Man, if this is the kind of minutia nitpicking we can expect, it's gonna be a loooooong year....
Oh no, I'm not really nit-picking. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with what they did. I'll be the first to admit that I've frittered away a morning over-thinking this. I just threw it out to see if it was a decent idea or not.
Apparently, the idea doesn't have legs. So be it.
And, please I DO get the movie is not for us fans. I'm not a slobbering stuck-in-the-past fanboy. I'm not THE person who can make a BETTER movie than Abrams. That's not where I'm coming from. But MAYBE if the movie is to have broad appeal, then that would've been even more reason to let Pine have the line.
As far as it being a teaser goes, what more of a tease than to finally hear Pine deliver a short line as Kirk? Especially that line.