And here we go.... where to begin....
Throughout the season Chad Henne failed improve as was expected after last year's signs of a great quarterback. Instead he got worse, throwing 19 interceptions that costed points and ultimately costing games. Many Dolphin fans last year were thinking he was the "quarterback of the future" "the new Dan Marino". I was never convinced, personally. I never saw enough to believe that he was the answer.
Chad Henne, to me seemed to have problems with accuracy, pocket presence, and reading defenses. Basically all the qualities you need in a good quarterback. He showed signs of good quarterback for a game only to be squashed with a terrible next game.
Chad Henne might still have potential, but I believe that if 19 interceptions tells us anything, it's that he needs to be sitting behind another quarterback, studying film, and working hard at improving his game. The Miami Dolphins have to go another direction this year at starting quarterback if they want their fans to show up, their team to rally, and most importantly being a successful team in the NFL.
Tyler Thigpen just doesn't have what it takes. He can be solid at times, but like Henne his inconsistency showed. Sure he didn't have the same number as snaps as Henne or Pennington, but I still believe he should have performed better, even when given the opportunity in week 11 against the Chicago Bears.
Chad Pennington a leader. A vetern, is yet fragile, but nonetheless an accurate leader. Chad Pennington was given the start during mid-season when Henne wasn't improving and Pennington took 1 snap before ending up on the sidelines in street clothes. I feel bad for the guy. He is a great quarterback that led the Dolphins to an AFC-East crown in 2008. If he weren't so fragile I believe he could still play in the NFL today at a high level. I do still see Pennington as a great Mentor for the Dolphins if they were looking into resigning him.
So what will the Miami Dolphins do during the offseason at this crucial role? Go to free agency and pick up a proven quarterback such as Kyle Orton or Vince Young or will they put all theyre money down on that rookie they draft in the first round? The decision will be decided soon enough and I know Dolphin fans everywhere are hoping for the new "Dan Marino".
The Miami Dolphins have the potential to be one of the best teams in the league and not only get in the playoffs, but compete for that Lombardi trophy, but until they find a new leader of this offense they aren't going anywhere.
Later in the week I will be posting an article on the Dolphins options at quarterback and runningback. Stay tuned! Comments always appreciated. Thanks for reading.