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Former Dolphins receiver James McKnight, a 10-year NFL veteran, answers readers' questions in Sun-Sentinel.com's weekly Q&A sessions with former Dolphins. Below are McKnight's responses:
Q: Hey James, with the Dolphins playing in London against the Giants, I couldn't help but remember your 68-yard touchdown run off a reverse against the Giants a few years ago. Was that your most memorable moment with the Dolphins? Hayden Bromfield, Walnut Creek, CA
A: "Well Hayden, that run was definitely one of my favorite plays as a Dolphin. However, another one of my most memorable moments was when we were playing the Buffalo Bills and I had a couple of key blocks for Ricky Williams on his way to back-to-back, 250-yard rushing games. The other one was when I caught a five-yard out pass from Brian Greise, picked up a block from ex-Dolphin Chris Chambers, and raced up the sideline for an 80-yard TD."
Q: I think it is painfully clear that the Dolphins need to start rebuilding and need a massive overhaul. If I was the GM I would deal Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas. I feel the Fins are going to be out of contention for the next three to four seasons until they can build through the draft. Do you agree? Todd, Pompano Beach, FL
A: "Todd, there is no doubt about it the Dolphins need an extreme makeover and the draft would be a perfect place to start. However, I don't agree that it would take them three or four years to rebuild. With the frenzy that swirls around the NFL at the start of free agency, I believe the Dolphins will be the busiest team in the free-agent market. As for Jason and Zach, I would hope that the organization allows them the chance to finish their careers as Miami Dolphins. If not, they owe it to them to seek a trade with a team of their choice."
Q: I don't see a direction with the Dolphins brass. It seems like they are lost, and continue to make bad mistakes. What do you think they will need to do to turn it around? Chuck, Allen, TX
A: "Good question, Chuck. The first thing I would change is the revolving door of athletes on a yearly basis. Since I left the Dolphins in' 03, there are only three teammates of mine that are still on the roster. If you look at the top teams around the league, most of the playmakers on those teams are draft picks and key free agents. Where are our draft picks from 2001- 06?"
Q: Wayne Huizenga apparently hinted last week that hiring Dave Wannstedt was a mistake. Having played for him, would you agree? Didn't you guys win a lot of games with him? What was he like as a coach? James Naconi, Irvington, NY
A: "I wouldn't go so far as to say he was a mistake, but I will say he made some gameday decisions that the offense wasn't particularly happy with. Although we won a lot of games, we didn't make a lot of halftime adjustments, nor did we put teams away in the first half like the Colts and Patriots. As for Wannstedt as a coach . . . I'll just say he was my boss, and I practiced and played very hard for him."
Q: Do you think Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas will get in the Hall of Fame? Jason M., Troy, NY
A: "Jason, I don't know what the numbers are at linebacker in regard to the Hall of Fame, but my buddy Zach has the stats and Pro Bowls that stack up against anyone. He's just lacking a Super Bowl ring. The same goes for Jason. He has the stats and Pro Bowls, but no ring either. Jason, however, has put up more impressive numbers in the sack column, which might sway voters when the time comes. For the record, as a teammate and a fan, if I had a vote on their ballot, I would vote them both in the first time around."
Q: James, I am a Liberty University alumni who watched you play many games and I can truly say that you were GREAT to watch! I do not know if I can watch another Dolphin game that keeps a quarterback who obviously is NOT the future of the Dolphins. All the while John Beck sits on the sidelines watching? We need to see him NOW! Richard Albury, The Bahamas
A: "Although I understand that Cleo Lemon deserves a fair chance, I am like the rest of South Florida in thinking the sooner we see John Beck the better. Not that I am sold that he is the future of the franchise, I'd just want to know the answer to that question before my first pick in the draft. The way things are going so far this season, it could be the first or second pick."
Q: With what you have seen so far from Derek Hagan and Ted Ginn, do either of them look like a potential No. 1 receiver in the future? Dan Hallett, Carver, MA
A: "As a former wideout myself, I always like to give other wideouts the benefit of the doubt. I can't begin to address Hagan or Ginn at this stage of their careers without thinking, 'Hmmm . . . Hagan and Ginn are not equal to Wes welker and Chris Chambers.' Enough said."
Q: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make for life after football? Other than the obvious, Sundays and teammates, what do you miss the most about your football career? Mo, Albuquerque, NM
A: "Well Mo, my biggest adjustment was being a full-time father and husband. Doing the Daddy things like dropping off and picking the kids up from school. Parenting is a full-time job!! As to what I miss most -- its the thrill of having a job that pays me to play a game at a high level, which is the same game I grew up playing in the backyard for free. What a privilege and honor to have had an opportunity to play this game. I am grateful to the Seahawks, Cowboys and Dolphins for my time with those organizations."
Q: Do you think that Cam Cameron being the offensive coordinator in addition to being the head coach has hampered our effectiveness on defense? Jon, Woodbridge, VA
A: "No, I don't think that Cam Cameron being the head coach and offensive coordinator has anything to do with the defensive struggles. I just don't think he inherited a very good football team, which is a result of the two previous coaching regimes. However, time will tell."
Q: My friend has long thought O.J. McDuffie would be a great wide receivers coach for the Dolphins. Do you think they need a change and what do you think about O.J. as a coach? Rob M., Lynn Haven, FL
A: "Rob, I don't think that coaching is the issue with the Dolphins receivers. You can't coach the players you want, you have to coach the players you have. That's for any position on the football field. As for O. J. McDuffie as a coach, I think that he would be a great coach. O. J. has It -- that something in the pit of your stomach and that fire that burns deep inside of an athlete that when your body gives up your mind takes over and you finish strong. The question is not will O. J. McDuffie be a great coach, but could a head coach handle his strong personality as an assistant coach."
James McKnight can be heard locally on 850 (AM) WFTL Sunday afternoons, and on the Web at www.850wftl.com.