The sting of the Culpepper saga is numbed
Have you heard? He's being benched by the Raiders this weekend.
Let me repeat for all the Dauntephiles who thought the Dolphins made a major blunder by getting rid of him: He's riding the pine in Oakland now behind Josh McCown. Seems after Culpepper torched the Dolphins defense (who doesn't these days?) with three short running TDs, he came back to earth.
The Raiders have lost three consecutive games with Culpepper as the starter. He has thrown four interceptions in those three losses and fumbled SIX times. Oh, and he's been sacked 14 times in four starts, which is an improvement from the 21 sacks he took in four games last year, but is still way, way, way too many.
So what is the point? Simply this: The Dolphins had a choice of two bad choices this offseason.
They could have gone with an aging QB who had an injury history but at least knew Cam Cameron's offensive system. Or, they could have gone with a younger QB who didn't know the system, was still on the mend from a catastrophic knee injury, and who wasn't even close to healthy, as it turns out, until week 4 of the regular season.
They went with Trent Green but had they stuck with Daunte Culpepper, trust me, the Dolphins would be in no better shape today.
Now, for the record so you knuckleheads don't start making up facts that are not true: I applauded the Dolphins getting rid of Culpepper, and his total body of work so far this year proves he wasn't going to turn things around in Miami or get back to the Pro Bowl anytime soon. My only problem was the manner in which they got rid of him, promising to let him compete, letting him go on the field only to tell him he couldn't practice that one day in May, letting it get kind of messy. That's all.
Getting rid of him good. How they executed not so good.
Anyway, a lot of you thought Culpepper should have been here and took his performance against Miami in September as a cue for ripping the Dolphins. I hope those of you who had that opinion can rethink it now.
Bottom line is there was no right answer for the Dolphins if they intended to go with a veteran quarterback this year. Trent Green was the wrong call. Daunte Culpepper would have been the wrong call.
That should give you more confidence in Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron because now they cannot be blamed for cutting Culpepper. That should lessen the pain of the loss to Oakland in which Culpepper completed all of five passes. And it should numb the sting of the current QB situation.
Have a great weekend.