Not your typical bye week

Despite a major improvement on the defensive side in Sunday's 13-10 historic loss to the surging Giants in a rain-soaked Wembley Stadium in London, the Dolphins are holding intense, internal meetings during this week's bye in which heads may begin to roll -- from scouts to player personnel to underachieving players.

Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga seemed to be in a Donald Trump-like mood when speaking bluntly with the South Florida media last Friday.

The first change seems obvious. The starting quarterback for the next game on the schedule, a home meeting with the 3-4 Buffalo Bills, is most certainly going to be rookie John Beck, who the Dolphins chose in the second round after bypassing eventual Browns backup Brady Quinn.

Although Cleo Lemon has only had four career NFL starts, including the last three since Trent Green sustained his second major concussion in the past 13 months, he hasn't demonstrated the pizzazz needed to lead a floundering franchise out of its deepest morass in its 42-year history.

"(Lemon) understands for us to win you've got to take care of the ball," Cameron said. "We can't average turning the ball over at that position twice a game where we are and thinking we're going to be successful."

In four games this season, Lemon has completed 58.9 percent of his passes for a mediocre 66.8 passer rating with just two touchdown passes and four picks. He has shown his mobility with three rushing touchdowns, but his penchant for making mistakes at key moments has continually reared its ugly head. In the last three games he has fumbled three times, losing two, including one in the Wembley Stadium swamp, when he wasn't even touched. The turnover set up a Lawrence Tynes field goal, which certainly was costly in a three-point loss.

In Lemon's defense, he outplayed Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who completed just eight of 22 passes for a paltry 59 yards, the second-lowest total of his career. Also, Lemon's last start came against the big, bad Patriots, arguably the best team on the planet.

Cameron, who has repeatedly said that Lemon is his quarterback when asked about Beck in recent weeks, chose to ride the fence when asked Monday morning.

"I can't answer that right now," he said.

The silence was deafening.

Cameron, who likes to baby rookies, may be outvoted by an impatient Huizenga, general manager Randy Mueller and thousands of frustrated Dolphins fans who all want to see what Beck has before the season is over. That way, Miami will have a better handle on what position it needs to fill in next year's draft -- when it will probably have one of the top two picks along with the winless St. Louis Rams.

Plus, the Bills have the 30th-ranked defense and the Dolphins offensive line has improved radically since the season opener.

"Whether it comes tomorrow or a year from now, my job is to win when that day comes because it's John Beck," Beck said.

Third person. Already sounds like a star.

NOTES, QUOTES

-- The 0-8 Dolphins may be going in the wrong direction record-wise, but Cam Cameron is positive that the players are still sticking together.

"I know when a locker room is divided and this one isn't," Cameron said. "I know when teams are pulling in the opposite direction and they aren't. ... I know when a team has quit. This team hasn't."

-- The Dolphins allowed the Giants just 59 passing yards, the least of the season and least since Dec. 3, 2000, when they held the Bills to 36 net passing yards.

-- As if the season hasn't been enough of a disaster, the Dolphins were awakened by a fire alarm at 2:30 a.m. London time after their loss Sunday night. The players had to stand outside in the cold for about 30 minutes. "It was very cold last night. It woke me out of my darling sleep. That's why I'm so tired today," said Jesse Chatman, who notched 100 yards from scrimmage while starting for the first time in his five-year career.

-- DE Jason Taylor, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was held without a tackle, although he did recover a fumble, his second of the season and 25th of his career, to extend his franchise record.

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

-- SS Lance Schulters, who was signed by the Dolphins last week but couldn't make the team flight to London because he had to go to Chicago to get his visa taken care of, joined the Dolphins on Friday and was dressed for the game but didn't play.

-- FS Jason Allen was praised by coach Cam Cameron on Monday for forcing his first career fumble and for making his second career interception. Problem was, the fumble was recovered by Giants tight end Kevin Boss and his interception was negated when Jason Taylor was called for holding. "You can see his confidence starting to grow," Cameron said. "He looks the part back there now and he's starting to play the part. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, which is easy to do."

-- RB Patrick Cobbs filled in briefly for a winded Jesse Chatman and gained 19 yards on four carries, which partially explains why rookie TB Lorenzo Booker can't get on the field despite being activated for the first time this season.

-- RG Rex Hadnot is credited with being the leader of the offensive line by Chatman. "Rex is the captain of that line and he keeps those boys going and they all jell with him," Chatman said.


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