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Mularkey sucks

Boca Raton, FL

#1 Aug 9, 2008
Oh, how the mighty have fallen when we resort to optimism based on the velocity of a couple throws. I was also giddy after the Henne to Kircus throw over the middle. That was, of course, until I realized that is how the ball is supposed to be thrown, and about 30 starting QBs in the league routinely make it.

Lets wait to see how Henne finishes the preseason before anointing him Marino Jr.

Since: Mar 08

O Fallon, IL

#2 Aug 9, 2008
Good article Ethan. It sure seems like all the reports out of training camp and now this game point to Henne emerging as the front runner among the three QBs who started training camp. If Beck (1 year of experience) and McCown (6 years of experience) are both about even, I guess you have to go with the younger player since he has more room to grow and learn. A 7th year QB should not be struggling to emerge as the front runner if he's competing against a 2nd year QB and a rookie QB, certainly if he's hoping to win a starting spot.

BOTTOM LINE: Looks like Henne's staying, Pennington's probably starting, and either McCown or Beck will depart.

Don't downplay that throw to Kircus. If a rookie QB makes a throw "that 30 starting QBs in the league routinely make" in his first ever NFL preseason game, that's a step up from what we've seen here in Miami the last couple of years. He has the arm strength. Hopefully he continues to improve and wins the starting job eventually, even if it's 1 or 2 years from now.
mdc

Port Orange, FL

#3 Aug 9, 2008
Mularkey sucks,
Who has said anything about Chad being Marino Jr? You're a goof ball.
Tamarac Tony

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Aug 9, 2008
Typical Sun Sentinel sports writer, Pennington has not thrown a pass but Ethan declares him the starter.
He may yet be but consider this Ethan:

The Jets didn't even try to trade him, they cut him outright and they had a chance to look at him in camp.

Even healthy, he had an anemic arm so now we can look forward to a rocket launcher on his shoulder?

Two words for everyone - Trent Green

I hope I'm wrong
Bill

AOL

#5 Aug 9, 2008
Castoffs from the 4-12 Jets can start for the Fins? How pathetic is that?
Bill

AOL

#6 Aug 9, 2008
Welcome Noodle Arm. Bye Bye Beck....HAHA
Sad Dolphan

Hollywood, FL

#7 Aug 9, 2008
Delphinus 13 wrote:
Good article Ethan. It sure seems like all the reports out of training camp and now this game point to Henne emerging as the front runner among the three QBs who started training camp. If Beck (1 year of experience) and McCown (6 years of experience) are both about even, I guess you have to go with the younger player since he has more room to grow and learn. A 7th year QB should not be struggling to emerge as the front runner if he's competing against a 2nd year QB and a rookie QB, certainly if he's hoping to win a starting spot.
BOTTOM LINE: Looks like Henne's staying, Pennington's probably starting, and either McCown or Beck will depart.
Don't downplay that throw to Kircus. If a rookie QB makes a throw "that 30 starting QBs in the league routinely make" in his first ever NFL preseason game, that's a step up from what we've seen here in Miami the last couple of years. He has the arm strength. Hopefully he continues to improve and wins the starting job eventually, even if it's 1 or 2 years from now.
I agree, also a bloger (Ben) once noted Beck is mr checkdown passer and that is not good for an NFL qb.(Henne complete passes down the field, WOW!). Right now I don't know what to say about Beck.???
Tony Clarke

Nassau, Bahamas

#8 Aug 9, 2008
Although it was his first NFL game, Henne sure looked good out there!!

I really think this young man has what it takes to lead this team soon!!
Jim

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Aug 10, 2008
"Two inches taller, two larger hands"? Please double check that-
I thought that they were both a shade taller than 6' 2" and Beck supposedly has large hands
Bob

Kissimmee, FL

#10 Aug 10, 2008
You hit it right on the head Ethan,

Pocket presence is what it is all about in the NFL and Henne shows that he has it.
JAK

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Aug 10, 2008
IF, and I mean IF, Ethan's right (which I think he is), and Henne is the QB of the future; then this season is already a success no matter what the record turns out to be.

You see last years #4 pick Gaines Adams last night? No you didn't. Know why? Because Jake Long ATE him.

You see Kendall Langford & Phillip Daniels? Pretty nice I thought.

Our teams going to be good, I think real good. Just not this year.

Since: Mar 08

O Fallon, IL

#12 Aug 10, 2008
JAK wrote:
IF, and I mean IF, Ethan's right (which I think he is), and Henne is the QB of the future; then this season is already a success no matter what the record turns out to be.
You see last years #4 pick Gaines Adams last night? No you didn't. Know why? Because Jake Long ATE him.
You see Kendall Langford & Phillip Daniels? Pretty nice I thought.
Our teams going to be good, I think real good. Just not this year.
And that's good. Let these young players develop and learn. They'll improve over the course of the season. There's another draft to infuse even more young talent next year. I'm really looking forward to watching it this afternoon (the game's on NFL network tape today) and seeing how the young players look.

BTW, just got my tickets to the Rams-Dolphins game on Nov 30th. 8 rows from the field. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!! It's not often I can see my team play in person.
Tamarac Tony

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Aug 10, 2008
Delphinus 13 wrote:
It sure seems like all the reports out of training camp and now this game point to Henne emerging as the front runner among the three QBs who started training camp. If Beck (1 year of experience) and McCown (6 years of experience) are both about even, I guess you have to go with the younger player since he has more room to grow and learn. A 7th year QB should not be struggling to emerge as the front runner if he's competing against a 2nd year QB and a rookie QB, certainly if he's hoping to win a starting spot.
BOTTOM LINE: Looks like Henne's staying, Pennington's probably starting, and either McCown or Beck will depart.
Don't downplay that throw to Kircus. If a rookie QB makes a throw "that 30 starting QBs in the league routinely make" in his first ever NFL preseason game, that's a step up from what we've seen here in Miami the last couple of years. He has the arm strength. Hopefully he continues to improve and wins the starting job eventually, even if it's 1 or 2 years from now.
I agree with most of what you wrote.

Even though I think Beck is a washout (not mentally quick enough in the pocket), I would rather keep him because he is younger and maybe can develop.
I would hate to see him let go and then come back to haunt us. He is at least as mediocre as McCown and has potentially more years in the league.

Pennington brings more minuses than pluses to me. He is most likely done (note the Jets didn't even try to get something for him) and even if he isn't, he is likely to break midseason leaving no experienced backup if they get rid of McCown.

Maybe there is some way to keep McCown or Beck on the developmental squad.

Since: Mar 08

O Fallon, IL

#14 Aug 10, 2008
Tamarac Tony wrote:
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I agree with most of what you wrote.
Even though I think Beck is a washout (not mentally quick enough in the pocket), I would rather keep him because he is younger and maybe can develop.
I would hate to see him let go and then come back to haunt us. He is at least as mediocre as McCown and has potentially more years in the league.
Pennington brings more minuses than pluses to me. He is most likely done (note the Jets didn't even try to get something for him) and even if he isn't, he is likely to break midseason leaving no experienced backup if they get rid of McCown.
Maybe there is some way to keep McCown or Beck on the developmental squad.
McCown's a more likely practice squad bet. I think Beck, being a 2nd year, 2nd round pick has enough upside that other teams would sign him. McCown's more likely to remain unsigned, especially with players like Byron Leftwich and Daunte Culpepper still out there unsigned.

I don't think Pennington's a long-term solution, but he does have some great experience and leadership, and can really offer a lot of mentorship to Beck And Henne to help them develop.

I'm just glad I don't have to make this decision. Guess that's why Ireland and Parcells get paid the big bucks.

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