Quarterback Quandaries | New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Quarterback Quandaries

When your kicker is the team’s MVP, you know something’s 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. Henne has shown flashes of brilliance mixed with flashes of captitude so far in his two-year career. He’s able to hit receivers 70 yards downfield one moment and completely miss them for a two-yard pass attempt in the end zone the next. Henne hasn’t done much to gain the fan base’s confidence, and that’s due largely to the fact that the Fins flat out refuse to score touchdowns. Maybe we’ll figure out if they’re better off when a different quarterback suits up: First up, will try out Chad Pennington. But so far, it’s been a frustrating season trying to figure out if Henne will be added to the long line of quarterback busts since Dan Marino retired in 1999. The Dolphins host the Chicago Bears at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens) for a special edition of Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. Tickets start at $52. Visit miamidolphins.com.
Thu., Nov. 18, 8:20 p.m., 2010