They started their booing and pleas for change during the team's second practice. Not second game. Second practice. And even though Chad's practices have improved since then, when the Dolphins open their home preseason schedule against the Carolina Panthers on Friday at 7:30 p.m., they'll be quick to boo him and call for the hook as soon as they see another check down. On the bright side, Fins fans will be able to see a quarterback with huge promise, or at least hype, when last year's Heisman Trophy Winner and the Panthers' own savior du jour, Cam Newton, gets under center for some of his first tastes of the NFL. The league's fifth-stingiest defense should have a nice welcome for Cam. The Dolphins hope to have more success at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens) this year than last (home record, 2-6). Tickets start at $45. Visit miamidolphins.com.
Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2011