BY JEFF DARLINGTONhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/08/1 ... start.html
In the middle of the Dolphins' practice field, after a satisfied defense already headed toward the locker room following the first scrimmage of training camp Saturday, backup quarterback Chad Pennington had something to say to a huddled-up offense.
His fist was wagging. His lungs were firing. The team was listening.
``He was just telling everybody that we need to play better,'' right tackle Vernon Carey said. ``We played like horse- [expletive Saturday,] and we need to get better.''
Apparently, it's never too early for a fiery wake-up call.
On an afternoon when the offense looked far less effective or energetic than it had each of the seven days before, Pennington said his postpractice message was simply intended to make his younger teammates realize the potential they have.
``We have a chance to be special if we want to be,'' Pennington said. ``We have the chance to accomplish some great things, which is one of the reasons why I came back -- to be part of something special, to be part of a team concept that I believe in.''
Everyone needs to be responsible for their own assignments, Pennington told them.
``Anybody who watched that scrimmage knows we didn't play as well as we can,'' fellow backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen said. ``We've seen what each individual can do offensively, and nobody brought their best [Saturday].
``That was the biggest thing Chad said. We know we're better than this. Every guy knows we're better than this.''
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To bad it was Pennington and not Henne who gave the motivational pep talk.