Facing an 0-9 record and a road game this weekend in Philly, the Miami Dolphins have finally given in and will give rookie John Beck a start at quarterback. The second-round draft pick from BYU will be replacing Cleo Lemon, who has been unable to get much of anything going since taking over for an injured Trent Green about a month ago. Lemon started the last five games, and the offense has not gotten any better than before. The team is also still suffering from the loss of workhorse back Ronnie Brown, who had been playing well before he went down with a season ending injury.
Beck provides at least a glimmer of hope for Miami for the future. He is the 12th QB to start a game for Miami since Dan Marino retired after the 99 season, and is the first QB the team drafted in either the first or second round since Marino. His play will go a long way in the team looking if QB is another position they will have to address with what is sure to be a top 2-3 pick in April’s NFL Draft. As far as Lemon goes, he had a QB rating of 69.4 this season in five games, and three touchdown passes with four interceptions.