Beck already had been sacked twice and he also had lost yardage while tripping over the foot of center Samson Satele. So he definitely was having a hard time.
Buffalo was blitzing mercifully and Beck really looked like he was affected by it.
So maybe there was something to Beck staying on the sideline for a while after the touchdown that made it 21-0 so he could observe and get his bearings, so to speak.
But then Lemon settled back into being Cleo Lemon, which means he was inconsistent with his passes, had problems handling the ball and overall just looked like a backup quarterback.
By halftime, the score was 31-7 and it was unrealistic to think the Dolphins had any chance at winning the game. They did make it close with 10 points in the third quarter, but that was partly because Buffalo was doing nothing offensively except run the ball and work on the clock.
By the time the third quarter rolled around, Beck should have been back in the game.
Again, he is -- or at least might be -- the Dolphins' future at quarterback.
Cleo Lemon isn't, never was, never will be.
If Beck isn't going to be because it turns out he wasn't as good as the Dolphins thought when they made him their second-round pick last April, they need to find that out.
That is important. It's vital. It's essential.
In fact, it's probably the most important thing the Dolphins need to do the rest of the season, more important even than getting a victory to avoid the embarrassment of going 0-16.
The Dolphins have to find out one way or another before the end of this season whether they can be confident with John Beck as their quarterback for next year or whether they need to get somebody else, maybe with their high first-round pick.
They just have to.
And they're not going to with Beck on the sideline for the last three quarters-plus against Buffalo. Taking him out late in the first quarter to let him get his head straight? Fine. Not putting him back in? Big mistake.