I had hoped to put up a column about this, but alas, Finheaven remains offline. But you know what they say: "you can't stop Finheaven, you can only hope to hold down its posts from the day before." Anyway, we make do with what we have. In the last two games, I've paid attention to Beck's every throw, pretty much to the exclusion of most other game analysis. Maybe after Sunday, I'll do a play-by-play breakdown of every throw. For now though, after two games, here's my grading of him in each category that I consider to be critical to grading the play and development of a QB. These are, admittedly, pretty vague and all-encompassing categories, because frankly, I don't feel like breaking down and grading 30 different things, nor do we have enough of a sample size to make more than general observations at this point. Arm strength - B. He's shown some impressive zip on 15-20 yard routes, like the absolute laser he threw to Ginn in the Eagles game on third down. Or the one he threw to Booker about 20 yards downfield in that one. The deep ball to Booker in the Pittsburgh game hung up a bit, but the conditions were obviously a serious mitigating factor. However, most of his throws have been short, so it's hard to get a great idea about his arm strength, so the B grade is tentative. Pocket presence - B. He had a case of happy feet in the first half of the Philly game, but settled down more quickly than pretty much any rookie I've seen in recent years. It takes most rookies a few games, at minimum, to cure themselves of happy feet. (In the case of Vince Young, it will take either a full decade or an ACL tear, whichever happens first.) Beck seemed to cure himself of that in one half of football, which was amazing to me. He had a great idea about when the rush was coming in that game. In the Pittsburgh game, he wasn't quite as good. There were a couple times when I felt he should have run with the football. On the third and long in the Miami end when he threw the short route to Halterman, I thought he should have held it a touch longer and waited for something else to open up; it seemed like he had time. Yeah, I know, mitigating factors and all, but when you've got a sample size of 45 NFL passes, you use what you have. Decision making - A-. The hardest thing, by far, for a rookie to master, and Beck has damn near aced this. In his 45 throws, I've seen him make one questionable pass (the bomb to Booker in the monsoon). And even that wasn't all that bad, it just seemed to me like a case of a young QB getting frustrated and wanting to make something happen. Other than that, he's been spot on and every pass has been the right one to make. He's thrown the ball away quite well, rather than force a pass under pressure. There's been no throws into triple coverage (AJ), no heave-hos off the back foot (Joey), no lazy square outs that sit in the air for a lifetime, just begging for Nate Clements to turn them into a pick-six (Jay). Beck has already shown better decision making than any Phin QB since Marino, which to me is impressive as hell. Now, admittedly, without having an aerial view of the field and being able to see if he's missed an open receiver, I'm a bit limited in this evaluation, but from what I have seen, he's been impeccable. Accuracy - C+. This was his stock in trade coming out of college, but it wasn't great in his debut. I would have given him a C- or D in the Philly game, but it improved a lot against the Steelers. You can probably chalk his first game missed passes up to early jitters and the difficulty of adjusting to the speed of the NFL game right away. I can live with that. I'm not, of course, holding Derek "Roberto Duran" Hagan's inability to catch a football against him. Mobility - Inc. Looked pretty nimble against the Eagles, but I can't even give him a grade based on the Monday Nighter. Have to see more to get a better idea. Put a gun to my head, and I suppose he gets a B. Comprehension - B+. Beck seems to read defenses quite well. He doesn't seemed shocked or scared by blitzes. I don't think Cameron is asking him to read the whole field yet, though I could be wrong. Either way, he seems to know what's going to happen, where, and what he should do. Leadership - C. The team seems to have rallied around him, but I can't do more than a C until he actually puts some points on the board. Outlook: I'm drinking the kool-aid. I absolutely believe this kid will be an excellent QB. Franchise QB? We'll see. However, I think he's at least shown enough that the Phins should pass on Brohm, Brennan, Woodson, etc. in round 1. However, he already makes decisions at a much higher level than any rookie has a right to, and his physical tools are plenty good enough. Offhand, he seems to me like he could project to be similar to Marc Bulger, though hopefully less injury prone.