A Real QB Competition?

Let’s face it fellow Fin Fans, there is only one real issue for anyone who follows the team, supports the team, cheers for the team, or screams obscenities at the team.  The quarterback situation.

The Miami Dolphins have been nothing since Dan Marino left the position open to a plethora of migrant workers…no offense to the real migrant workers of America.  Sure, there has been quarterback competitions and I recently learned how to use my Spidey-senses.  So is there finally a QB competion in Miami?  A real one?

Marino left and it was Fiedler.  Then it was Fiedler vs.  well no one.  Then it was Fiedler vs. AJ Feeley, but not really.  Oh and then what about Sage Rosenfels and AJ Feely?  Which actualy turned out to be Gus Frerrote.  Of course the real QB competition came with Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington, o.k. not really a competition.  Oh, the real one came with Trent Green and, oh nevermind, you get the picture.


Now, it’s John Beck vs. Josh McCown vs. Chad Henne.  Guess what?  All 3 want to start and all 3 have about as much success in the NFL and in the case of Henne, he hasn’t even made it to a training camp yet.  Still, you wanted a QB competition and you got one.

FindReligion.comWhile the money is on Beck to win the job this year, McCown is saying all the right things in his attempt to become the Phins starter. 

”I hope for the sake of our team and the quarterback position that in John Beck’s mind he believes nothing is going to stop him, and in Chad Henne’s mind there’s nothing that’s going to stop him from being the starter,” McCown said. “When you have guys competing as hard as we’re going to compete, you’re going to get the best out of us, and you’ll get the best quarterback possible for this team.”


Sounds like a real good cooker huh?  The truth of the matter is that this is going to be a full fledged competition.  McCown is well traveled in the NFL and is the veteran that at least knows the preparation that goes into playing at this level, despite his lack of success.  Beck is the 2nd rounder who flailed like a fish out of water, perhaps more the result of horrid coaching and decision making and worse injuries to the supporting cast than a knock on his ability and talent.  Henne is the dark horse rookie, but that dark horse has something the other don’t have, Bill Parcells.  Unlike Beck and McCown, Henne is his guy and while Henne struggled on day 3 of the rookie camp, it really means nothing.  Nothing at all.

There is however one common denominator between them all.  QB coach David Lee, another Parcells hire.  In fact, Parcells knew the situation in Miami was so bad that Lee was hired before a head coach candidate had been interviewed.  While it seems all may be equal, Beck is the one who has worked more one on one hours with the new QB guru.  While McCown wondered about where he would play, Beck hired a personal trainer and added bulk to his frame, was a daily visitor to the teams training facility, and was said to be throwing around 1,000 passes a week…on his own. 

Athlon SportsBeck’s gumption guarantees him nothing.  It was Bill Parcells who when first hired to coach the NY Giants, benched future Hall of Famer Phil Simms.  It happens and although BP is not the coach, don’t believe for a moment that he isn’t pulling Tony Sparano aside and telling him what the deal is.

So while we as fans sit and listen to the verbal competition, the one that goes, “I’m glad that so and so is here because competition will make me work harder”, the real competition, the one for the starting job has already started.  In the weight room, on the practice field when no one else is around, but the eye in the sky is perched like an eagle taking every throw in with scrutiny.  Heck, there is probably a video camera stashed somewhere to film every movement.  

Come training camp, this team will see something that it hasn’t seen since the days of the late Dave Woodley and Don Strock, a quarterback competition…a real one.

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  • spooneman

    I totally agree with you on this one Brian. This is by far the most interesting and hopefully fruitful QB competition the Phins have seen in years. Kiper continually pans the pick of Henne in the 2nd round but I think he’s wrong. We needed a 3rd QB anyway and another old retread won’t help us any more than the rookie(Henne). The way I look at it between Beck and Henne one of them has to pan out. I’m not saying it will happen this year but we should have a good idea of who is going to be our QB for the next few years.

  • Brian Miller

    Very true Spoon. Ryan at 1 overall would have been a wasted pick IMO because then he HAS to pan out, he has to be the number 1 guy. Henne doesn’t have to be THE guy, it will be nice if he is, but this allows Beck to know that he is not just fodder.

  • Matt

    I just think that we should have done whatever possible to trade for Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson…If we made a good enough offer, we could have had one and then not have a QB issue for the season…I am sick of the Dolphins being held back by terrible QB play and I hate to break it to everyone…not a single of these 3 QB’s will be able to win games unless Ronnie returns to last years first 8 games form, and the defense vastly improves…I don’t see our WR’s and these QB’s making big plays…I just don’t…Wish we would have grabbed Quinn last year or traded for Derek this year

  • phranchise

    We are not supposed to win big this year. We are building from the inside out. If we win more than half of our games, then we will have lower draft picks next year. Two seasons from now we should be good, SHOULD BE that is.

  • MisterX

    Hi, Matt I would like you to meet Reality, Reality meet Matt. A big play this year will be a first down on third and long. Phranchise is right, we aren’t looking to explode out of the gate like Big Brown or something…we are rebuilding and it takes a few years to make a lasting difference. That means we need high draft picks and a lot of them. The QB, WR and DB situation will fix itself in time. The key to winning is running the ball and stopping the run and we will be better at that this year simply because we have bigger personnel, let alone the coaching and management expertise we now have. Hang in there scooter there is a lot of football to be played yet.

  • spooneman

    Believe me, no one was more disappointed when we didn’t draft Quinn than I was. Not only am I a huge Dolphins fan, but I’m also a Notre Dame fan. So every time I see a replay of that draft day it makes me ill. And as you can guess the seasons both of those teams produced last year made me ill as well. But I do agree with Matt on this. What ever success we have this coming season will be largely dependent on how well we can run the ball and stop the run. Pretty basic football philosophy.

  • Ron Evans

    I sure hope you are right on this one. I’m a John Beck fan but most of all I’m a Miami Dolphins fan first and foremost. Let the best man win. I do think it’s a 2 man race though.Beck’s to lose but with Henne a close second (he’s Parcells guy). Josh in the wings if the other two fail.