Dolphins face Carson Palmer on Dec. 4

October, 18, 2011
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The Miami Dolphins will face the quarterback they wanted -- but couldn't get -- on Dec. 4. That is when the Oakland Raiders (4-2) and newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer will travel to Miami to face the downtrodden Dolphins (0-5) at Sun Life Stadium.

Palmer probably will be vying for a playoff spot with Oakland, while the winless Dolphins will be playing out the season.

It makes you wonder how different things could have been if Miami was able to work out a trade with Cincinnati to land Palmer earlier this year. The Dolphins were certainly interested. They searched for several options to compete with Chad Henne but couldn't find one.

Instead, Miami went with Henne and the team lost its first four games. Henne separated his shoulder on Oct. 2 against the San Diego Chargers. Backup Matt Moore is stepping in for the rest of the season.

Miami will have a hard time turning its team around until it lands a franchise quarterback. It's something the team hasn't had since Dan Marino retired in 1999.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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