Dolphins' Wannstedt names Griese starter for Week Nine

Updated: October 29, 2003, 9:04 PM ET

MIAMI - Miami Dolphins quarterback Brian Griese, who was impressive in his first start Monday against San Diego, has earned at least one more.

At his news conference Wednesday, Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt announced the decision. He added that he hoped Jay Fiedler, who started the team's first six games before suffering an injury, could serve as the backup against Indianapolis.

Griese was 20-of-29 for 192 yards and three touchdowns in Miami's 26-10 win over the Chargers.

"Right now, (Griese) gives our football team the best chance to win," Wannstedt said. "Jay did more than he did last week at this time, but with everything considered I told him and Brian that Brian will start this week and we'll go from there. Hopefully, Jay will progress enough where he can be the second quarterback Sunday."

The Dolphins (5-2) host the Indianapolis Colts (6-1) on Sunday in a battle of teams who appear to be headed to the postseason.

"I'm excited about the possibility of going out there again," Griese said. "I had a lot of fun Monday night. I'm excited about the possibility of going out and playing well and beating Indianapolis."

Griese was signed as a free agent during the offseason after being released by the Denver Broncos. He was brought in as a backup to Fiedler but was given a chance to compete for the job.

"I'm not out here trying to play well every week so I can play the next week," Griese said. "I'm out there to play well because I have pride and I want this team to win. Those are the only two reasons I go out there to play."

Fiedler is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with a sprained knee. He was the No. 3 quarterback Monday.

"He is not 100 percent but he is better than he was last week," Wannstedt said.

In leading the Dolphins to a 4-2 start, Fielder completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,115 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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