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.
RICKY NOT GETTING REINSTATED
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.
CAM DESERVES TIME
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:
"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."
TO START BECK OR NOT, THAT IS THE QUESTION
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:
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.