Miami fans are going to have to hold off their talk about it being “Henne time!” The Dolphins went out and traded for Kansas City second string quarterback Tyler Thigpen on Tuesday.
The team acquired him in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. Thigpen is in his third professional year out of Coastal Carolina, and he did not have the dreaded “sophomore slump” last year. However, the Chiefs saw what Matt Cassel did for the New England Patriots and decided to lock him up as their franchise quarterback…understandable, the man was impressive.
DolPhans should not mark this guy off to be just another failure that will never measure up to Dan Marino (c’mon, be reasonable). The offense will undoubtedly be different without Chad Pennington (who fans should praise for what he did last season for the tam in leading them to a division crown), but that does not necessarily mean that we are going to go the way of the Rams under Thigpen.
Thigpen was able to muster up 2,608 yards through the air by going 230/420 – good for a completion percentage of 54.8 (again, not Pennington, but the Chad is statistically the greatest of all time in that category). He had a favorable 3:2 TD to INT ratio (18 to 12 for the non-mathletes out there). And his stats show some sign of mobility as he ran for 386 yards on 62 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. The main emphasis on all of these stats is that he did them with the Kansas City offensive line, and that line is undoubtedly worse than that of the Dolphins. I’m almost certain that George Selvie and Co. from USF could take care of that professional offensive line! However, let’s get back to the main storyline.
Dolfans need to give this guy a chance. I personally think that the man has potential to do something good for our franchise. Just because his name fits his roots of Winnsboro, SC, does not mean we should write him off as a failure. Hell, Ric Flair came out of South Carolina, and that has to mean something right? I am not a fan of packing it in after three weeks and competing with the Rams, Bucs, and Lions for the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. The Fins need to keep fighting, and this move shows that they are not ready to pack it in either.