After the turnaround 11-5 season in 2008, Miami Dolphins followed with a 7-9 record in 2009. The changes were inevitable all season. The late fourth quarter inability to stop the opposing team from scoring. The lack of help coverage from the safety position. The lack of pressure from the edge.
All these things needed to change, and with the free agency and draft, it seems the Dolphins are back on track. The lack of play-making ability on offense and defense was troubling, as well as the failure to make solid defensive half time adjustments.
The answers? New players, new coaches. Here’s a breakdown of the Miami Dolphins roster heading into their camps.
For the first time in a long while, the Dolphins can say they have a good problem at quarterback. With Chad Pennington going down early in the season, the Dolphins turned to second year player Chad Henne to take over. Henne played well at times making plays with his throwing power. At other times, he looked like a first year starter, which is what he was. With Pennington helping him even more and experience under his belt, Henne looks to come back with an even better year as he is slated to be the starter for the 2010 season.
Behind him is the veteran Pennington, second-year player Pat White, and the agile Tyler Thigpen. White was a second-round pick last year, and was unfortunately ineffective in his limited playing time after altering his throwing motion last off-season. He suffered a concussion in the final game against the Steelers, and is now working on his throwing motion again. Thigpen stepped into the final game as well and was able to make plays with his feet and arm, but had two interceptions in that limited time.
It is likely that with four quarterbacks on the roster, the Dolphins will look to trade one in hopes of getting good compensation in return. White is still being looked at for the spread package in Miami’s offense and Thigpen is a reliable backup, but it appears one of those two will be on the move at some point in the future.