THE DOLPHINS DISCUSSION

The Dolphins Discussion will be posted periodically until July 7 and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the quarterback situation.

Well, it is now done. And now the fun should begin.

Those who have been clamoring for Brian Griese for all this time have gotten what they wanted. But at what price? And we're not talking salary cap here.

We're talking about adding a potential problem to a team that has Super Bowl contender written all over it.

Coach Dave Wannstedt said before, during and after the signing of Griese that Jay Fiedler is the starting quarterback, and that is all fine and dandy.

Fiedler has said he's just going to go about doing his job and not worry about who is on the roster behind him.

And Griese has said he is here to do whatever is asked of him and expects Fiedler to have a big year.

OK then. No problem.

Now, you don't actually believe things will be that simple come the start of training camp, do you?

Fiedler has never been fully accepted as the Dolphins quarterback since he replaced Dan Marino in 1999. How long do you think it's going to take for the fans to go nuts the second he throws an interception in the preseason, let alone the regular season?

Fiedler doesn't need that kind of pressure on him, no matter what he says. Nobody can perform with a backup who is just as talented, if not more.

Wannstedt can say all he wants that Fiedler is his guy, but do you really think he'll hesitate putting in Griese if problems arise, given the fact he's clearly in the hot seat this season.

You know what they say, if you've got two quarterbacks, you've got no quarterbacks.

It's obvious the Dolphins needed to do better than Ray Lucas at backup quarterback. But the way to go was with a veteran who clearly was coming here as a backup and nothing more — somebody like Neil O'Donnell.

The Dolphins definitely upgraded their talent base with the signing of Griese. But they also might have created a situation that could present problems sooner rather than later.


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