A: "I would never call my esteemed cohort crazy, maybe a tad eccentric. Just kidding, Dave. Actually, it's too early to bring Beck in. He would be thrown to the wolves without the benefit of a decent running game. Let's see if the O-line can improve on their run blocking and how the Dolphins do against fellow AFC East dregs - your hometown Jets Brad, and Bills - first. But I would consider pulling the plug on Trent Green by midseason if the team shows no improvement."
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A: "Mash, I loved your TV show. Anyhow, I was shocked that they hardly blitzed Romo. Clearly, defensive chief Dom Capers was nervous about using a linebacker to shadow Romo because of the pass-receiving skills of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. If he chose a safety to blitz, that would leave the dangerous Terrell Owens in a one-on-one matchup with CB Travis Daniels. And unfortunately, Daniels' initials have been more applicable to the receivers he's guarded the first two games. Give Romo credit, he's got great pocket presence and is greasy as a Tony Roma rib."
Q: Why are so many rookies inactive each week, most notably Lorenzo Booker and Paul Soliai? Drew Z., Davie, FL
A: "Ding. Ding. Ding. Great question, Drew. Every time we ask Cam about it, he dodges it better than Romo dodged Jason Taylor on Sunday. Booker was supposed to be a secret weapon, a third-down change-of-pace back for Ronnie Brown. He's a secret all right. I think that Cameron's crush on Jesse Chatman has rendered Booker moot. Chatman has become that pass-catching tailback out of the backfield with 10 catches already (tying his three-year career total in San Diego). Cameron said he's using a heavier RB Patrick Cobbs instead because of his special teams play. But healthy third-round picks should be on the field in uniforms not street clothes.
"As for Soliai, Cameron said he wanted to reward DT Steve Fifita for his quality play in preseason and practices. Those guys are locker room neighbors so it's an interesting situation. It appears that none of the DT's, including a suddenly very old Keith Traylor have been effective either collapsing the pocket or in containing the running game. DT Rod Wright must still be bothered by his knee or he would be activated. Somewhere Fred Evans is smiling."
Q: Is Jason Allen as horrible as most fans think? Jeremy Klein, Alexandria, VA
A: "Ouch, Jeremy, that's a delicate subject that I don't feel comfortable answering. All I can say is the coaches clearly don't trust him to be on the field in either the base defense or in the nickel and dime packages. J.A. is a great kid with a ton of athletic ability, but he just seems to be behind in the playbook-grasping department. He's been tossed around from corner to safety back to corner, so he needs to just focus on being the best cornerback he could be so he could regain his coach's trust. His body type seems to fit the strong-safety mold and I believe that's where Allen wants to be - but that's not where DB coaches Mel Phillips and Brett Maxie want him. You have to pull for a quality young man like this. Remember he missed most of his senior season at Tennessee with a hip injury, so lets give him some time before we label him with the four-letter, first-round b--t word."
Q: When are we going to get a coach that would discipline players? Besides lack of talent, penalties have hurt this team the last several years. Rene Leon, Newnan, GA
A: "Cameron is actually a stern disciplinarian. He calls them out in the video room, and he demotes and promotes players on a regular basis. He's cut several players who have messed up off the field a-la Evans, Kelly Campbell, Manny Wright and even Randy McMichael. Remember, he's got 23 new players and 11 rookies, so inexperience is a factor in several of those penalties as is learning new systems."
Q: Wasn't the interior defensive line supposed to be one of the strongest units on the team? What happened? They got manhandled against Dallas. Pete Francona, Harrisburg, PA
A: "Pete, any relation to the baseball Francona family? You're so right. We all thought coming in that the D-line was their absolute strength. We didn't count on the offense leaving them on the field for far too many long stretches. It seems that their age and possibly by not playing enough in the exhibition season caught up to them. I don't remember seeing J.T. or Zach miss so many tackles. As I said before, Traylor is looking older than his 38 years and Joey Porter, who has been playing some as a pass-rushing defensive end, appears to still be hampered by his preseason knee surgery. Also, Cameron is getting nothing out of their backups."
Q: Why do we keep signing washed-up quarterbacks like Trent Green? Also, will Cleo Lemon start anytime soon? Doug Ketter, Monkton, MD
A: "Cameron is a believer in surrounding himself with players he has a history with. By all accounts, Green is an outstanding leader on and off the field, and before last season, had a string of 4,000-yard plus seasons. Does one concussion and not having RB Larry Johnson or TE Tony Gonzalez change everything? Or, does he need an offensive line he can trust so he could take more than a 3-step drop? I am concerned that his balls seem to be floating too much. Let's give Green the benefit of the doubt and at least six games to show that he's got some fuel left in his 37-year-old tank. Brett Favre is still looking pretty good, isn't he? The only way Cleo gets in there is if Green gets carried out."
Q: I know the Dolphins have only played two games, but is this season salvageable? And how many years before this team is a true Super Bowl contender? Keith Ryan, N. Attleboro, MA
A: "Yes, I believe it is salvageable, Keith. Look at the upcoming schedule - the underachieving Jets with a hobbled quarterback and uninspiring defense; a horrendous Raiders team with possibly a rusty Daunte Culpepper ready to lead them; and a Browns squad that can't stop anybody. Granted, Houston is 2-0 for the first time ever with QB Matt Schaub leading the way. The injury-depleted Giants in London? There are Ws out there to be had, but as Cameron said, the mistakes have to be cleaned up. As for Super Bowl contender, wow, perhaps 2010 when John Beck has a season or two under his belt and the offensive line is rebuilt.
Q: First it was the Patriots stealing signs. Now, it's the Jets simulating snap counts. Why is everyone making such a big deal out of all this stuff when it's been going on for years? Maybe the Dolphins should try using some of these tactics. Brent Raycraft, Jupiter, FL
A: "Well, Brent, that's not the message you want to send to the kids out there, but when in Rome? No, really, I believe in playing by the rules or else there's chaos. I don't believe that cheaters should prosper in anything in life. Stealing signs visually is a lot different than using a video camera. Cheating taints greatness, and now Belicheater joins the Barry Bonds' of the world. Add an asterisk to those Super Bowl titles."