This week ahead of the clash at home with the Dolphins, I've
sat down emailed with Matt from The Phinsider to learn about all things Dolphins. My answers to his 5 questions are right here.
BGN - It looks as if the John Beck era is set to begin this weekend. What are your thoughts on him? Is it time and is this weekend the right
think we'll see, though, are more frequent shots down the field because he has a strong arm and is much more accurate on deep balls than Cleo Lemon.
This change was really a long time coming. It was needed because now is the time for John to get his feet wet. It's expected that Beck will be this team's QB of the future. If that's the case, the time is certainly now for him to gain experience and to begin to get the "rookie kinks" out. I question why Beck didn't start last week at
home against Buffalo. That would have been a much better scenario for him to start. Now he has to go to Philly and then to Pittsburgh on Monday night the following week. Not the easiest stretch, but might as well get thrown into the fire full force. If nothing else, it'll be a good way to judge his character and resolve.
As an expert on the Dolphins and the AFC East, you're probably uniquely qualified to answer this. Do you see one of the following happening this year? Pats go 16-0. Miami goes 0-16.
good. And their special teams are exceptional. They got dangerous return men and are very good in kick coverage. I think the best chance they have to lose is the 3 game stretch in which they play your Eagles at home, travel to Baltimore, and then return home to play Pittsburgh. If they make it through those games, I think they go 16-0. But even at 16-0, there's no guarantee they can finish the job. It'll be tough for an opponent to have to go into New England and win in January, but I wouldn't put it past Indianapolis or Pittsburgh. If I had a gun to my head, I'd say the Pats falter once in the regular season.
As for Miami going 0-16, I don't see it happening. I think their games at home against the Jets and Bengals are winnable. In this day and age, I just think it's too hard to go 0-16. I think having Beck in there at QB will invigorate this team and they will be able to pick up one win, maybe even a surprise win at Buffalo, who have certainly
On that note, it's no secret that the Dolphins are struggling. I'm not sure anyone had them as a playoff team this year, but I doubt anyone had them winless by the halfway point. Where do you place the blame for the Dolphins struggles?
under Cam Cameron. They commit too many penalties and too many turnovers are simply aren't good enough to overcome them. Their best player is done for the year (Ronnie Brown) and their defense is a victim of old age. I like what the Dolphins did in the offseason by purging the roster of overpaid, underachieving veterans, but never in
my wildest dreams did I imagine the Dolphins sitting here at 0-9. I'm beginning to accept the fact that this team simply has no playmakers
anymore. Like I said, I think they'll squeak out one win somewhere, but I wouldn't be absolutely shocked if they went 0-16.
Against the run, the Dolphins' D is one of the worst in the leauge... but the stats show that against the pass they are one of the
best. What has caused that disparity?
Dr. Z wrote that Allen was having a potential all-pro season. I, personally, wouldn't go that far, but he has played well. But don't let the stats fool you. This secondary is banged up (top 3 safeties on IR) and isn't all that good. I got a feeling Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown could really have big days on Sunday.
5) If you could steal one Eagle for your own team... who would it be?
something the Dolphins sorely need, especially with Jason Taylor aging as quickly as he is.
Much thanks to Matt for his thoughts on all things Dolphins. Be sure to check out The Phinsider for his thoughts on the upcoming game.