Beck's inactivity a head-scratcher

This isn't about why John Beck should start. It's about why the Dolphins' rookie isn't considered ready. Full Story
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marino13

Marion, OH

#1 Nov 7, 2007
Well said..........Now Fire Cam!!!!!!!!!!
marino13

Marion, OH

#2 Nov 7, 2007
Well Said....NOW FIRE CAM!!!!!!
Balancing Act

Boynton Beach, FL

#3 Nov 7, 2007
thanks for a truly well-reasoned, measured approach to this Beck / Lemon schism. Having Beck play in a scheme featuring incremental increases, ala pre-season, makes a lot more sense than tossing him into the deep end of the pool without his water wings. He was drafted to be the QB of the future. Trent was supposed to get the Fins through this year, help school the kid and give him a chance to decompress. Who knew the season would go sideways along with Trent's health.

His state of preparedness speaks more to his skill level than the coaching he's received to this point. As the third string QB it stands to reason he would not get reps with the starters. That's what third teamers do. Why is it assumed that Beck should automatically have been Green's backup? Both Shula's and Walsh's methods should be employed. Let / teach the kid to call the plays for the series he's on the sidelines and systematically increase his playing time as he progresses.
tex

San Antonio, TX

#4 Nov 7, 2007
I think that Cam is really Dave Wanstaddt with his moustache shaved off. Who is he trying to kid? We should start calling him, "Scam" Cameron. Or how about "Sham" Cameron? Or Cameroon. Or just Maroon. Or Dave. Think about it...have you ever seen them together in a photo?
phinfreak

Lake Zurich, IL

#5 Nov 7, 2007
Great article. You hit on the hidden flaw on this team, the HC. Cam is a rook too and he's costing this team not only this season with stupid moves but also gating the development of the team for next year and beyond. Cam is not the right person for this job. 0-8 proves it and the dumb move for Green just underscores he had rosy colored glasses when he assessed this teams talent level.
Wonder how effective this "evaluation" Huzienga spawned will be when the first mistake coming out of the bye week is your rookie franchise QB is sitting when you;re 0-8 looking at 0-16. Next coach please!
lee

Lake Worth, FL

#6 Nov 7, 2007
why not give the kid some time. wins now are only for the coaches ego. those of us who pay the salaries of these coaches by paying thousands of dollars for season tickets would like to see a rebuilding year...REBUILDING. if you are gonna rebuild..THEN REBUILD!. lorenzo booker, john beck, these are the kids you spent draft picks on to rebuild. i dont want to see some struggling win from your starters that wont be here next year. i have gone to every home game for decades. i am tired of this recent trend to make us eat inept coaches and players. some of these posters are more patient because it doesnt cost anything to read about the games from california or wherever. i have been ripped off by this orginization for years now. and at 78 years old its hard to see my beloved dolphins be ruined by neglect, bad decisions and an owner who wants to run a team by prifit margin alone.
Jarrett

Logansport, IN

#7 Nov 7, 2007
All this does is prove why Cameron is,was, and never will be head coach material. It was a mistake to hire him, Dom Capers is eveidently non-existent, and the Fish should be looking to hire Marty or Cowher for the 2008 season. I am all for change and even giving new or younger coaches their shot, but this is retarded to not have Beck getting real time / live snaps. Do you really want to be the ONE team to go 0-16 in NFL history; because it pains me to say the Pats are going undefeated. Calling this season a BUST is an understatement.
Pats Killer

Cancún, Mexico

#8 Nov 7, 2007
It is time to understand that our mistake was to let Saban go. He always said not to creat expectations at first. What happened? after a 9-7 season even Espn ranked the Dolphins as a Play off contender. Thah was wrong and we as a fans and the media put a lot of preassure under a team that was a disaster a year earlier. Then we saw the results. Saban was going it to the righ tdirection. Now what the team is 0-8 and practices just ONCE during by week ??I assure you that Saban would never do that, are you kidding me??? this is a total disaster please call superman!!!
lee

Lake Worth, FL

#9 Nov 7, 2007
Jarrett wrote:
All this does is prove why Cameron is,was, and never will be head coach material. It was a mistake to hire him, Dom Capers is eveidently non-existent, and the Fish should be looking to hire Marty or Cowher for the 2008 season. I am all for change and even giving new or younger coaches their shot, but this is retarded to not have Beck getting real time / live snaps. Do you really want to be the ONE team to go 0-16 in NFL history; because it pains me to say the Pats are going undefeated. Calling this season a BUST is an understatement.
forget cowher, the only superbowl he "won" was given to him by the worst officiated game in the history of football. they gave the steelers or took away from the seahawks 3 count em td's. other than that you can ask any steeler fan about the many years of inept coaching.(remember the cordell stuart era?)
Dan

United States

#10 Nov 7, 2007
Play Beck in the 4th quarter if we are being blown out. Get him in the game at least. If Beck isn't playing once we go 0-10, then there is something wrong.
marinofan13

Wilkes Barre, PA

#11 Nov 7, 2007
Excellent article, seriously. This is what I'm talking about! Great job, Mr. Hyde!
Chauncelor Howell

Hollywood, FL

#12 Nov 7, 2007
Cam is no Shula or Walsh by far! Nonetheless, he's no dumbo either. He's thinking job security at the moment! Putting Beck in at this time will merely expose his decision making even more, particularly from a head coaching standpoint.
If he starts Beck now as fans want him to, they will also expect the young qb to bring home a couple of victories! Which by the way, is no where in the near future. Yeah, we as Dolfans have the luxury to sit back and do a little "Monday morning quarterbacking. Nonetheless, Cameron does not! So when he says that Lemon gives the Fins the best chance of winning, you'd better believe he's thinking job securtiy. A "Beck debacle" could easily serve as the the Waterloo to The Muller & Cameron Show, and I don't think either one of them want to take that chance at this point! With that said, perhaps the Bill Walsh approach may be Cam's best option.
lee

Lake Worth, FL

#13 Nov 7, 2007
Dan wrote:
Play Beck in the 4th quarter if we are being blown out. Get him in the game at least. If Beck isn't playing once we go 0-10, then there is something wrong.
i agree, winning in a rebuilding 0 and 8 year is secondary to the buisiness of evaluation and looking foward to the draft and free agency!
Melancholy Voter

Miami, FL

#14 Nov 7, 2007
I think they want to keep him off the field so he keeps a low profile.

Otherwise, he'll be noticed by other teams. And they'll have an easy time luring him away.
papi

United States

#15 Nov 7, 2007
Well done Dave. Please answer this- What have you seen to indicate that 457 more blunders don't await Miami in days to come? Even the longing for a few Beck highlights now seems remote; fans' been reduced to searching for any sign whatsoever that this gang can shoot straight. These aren't 32 year-old novices; Mueller and Cameron have been around some. Did the great ones you mention, or other champions such as Noll, Gibbs, Parcell, Johnson etc. take this long to show signs that they had what it takes? This is not about irrational impatience or unreasonable fanaticism; it's more like a slow, sinking feeling that comes from the tunnel getting longer every wwek, and the light at the end seeming farther and dimmer with each game.
miami - mike - 1

Rochester, NY

#16 Nov 7, 2007
i am all in favor of letting beck finish out the 4th quarter of games that the dolphins are 10 or more behind in.
its how Marino was baptized, think it should work for beck.
tony reay

London, UK

#17 Nov 7, 2007
I STILL say that one of the elements that we need to take into acount is that, when saviour beck finally hits the field and stomps on the record books (a man can dream) we will still need, almost a much, a good, reliable back-up. I contend that Cleo is that person and, as such, let him try to play his way forward with this visibly improving team... get in sync with the recievers and O-line. beck has all off season and a ful training camp and will benefit, no doubt, from the knowledge that he has a capable back-up who didn't get yanked by the coach after a few losses that weren't really his fault.
Having said that, there is no reason why he cannot get into a few games on non-risky (comparatively) types of plays, and certainly should be doing some sideline play calling.

“Left Coast Fin Fan”

Since: Dec 06

San Diego, Calif.

#19 Nov 7, 2007
Good insight, Dave. While I do admire the offensive coaching that Cam brings, I am rapidly losing faith in his abilities as a HC. The whole obsession with Trent Green was a huge gamble, and failure, and now sticking with Lemon instead of developing Beck is a major mistake.

I continue to be shocked that Cam has basically handed Beck a playbook and a clipboard, and told him to have a nice day. Where is the COACHING?

Then, the moment Green goes down, the Beck era should have begun.

I, too, was stunned that the Fins had only one minor practice during the off-week. If I were the coach, I would have had this lovable bunch of losers practicing every day, and I would have had Beck training double-time. Instead, the team is given a week of vacation as a reward for being 0-8. I just don't understand the thinking.
jahndoh

Lompoc, CA

#20 Nov 7, 2007
Pats Killer wrote:
It is time to understand that our mistake was to let Saban go. He always said not to creat expectations at first. What happened? after a 9-7 season even Espn ranked the Dolphins as a Play off contender. Thah was wrong and we as a fans and the media put a lot of preassure under a team that was a disaster a year earlier. Then we saw the results. Saban was going it to the righ tdirection. Now what the team is 0-8 and practices just ONCE during by week ??I assure you that Saban would never do that, are you kidding me??? this is a total disaster please call superman!!!
Let Saban go? You wanted the guy to be held to a contract that he didn't want to uphold?

It's not about what Saban WOULD do if he were here, cuz he left.

He left the fins, he left us fans, and he left you dude.

Unless you live in AL.

I was one of those asking people to give saban a chance, right up until his actions contradicted his words so badly that you'd have to TRY not to see him for the Liar that he is.

He talks a great game, he just doesn't live it.
Athos

Las Vegas, NV

#21 Nov 8, 2007
To answer your question, YES! Some of the great ones DID take this long to show they would be great. Tom Landry- 1 win his first year. Bill walsh, 2 wins his first year. I don't remember Gibbs exact number of wins, but it wasn't stellar either. Give Cameron time.
papi wrote:
Well done Dave. Please answer this- What have you seen to indicate that 457 more blunders don't await Miami in days to come? Even the longing for a few Beck highlights now seems remote; fans' been reduced to searching for any sign whatsoever that this gang can shoot straight. These aren't 32 year-old novices; Mueller and Cameron have been around some. Did the great ones you mention, or other champions such as Noll, Gibbs, Parcell, Johnson etc. take this long to show signs that they had what it takes? This is not about irrational impatience or unreasonable fanaticism; it's more like a slow, sinking feeling that comes from the tunnel getting longer every wwek, and the light at the end seeming farther and dimmer with each game.

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