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Some Monday morning nuggets

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Good news, everyone! The Dolphins didn't lose! And no, that joke doesn't ever get old. Sadly, though, my football Sunday still sucked as I watched the Patriots come back from 10 down with 9 minutes to play. I suppose I'm just going to have to come to terms with the fact that the Pats are likely to go 16-0. Hopefully they slip up against Indy in the playoffs so that our beloved '72 Dolphins can still say they were the only undefeated team in NFL history, but if I was a betting man, I wouldn't bet on that. Onto some Dolphin-related nuggets to chew on as we await the announcement as to who will be under center on Sunday. It's likely he won't announce anything until late in the week, so be prepared to wait.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who is as reputable as they come, is reporting that Ricky Williams is unlikely to be reinstated during the 2007 season. According to Mortensen, the issue is some kind of disagreement between the NFL's doctors and the doctors who treat Williams for his social anxiety disorder. What the dispute is about is unclear.

This news, though, could actually benefit the Dolphins. If Ricky was reinstated during this season, they would have to make a decision quickly on whether or not to allow him back on the team or to cut him loose. They could not trade him seeing as how the deadline has passed. However, if he isn't reinstated until the offseason, the Dolphins will have ample time to try and get something in a trade for Ricky. What would a team be willing to give up for him? Probably not much. But it would be better than nothing.

This has been a hot topic around these parts over the past couple of weeks, so why not throw another article into the mix. This one comes from Tim Graham of the Palm Beach Post. Graham writes about how three former coaches feel that Cam deserves more time and shouldn't be canned after just one season (like each of these 3 were). The coaches are Les Steckel, Rod Rust, and Richie Petitbon. Here's some of what they had to say:

"Something tells me he's starving," said Steckel, fired by the Minnesota Vikings after his lone season at the helm in 1984. "It's not a fun situation."

"I haven't been a part of teams too often that've lost more than four in a row, but the rumblings were unbelievable. You overhear the owners or maybe even the players say, 'I'm not sure he knows what he's doing.'"

"How do you know what the guy can do yet?" Rust said. "There is no evidence to know what his qualities are at this point and time. I don't care if he's 0-8."

"I'm a big fan of Nick Saban, but he left voids in the culture there. ... The next guy has to reestablish the culture. It ain't automatic."

"They've made a lot of mistakes in their hiring," Petitbon said. "Unfortunately, Cameron's getting all the grief that should be Saban's grief.

"It's not fair, but life's not fair. If they give him time, he's going to be all right. You just hope he gets the time."

These three basically echo my feelings on the subject, but I'm sure you all already know my feelings so I won't get too much into it. The point is that Cam and Randy were handed a mess, they purged the roster and got rid of the dead weight, and now they need at least another offseason before really judging them. I'm not saying to let Cam play out his 4 years here. All I'm asking for is another season. Let him and Randy have one more offseason together and then let Cam have one more season to show what he's capable of as a head coach. Is that asking too much here?

Of course we couldn't go a few days without another article debating the idea of starting John Beck against Buffalo. This time it's Dan Le Batard, who is late to the party here and talks a little bit about what we've all talked about here. But here's some of the article anyways:

The best thing for him to do for his terrible team and franchise is clearly to start rookie John Beck. The best thing for him to do for himself and his own job safety is to keep playing Cleo Lemon.

To Beck or not to Beck, Cam?

Beck is the easy choice only if you aren't the one who has to make it. A lot of us would behave selfishly to save ourselves, our reputations, our jobs. And there's only one way it would appear Cameron could be gone after this one dreadful season -- and not likely to ever get another head coaching job. Be historically bad. Go 0-16.

That's more likely to happen with Beck stumbling all over the stage while learning over the season's second half than it is with Lemon, who will make fewer mistakes. Beck might not be ready. Cameron would and should know better than the rest of us, seeing him every day. But fans don't trust Dolphins management after the decade of betrayals Cameron inherited. So Beck is the only reason for the Dolphins to play the rest of the schedule, or for Miami fans to watch and care.

Miami needs him to be great about as badly as this franchise has ever needed anything. And you have to let him get the bad games out of the way and fast-forward the learning curve now, or you are going to be throwing away next season while he learns, too. Worst case, you see if you have to take another quarterback with the next No. 1 pick in April, but you don't know that if he doesn't play now.

As usual, Le Batard mostly brings up things that have already been talked about for some time now. But there's still no way to know what Cam is thinking, which is the troubling thing. If Cam decides to stick with Cleo, I'll be much closer to jumping on the "anti-Cam bandwagon," if there's any room left for me. But then again, I could understand Cam sticking with Cleo for another week. It's quite the pickle, really. Luckily for all of us, we'll know by the end of the week if Cam has balls or not. Yup, that's right. I'm declaring that Cam's manhood is riding on the decision of whether or not to start John Beck. So what's it going to be, Cam?