Tomorrow night, the Miami Dolphins take on the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins starters will look to rebound from an underwhelming performance last Friday against the Falcons in Atlanta. How big of a game is it? We think it’s a pretty important game for both Chad Henne and the rest of the Miami Dolphins. Here’s why:
Henne must be confident
We’ve talked all offseason about how important it was for the Dolphins to upgrade the QB position. We thought it might be an upgrade via free agency or trade. However, it’s clear that Chad Henne will most likely be the Dolphins opening day starter at QB. He’s been working on Brian Daboll’s offense for 5 months now and has all of the physical tools needed to succeed. His performance last Friday was a microcosm of Henne’s career. He had good points (see TD bomb to Hartline) and low points (first pass picked off and then another INT). It’s being said that Henne has shown more command of the huddle and increased leadership this season. For him to continue to grow as a leader, he must produce on the field and must exude confidence. He must put up a good game on Friday night to keep the angry villagers at bay and keep Matt Moore at a safe distance behind him on the depth chart.
Defense, Defense, Defense
We’ve been praising the Dolphins defensive unit this offseason and why shouldn’t we? The Dolphins D was #6 overall last season and seem to have only improved this offseason. However, the defense must prove it on the field, where it matters. Last week, they forced the Falcons into a 3 and out on their first series…Then, following Henne’s first interception, the Falcons ran the ball down the Dolphins throats and scored a TD. I’m not worried about the Dolphins defense right now, but they will need to prove how good they can be….and it starts tomorrow night against the Panthers.