Football related news has nearly run dry these days outside of depressing lockout talk. In regards to the Dolphins, though, we’ve been able to keep ourselves busy by discussing which veteran quarterback the front office should sign/trade for whenever the lockout is over.
We’ve identified two groups of veteran quarterbacks the Dolphins could acquire this offseason. The more realistic free agents that won’t require draft pick compensation and the quarterbacks that are more proven but less likely because they will cost the Dolphins a high-round draft choice.
Let’s take a look at some videos of the quarterbacks that could be on the trading block first. Yes, this regime has an exceedingly conservative mindset, but with their job security up in the air, it may be time to go all in for one of these possible solutions.
Carson Palmer:These are Palmer’s 2009 highlights, the most recent season I could find. Many argue that Palmer has never been the same since tearing numerous ligaments in his knee in 2006. But Palmer had one of his best statistical seasons the year after he got hurt, tossing for 4,035 yards and 28 touchdown passes. And in his two most recent seasons (09-10), he averaged 23.5 touchdowns, 16.5 interceptions, and 3,532 yards. Clearly not the type of production Palmer had at the beginning of his career, but it’s still just what the Dolphins are missing at the quarterback position.
Kyle Orton:Surprisingly, there aren’t many highlight videos of Kyle Orton out there. At least not many quality ones. Below is a fairly well done highlight of Orton’s 2009 season, which could actually be confused for a Brandon Marshall highlight. Orton’s experience playing with Marshall is another endorsement that should probably be discussed more. He threw for 3,802 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions for the Broncos in 2009, arguably his best season as a pro. You may want to mute the music in this video, though.
Kevin Kolb: I’m still rather puzzled by the Eagles’ asking price for Kolb even though he is far less proven than Palmer and Orton and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his brief career. This video shows every drop back of Kolb’s 2009 start against the eventual Super Bowl champion Saints. That game gave us arguably our best look at Kolb, who had 51 pass attempts. As you can see, there was plenty of good and bad, as Kolb threw for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns but hurt the Eagles’ chances with 3 interceptions (although the final pick was just a desperation heave at the end of the game).
Matt Flynn:Here is a clip of Flynn’s start against the Patriots in Week 15 last season, where he nearly led the Packers to a surprise victory with no Aaron Rodgers in a game that significantly boosted his trade value. Flynn completed 24 of 37 passes, threw for 251 yards, added 3 touchdowns, and was picked off once. It was a tale of two games for Flynn, though, who only tossed for 177 yards and threw an interception in a 7-3 loss to the Lions the week before.