Monday, November 15, 2010

Dolphins Search for QB Candidates

November 15, 2010
Update: 11/16/10 @ 11:35 AM

The Miami Dolphins have officially signed veteran quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey was drafted in 2002 by the Washington Redskins and been an NFL journeyman during his eight year career. Miami will be Ramsey's eighth destination.

Jason La Canfora of noted that the Dolphins brought in other QBs like Tom Brandstater, Tommy Grady, J.T. O'Sullivan and JaMarcus Russell for tryouts.

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In one of the most bizarre NFL games in recent history, the Miami Dolphins suffered two potential season-ending injuries at the quarterback position while securing a 29-17 victory. Standing above .500, the Dolphins still have more questions than answers with their evolving QB dilemma.

Multiple candidates have been contacted to fill the void of back-up QB. Here are the names that have been tossed around:
  • Patrick Ramsey
  • JaMarcus Russell
  • Tom Brandstater
  • Chris Simms
  • Daunte Culpepper
  • Todd Bouman
  • Colt Brennan
The Sun-Sentinel has compiled a brief profile of each QB which is worth reposting for Dol-Fans to see:

Patrick Ramsey
First round pick 2002 by Redskins out of Tulane
Has played for Skins, Jets, Broncos, Titans, Lions
35 career TDs, 30 INTs
Best season: 2003 with Redskins: 2,166 yards, 14TDs, 9INTs
Note: Spent the 2010 preseason with the Saints before he was waived in final cuts.

Chris Simms
In eighth season out of Texas, drafted by Bucs
Has played with Bucs, Titans and Broncos
12 career TDs, 18 INTs
Best Season 2005 with Bucs: 191-for-313, 2,035 yards 10TDs 7INTs
Noted: Released by Broncos in 2010 when Denver acquired Brady Quinn.

Jamarcus Russell
Drafted No. 1 by Raiders out of LSU in 2007
Played three seasons with Oakland
18 career TDs, 23 INTs
Best season 2008 with Raiders: 198-for-368, 2,423 yards 13TDs 8INTs
Notes: A grand jury in Alabama has declined to indict Russell of a drug charge. Russell was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, a drink containing codeine syrup; Reported to have worked out recently for the Redskins.

Daunte Culpepper
Eleventh season out of Central Florida
Played for Vikings, Raiders, Lions and for Miami in 2006
149 career TDs, 106 INTs
Best season 2004 with Vikings: 379-for-548 4,717 yards, 39 TDs, 11INTs
Note: Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback currently is with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. Started four games for the Dolphins in 2006, with a 1-3 record; went 81-for-134 for 929 yards, 2TD and 2 INTS for Miami.

Todd Bouman
Eleventh season out of St. Cloud St.
Has played with Vikings, Saints, Packers, Rams, Ravens and twice with Jaguars
13 career TDs, 13 INTs
Best season: 2001 with Vikings: 51-for-89, 795 yards, 8TDs, 4INTs
Notes: Released Nov. 10 by Jacksonville; started Oct. 24 game with Jaguars after three days of practice; was 18-for-34 for 222 yards with 2TDs and 2INTs in 42-20 loss to Kansas City; Was on the tractor on Oct. 19 when the Jaguars called him to help replace injured quarterbacks, David Garrard and Trent Edwards.

Colt Brennan
Drafted by Redskins in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Hawaii
Last cut by Oakland Raiders; has made no regular season NFL appearances
Note: Holds the NCAA Division I record for most touchdown passes in a single season with 58.

Tom Brandstater
Drafted in the sixth round in 2009 by the Denver Broncos.
Cut by the Broncos; has made no regular season NFL appearances.

Looking to the Draft

Given that many of these candidates will be looked at as short-term options, the Dolphins will likely have to consider adressing the QB position in the upcoming NFL draft. Miami has not drafted a QB in the first round since they selected Dan Marino in the 1983. The reward of that selection exceeded all expectations as Marino went on to become a Hall of Famer. With a rare 2011 QB class loaded with talent, the Dolphins will have the best opportunity to acquire a franchise slinger (if that is the direction they wish to take).

Here are some of the college QBs worth looking at:
  • Andrew Luck, Stanford (stats)
  • Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (stats)
  • Jake Locker, Washington (stats)

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