With Miami sitting at 0-8 and heading into their bye week, most of us are thinking that John Beck’s time is now. He has the extra week to prepare, Miami will be playing at home against a Buffalo team that has struggled this year and most importantly…there’s basically nothing left to lose anymore.
But the Miami Herald tells us today that coach Cameron has not committed to Beck yet.
”I don’t have that answer right now,” said Cameron, when asked how close Beck is to playing. “This is an opportunity through the bye week to step back, look at some things, see where we are in all phases.”
Coach Cameron didn’t really endorse Cleo Lemon either, but you get the feeling that he might be leaning towards Lemon because he gives the team the best chance to win. And while I understand that this team wants to get that first win and that no one wants to go winless, getting Beck meaningful playing time right now should be a priority.
I really don’t see a big difference between going 1-15 or 2-14. This season is lost and if the team really has committed to rebuilding, it’s time to throw Beck in there. Culpepper was shown the door and Brady Quinn was passed up because Beck was seen as the qb of the future and now is the time to find out if he can be that.
We’re going to have a top 3 pick at the draft in April and with guys like Brian Brohm, Andre’ Woodson and Matt Ryan coming out, we need to know if quarterback is going to be a priority again come draft time.
Coach Cameron has dealt with these types of situations before and he’s seen both the good and the bad. The bad being Heath Shuler obviously and the good being Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers taking over in San Diego so it’s not like this is new to him.
That said, I think we should just be patient and see how things play out during the bye week before we can jump to any conclusions. We all want to see Beck take the field and we all want to see something positive from him and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.