Vernon Carey Update

Isn't Vernon Carey the Dolphins' best offensive lineman? Why did he have such a poor start to his Dolphins career?

A: Based solely on observation, I would say Carey is the leader of the pack with the Dolphins. Running back Ronnie Brown had most of his rushing success in last Sunday's 20-17 loss to the New York Jets with Carey leading the way.

The slow start to Carey's NFL career can be attributed to three main factors: A) Carey entered the season in the best condition of his three-year NFL career after not being as fit in his first two campaigns; B) It usually takes a rookie, even a first-round draft choice like Carey, some time to become acclimated playing at the NFL level; C) Carey has a much better rapport with offensive line coach Hudson Houck than he did with predecessor Tony Wise.