The Dolphins today announced that they have placed former starting quarterback Chad Henne on the season ending injured reserve list, in order for him to go through surgery for a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder.
The season ending injury likely be be Henne’s last act as a Dolphin-his contract expires after the season concludes.
To fill the void left by Henne, Miami today signed free agent and former Dolphin Sage Rosenfels to back up current starter Matt Moore.
Moore led the Carolina Panthers to a 1-4 record last year before ending the season on the IR list, and has made 23 career starts over his time in the NFL. Head coach Tony Sparano has said this week that Moore is a “confident guy, someone who takes on a different appearance in the huddle.”
The confidence is something that we all heard about Tyler Thigpen last year as well, but it never formulated when he was given a chance to start against the Chicago Bears, as he failed to get anything going against the Bears defense. Hopefully Moore can be different than Thigpen was, and can lead the Dolphins to a win over the New York Jets, something the team, and city desperately needs to restore at least some hope into this team.
The team now has to focus on giving Moore their all, because whether we like it or not, Henne has given us the best chance to win this season, not Moore. But with the inconsistent performances of the offense this year, with all of the dropped balls, miscommunications, and plain ineffectivenes, the rest of the players will have to pick up their games to help Moore elevate his. He simply cannot beat the Jets on his own, he’s not that type of quarterback, especially in only his first year in this Dolphins offense.
With the spotlight now on Moore, both Rosenfels and Henne are getting overlooked here, as they are major sidestories in this changing of the quarterback.
First, let’s start with Henne. This injury will probably be the last letdown we get from Henne ever. After the game he came out and said he could play through the pain, and made it seem like a lesser ordeal than it actually was. Obviously, his opinion understated the injury just a little bit.
With his stint on IR, we now have to trust Moore, and us fans didn’t even trust Henne, so how should we entrust our team to someone who had the chance to beat the Chargers last week, but couldn’t ignite the offense, and looked inconsistent during the pre-season? With the likely change in regime coming during the off-season, this injury just may be the nail in the coffin for Henne, as he may see the door after the season as well.
Now onto Rosenfels, the quarterback who ignited one of the greatest rallies against the Bills in the history of the rivalry.
He was not fans first choice, or second, nor third, and honestly was not even on my radar as a possible option. I was thinking more along the lines of David Garrard, or Jake Delhomme, or Troy Smith. But Delhomme wouldn’t agree to come to Miami, and the Dolphins didn’t seem motivated enough to bring Garrard to South Beach.
So this raises the question, do the Fins really believe that Moore can win this team games, or are they simply packing it in for the season, and not bringing in Garrard ensures that we get a shot at the top overall pick.
But would the Dolphins really “Suck for Luck”? Or are they just, in other words, complacent and comfortable with the roster that they currently have?
The answer must be the ladder, because no team would publicly admit to tanking their season to achieve a certain draft choice.
But, I still pose the question, Sage Rosenfels over David Garrard? Really? What is this front office thinking, because they must see something, again, that we don’t see with Moore.
Only over the next couple of weeks will we know whether or not Rosenfels was a good choice because he only needs to sit the bench and watch Moore lead us to a few wins, or that we needed another starting caliber quarterback because Moore was ineffective.
If Moore doesn’t come through for this front office, this might only be the last act for Chad Henne, but the FO as well.