What to expect from Beck once he starts
But when (not if) when Beck finally starts this season do not expect Dan Marino.
Marino, as many of you Dolphinphiles may remember, was a stud from the moment he stepped on the practice field at the old St. Thomas University training camp and his studliness (I jsut made up a word) continued into his first start, all the way through the end of his career.
John Beck is NOT Dan Marino. So don't expect him to come in when he finally gets his chance this year and turn the NFL's worst team into a dangerous club. The chances that will happen are simply not that good.
Peyton Manning wasn't great as a rookie. Drew Brees wasn't good his first couple of years. Derek Anderson bounced around before this season with Cleveland. Even Tom Brady struggled for, OK never mind, bad example.
The point is unless Beck is SuperQuarterback he is going to struggle coming out of the gate. Most rookie quarterbacks do. If his first start is against Philadelphia's blitzing, attacking defense, his deficiencies will look much bigger because he'll be constantly under pressure and duress.
So all I am asking you is not to expect the Dolphins to simply become a fine team once Beck is inserted. Don't expect tooooooo much of him because you've been asking, begging, demanding that he play.
If he struggles when he gets in there, it doesn't mean he's a bust. If he has flaws in reading defenses it doesn't mean he's slow. If he doesn't make great decisions right away it doesn't mean he is dumb. All it means is he's a rookie.
So be happy that Beck is getting playing time to work those kinks out now. But be patient, because all those kinks are likely to be quite pronounced at first.