QB Question

A month after Dolphins coach Cam Cameron finally gave in and decided to find out whether rookie quarterback John Beck was the franchise's future, he backtracked Sunday when he unceremoniously yanked the former BYU standout after just eight snaps of Miami's 38-17 loss to the Bills.

On Monday, Cameron refused to commit to either Beck or Cleo Lemon for Sunday's home game against the slumping Baltimore Ravens, who have quarterback problems of their own. Perhaps after seeing how Bills rookie quarterback Trent Edwards, who was taken 52 picks after Beck (40th) in the 2007 draft, outperformed his rookie so convincingly, Cameron made up his mind after just four unimpressive starts.

Beck has yet to lead a single offensive touchdown drive, while throwing three interceptions and fumbling four times. Edwards is 5-1 in his six starts, including the victory over the Jets that J.P. Losman pulled out, and on Sunday, threw four touchdowns, including three in the first half.

Beck, who seemed poised in the pocket in two losses to the Eagles and Steelers, has come apart in the last two games -- convincing blowouts by the offensively challenged Jets and Bills. Beck has committed six turnovers in his last four quarters, and has yet to complete a pass for over 22 yards.

Edwards threw a 70-yard strike to Lee Evans Sunday, and Lemon hit Ted Ginn Jr. for a 54-yarder on the first play he took over for Beck.

The suddenly regressing offensive line hasn't helped Beck deal with the bevy of blitzers at his doorstep, but a more mobile and experienced Lemon probably gives the Dolphins a better chance to end this 16-game losing streak, which has gone on for more than a year.

The 0-13 Dolphins have virtually locked up the overall No. 1 draft pick, so why would Cameron ponder a quarterback change at this juncture? Possibly, to save his job.

Going down as the worst team in NFL history is not a power point for one's resume, while 1-15 didn't seem to hurt Jimmy Johnson's coaching career too much.

In this case, one and done takes on a whole new meaning for Cameron.


-- The Dolphins had five turnovers Sunday, giving them 10 over the last two games, their highest two-game total since games 7-8 of 2002, when they also combined for 10 with six against Buffalo on Oct. 20 and four on Nov. 4 at Green Bay, both of which were losses. "Obviously, you can't come on the road, turn the football over and spot the team 20 points." -- Dolphins coach Cam Cameron, on overcoming turnovers.

-- The Dolphins had a franchise-high eight fumbles, losing three. "It was icy, it was slick and every time you touched the ground, you were getting wet. It was definitely a challenge to hold onto the football." -- RB Samkon Gado, who didn't have a fumble on his 14 touches.

-- Dolphins quarterbacks haven't thrown a touchdown pass in the last five games.

-- The Dolphins fielded only 11 opening-day starters against the Bills, with five starters pulling out just before game-time. "It makes it more difficult. You can't use that as an excuse. This is a very physical game, guys get hurt and have been since the day this game was created. We understand that's a risk we take. I don't know if we had more than everybody else, but we've had our fair share and it has been difficult to field the same 11 guys on defense." -- DE Jason Taylor, on the injuries and 13 different starting lineups on defense in 13 games.

-- The Bills' 24 first-quarter points tied a franchise high for points allowed in the opening quarter and was the most by the Bills since 1992. Dolphins opponents have scored 24 points in the first quarter three other times, including twice in the playoffs, the last time coming on Jan. 15, 2000 vs. Jacksonville.

"It's definitely not the way you want to start the game. It's been tough all year struggling. To be on the road and to be down 0-14 that fast was hard but we had our chance in the second half. We were one big play away from being in this ball game. You guys are tired of hearing it, the fans are tired of hearing it, hell, I'm tired of saying it. It's another tough week, another tough loss." -- DT Vonnie Holliday, on the early deficit.

-- QB Cleo Lemon replaced rookie John Beck in the first quarter and promptly led a 66-yard touchdown drive, their first offensive TD in nearly 14 quarters or since a Nov. 11 home loss to the Bills. Lemon's first play was a 54-yard completion to Ted Ginn Jr., the longest pass play by the Dolphins this year, surpassing the 43-yard completion from Trent Green to Ronnie Brown on Sept. 23 vs. the New York Jets. It was the longest pass play by Miami since Dec. 11, 2005, when Gus Frerotte hit Marty Booker for a 56-yard pass vs. San Diego.

-- The Bills have beaten the Dolphins four in a row and seven of the last eight.

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