Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Oct 2005

Spotty Play Could Lead to QB's Benching

"J.P. is the starter, and we're going with J.P." That was Mike Mularkey after Sunday's loss to the Saints. "I'm not going to talk about starters at any position for either team today." That was Mike Mularkey today at his press conference (via the NFL Network).

Personally, I think the media have every right to press Mularkey on this issue because to say you're not going to talk about something usually means you're hiding something. And while the coach is well within his rights to withhold such information, the media have just as much right to ask tough questions.

Whatever the case, it looks like either Losman is on very thin ice as the starter or Mularkey is really trying to throw a monkey wrench in Miami's game planning. Given that game plans are usually installed on Wednesday, I'll go with the former.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 05 Oct 2005

10 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 5:09pm by Joe


by Joey (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 1:29am

Does Jay Leno take headlines from cyberspace? If so, I'm sending this one in! Straight from the "no, duh" department.

by BillT (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 2:36am

Lenny P. says Holcomb starts this week.


by JoeGibbsIsSexy (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 5:10am

"Lenny P. says Holcomb starts this week"
But he hates the Redskins so I don't believe him!

by Jersey (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 7:59am

I see absolutely no reason why Loseman wouldn't start this week. He was the teams 1st round pick two years ago and has gotten what a whole 4 starts. The team is obviously committed to him and they must show confidence and loyalty if they want him to develop. It is not rare for a QB to struggle a bit in his first games, especially with that god awful offensive line.

by Rob (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 12:41pm

Say it ain't so, Len...

I was even kind of mystified the couple of times they put Holcomb in for a few series when JP was struggling. If they're going for the "Let's damage our young QB's confidence by benching him for a totally mediocre journeyman" approach, then giving Holcomb the start this week would be the best approach. It makes sense if you look at it from that point of view. I wonder if they still have Rob Johnson's number...

by Johonny (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 12:50pm

“J.P. is the starter, and we’re going with J.P.�

That's a bunch of Mularkey

by C (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 2:01pm

ESPN.com is reporting that Kelly Holcomb is now starting for the Bills. Why draft a young, promising QB and then not give him the opportunity? That's a good way to suck for a long time.

by noahpoah (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 2:11pm

Maybe letting Holcomb start (and fail, as he likely will) is being used as a cautionary tale for lil' J.P., as in 'This could happen to you, young QB. With great responsibility comes great opportunity to fail. Fail! Fail! So, um, try not to fail.'

Or something like that.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 4:07pm

in the small typeface on the home page, I read the headline as "Snotty play..." and I thought "gee, that's kinda harsh"

by Joe (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 5:09pm

Losman seems to be at his best when all of his plays are scripted. It seems like he tears it up the opening drive, and then stinks the rest of the way.

Maybe they'll give him a couple of scripted series to go into the game.

Mularkey does have a past with alternating quarterbacks, a la Kordell Stewart.