The Miami Dolphins think they might have finally found the franchise quarterback that they’ve been searching for, for almost 13 years. Ryan Tannehill could be just the quarterback the Dolphins have been looking for all this time. At least we hope so. But, yesterday we learned something that we didn’t know about the dark era of Nick Saban in Miami. Yesterday, during a radio interview, Saban admitted that the Dolphins first choice for a quarterback in 2006 was not Daunte Culpepper.
In fact, the Dolphins made a contract offer to Drew Brees first. BUT, when Brees failed the physical given to him by Dolphins medical staff, the Dolphins chose instead to send a 2nd round pick to the Vikings for Daunte Culpepper. Previously we knew that the Dolphins liked Brees, but were worried about his shoulder. This is the first time we learned that the Dolphins actually made him a contract offer.
Many point to this decision as the one that altered the course of the Miami Dolphins franchise. After all, once Nick Satan fled for Alabama, we were left with Cam Cameron….That lead to a 1-15 season and the eventual hiring of Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, and Jeff Ireland (aka the Trifecta). Since the decision to sign Culpepper over Brees, the Dolphins have gone 6-10, 1-15, 11-5, 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, 6-8. They have one winning season, in large part because they have been unable to find a franchise quarterback. (cont’d on page 2, click below)