Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dolphins Acquire QB Tyler Thigpen

Call it lack of confidence, an insurance policy or desperation. Whatever the motive, Quarterback Tyler Thigpen is now a Miami Dolphin. Miami sent an undisclosed draft pick to Kansas City for their new backup QB.

With the season-ending shoulder injury to Chad Pennington, Chad Henne was the undisputed replacement. With the addition of Thigpen, there may be some disputes.

Henne went 10-19 for 92 yards with 1 interception that was run back for a touchdown (AKA "a pick-six") in his relief of Chad Pennington. He didn't look confident in the pocket. He rushed his throws as if he were tossing hot potatoes around Qualcomm Stadium. Most of his completions were wide receiver screens and check downs.

Thigpen passed for 2,608 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 14 games last year. He started 12 games, including the week 16 shootout versus the Miami Dolphins were he threw for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is no stranger to the role of starting QB. With Kansas City's acquisition of Matt Cassell during the off season, Thigpen's days were numbered.

So, where does Pat White factor into this new equation? When Miami started 0-2 last year they introduced the Wild Cat and righted the ship. They were planning on introducing Pat White to the NFL before Pennington was hurt.

Can Miami afford to add a wrinkle to a non-existing pass game? Can they run an offense based on the Wild Cat and hard-nosed running? Buffalo has the (un)fortunate luck of finding out when they travel to Land Shark Stadium on Sunday.

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