Dolphins: Still hanging with Chad
A year ago, the Dolphins were coming off a 1-15 embarrassment of a season, rookie coach Tony Sparano and Bill Parcells were settling in and Jason Taylor was just leaving.
This year, the Dolphins are the defending AFC East champions, Parcells stayed in the front office, Sparano is the reigning Coach of the Year, and Taylor is back in Miami. How is this minor miracle possible?
Chad Pennington, that's how. Pennington threw for a career-best 3,653 yards, 19 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Yet Pennington is listed 23rd in our preseason QB rankings. Why the lack of respect?
A first-place schedule featuring the NFC South and AFC South is staring Miami in the face. The training camp whispers citing improved play by second-year starter-in-waiting Chad Henne will keep the pressure on. And how many snaps will the Dolphins devote in the red zone to a revamped Wildcat formation featuring rookie Pat White?
Pennington has the tools to be a serviceable fantasy backup, but he'll need more support from Ronnie Brown, continued exemplary behavior from Ricky Williams, a return to health for Greg Camarillo and a breakthrough-and-conquer season from third-year receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
It won't take divine intervention this time around, but it's a lot to ask for.