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If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option

Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 1:13 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano would only offer a "we'll see" when asked recently if Chad Henne would be his starter in 2011. The team has been upfront about its pursuit of a veteran quarterback once free agency begins; the only question is who Miami might target.

Regarding realistic free-agent options at QB and RB, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel tweeted Monday that it's "[h]ard to say until I know the RFA rules. But at worse: [Marc] Bulger & [Darren] Sproles."

We've mentioned the uncertainty surrounding the restricted free-agent rules. However that plays out, Bugler will draw the interest of several QB-needy teams. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora said in May that the Dolphins could be in the mix for Bulger's services. But even then, Rotoworld.com speculated that "Bulger doesn't want to be a starter in the NFL, and that he'd be more comfortable not taking anymore hits."

This jibes with what Kurt Warner, who was Bulger's teammate in St. Louis, said last week (via PFT):
Warner pointed out that Bulger “got beat up pretty good” as the starter in St. Louis, and that it wouldn’t surprise Warner to learn that Bulger is “happy” as a backup, and that “he can just enjoy life and not have to worry about the pressure of being an NFL starter and everything that goes with it.” Again, Warner was careful not to phrase his assessment as criticism, and Warner said he thinks that Bulger would want to start again if he finds the right situation.
Whether Miami would be the "right situation" remains to be seen, although Henne is presumably on a short leash after two inconsistent seasons.

In related news, the Dolphins' 2009 second-round pick Pat White has signed to play for Marty Schottenheimer and the UFL's Virginia Destroyers. (Yep, that's the same Marty Schottenheimer who basically said "thanks but no thanks" when asked about Terrelle Pryor.)

White, who briefly played professional baseball, calls his new opportunity a "chance to show I can do it." Unfortunately, that never happened in Miami.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:46 pm
 

If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option



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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:44 pm
 

If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option

Marc Bulger could definitely be a star again if they would protect him. He's very accurate and he can still find the open man. The only thing is, he needs a decent offensive line, and backs who can stay in a block or catch the ball. I'm not sure the Dolphons can protect him, but he has proven with the Rams, if given time, he's a good QB.



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:55 pm
 

If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option

Bulger might have a career revival wherever he goes. He had some skills with the Rams, but constant hits stunned his abilities. Perhaps a year off of the pressure did some good to his body. Bulger would be good in Tenessee considering the good O-Line and running game, Carolina is an option too. McNabb, Orton, Moore and Delhomme are all contenders to compete against Henne for the starting job.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:30 pm
 

If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option

Actually, the fact that Joe Flacco actually felt threatened by Bulger speaks (negative) volumes about Flacco.  Nice numbers, but I'd take Sam Bradford over Flacco for the long term if given the choice.  Both are talented, and Bradford seems comfortable in his own skin.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:27 pm
 

If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option

The idea that Bulger may no longer even want to be a starter is priceless, and as a St. Louisan, not at all surprising.  His best days are about 8 years behind him.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:16 pm
 

If Bulger wants to start, Miami could be option

I think Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb, and Kevin Kolb all could be a nice fit in Miami, the first 3 being *if healthy.  I still believe Chad Henne will ultimately emerge as a starting NFL quarterback, he's only been in the league a few years and has many tools that are desirable amongst NFL qb's.  A year under excellent veteran tutelage, another year of growth, more reps, and more film study and a year in the backup role with less pressure could do wonders for Henne.


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