QB Miami's biggest problem ... still
New coach Cam Cameron said Friday the quarterback spot is the most important on his roster and that's good because the Dolphins need a coach that recognizes that fact after Dave Wannstedt and Nick Saban apparently didn't.
But the bad news is Cameron isn't sure any of the current group -- Culpepper, Lemon, Harrington -- is the player to relieve the concerns we all have about the position.
Let me make this clear: Harrington is not the one. His $3.48 million cap number practically guarantees he will either be traded or cut before the team pays him the $1 million roster bonus he is due later this offseason.
Having said that, there is also no guarantee it will be Culpepper, who still isn't 100 percent recovered from his multiple knee surgeries, or Lemon, who still is a wild card with little experience.
So what this tells me, actually it screams at me, is that the Dolphins will go quarterback shopping this offseason. Again. They will either draft someone, although not necessarily in the first round, or they will sign someone in free agency. Don't ask me who is available, I'm eyebrows-deep in Super Bowl coverage now.
Based on what Cameron said Friday, there's also likely to be a QB competition, which is a good thing. What the hay, if Culpepper really is recovered at some point, let him prove it. What the hay, if Lemon is as good as he says and some think, let him prove it.
My prediction is that when all said and done, the Dolphins are likely to go into the 2007 season with Culpepper as their starter, Lemon as the backup, and a young quarterback being groomed as the No. 3.
What will be interesting to see is how quickly Culpepper can recover from his physical problems while, quite importantly, he learns Cameron's system. Lemon pretty much knows that system so he has an advantage. But learning the new system will test Culpepper's ability to study and learn, a part of his game which he's been criticized for in the past.