Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blame It On The Henne

The Miami Dolphins won an epic Monday night thriller against the Jets, 31-27. This game was truly a great one in the heated rivalry between the two division opponents. Really, it had everything. Let's recap, shall we?

It had Ronnie Brown eating live babies en route to 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He even completed a 21-yard pass, and of course, he scored the game-winner with six seconds left on the clock.

It had Chad Henne in his coming out party as a starting quarterback in the second start of his young career. Henne competed with deadly efficiency, going 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two touchdown passes. He led a last-minute game-winning drive, and played with NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!

There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, and Braylon Edwards was actually catching passes for his new team, instead of dropping them left and right.

Hell, there was even a Ted Ginn sighting! Not only was there a sighting, but he burnt the best "shutdown" corner in the league, Darrelle Revis. How Revis managed to shutdown Randy Moss and Andre Johnson, but Ginn made him look silly is beyond comprehension at this time. I do know this, however tough it may be to say: Chad Pennington's season-ending injury could be the best thing to happen to Ginn as a wide receiver. It gives him a quarterback who can throw the deep ball, and if there's one thing Ginn is good at, it's out-running people. Pennington's injury might actually make Ginn a legitimate deep-threat receiver, as evidenced tonight.

In all seriousness, this was a big win for the Dolphins. It was a confidence-builder for Henne, and for his teammates' confidence in him as a leader. He was composed and executed with incredible accuracy all night. This game, while still early to tell, feels like it might be the beginning of something special in Miami: a real quarterback to finally fill the void Dan Marino left in the team when he retired. No more stop-gaps, because Henne could be the franchise quarterback this team has been looking for.

And while Brown scored the game-winning touchdown, and took a lot of snaps from the Wildcat, I don't think it would be too far-fetched to go ahead and "blame it on the Henne."

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