Feeley gets the call

Coach Dave Wannstedt made official on Sunday what everyone suspected: A.J. Feeley will start at quarterback for the Dolphins for the Week 2 game at Cincinnati. The move was expected after Feeley replaced Jay Fiedler at halftime of Saturday's season opener against Tennessee and performed slightly better than Fiedler.

Wannstedt stressed, as he did in announcing Fiedler as the starter for the opener, that the decision was strictly for the upcoming game.

"I talked to Jay this morning and I talked to A.J. this morning and I really believe with a week's worth of most of the reps this week will go a long way in getting A.J. in sync," Wannstedt said. "Along with the other new guys that we have on offense, I feel like he will be prepared to go out against Cincinnati and do well.

"I've got all the confidence, as I've had the whole preseason, of A.J. going out there and playing well."

Feeley racked up much better numbers than Fiedler against the Titans, going 21 of 31 for 168 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

But it must be pointed out that Feeley compiled a lot of his numbers with Tennessee playing very soft defense with a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter.

And Feeley also threw the killer interception that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter and gave the Titans a 14-0 lead that was huge the way the Dolphins offense was playing.

"I believe after watching the film and after we met as a coaching staff this morning A.J. did some things that he's been doing all along and with a week's worth of reps it gives us the best chance to beat the Bengals at what we need to do offensively," Wannstedt said. "He'll be ready to do that."

Fiedler was disappointed about being pulled at halftime, pointing out that there had been occasions in the past when he struggled in the first half but brought his team back after halftime.

Anyone who saw the game saw Fiedler at his worst Saturday. In addition to being intercepted twice, he also fumbled once and had another sure interception dropped by a Tennessee cornerback.

"It wasn't the score," Wannstedt said in explaining the switch. "We've been down more points than that at halftime and come back and won games with Jay in there at quarterback. It wasn't the score as much as the turnovers.

"I felt like at halftime we needed to do something offensively to give us a spark and to get us into a little bit of a rhythm. That was my reasoning for the time. And I have confidence going in that A.J. was capable of doing it because of how he performed in the preseason and watching him every day in practice."


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