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Miami not an explosive team at all

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2009 – 11:27 am

In addition to the stat listed in today’s story (More big play chances vs. Miami?) about how Miami’s defense is last in the league in yards allowed per completion (15.46 yds/comp), their offense has an equally ugly statistic.

The Dolphins offense is last in the league in the same exact category. Miami is averaging just 8.28 yards per completion on offense. It ranks 32nd. Part of that could be attributed to Chad Pennington’s infrequent use of the deep ball due to a twice and soon to be thrice repaired throwing shoulder.

For those that are wondering, the Bills are in the middle of the pack in yards per completion at 10.93. Leading the league with averages all at 14 or better are the Colts, Chargers, Cowboys and Packers.

I suppose that number could change with Chad Henne in the lineup now, but I’m not optimistic. In the early going the Dolphins coaching staff will likely focus on high percentage throws with Henne and support him with their strong run game.

If newly acquired Tyler Thigpen gets some action later in the season however, that number might go up. He’s been more apt to go downfield.


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Dolphins trade for Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2009 – 7:12 pm

The season for Dolphins QB Chad Pennington is officialy over. Miami placed the veteran QB on injured reserve and quickly filled his spot acquiring QB Tyler Thigpen in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Dolphins gave the Chiefs an undisclosed draft pick in 2010 in exchange for Thigpen.

I don’t think that it will change Miami’s QB situation this week. I still think Chad Henne will be the starter, but as Thigpen gets acclimated to the offensive system it will be interesting to see if he gives Henne a run for his money.


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Sparano on Henne’s play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2009 – 2:15 pm

Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano commented on how he thought backup quarterback Chad Henne performed when he came in for the injured Chad Pennington.

“I think that Chad made a couple of mistakes in there,” said Sparano. “One of the mistakes was the interception. He actually looked to the right first, they did a pretty good job of sitting on the route there, and then came right to the left, without hesitation, threw the ball out there. That is a mistake he can learn from during the course of this thing.

“Other than that, there were some location issues, throwing the ball with location. Those were the biggest issues during the course of the game from a minus standpoint. From a positive standpoint, he scored 10 points while he was in there on a couple of drives. I don’t think at any point during the game was really flustered at all.

“Thirty something plays. He got hit a couple of times in there. One time we had a mental error up front and [Kevin] Burnett came through the A gap. They made a sack and he wasn’t fazed in the least bit. I thought his look and demeanor for going into the game at that point was very good and his handle of the offense was pretty good. Location, he completed 50% I think. A ball here or there and he is over 60%. He has to do a little bit better that way.”

For the game against the Chargers Henne was 10-19 for 92 yards and had an INT returned for a TD that put the game away for San Diego.


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Pennington out for the year

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2009 – 8:07 pm

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Miami QB Chad Pennington is out for the season.

Pennington suffered a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder and will require season ending surgery. Pennington is reportedly seeking a second opinion from famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Pennington has had surgery on his throwing shoulder twice in his career.

Miami will move forward with Chad Henne, a second-round pick in 2008 as the starter with rookie Pat White the backup.


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Pennington doubtful for Sunday’s game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2009 – 2:25 pm

After leaving yesterday’s game against San Diego with an injury to his throwing shoulder Dolphins QB Chad Pennington is doubtful for this Sunday’s game with Buffalo.

That according to SI.com’s Peter King, who said as much on NBC’s Sunday Night Football studio broadcast. Pennington has twice had rotator cuff surgery on his throwing arm. If he can’t go Sunday, Chad Henne would get the start with rookie Pat White the backup.


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