Quarterback Quandaries

When your kicker is the team’s MVP, you know something is wrong. Yet it’s been that kind of season for the Miami Dolphins. It’s been that kind of decade, actually. The Fins are ranked 28th in the league in scoring this season. They have no problem moving the ball into the red zone. They just proceed to soil themselves once they get there. It’s gotten to the point that whenever the Dolphins score a touchdown, people are legitimately surprised. Some say the fault lies with quarterback Chad Henne, whose career can best be described as “mostly harmless.” But that’s not what you want from your potential franchise quarterback. So far in his two-year career, Henne has shown flashes of brilliance mixed with flashes of craptitude. He’s able to hit receivers 70 yards down-field and then completely miss them for a two-yard pass in the end zone. Henne hasn’t done much to gain the fan base’s confidence, and that’s owed largely to the fact that the Fins flat-out refuse to score touchdowns. The point is, we still don’t know if he’s the guy to lead this team or if he’s just the latest in a long line of quarterback busts since Dan Marino retired in 1999. So far, it’s been frustrating trying to find out. The Dolphins will host the Chicago Bears at Sun Life Stadium for a special edition of Thursday Night Football.
Thu., Nov. 18, 8:20 p.m., 2010


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