During the Dolphins drubbing by the Patriots last night, Miami pulled starting QB Chad Henne in favor of former Chief Tyler Thigpen. Just garbage time for the backup? There could be more to it, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via PFT).
On Tuesday morning’s SportsCenter, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen acknowledged that the team is concerned about Henne. Mort also suggested that Chad Pennington could eventually replace Henne.
But the 34-year-old Pennginton isn’t and would(n’t) be the future. Mort says that there’s talk that Pennington would “bridge the gap” to Tyler Thigpen.
In 2008, Thigpen started 11 games, compiling a passer rating of 76.0, via 18 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. The Dolphins traded for Thigpen, whom the new regime in K.C. didn’t want, during the 2009 season.
Last night, Thigpen completed only two of six passes for 15 yards and one interception in garbage time. His passer rating was 2.8.
Before the Chiefs traded for Matt Cassel, there wasn’t a more polarizing player than Thigpen. He showed me enough while playing with little talent around him that he could develop into a legitimate starting quarterback. It’s an idea that always draws out some vicious attacks.
Thigpen didn’t show much last night, but to be fair the Dolphins were in full surrender by the time he hit the field. The interception — by former teammate Jarrad Page — was a ball that hit his tight end squarely in the numbers, but he couldn’t handle.
I’m not about to say he is going to make Dolphins fans forget about Dan Marino (or would have made Chiefs fans forget Lenny), just that he has still yet to get a fair chance to win a starting job since the Chiefs added Cassel.
For fun, check out a video of Thigpen with the Chiefs. His touchdown catch is at the :30 mark.