Miami Dolphins By The Numbers: 8 & 9


The Miami Dolphins have had only three players wear the number 8.  Klaus Wilmsmeyer in 1992, Daunte Culpepper in 2006 and Matt Moore who was worn it the last three seasons.  Some might want to argue that Culpepper should receive some votes but the man played only a couple of game for the team before leaving injured and then being released.  Even if Culpepper had remained for an entire year healthy, his play at QB left a lot to be desired.  Besides, how many fans would vote for Culpepper knowing damn well we could have had Drew Brees instead?  Exactly.

Matt Moore has been a serviceable back-up and has done well but not great when asked to start.  Behind the scenes he has been a huge support of the others around him and a great teammate who is unselfish and dedicated to this team trying to win.  As a starter or as a back-up.  That is why Matt Moore is currently wearing number eight the best.

That takes us to number nine.

Scott Secules wore the number from 1989-1992 as he backed up Dan Marino.  John Beck wore the number in his short time with the team from 2007-2008.  He played in one game.  Nate Kaeding was a journeyman kicker by the time Miami brought him on board for part of the 2012 season.  That leaves only one player, Jay Fiedler.

Fiedler was not a Miami Dolphins fan favorite but most of the issues fans had against Fiedler was the head coach that brought him to replace Dan Marino.  Fiedler was a good QB at times but he wasn’t built for an explosive offense.  He was a control QB.  Methodical.  His approach was the dink and dunk passes to compliment a strong running game that ran on the legs of Ricky Williams.  Still, Fiedler had his moments and no one could discredit his drive to win as he showed many time sacrificing his own body for a yard or two.

Fiedler may not have been the best player to play for the Miami Dolphins and may not even make the top 50 but he could have had a slew of other players to compete with here and still would have wore number nine the best.


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