This season the Miami Dolphins proved the old school saying, “God don’t like ugly.” Daunte Culpepper, still rehabilitating from tearing all cruciate ligaments in his knee while with the Minnesota Vikings, was engaged in a protracted battle for “liberation.” Culpepper began the 2006 season as the Dolphins starter. The feeling in Miami was that he probably tried to play too soon – that injuries such as his would require at least two years to heal. This is the second year and Daunte looks much better. Two passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and one power move late, Culpepper looks like a player with the ability to recapture some of his old form. At his best, Culpepper is as good a passer as anyone in the game.
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper (8) listens to Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron following the Raiders’ 35-17 victory at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Culpepper was cut by Cameron before the season began and then signed with the Raiders. Chronicle photo by Chris Stewart