Why Is Miami Fascinated In A Battered, Bruised Signal Caller On The Downside Of His Career?
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports “Carson Palmer is the player folks in the Dolphins organization would love in a Dolphins jersey.”
I understand he may be an upgrade over Chad Henne. I turly get that. Yet, has the team been watching Carson since his career-shattering injury in the 2005 Playoffs against Pittsburgh? I think they “love” the Carson Palmer who was an MVP-caliber QB in the regular season leading up to the Wild Card round match-up against the Steelers; as opposed to Carson Palmer circa-2005. If pre-2005 Palmer was available, instead of post-2005 Palmer, I could agree why Miami would “love” to have him as their starting QB; especially when your a sputtering franchise like the Dolphins still trying to replace a legendary QB who left more than a decade ago. Dan Marino must be shaking his head in disbelief.
Carson is surely not the same quarterback once thought to be an out-of-this-world gunslinger entering the ’03 Draft from the University of Southern California. Nowhere close to it. Not even the same ballpark -yes, baseball season is starting soon, so let’s give it some dap (I know some fans of the “Fish” are excited for a chance to see some Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, man can he hit some homeruns). Back to the matter at hand, so why are the Dolphins desperately trying to travel down the road of Palmer Avenue? This is a serious, mind-boggling issue that I’ve been searching to find the answer as to why. So, after countless hours of research and futile efforts, the only reason I came to conclusion is explained simply in two words: Tyler Thigpen. I have to do a better job of redeeming the time. The Coastal Carolina product is the only viable option to go under center besides the inconsistent Henne. Desperately in “love” with Carson Palmer, you don’t say? Peculiarly odd.
If not Palmer, than who do you go with at QB if you are Miami? Personally, I would rather roll the dice with Alex Smith or even Caleb Hanie of Chicago. Two low-risks throwers who, if given the keys to the offense in Miami, could be a pleasant surprise; a la Chad Pennington, 2008. Smith just needs a change of scenery. It’s as easy as that. The Utah alum has all the skills in the world necessary to lead a team to the Playoffs. I can see him developing into a Pro Bowl QB donning different digs. His situation reminds of this former sharpshooting, accurate marksman with the darts: Rich Gannon.
As for Hanie, I can make a case for the former Colorado State standout that he is ready to shine in the spotlight and take over the show based on what I’ve heard from him in practice and seen from him in preseason; mainly conjured from past January’s NFC Title performance against the Super Bowl champs; who so happened to possess the NFL’s best defense. Coming in for Jay Cutler, Caleb assembled two touchdown drives and had the Bears one score away from sending the game into overtime. He overcome all obstacles and hurdles; especially, a what-seemed to be game-clinching pick six.
The stakes were high and Hanie, with absolutely no big-game experience whatsoever on Sundays, showed me more in less than two full quarters of play than what Henne has with his whole professional career as a member of the Dolphins and Palmer since ’05. The role he played warrants him at least some consideration to be in the discussion as a potential Miami Dolphin QB. Which attributes and qualities does Hanie not hold that Henne or even Palmer at this stage in his career, hold? You more than likely say, experience is the only thing he is lacking. Oh, really? How many Conference Championship games have Henne or Palmer participated in? I believe Hanie was partaken in more big-game snaps than the two combined at the pro level. Another reason to consider and ponder both Smith and Hanie: I really like their mobility, it gives their game an added dimension. Let me end by saying this: I would run away from the idea of Palmer being the team’s starting QB and give Smith or Hanie a shot over Palmer. Bring in one of the two and let them compete with Henne for the star gig in South Beach.