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Tyler Thigpen could be the future of the Dolphins

Over the past few weeks, indications have emerged that the Dolphins aren’t thrilled with the performance of quarterback Chad Henne.  Last month, Vic Carucci of NFL.com characterized former V.P. of football operations and current high-level consultant Bill Parcells as “very disappointed” with the 2008 second-round pick. 

In garbage time on Monday night against the Patriots, Henne was yanked for Tyler Thigpen.

On Tuesday morning’s SportsCenter, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen acknowledged that the team is concerned about Henne.  Mort also suggested that Chad Pennington could eventually replace Henne.

But the 34-year-old Pennginton isn’t and would be the future.  Mort says that there’s talk that Pennington would “bridge the gap” to Tyler Thigpen.

Originally a seventh-round pick of the Vikings, Thigpen was waived in the hopes of slipping him through the to practice squad.  But the Chiefs pounced. 

In 2008, Thigpen started 11 games, compiling a passer rating of 76.0, via 18 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.  The Dolphins traded for Thigpen, whom the new regime in K.C. didn’t want, during the 2009 season. 

Last night, Thigpen completed only two of six passes for 15 yards and one interception in garbage time.  His passer rating was 2.8.

Though he’ll have to do a lot better to become the latest heir to the throne once occupied by Dan Marino, Henne’s failure would mean that the Dolphins will have wasted another second-round pick via draft or trade in an effort to find the replacement to Marino, the Hall of Famer who nearly slipped through to the second round in 1983.

So from A.J. Feely to Daunte Culpepper to John Beck to Chad Henne to Pat White, the Dolphins have continued to swing and miss in the second round when it comes to picking quarterbacks.

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  1. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Oct 5, 2010 9:57 AM

    Chad Henne hasn’t been given enough opportunity to display his skills.
    Sincerely,
    Brian Brohm

  2. stevemcguigan says: Oct 5, 2010 9:59 AM

    Feeley was acquired via trade with the Eagles.

  3. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 5, 2010 9:59 AM

    The future of the Dolphins rests on a CCU Chanticleer?
    Excuse me while I go laugh my head off….

  4. Dutchman says: Oct 5, 2010 10:03 AM

    Should be more disappointed with special teams, not Henne. The Phins were running the ball effectively, until they had to abandon the run with the stellar special teams play. How many QB play well when the offense becomes one dimensional?

  5. justen1 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:04 AM

    Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.

  6. Scoop says: Oct 5, 2010 10:07 AM

    Seems like it was just yesterday when the legendary Chad Henne was taking shots at Tim Tebow’s potential. Yet in hindsight, if anybody should be able to spot a guy that can’t play, it’d be Henne. He’s just pourin’ out his heart from ground zero.

  7. TommyEhrlich says: Oct 5, 2010 10:08 AM

    You have to be kidding me right? Henne has played great at times and well below par other times. However, to start with the Tyler Thigpen stuff is just ridiculous. There were a lot of play calls by Henning that need to be questioned. At one point Henne was 4-4 on 3rd down, then they decided to go with a stupid WildCat play. That was a major turning point in the flow of the offense.
    Henne has hit some major hot streaks and made some big time throws. He’s still young and makes some bad decisions, but to even mention Tyler Thigpen is ridiculous.
    Henne is still getting better, even though he threw 3 costly picks last night, there was progression. He stepped up well in the pocket on a few plays which I have been wanting to see from him, and on many plays he went through all of his progressions. His head was almost always on a swivel.
    Now, on a few plays you could also see his head lock on to one player and try to force a pass that wasn’t there.
    He will continue to get better and this Thingpen crap needs to stop…as does the WildCat

  8. JetLove214 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:08 AM

    LOL
    How come I dont hear anymore Mark Sanchez chatter from my beloved dolphin fans. It took Rex one swing to get it right. Here comes the pain. Jets AFC east champs

  9. ejtowne says: Oct 5, 2010 10:10 AM

    They are just as bad as Buffalo… Haven’t had a solid QB since 1983, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly. I think that was the best QB draft class ever, by far.

  10. Richerd says: Oct 5, 2010 10:10 AM

    Henne does not look like the answer but neither does Thigpen. Thigpen can move around, but he makes poor decisions and overthrows too much. Fins should tank the season and draft Jake Locker.

  11. cnelson13 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:11 AM

    Henne has a bad game after his best career game, and all of a sudden he’s a “swing and a miss” for the Dolphins’ front office? What a joke.
    Henne’s play to date has been far more positive than negative, and he’s not going to lose his job. He has a lot of potential and will be just fine.

  12. kcfan says: Oct 5, 2010 10:15 AM

    That pick thrown by Thigpen was not his fualt at all, no reason Hartline shouldnt have caught that.

  13. Gregjennings85 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:16 AM

    Florio:
    “On Tuesday morning’s SportsCenter, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen acknowledged that the team is concerned about Henne. Mort also suggested that Chad Pennington could eventually replace Henne.
    But the 34-year-old Pennginton isn’t and would be the future. Mort says that there’s talk that Pennington would “bridge the gap” to Tyler Thigpen.”
    _________________________________
    {Uhhhhhh….what? Florio, that’s not even close to English. It looks like you must have surrounded yourself with ‘yes-men’, as you clearly haven’t been told how awful your writing skills actually are.}
    _________________________________
    justen1:
    “Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.”
    _________________________________
    {Not. Even. Close.
    If any of those guys had Brandon Marshall, they’d look even better.}

  14. VicSkim says: Oct 5, 2010 10:18 AM

    # stevemcguigan says: October 5, 2010 9:59 AM
    Feeley was acquired via trade with the Eagles.
    True, but it was for a 2nd round pick

  15. birdmancometh says: Oct 5, 2010 10:19 AM

    “Feeley was acquired via trade with the Eagles.”
    For a second round pick.

  16. jj jones says: Oct 5, 2010 10:20 AM

    “justen1 says:
    October 5, 2010 10:04 AM
    Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now. ”
    No he isn’t.

  17. Steelvegas says: Oct 5, 2010 10:20 AM

    Here he goes again. I have never seen someone (florio) anoint new starting quarterbacks like he does. Remember when you said Dennis Dixon would battle big Ben for the starting job. How did that work out for ya. Once again you show your level of ignorance. By the way I hope you just put those types of headlines up so you get more hits on your website and that your really not that stupid. By the way, you look like a weasel.

  18. cunninglinguist says: Oct 5, 2010 10:23 AM

    justen1 says: Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.
    _______________________________________
    LOL

  19. Belichick for President says: Oct 5, 2010 10:25 AM

    justen1 says:
    October 5, 2010 10:04 AM
    Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.
    Please tell me this is a joke. They are MILES above Henne.

  20. Krow says: Oct 5, 2010 10:29 AM

    Fins need to draft a QB #1. They can kid themselves all they like. But in the end they just need to pay the check.

  21. PDizzle02 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:30 AM

    Wow! Waaaaaaayyyy too early to give up on Henne. He threw for 300 yards and 2 TDs last night. Yes, there were 3 INTs in there, but we’ve seen some of the best QBs ever throw 3 or more INTs in a game, especially when down big and trying to make a comeback. And at least one of the INTs was the receiver’s fault, not Henne’s (the one that bounced off Hartline’s shoulder and was picked off by Page). Calm down on the reaction after one bad game there, Chicken Little. I’d be more worried about the special teams.
    Oh, and stevemcguigan, the Dolphins traded a second round pick to the Eagles for Feeley. So Florio was right, they “spent” a second rounder to get the guy.

  22. LottsMissingFingertip says: Oct 5, 2010 10:31 AM

    Wow…way to early to pull the plug on Henne….he had a great game against the Jets aside from the last throw of the game and at some parts last night was picking apart NE from the pocket…he makes some bad decisions at times…but so did Sanchez.
    And Im a Jet fan.

  23. mburger13 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:32 AM

    “Last month, Vic Carucci of NFL.com characterized former V.P. of football operations and current high-level consultant Bill Parcells as “very disappointed” with the 2008 second-round pick.”
    …which was later debunked as bullshit, but why bother linking to that???
    Henne threw 3 bad passes last night. 2 were picked, and one should have been picked by Mayo. the pass Chung picked was B.Marshall’s fault….If you watch him play and Sanchez play, the only difference so far is R.Ninkovich can catch and Jason Allen can’t.
    …but 3 bad passes aside, he still threw for over 300 yds for the second straight week and completed almost 75% of his passes. His QB rating is right where Matt Ryan’s is….and much better than Joe Flacco’s.
    and it’s one thing to suggest that they may not have their QB yet in Henne….it’s complete idiocy to suggest that Tyler ‘1-10′ Thigpen might be the guy.

  24. Joe says: Oct 5, 2010 10:32 AM

    Henne looks very good at times and very poor at others. he usually looks great when MIA is running the ball well. Henne is a solid qb imo, he will look much better as the year goes on… really he looked good yesterday aside from the picks which really hurt the team.

  25. JohnnyFootballHero says: Oct 5, 2010 10:33 AM

    You seem to spend most of the bottom of the article disproving the headline.
    If you don’t believe it, why should we?

  26. Xpensive Wino says: Oct 5, 2010 10:33 AM

    Henne is brutal.
    Whether or not Thigpen is the long-term answer who knows, but Pennington should be the QB right now.

  27. Muck says: Oct 5, 2010 10:37 AM

    Last week Henne was the best QB on the field. This week he’s about to lose his job to Tyler Thigpen. Gotta love the media.
    Too early to anoint or indict him.

  28. Dayton Dolfan says: Oct 5, 2010 10:37 AM

    As a Dolfan, I have been mostly impressed with Henne. It hink he is solid. He has a big time arm and is strong enough to take some sacks and not drop the ball. He does have a bad habit of locking onto recievers. he needs a better feel for the field. But I think he is doing just as well as Rivers, Brees, Flacco, and others have done at this point in there careers.
    He’s definitely not a HOF QB. He is missing the “it” factor. I dont trust him with the ball and 2 minutes left to go in the game.
    Bottom line, Henne can be top 1/3 or 1/2 of QBs in the league. we live in a media driven society where we reevaluate after every game and use the most recent game as dispositive proof of the future. everyone dumped on the jets and sanchez after wk 1, and now look where they are. Flacco had 3 picks a few weeks ago and everyone was calling for his head. then he throws 3 tds to Boldin one week, beats the steelers the next and now he is the next superstar. ppl need to chill and judge on a body of work and not 1 game. Peyton Manning had a 3 interception game every year for the first 5 years of his career.

  29. Reginald says: Oct 5, 2010 10:39 AM

    These managers are absolute morons.
    Henne has a bad game and you want to replace him with Tyler freaking Thigpen?
    Maybe you should replace your entire Special Teams because that’s where your problem was. Henne has what it takes to be your starting QB. But go ahead and start Thigpen.
    This seasons merry-go-round of QB’s is a joke.

  30. bromboner says: Oct 5, 2010 10:41 AM

    “Future” and “Tyler Thigpen” do not belong in the same sentence if you want to turn around your NFL franchise.

  31. jcjets says: Oct 5, 2010 10:42 AM

    I could sit here and pile on Henne, but I’ll resist the urge. I think he’s a good QB. he carved up the jet secondary last week, BUT some of those INTS last night were horrendous. He just needs to be more consistant. Having said that, Sanchez is playing GREAT, and has clearly had the better season so far this year.
    Just to give ya’ll an update on Sanchez, tho:
    Last year:
    12 TDs 20 INTS 53%
    thru 4 games this year:
    8 TDS 0 INTS 58%

  32. mwcarolina says: Oct 5, 2010 10:43 AM

    if Miami gives up on Henne, they would be STUPID. First off, what quarterback will have a good game when his special teams gets him down 27-14???? He did have 2 interceptions, but that led to only 6 points, what killed Miami was their poor special teams play. They gave up a kick return for a TD, had a punt and kick both blocked, that’s not on Henne, Pulling Henne for one bad game would be a HUGE mistake. Henne was a BIG reason why they almost beat the Jets.

  33. Rock48nj says: Oct 5, 2010 10:43 AM

    justen1 says:
    October 5, 2010 10:04 AM
    Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.
    —————–
    As a Jet fan I don’t even know I put Sanchez in there with those other 2 but all three are above Henne.
    Also have to consider when evaluating Sanchez vs Henne that Henne he was a 4 year starter, has had 3 years in the league (not all starting obviously) compared to Sanchez who was an early exit from SC after starting a single season, just turned 23 and is in his second year.

  34. protectthishouse54 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:46 AM

    These type of stories really annoy me… the Dolphins aren’t stupid. They know Henne has more potential than Pigpen and wouldn’t waste their time. If you were listening to the telecast last night Florio you’d notice how often they praised Henne and talked about his development. He’s not the problem. Special Teams is the problem… it totally took the Dolphins out of the game last night, not the QB.

  35. mwcarolina says: Oct 5, 2010 10:50 AM

    (“They are just as bad as Buffalo”)
    the dumbest thing i read. Trent Edwards and Fitzpatrick couldnt outplay Henne.
    (“Please tell me this is a joke. They are MILES above Henne”)
    Flacco and Ryan i agree with, not sure about Sanchez though, got to give this one time. Henne had a great game vs. Sanchez and has beaten him before.
    (“Fins need to draft a QB #1. They can kid themselves all they like. But in the end they just need to pay the check.”)
    they only should if by the end of the year, Henne is a screw up, if not, you dont give up and got to get a running back. Ricky Williams wont be here forever and Ronnie Brown isnt always healthy. Besides, this draft is not quarterback friendly. There are 3 guys that will be taken in round one and 3 teams who need a passer over Miami will take one. those teams include Buffalo (duh), likely Jacksonville (Jake Locker would fit there) and Arizona.

  36. PirateFreedom says: Oct 5, 2010 10:51 AM

    Henne will get plenty of time to develop further because he’s shown enough and the Dolphins aren’t a panicky organization now.

  37. NarDawg says: Oct 5, 2010 10:55 AM

    # justen1 says: October 5, 2010 10:04 AM
    Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.
    ROTFLMAO
    Thnaks for that, I needed a good laugh this morning.

  38. Woe is Mets says: Oct 5, 2010 10:55 AM

    thank goodness they lowballed Drew Brees when he was coming off of rotator cuff surgery.

  39. BenRapistberger says: Oct 5, 2010 11:08 AM

    @stevemcguigan
    Daunte Culpepper wasn’t drafted by the Lolphins either. If you read the whole story, you’ll see that this list is of QBs that the Dolphins used a 2nd round pick on (either to draft or to acquire via trade) since Dan Marino, and haven’t panned out.

  40. mustbechris says: Oct 5, 2010 11:11 AM

    I like Chad Henne, I think he has skills, but he’s just never looked like a legit franchise QB to me. I think he has the best mentor someone could have in Chad Pennington. He’s got plenty of natural talent to go with that. He just has yet to show that he can put it all together.
    At the same time, I don’t think he was that bad last night. He threw some really bad interceptions, but he moved the ball well against a tough Patriots defense. If anything, the Dolphins were plain outcoached by the Pats, and that’s not a dig against Sparano – the Pats are just the best of the best.
    -Not a Pats or Dolphins fan

  41. Bob Sacamano says: Oct 5, 2010 11:13 AM

    In related news, the Dolphins have no future.

  42. overkil2 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:15 AM

    “jcjets says:
    October 5, 2010 10:42 AM
    I could sit here and pile on Henne, but I’ll resist the urge. I think he’s a good QB. he carved up the jet secondary last week, BUT some of those INTS last night were horrendous. He just needs to be more consistant. Having said that, Sanchez is playing GREAT, and has clearly had the better season so far this year.
    Just to give ya’ll an update on Sanchez, tho:
    Last year:
    12 TDs 20 INTS 53%
    thru 4 games this year:
    8 TDS 0 INTS 58%

    As a Fins fan it pains me to agree with you, but Sanchez has been playing well. I was surprised. I wonder what happened between camp and game 2 of the regular season. In camp, he didn’t look good and didn’t have much confidence. Things are different now. Good for him.
    Henne has the physical tools at the QB position, but has made some bad decisions that had led to some ints. He also needs to develop a better touch pass for those short passes. It’s something that he can fix.

  43. burtreynolds says: Oct 5, 2010 11:22 AM

    If I were a Dolphins fan, I wouldn’t want to see Henne ditched because of one 3 INT game. For the most part, he seems to be at least an average quarterback with flashes of being quite good.
    Thigpen will be lucky to be a career backup.
    By the way, nice work trying to insinuate that Pat White was seriously considered as a potential starting QB.

  44. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:28 AM

    “Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now. ”
    This may be the craziest statement I have ever seen on this site. Flacco and Ryan are really good. Sanchez isnt at their level yet, but its hard to argue with his play recently.
    I dont think Henne is terrible, but I think your seeing what your going to get from him. Medicore. He is going to have some solid games and some lousy ones and probably at a 50/50 split. thats not what you want out of your QB.

  45. dfeltz says: Oct 5, 2010 11:31 AM

    Anyone who backs Henne, clearly never watched him in college. This guy progressively gets worse. Having watched him for 4 years at Michigan, all I hoped was that my team wouldn’t draft him. His Freshman year he had Braylon Edwards who made Henne look good. Sophmore year I believe he lead Michigan to a 6-5 regular season record. Junior year Mario Manningham emerged to pick up the offense. Then, in all his glory and Michigan records, the last regular season game, Ohio State. A team he never beat, led that offense for 113 yards I think. A 4 year starter against your biggest rival. Ryan Mallet came in for a series that game while Henne was “injured” in the first half and had over a 50 yard drive as a true freshman. Henne is only has good as the talent around HIM, he doens’t make anybody better.

  46. Hound Dog says: Oct 5, 2010 11:34 AM

    Dutchman says:
    October 5, 2010 10:03 AM
    Should be more disappointed with special teams, not Henne. The Phins were running the ball effectively, until they had to abandon the run with the stellar special teams play. How many QB play well when the offense becomes one dimensional?
    _________________________
    Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees….
    Henne is a disappointment.

  47. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 5, 2010 11:43 AM

    This is absurd.
    Henne is no Brady, but he definitely has shown promise. Way too early to give up on the guy. He was 7/7 passing for 93 yards and a touchdown in the first half. 1 of the 3 INTs were because Marshall cut off the route early. If we’re being fair, only 2 of the INTs were on Henne. Despite the 3 picks, Henne finished with 75% passing completion.
    I’m not giving up on him just yet. I think the special teams is what really sent the team south. Henne, like Favre and others, tried to make up too much ground and thus forces mistakes. Had the special teams not laid the biggest egg ever, Henne probably doesn’t force some of those throws – although I bet he still stares down his receivers. Definitely needs to work on that.
    But way, way, wayyyy too early to give up on Henne. He still has a winning record as a starter and has thrown more TDs than INTs.

  48. Burns41 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:43 AM

    Anyone on here who thinks Henne needs more time doesn’t have a good football eye. He’s closer to Trent Edwards than anything else.
    He locks onto he receivers, he checks down far too often, his ball placements leaves a lot to be desired, and he doesn’t see the field well.
    In the 6 passes Tyler Thigpen through you could see a difference. Better pocket awareness, threw the deep routes twice (which Henne didn’t even look too) and probably would have led Miami in for TD had Hartline held onto the ball instead of letting it pop off his chest for an INT.
    One thing is clear about Henne — He’s a game manager who is more worried about not making mistakes than pushing the ball down the field.
    Tyler Thigpen will be the new Romo for Sparano.

  49. Weestraw says: Oct 5, 2010 11:45 AM

    Florio, you are kidding, right? Your mention of In garbage time on Monday night against the Patriots, Henne was yanked for Tyler Thigpen.” has nothing to do with Henne possibly being replaced. In fact it shows that the Dolphins actually care about his health and intend to keep him at starting QB. All teams pull there starters late in blow outs. Seems your digging for stuff and it is quite a reach.

  50. LowVoltage says: Oct 5, 2010 11:48 AM

    Henne was the player who said ‘ Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB’. I said at the time that Tebow will be playing long after Henne is benched. Henne doesn’t have the cred to be criticizing other QBs…he put the Curse of Tebow upon himself.

  51. Burns41 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:51 AM

    People in here also have it backwards when labeling which of the 2 QB’s has more potential.
    Thigpen came from a school where he was an option quarterback in the schools first opening seasons of having a football program.
    Henne came from Michigan and was far more polished.
    Thigpen has a bigger arm, more athletic ability and just needs to be molded.

  52. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Oct 5, 2010 11:54 AM

    So far this year, all of Sanchezs throws that could have been picked was the result of bad throws. Like that overturned interception in the Patriots game, or the same thing in Miami. He’s making all the right reads, that’s the key. Henne isn’t. 2 of his passes got picked. In fairness, the third one was 100% Brandon Marshalls fought. It was over by then, anyway. This game really exposed the Fins. They’d be lucky to win a game in their next 4 game stretch.

  53. Outfoxed says: Oct 5, 2010 11:58 AM

    # MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: October 5, 2010 9:59 AM
    The future of the Dolphins rests on a CCU Chanticleer?
    Excuse me while I go laugh my head off….
    Hey Machine Gun….do us all a favor and go BLOW your head off

  54. tamer says: Oct 5, 2010 11:58 AM

    Give me a break Florio?Are you kidding me? Tyler Thigpen could be the future of the NFL. It’s like saying you are the future of NBC Sunday Night Football.

  55. Hooby says: Oct 5, 2010 12:03 PM

    thigpen doesnt get enough credit, he actually has a lot of potential. if hes given weapons (brown/williams/marshall/bess) he can actually make something happen for miami

  56. protectthishouse54 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:14 PM

    Who care’s about Sanchez.. he’s playing well, this article isn’t about him. Henne is starting his second year and so far, through 4 games, has posted an 86.1 QB rating, completed 65% of his passes for 961 yards, 5 TD’s and 4 INT’s. Obviously there’s room for improvement but the Dolphins aren’t (nor should they be) about to give up on their project QB from the past several years. Even though he didn’t play well, this L goes on the special teams fiasco. As a fin fan I’m still happy with Henne as the QB of the future. Pigpen? honestly? c’mon maaaaan. (This isn’t the Eagles where attention spans last about 1 quarter)

  57. BRUTUS9448 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:32 PM

    henning is the problem. First replace him then henne

  58. rbais2 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:33 PM

    He had 1 bad game! Big Deal!
    Mort reported last year that Joey Porter was not going to play against Carolina last year and he ended up playing.
    I love how a guy who threw 3 picks on 39 attempts gets to lose his job when another guy can get a job in the future after throwing 1 pick in 6 attempts … IN GARBAGE TIME!!!!!!!!!!
    We need at least 3-5 disaster games to see if Henne should go or not. At the same time, however, the Dolphins need to get a vertical guy (ala Ted Ginn when scoring touchdowns, Devery Henderson, or Allen Harper) to complement short and median range receivers like Marshall and Bess. The Henne can look better because he can hit guys deep and that is more of his strength than the high percentage throws.
    Also, the running game (which is apparently a QB’s best friend) and their “wild cat” (what is really “wild crap”) package is not complementing the passing game well. The interior of the line needs to play better because as last year’s guys are gone, the new guys are not creating holes consistently for Ronnie and Ricky.

  59. nothing says: Oct 5, 2010 12:35 PM

    This writer knows nothing, he still is stuck on preseason rumors. Henne would of had one INT if hartline would of caught the ball and the same goes for marshall on stopping to early on his route cause really, look at the film and you could see he made a bad choice on stopping where he did. Henne had an ok night, but he has more work to do. Sanchez is doing much better than him so far, but it’s only four games into the season.
    The only way Thigpen is going to start is if Henne got hurt and that’s about it. Special teams is what really killed Miami, expect to see some changes there. No team can win playing like that.

  60. jcjets says: Oct 5, 2010 12:37 PM

    @overkil2 Honestly, I’m surprised Sanchez has played this well too! All I know is that Henne plays great against the Jets. I don’t watch Miami much other than those games, but he seems like he’s got a good future. I’d take Henne over Cutler any day!
    I think the biggest difference for Sanchez, is the number of options he has now. He’s also learned when to take shots, and when to dump it off.

  61. mwcarolina says: Oct 5, 2010 12:41 PM

    Everyone who is bashing Henne needs to remember one thing, He gave up 6 points off the turnovers, he didnt lose the game, the special teams did!!!!! a blocked field goal really hurt them, a punt block pretty much put them behind by 10 and a kick return for a touchdown was the first lead the Patroits had.

  62. Fizz says: Oct 5, 2010 12:47 PM

    Sanchez is getting lucky this year. he could easily have 4 or 5 int’s if d-lineman and defensive backs could catch. all he does is throw to his tightend and running backs. he cant throw the deep ball at all. just wait till the winds pick up in the next few weeks. then the real sanchez will show up

  63. rbais2 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:48 PM

    Isn’t this the same Mortensen that reported that Joey Porter would not play against the Panthers last year, he did and registered two sacks????
    Henne just had 1 bad game!!!!
    These reporters need to chill out and second guess their sources because their sources don’t tell truths or know everything!!!
    I love how a guy who threw 3 INT’s in 39 attempts gets to lose his job when another throws 1 INT in 6 attempts … IN GARBAGE TIME!!!
    Henne can play, but the running game and wildcat are not complementing him well. Plus, they have no speedster or vertical guy like (I know he stinks, but he made some big plays every now and then) Ted Ginn, Devery Henderson, or Alvin Harper. The big throws are his strength, and the Fins are causing him to be unserviceable to the team because of the roster moves they made or neglected and the lack of ideal offense.
    Mort and all these other insiders need to chill the crap out and second guess their sources because not all their sources are truthful or knowledgable. Due to all of this garbage, that is why Mort is not considered trustworthy among fans and he needs to just “write columns” where he can overpraise Favre and hate on all wide receivers that go deeper than Wes Welker and call them divas.

  64. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 5, 2010 12:52 PM

    Some of you are crazy to comment on what type of player you think Henne is just because you watched him play last night and last night only. It’s obvious some of you haven’t seen him play another game. He relies on check downs? Please, that’s not even remotely close to true. I’ve watched every game Henne’s ever played for Miami and two of the picks he threw last night were the worst passes I’ve ever seen him throw. He’s made great progress since this time last year when he supplanted Pennington. The game against the Patriots was just a flat out bad game for him. He’s completed 65% of his passes this season and has an 86 QB rating even after last night’s supposedly benchable performance.
    And Florio, you charlatan hack, you must know better than to actually believe what you wrote for this entry. In numerous previous entries you’ve given Henne the thumbs-up, and now all of a sudden you’re talking about Thigpen. Anything for the traffic I guess.

  65. BillJ says: Oct 5, 2010 1:00 PM

    I think the play-calling by Dan Henning definitely leaves something to be desired. Here’s hoping that we see an ‘outsider’ come in and take the offensive coordinator job next season.

  66. jcjets says: Oct 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    @Fizz you’re clueless. I seem to remember Sanchez throwing 2 big passes to Braylon on the Dolphins last week. one went for a TD and the other picked up a big first down.
    He also threw another long TD pass to Edwards against the Bills.

  67. ANUoldman says: Oct 5, 2010 2:29 PM

    Henne is grossly inconsistent and the experiment is over…..
    Thigpen is obviously not it.
    Phins should ride out Henne to the end of the year.. saddle up some big name talent at some point, and if it’s a draft name… Pennington should start next year until they get them up to speed…. in short Miami disaster planning.

  68. CKL says: Oct 5, 2010 3:24 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and I thought Henne was pretty good besides those first two INTs. He torched the Pats last year too. I agree with those who hate the WTF PULL HIM FOR THE BACKUP after one shaky game or even a couple. Stupid.
    One thing I haven’t seen mentioned is WTF was with the Dolphins going into McNabb in the SB mode with about 11 min in the 4th Q needing 20 points to tie? Sure you don’t give up on the run totally but they didn’t even try to speed things up at all. It was baffling.

  69. FranKtheTanK says: Oct 5, 2010 6:03 PM

    good stuff….. but you do know thigpen is trade bait and thats why he was in…. right ? Henne’s waay too talented to give up on after just over 16 starts.

  70. FinFan68 says: Oct 5, 2010 6:15 PM

    Thigpen is not the future of the Dolphins…If it isn’t Henne, it is a future draft pick. Henne has all the skills necessary to be a very good QB and he has shown flashes of greatness in between his bouts of ineptitude. His problem is staring down receivers and he will throw multiple picks against zone defenses. He needs to turn his head when he scans the field. He seems to lock on his intended receiver from the moment they break the huddle. If you watch the games you will see him telegraph every throw and everybody in the stadium can see it. The only time I have seen him scan the field this year is when a play breaks down and he scrambles. He might glance the other way but that will not hold the safeties or LBs when his head and shoulders are obviously aimed the other way. It should not be hard to fix and I am stunned that this has not been addressed yet.

  71. dieharddolfan6493 says: Oct 5, 2010 8:44 PM

    for god sakes thingpen is NOT the future of the dolphins henne is. Hes not terrible. Do you people forget he passed for over 300 yards two touchdowns in the last two games one of them against the “best defence inthe NFL” im not going to give up on him just because he didnt pass for 5000 yards his rookie season. HES ONLY 25 YEARS OLD AND ITS HIS SECOND YEAR AS A STARTER. He needs to be groomed more and it wont happen over the bye week. look how long it took shuab before he was a pro bowl mvp and wako flacco who was drafted the same year as henne threw 4 picks two weeks ago. Cut him some slack stop comparing him to Marino and dont count him out yet.

  72. YouFools says: Oct 5, 2010 11:08 PM

    @fizz-
    Apparently that’s working out pretty well for him…Dumbass

  73. TheCynic says: Oct 6, 2010 8:24 AM

    Gonna basically quote Burns41 here and say:
    “Anyone on here who thinks Henne needs more time doesn’t have a good football eye. He’s closer to Trent Edwards than anything else.
    He locks onto he receivers, he checks down far too often, his ball placements leaves a lot to be desired, and he doesn’t see the field well.
    In the 6 passes Tyler Thigpen through you could see a difference. Better pocket awareness, threw the deep routes twice (which Henne didn’t even look too) and probably would have led Miami in for TD had Hartline held onto the ball instead of letting it pop off his chest for an INT.
    One thing is clear about Henne — He’s a game manager who is more worried about not making mistakes than pushing the ball down the field. ”
    This here is entirely true, and what I basically came to state. You can read Henne’s eyes like a book. He doesnt look anybody off, and stares down his primary receiver’s route pretty intently. Ninkovich displayed nice hands, but those reads on the ball? Any NFL LB should get jumps on plays that obvious. Henne better learn about how to make plays with look-offs and pumpfakes and the like, because he’s gonna need it if he keeps throwing to guys in triple coverage while guys left short and middle deep are wide open.

  74. Backlund in 2012 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:39 AM

    When he started for the Chiefs (and he wasn’t that bad), think about all the schools that currently had a QB starting in the NFL.
    Coastal Carolina did, pretty cool for a program that hasn’t been around for 10 years in Myrtle Beach. Or as a state senator from Charleston called it, “the K-Mart on the coast”.
    Chanticleers! Woo hoo!

  75. Ron says: Oct 6, 2010 6:16 PM

    justen1 says: Way too early to give up on Henne. He has flashed. He is on the same level as Flacco, Ryan, and Sanchez right now.
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  76. FOOSBALL says: Oct 8, 2010 8:05 AM

    Teams give up too early on QB’s. They are given no time to develop. I know Henne can play in this league. On the other hand so can Thigpen…..
    Kyle Orton is a great example of a QB that has improved leaps and bounds year after year.

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