Only two QB’s played for the Dolpins during their 19-14 win over the Jags on Saturday night – but it just might be the two they need to lead them back to being competitve in the NFL. Rookie Chad Henne was 17-for-26 for 133 yards, and newly picked up Chad Pennington was 5-for-6 for 55 yards, as the Dolphins gave new head coach Tony Sparano his first win – albeit preseason.
The team seemed a lot more poised in their second preseason game. They held the ball for 37:02 to just 22:58 for Jacksonville, and had 123 yards rushing, holding the Jags to just 42 yards total on the ground. They pitched a shutout on defense until the 6:15 mark of the 4th quarter, holidng at that point a 19-0 lead.
One down note for the Fins was running back Ronnie Brown, who is being counted on this season heavily to help out the offense. The back left the game with a thumb injury after rushing the ball two times for just two yards. Backup Ricky Willims looked good, rushing 10 times for 43 yards including an 4-yard score that put the Dolphins up 7-0 with 6:39 left in the first quarter.
Dan Carpenter, who earned the starting kicker’s job this week after the Dolphins cut Jay Feely, made field goals of 46, 44, 37 and 31 yards. The rookie from Montana is 6-for-6 in the preseason. The defense also did a good job holding the Jags in check for most of the night.
Jacksonville starter David Garrard was 7-for-14 for 63 yards. He overthrew several Jacksonville receivers, including a wide-open Mike Walker for a would-be touchdown in the second quarter. Another key moment was in the second quarter when RB Maurice Jones-Drew fumbled a yard short of the end zone, stopping the Jags best threat for a score.