by: Omar Kelly November 11th, 2010 | 9:01 AM The glass that encased Chad Pennington, the one that warned “Break in Case of emergency,” has been shattered.http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_fo ... l+Blogs%29
The coaches are rushing Phillip Merling, the projected starting right end during the summer, back from an Achilles injury that was supposed to sideline him for the full season. The goal is to at least get a month out of the team’s 2008 second-round pick.
Al Harris, a 35-year old cornerback with a recently reconstructed knee, was signed to cushion a number of injuries the Dolphins’ secondary is nursing, taking Jason Allen’s roster spot.
And the Dolphins claimed an offensive lineman from the 49ers practice squad, swapping him out with another offensive tackle (Patrick Brown) who couldn’t sniff the game day roster.
Most of these moves, if not all, reek of desperation, which is one of the things Dave Hyde points out in his column.
There’s a good reason for that considering this regime, and this team, fully believe they are a playoff caliber team. Actually, they believe they are a Super Bowl caliber team, and sold that belief to owner Steve Ross.
At the root of all the moves made this week is Miami’s push to get to the playoffs, which smart money says will take a 6-2 finish and some luck.
The journey starts this week against Tennessee, which unwrapped new receiver Randy Moss on Wednesday, and is nursing Vince Young back to health. Young, the Titans starting quarterback, is bothered by an ankle injury.
The Dolphins can’t afford to stumble out the gate, especially with Thursday night’s game against Chicago looming, so Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano are doing WHATEVER necessary to jump start this team.
Starting Pennington makes sense because he’s a 11-year veteran who is the most accurate quarterback in NFL history. He’ll help Sparano understand whether it’s the play calling or the trigger-man that’s the issue.
Henne will continue to work with Pennington, his mentor, and it’s very likely he’ll get another opportunity to start again this season. If he can’t pick himself up, and put himself back together after his first-ever demotion, then he wasn’t starter worthy because good quarterbacks are resilient.