Miami to anoint starter during training camp

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins will go into next month's
training camp without a clear front-runner in the team's latest
quarterback battle.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday that neither
newcomer Gus Frerotte nor incumbent starter A.J. Feeley has been
chosen as the team's starter for this year's season-opener against
Denver, and that the decision hinges on how they play in training
"That's what the training camp going into the season is going
to be for, establishing who that person's going to be," Linehan
said. "That really wasn't the intent of our offseason program."
Feeley completed 191 of 356 passes last season, his first in
Miami, for 1,893 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Frerotte, now with his sixth NFL club, threw just one pass as
Daunte Culpepper's backup in Minnesota last season, and hasn't been
a regular starter since 1997 with Washington.
Frerotte does, however, have extensive experience in the
Dolphins' offense -- since it's largely the one used by Linehan over
the past two seasons, when he was the Vikings' offensive
That doesn't necessarily mean Frerotte will rate any edge in the
quarterback race, Linehan said.
"There's no favorites in coaching," Linehan said. "You're
going to play who's going to be able to go out there and execute
and do what you expect. I'm fond of all the guys. I think they've
done exactly what we've asked to this point, and more."
Linehan said he wanted to see Feeley both improve and learn the
new system during the team's offseason program, and gave him high
marks on both counts.
"He's certainly got some exceptional talent as far as throwing
the ball," Linehan said. "He's still relatively young as a
quarterback and so he's learning. ... I'm very happy with where
he's at, at this point."