Trent Green swallowed hard, then tried to list every Miami Dolphins starting quarterback since Dan Marino retired seven seasons ago.
It took him a minute, but he eventually got most of the 10 names right. "You're not going to find anyone to replace Dan Marino," Green said.
Fortunately for Green, the Dolphins aren't asking him to replace Marino. They're merely asking him to replace Daunte Culpepper.
Green's long-awaited trade to Miami finally got done yesterday, after he passed a physical and was acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2008.
The deal was finished hours after Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller and coach Cam Cameron told Culpepper they would try to trade him, essentially ending his one-year stint in south Florida.
Culpepper wasn't happy with that development, saying he is "not interested in being traded." But the 36-year-old Green was ecstatic that the move he'd waited weeks for finally became reality.
"I do feel for his situation," Green said. "It's no fun. I went through it, obviously, in Kansas City this past few months. . . . Hopefully things will get cleared up quickly for him, because I know it's no fun."
Green agreed to a new contract with the Dolphins weeks ago, once he became convinced that Kansas City wouldn't give him a fair chance to compete with Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard for the starting job in 2007. He threw for 21,459 yards and 118 touchdowns in Kansas City, but missed eight games last season because of a concussion.
Culpepper is due to make $5.5 million this season, played in only four games last year because of right knee problems, and is still trying to recover from surgery after tearing three ligaments in that joint during the 2005 season.