord! Makes me wanna' puke with how impatient Dolphins coaches, fans and the media are to proclaim Beck as a bust after only ONE PRE-SEASON game. Give me a break!

So he had a horrible practice on a Sunday about 2 weeks ago where he threw some picks and fumbled the ball. Amigos, EVERYBODY has bad practices at some point. Proof? The media has reported that the last two practices (August 13th and 14th) that "Penne" and "Henne", the supposed 1st and 2nd teamers, have had, shocker of all shockers!, bad practices complete with interceptions, QB/RB mis-cues and a fumble or two.

Give the guy a chance. Beck WAS thrown to the wolves last year and ex-coach Cameron should be mortally embarassed he yanked Beck out last year. He obviously only did it because he was desperate to win, or in other words, desperate to save his own job.

How'd THAT work out?

Go Beck!

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