You may hate him, you may despise him, you may criticize him, but on September 12th we will all see Chad Henne under center in front of an electric Monday Night crowd, or will we?
As most of us know by now, the major priority for the Dolphins after this lockout is lifted will be to sign a new Quarterback in order to compete with Chad Henne. Henne's "competition" for the past two years has ranged from an injured Chad Pennington to a scrawny Pat White, and was basically spoon fed into the starting role. Not anymore. For the next month or so Chad Henne will have to earn his stripes as a starter and will try to regain the confidence of every Dolfan across the globe.However, the million dollar question still lies ahead.
Who are they going to take??? I, along with everybody else, have no idea. So, let's go down the list of potential suitors in hope to see who we actually want.
Chad Henne: Oh Chad Henne. About the only thing he has been able to do well in his career is keep Phin Fanatics in doubt and sell air conditioners.The Dolphins are 13-14 in the first 27 starts of his career in Miami, covering his first 13 starts in 2009 (7-6) and his 14 starts this season (6-8) ... His 13 wins in his first 27 career starts is the fourth highest total by any Dolphin quarterback in their first 27 starts with the team. However, these stats don't really excite fans. We reside in the toughest division in the NationalFootball League, and in order to succeed Chad Henne needs to step up, needs to train hard, and needs to be a leader.
Tyler Thigpen: For the season was 33-62 for 435 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a rating of 73.0 ... Also ranked third on the team in rushing with 13 carries for 73 yards ... Led the team in rushing one game this season ... Started one game, played in a reserve role four times, did not play five times and was the third quarterback six times this season. Tyler is now a FA and their have been rumors of him ending up in Buffalo. Hopefully he realizes what the Dolphins did to Sparano and the whole "Harbaugh" dilemma, and comes to a conclusion that they might do the same to him.
Tom Brandstater :Brandstater was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on November 15, 2010 following injuries to their first and second-string quarterbacks, Chad Henne and Chad Pennington. At the end of the 2010 season, he was signed to a contract. Brandstater will stay as the number 3 QB.
Kyle Orton: Orton is a lights out sure fire star in the NFL. His time in Chicago was so unspectacular that the Bears traded Orton, a first and third round pick in 2009 and a first rounder in 2010 to the Denver Broncos for Jay Cutler. . The Dolphins would be smart to offer the Broncos a 5th or later pick and stick to that offer regardless of what the Broncos counter with. They could throw in a depth player if need be but nothing more in terms of draft picks. In Miami, Orton would reunite with Marshall, but that is not the reason Miami should bring in the traveling starter. Experience is. The only problem is Orton's not a FA.
Donovan McNabb: During an appearance on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, SI.com’s Peter King dropped a bomb when he stated he has a hunch that quarterback Donovan McNabb could wind up with the Miami Dolphins."There is not a lot of buzz out there about Donovan McNabb. For some reason, I believe he winds up in Miami," King stated.
NO! plain and simple. Many believe that he is the veteran presence we need due to his success with the Eagles, but what about his failiure with the Redskins? If Washington would rather have John Beck under center, then that should mean either the Washington staff is on crack or they believe Donovan is done. IMO he's done.
Vince Young: The Titans are expected to release Young soon after the league year begins, and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that an associate of Young’s said the Dolphins would be appealing to him, and Young is not out of the question for Miami.However, there are a couple of caveats: The Dolphins are apparently concerned that if Young were to sign and then lose a quarterback competition with Henne, he’d quickly become an unhappy camper. And Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has said that he doesn’t want to bring in a quarterback unless he has no questions about that quarterback’s accountability and dependability. If Vince Young changes his attitude towards the game we love, he might be perfect competition for Henne.
Carson Palmer: According to numerous reports flowing out of various outlets, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer will demand a trade.Palmer is due for a hefty $11.5 million paycheck in 2011, but as he approaches 32 and the Bengals embark on another rebuilding period, a championship seems to be the preeminent goal on his NFL bucket list. First of all, Palmer has been in an steady decline since he suffered a devastating ACL tear in 2005. His quarterback rating has dipped in each season since and he finished with a career-low 82.4 (still heaps better than Chad Henne's 75.4) rating in 2010 (compared to 101.1 in 2005). And if you're banking a team's hopes on a guy who hasn't played really well in five years and his current team has no plans to trade him, it would seem like you're barking up the wrong tree.
LEAST LIKELY PICKUPS:
Matt Hasslebeck: It’s been about four years since Hasselbeck could really be considered to be a top QB in the NFL. In spite of that he has experience to lead a team to the post season, while at the same time showing a young QB the ropes. It’s not likely that Hasselbeck will stay in Seattle. However, Hasslebeck's most probable destination will be Tennessee.
Troy Smith: No team is going to look to Smith as a starter in 2011, and at this point he needs to find a place where he can restart his career on the bench. Buffalo could be a potential landing spot for Smith, which would provide the added benefit of a potential starting job later on in his career. Otherwise he should look to a team like Indianapolis or Philadelphia where he study the work of top QBs.
Marc Bulger:Marc Bulger was a high priced back up for Baltimore in 2010, where he didn’t play a single snap. In spite of the lack of playing time behind Joe Flacco, Bulger had to enjoy finally being on a winning team, and not getting battered every game like he was in St. Louis. He may look to an opportunity for more playing time, which might have him land in Arizona or Cincinnati, but it’s not out of the question that he’ll chase a Super Bowl ring and stay in Baltimore. His Veteran presence would certainly make an impact on Henne's all around performance.