The couldabeens had good nights Saturday
I mention this because either of those two, or both, could easily be on the Dolphins roster today -- but are not.
Culpepper, playing in the second quarter, improved his chances of being the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback this season with a quite impressive performance against the San Francisco 49ers.
Culpepper completed 6 of 8 passes for 75 yards and threw 2 touchdown passes without an interception. But that's not really the reason Oakland coaches are impressed today and Miami fans should be kind of scratching their heads.
The way Culpepper moved around the pocket and all over the field is the single-most interesting thing about the quarterback's performance. His final TD pass came on a naked bootleg to the left in which he delivered the ball while on the run from 5 yards out.
Culpepper also rushed three times for 13 yards but don't let that stat fool you. One of those rushes was credited when he recovered his own fumble and another came when he scrambled for no gain. He did gain 13 yards on his most impressive scramble of the night -- one up the middle of the 49ers defense.
So Culpepper seems to have regained some of the mobility lots of Miami fans said he'd never have again.
In Cleveland, meanwhile, Quinn played in the fourth quarter and led the team to two touchdowns. Throwing primarily to his checkdown receivers, Quinn completed 13 of 20 passes for 155 yards with two TDs and zero interceptions.
It was an impressive performance considering it was Quinn's NFL debut. He moved around well, throwing his first TD pass while on the run, and he was quite accurate, thank you.
Remember that the big knock on Quinn on draft day was that he isn't accurate enough.
Anyway, that's your couldabeen update for this week. What do you think?