Former Dolphins linebacker/defensive end Kim Bokamper, who played for the Dolphins from 1977-85, answers readers' questions in Sun-Sentinel.com's weekly Q&A sessions with former Dolphins.
Q: Hey Kim, it's great the Dolphins won a game, but it's time for Wayne Huizenga to make a call to Bill Parcells and hire him to become the general manager come this January. Your thoughts? Bryan Eaves, Boardman, OH
A: "I agree with you that the general manager is the key to the Dolphins' future. And yes, Parcells is one of the best. However I'd like to give Randy Mueller more time. Samson Satele, Regan Mauia, Lorenzo Booker, John Beck, etc., is not a bad draft. A couple more like that could put us on the right path."
Q: Kim, I understand we need patience with a rookie head coach. However, this coaching staff has contributed to losses this season. How could the coaching staff give Baltimore the ball on the 40-yard line? Don't you feel that as far away from being a quality team again, we cannot afford a coaching staff that has regressed the play of our team? David E, Cooper City, FL
A: "I'm with you on the call for a pooch kick on Sunday. I thought that was a horrible call that could have cost the Dolphins the game. I think the jury is still out on Cam. It's hard to win a race without the horses. Still, I have yet to see him make a move that tells me that he is the guy. But in my mind there are only a few great coaches: Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, and Mike Shanahan. To me the rest are just "guys." I would not make a move to get another "guy."
Q: Do you agree a trade down for extra picks is the best strategy in the draft or is Glenn Dorsey that good we need to take him? George, Gainesville, FL
A: "I love Dorsey for the Fins. I would not trade down past the fourth spot. Plus, I would do whatever it takes to keep Darren McFadden from the Pats."
Q: Hey Kim, you were the best pass rushing Killer 'B' and we had Bob Baumhower to clog the middle. I remember drafting him and A.J. Duhe with our first two draft picks, and it really shored up the D-line. I'd like to see us use two of our first-day picks this April in similar fashion. How would you assess our personnel, in particular, Paul Soliai? He's a big boy and if he can develop into a top NT/DT, it really would be huge. How would you rate his potential? Also, what's your take on Rod & Abe Wright and Quentin Moses? Thanks and Thanks for the memories! Peter Lacock, Erie, PA
A: "You are right. Those two really solidified our defense. I am all for the Dolphins going strong on the d-line. Keith Traylor will not be back, and they could always use another defensive end. Do you think that Akron has another Jason Taylor up their sleeve? Having said that, I would be thrilled to pick up a big, nasty, nuckledragging left tackle. I do think that Paul Soliai could be a player, but he needs to learn to play lower with more leverage. I like Rodrigue Wright. I think he will continue to get better and better. I have not seen anything from Abraham Wright that leads me to believe that he will be an impact player. I have been surprised by Quentin Moses. He looks like he has the skills to become a very good pass rusher. I like his size along with his ability to use his hands."
Q: Are you shocked Brian Billick didn't go for the winning touchdown from inside the one-yard line? How soft was that call to settle for a tying field goal? Ray, Allen Park, MI
A: "I'm glad Brian chose to play it on the conservative side. I was sure that he would go for the touchdown. From the half-yard line, come on. I do understand taking the sure thing and taking your chances in overtime if you have something to play for, but the Ravens are going nowhere. Again, I would like to thank him."
Q: With the recent news of the potential sale of the franchise, can you give us long suffering Dolfans any reason for hope? Doug, Toronto, Canada
A: "I think the play of the young players is reason for hope. As I said earlier, Doug, another draft or two like this last one and the Fins could be back in the game. The key, and I can not emphasize this enough, is success in the draft. They cannot whiff on their first pick. Period. Plus they have to be strong with the rest of their choices."
Q: Is it fair to say John Beck is a bust? They gave him enough starts to tell he isn't the answer at quarterback. John Hanlon, Oak Ridge, NJ
A: "I wouldn't call John a bust. However he has not shown me anything that would lead me to believe that he is the answer in the Dolphins' search for a quarterback. I'm concerned about his stature, and I am also wondering if his hands are big enough to secure the football. He is a bright kid and very impressive when I've spoken to him. Having said that, I'd rather have a thrower than a talker, if you know what I mean."
Q: What took Cam Cameron so long to utilize Lorenzo Booker? He obviously has a lot of talent? Why exactly was he riding the bench for so long? Pete McConville, Tarrytown, NY
A: "You know Pete, sometimes I think that Cam is just stubborn. It's obvious after three games that Lorenzo has added new elements to this offense -- speed and elusiveness. These kinds of decisions are the ones that make me wonder if Cam has what it takes to be a head coach. You cannot baby players in this league. You pay them to play, so play them or somebody else will!"
Q: How bad is Cleo Lemon? I know he helped the Dolphins to their first win, but he looked terrible for most of the game. His pocket presence is awful, he doesn't lead his receivers, he makes bad decisions, etc. Wouldn't you agree? Mike Berman, Ashburn, VA
A: "Let me be frank, Cleo is a very good backup quarterback. I will eat my words when I see him lead a team to the playoffs. Until then, I stand by my opinion."
Q: Kim, I really miss the good old days when you played. My question: You played with some great players, but who was the most underrated Dolphin during your playing days with the team? Dave H., Melbourne, FL
A: "Thanks for the kind words. I think Bob Baumhower is the most underappreciated, and maybe the most underrated also. He was the anchor of our defense for years. I am a little put off that he has not been placed on the Ring of Honor at Dolphin Stadium. I believe that he deserves to be up there. The other guy that went unnoticed was our left tackle Jon Giesler. He was as solid as a rock and played week in and week out with knees so bad that most guys would have never endured the pain."
Kim Bokamper can be heard locally on WQAM (560-AM) Monday and Wednesday evenings on Dolphins All-Access from 7-9 p.m., and on the Web at wqam.comCopyright © 2015, CT Now