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Miami Dolphins to again start Cleo Lemon at QB

The Miami Dolphin quarterback shuffle continues on.

A source close to the Dolphins told The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday that Cleo Lemon will be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens and may have already been given the job for the Dec. 23 game against the New England Patriots, too.

Lemon would replace rookie John Beck, who started the previous four games but failed to lead the Dolphins to an offensive touchdown. An announcement is expected from coach Cam Cameron today.

The Dolphins were 0-9 when they handed the offense to Beck with the intention of the move being permanent. Now with only three chances left to avert infamy as the only NFL team to go 0-16, the Dolphins have opted to go with experience.

“Even when we made that change (to make Beck the starter last month), we felt like we needed a spark,” Cameron said at his Monday news conference, “and we were going to play the guy that we felt, at that time, gave us the best chance to win.”

Cameron pulled Beck after eight snaps in Sunday’s 38-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The second-round draft choice from Brigham Young was on the field for two possessions that both ended without a first down and a fumble that went for a Bills touchdown.

As much as I want Beck to succeed, he looked horrible against the Jets and at the beginning of the Bill game. I wouldn’t put him in there against New England at all, but would consider playing the QB against Baltimore and Cincinnati.

Bottom line- There isn’t much grounds for criticizing a change of heart by Cameron at QB. However I don’t think either Lemon or Beck will win a game for Miami this year.

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