With the season-ending “capsule” injury to Chad Pennington and the Miami Dolphins’ subsequent acquisition of the almost-awesomely-named Tyler Thigpen, the focus turns to second-year quarterback Chad Henne, who will get his first career start against Buffalo in the Sunshine State on Sunday.
Henne was a four-year starter at Michigan. He completed 59 percent of his passes. Bill Parcells liked him enough to draft him. All of those things speak well of his ability to step in and perform competently, especially after a week of preparing as the gameday starter. Oh, and they’re playing the Bills and their Pop Warner offense. But breaking in a new QB is the least of Miami’s issues.
Everyone knows the problems with this offense. The receivers stink, Tony Fasano is MIA, etc….But the strength of Henne is his arm strength, we keep being told. And Ted Ginn Jr. has streaked open down the field a few times this year and never been hit. That’s the pass Henne can hit. That’s the one that can change a game.
It’s why Henne really should be a better fit for this offense than Pennington. But saying he’s a better fit doesn’t mean he’s a better quarterback. He’s got to show that. –Dave Hyde.
We’ll see what Miami can muster as the Jets start running away with the AFC East. At 0-3, Miami is already hard-pressed to repeat as division champs. Henne might not be playing to salvage the season, but only to position himself for 2010. also.