If I didn’t sit and watch the entire game yesterday, I wouldn’t have believed it. The Dolphins made the controversial decision to sit their ‘future QB’ for an aging vet that would add a ‘spark’. Well, the aging veteran, Chad Pennington, didn’t even last a full series. Reports suggest that Pennington is done for the season. His career could also be over as well. So in comes the man who was benched, Chad Henne to save the day. Henne was good, if not great for the 2.5 quarters he would play. He threw for almost 250 yards and had 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Late in the 3rd quarter Henne was hit and injured his knee. He left the game and was done for the day.
So the Dolphins are leading, albeit by 6 points (23-17) late in the 3rd quarter. If they insert their emergency QB, Tyler Thigpen, then Henne, nor Pennington could re-enter the game. And at that time, both were questionable to return. So, what did the Dolphins do? They turned to their old friend, Mr. Wildcat. They ran 2 wildcat plays for big gains and the 3rd quarter expired. In stepped Mr. Thigpen, who’s first pass looked terrible. After that initial pass, Thigpen looked like anything but a 3rd string QB. Thigpen ended the day going 4 of 6 for 64 yards and a TD (a 141 qb rating). I loved, LOVED, the excitement Thigpen showed following his TD pass to Anthony Fasano.
Overall this is a great win for the Dolphins. They beat a good Titans team (5-3 going into the game) and they did it while trying to patch together a lineup. Jake Long (shoulder) and Cameron Wake (hip) were also injured during the game. The Dolphins should know within the next 12 hours how they are doing and if they will be able to play Thursday night against the Bears. This could be the worst timed short week EVER. Thigpen will likely get the start and if Henne is done for the year, the Phins will need to sign not 1, but 2 quarterbacks! However, if, IF the Dolphins can string together a team and win on Thursday night, they would improve to 6-4 and will have 10 days to heal up.
Great job yesterday by the Dolphins, they truly showed that they were a team!