Despite a fiery, compacted first week of free-agency, many Miami Dolphins fans appear agitated.
For those who attended the scrimmage on Monday night and remember it was simply a scrimmage, the Chad Henne boos swirled through Sun Life Stadium. The fans want themselves a gunslinger and it does not appear there is one on the roster.
Here are three moves the Dolphins need to make.
Boost the interior offensive line
The Dolphins have reportedly contacted two former Pro Bowl lineman in behemoth guard Leonard Davis and center Shaun O’Hara. Davis would seemingly jump to the top of the depth chart at right guard. O’Hara would battle rookie Mike Pouncey for the starting center job or be used as a versatile backup.
Acquire "the" quarterback
With Henne at the helm, their potential this season is essentially capped in the 6-9 win range, also known as no man’s land. He could magically develop into a quality starter this year. There is the more realistic scenario of providing much of the same wild and inconsistent play that’s plagued him in his pro career.
Word out of camp so far is he’s been struggling. I’ll see for myself on Thursday. I may even remove my contacts if it gets brutal enough.
The Kyle Orton saga is not over reports the Miami Herald’s Armondo Salguero. I myself agree with Salguero on this, even thought most NFL “experts” have deemed the talks dead. Not likely, but not finished either.
Kyle Orton is making things difficult in Denver by reportedly outplaying Tim Tebow in camp, making it tough for the Broncos regime to go with Tebow as their starter. How do you tell the team you’re not going with the best quarterback on your roster?
If Miami’s front office lost faith in Henne before week 10 against Tennessee (benched for Pennington), what has changed since then that has given them a new sense of confidence in him? He finished the season from that point with a 3-4 record, a seven to nine touchdown-to-interception ratio and completed less than 40 percent of his passes in two of the final seven contests. This is not a regime that has a lot of wiggle room. They have to win now. They simply cannot be comfortable, with their jobs on the line, going into the 2011 season with Henne as plan A and B. Another quarterback has to be added.
Vernon Carey was asked to restructure his contract. They are clearing cap space for someone, we just don’t know who yet.
I don’t want to speak too soon, because the front office can clearly add Orton or some other quarterback before the start of the season but who knows.
As it appears now, Henne will lead the 2011 offense, and owner Stephen Ross will have to figure out a way to put fans in the seats when this team is not winning. Reggie Bush is not enough, especially when routinely facing eight guys in the box. The key is simple.
Cheerleaders. Have them distinguish themselves from the rest.
Have the incredibly gorgeous Dolphins Cheerleaders put on a different show at halftime, one that involves some mud and scantily clad women. Cheerleader mud wrestling. I kid you not.
Distasteful? Maybe for some. Entertaining? Affirmative.