day, Dolphins quarterback John Beck is going to throw his first touchdown pass
and get his first win in the NFL.
day may not come in 2007.
the Buffalo Bills, Beck suffered a major setback in his development. Looking tentative
and completely overwhelmed from the first play, Beck struggled to do anything
less than one quarter of play he threw two passes, completing one for six yards,
suffered three sacks, and even tripped once coming away from center.
the bottom fell out.
the snapshot of a moment illustrating this sorry season, Beck comically fumbled
the football as he brought his arm back to pass. As the ball floated in the
air, Bills DB George Wilson collected it in and dashed 20 quick yards for an
easy touchdown and an insurmountable 21-0 Bills lead with 4:35 left to play in
the opening period.
the struggling Beck, it was the kind of gaffe that can shatter self-confidence
and cost the respect of teammates.
Cam Cameron lifted the shell-shocked rookie before things could get further out
of hand. Beck, standing alone on the sidelines looking stunned and embarrassed,
was in way over his head. His teammates knew it, and so did Cameron.
the offensive line didnít help matters. They offered Beck little time to work
as they failed time and again to pick up the line stunts the Bills were
make matters worse for Beck, his opposite number, fellow rookie Trent Edwards, piled
on by throwing four touchdown passes. The clincher, a 70 yard strike to the
swift Lee Evans, ended any hopes of a Dolphin comeback.
remember that Edwards had time to throw. Beck didnít.
these past two weeks have raised doubts as to whether or not Beck is truly the quarterback
of the future of the Miami Dolphins.
heís been that bad.
I know it is easy to overreact where
rookie quarterbacks are concerned. The introduction to the pro game is almost
always a rude one, and Beck has gotten the full treatment. Experienced NFL
defensive coordinators, like Philadelphiaís Jim
Johnson and Buffaloís
Perry Fewell, are well-versed in the art of rattling rookies like Beck. †
have been moments where Beckís poise and maturity have helped him to deal with
the confusion. Against the Eagles and Steelers, he stood up to the challenge under
difficult circumstances and didnít turn the ball over. However, over the last
two games, those moments have not been nearly as evident.
Beck regressed, or is he just pressing too much?
simple answer is that Beck isnít ready. Maybe, if this team had a couple of
wins under its collective belt, they could afford to let Beck go through the
school of hard knocks.
with only three games standing between the Dolphins and a date with 0-16 infamy,
this is no longer possible.
this point, the Miami Dolphins have a responsibility to themselves and the fans
to do everything they can to avoid being hung with the ďworst everĒ tag that
comes with going 0-16. Therefore, until the Dolphins win at least one game, veteran
Cleo Lemon should be the starter.
this comes at the cost of Beckís continued development.
is problematic for the future because the team would like to have some solid conviction
about Beck before the 2008 NFL Draft. Given what little theyíve seen from Beck
thus far, it looks as though they will have more questions than answers.
3ľ games of action, Beck is 47 of 86 for 424 yards, with 0 TDs and 3 INTs, together
with 10 sacks and a dismal passer rating of 53.6. His performances against the
lousy Jets and the very average Bills were awful.
BYU, Beck was one of college footballís best passers. He had the second highest
QB rating in college 1A ball (169.06) and the third highest completion
percentage (69.3%). He was also fifth in passing yardage and hard to get to,
taking only 15 sacks; this was second lowest among QBs attempting 400 or more
Beck weíve seen in the NFL has struggled to complete 55% of his passes and
doesnít seem to display the same feel for the pass rush he showed in college.
Is this part of the overall learning experience, or an inability to carry his
game to the pro level?
uncertainty puts the Dolphins in a very difficult and worrisome situation
regarding the upcoming draft. There are many other pressing needs to be addressed,
especially across defensive line. They donít want to have to spend another high
pick on a QB if they can help it.
what if Cameron and GM Randy Mueller are fired, and their successor(s) want to
go in a different direction?
if they can draft a better prospect than John Beck? For the first time in
franchise history, they will have the pick of the QB lot. Unlike the 2005
draft, this one has some outstanding prospects.
the Dolphins feel strongly enough about Beck to pass on such an opportunity? Ask
yourself, is BCís Matt Ryan better than Beck? What about Louisvilleís
Brian Brohm or Kentuckyís
Andre Woodson? The loser in a competition with Beck would still have
significant market value in a trade.
you thought passing on Brady Quinn was tough!
remember, until the Dolphins find their QB of the future the losing will
continue. They donít need the second coming of You Know Who, but they need a
Beck isnít that guy, this would be the Draft to act.