QB Questions Everywhere

Quarterbacks were the hot topic at Dolphins camp on Thursday, whether it be trying to find out who will play in the preseason opener, the possibility of Chad Pennington being signed or reaction to Brett Favre joining the AFC East after his trade from Green Bay to the New York Jets.

On the last topic, the consensus seemed to be that the AFC East suddenly got tougher with Favre joining the Jets.

Cornerback Andre' Goodman is very familiar with Favre, having faced him twice a year during his five seasons with Detroit.

"I'm used to Brett," Goodman said. "I'm glad he's back, he's good for the game, I think everybody knows that. The way the plays quarterback, he's a football player's quarterback. It's good to have him in the division; he makes the division that much tougher, but (I) love the competition."

That, however, doesn't mean Goodman is looking forward to facing Favre twice a year.

"Looking forward to it? Nah, I'm not going to say I'm looking forward to it; it's exciting, though. I can say I get excited when I do go out on the same field with him; who's not excited? It's good to have him in the division."

The other quarterback-related issues didn't offer much in terms of revelation, though.

On the issue of Pennington, who was released by the Jets Thursday after they made the deal for Favre, published reports have indicated the Dolphins already have contacted his agent, Tom Condon.

Of course, when Pennington selected in the first round of the 2000 draft by the Jets, it was Bill Parcells who was calling the shots in New York.

For his part, Coach Tony Sparano doesn't have a direct past with Pennington other than playing against him.

"I only know about him through playing against him ... and what I've heard about him," Sparano said. "I've only heard that he's a very intelligent player. He's always been pretty accurate with what he did with the ball, those kind of things. I know the guy's a competitor."

When asked about the possibility of bringing in another quarterback, Sparano replied: "We have three quarterbacks right now on our team and we're finding it hard right now to get all three of those guys the work they need but we're doing that. We're happy with the people we have here now."

Of the quarterbacks on the roster, we still don't know who will start on Saturday night against Tampa Bay. We also don't know which quarterbacks will play.

Sparano said before practice he knew which quarterbacks would play but declined to tell the media because he hadn't told the players.

After practice, all three quarterbacks -- Josh McCown, John Beck and Chad Henne -- were mum on the subject.

So as everyone left the practice field on Thursday, we still didn't know what quarterbacks would be on the roster and we also didn't know who would start or would play on Saturday.


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