Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Griese might remain No. 1 with Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. -- Quarterback Brian Griese will start for the
second consecutive week for the Miami Dolphins when they play
Indianapolis on Sunday.
Griese made his season debut against San Diego on Monday night,
throwing for 192 yards and three touchdowns in Miami's 26-10 win.
"Right now he gives us the best chance to win," coach Dave
Wannstedt said Wednesday.
Jay Fiedler, who started Miami's first six games, was listed as
questionable because he sprained his knee two weeks ago in the
Dolphins' 19-13 overtime loss to New England. Fiedler was in
uniform Monday night but was designated the No. 3 quarterback.
Fiedler took some snaps with the first team Wednesday, but
experienced more trouble with the sprained knee ligament.
"We've got two good people, two guys who are winners,"
Wannstedt said. "Jay Fiedler doesn't have to prove one thing to
anybody around here. The guy's won as many games as anybody in the
league. If it was up to Jay, he'd go out there and play. ... I just
feel that this is the best way to go."
Griese hurt his right thumb in Monday's game. It was sore
Wednesday but is not a concern, the coach said.
Wannstedt would not say if the job is Griese's or if it would be
evaluated weekly. His singular focus, he said, is finding the right
guy to face Indianapolis.
"Honestly, guys, 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."
Griese's three scoring passes Monday night were one more than
Fiedler managed in his last four games combined, and he gives
Miami's receiving corps confidence.
"It's no drop-off at the position," tight end Randy McMichael
said. "Last week Brian showed what he can do. This week we need
another big game out of him."
Fiedler, who wore a large knee brace during practice, said
there's no official timetable for his return, and he did not
speculate whether the starting job was waiting for him.
"My position is I'm going to go out there and prepare myself
every week to be ready to play, to be the starter, to be the person
who goes out there and does what it takes to win games," Fiedler
said. "Brian is going to do the same. I'm sure he has been doing
the same all year long and it showed last week."