Three Burning Questions
Can Trent Green be the short-term fix at QB?
Since the retirement of Dan Marino, the Dolphins have not yet found a new franchise quarterback. The quarterback position continues to be the biggest question this franchise needs to answer. Can an aging Trent Green, whose skills are declining, still play winning football? After suffering a concussion in last year's season opener, he never seemed to gain his confidence back, which altered his decision-making and accuracy. However, if Green can regain his confidence, he is a solid frontline starter who could excel in head coach Cam Cameron's offensive system. He is a tough, competitive player who does not easily get rattled under pressure, but he will need a strong running game to be successful in Miami. If the Green experiment doesn't work out, who will the Dolphins turn to? Backup QB Cleo Lemon is probably not good enough, so don't be surprised to see 27-year-old rookie John Beck at some point in the regular season.
The Dolphins' offensive line was not very consistent in 2006. Offensive line coach Hudson Houck will be under the gun to develop chemistry within an offensive line that has a lot of moving parts. Can former first-round pick Vernon Carey handle the left tackle position? Carey is a versatile player who could play either tackle position. He is a better run-blocker than pass-blocker and could have his hands full in protecting the quarterback's backside. L.J. Shelton has always had weight issues and looked very sluggish in the offseason. He is a versatile player who has been inconsistent throughout his career. Rex Hadnot is a versatile player who must continue to rely on his technique and improve his consistency. He is a big inside guard who relies on angles and body position to create inside run lanes. Two rookies could start on the inside: Samson Satele and Drew Mormino. Satele is the leader in the clubhouse to handle the right guard position, while Mormino will compete for the starting left guard position with Chris Liwienski.