By Dave Hyde November 14, 2010 04:09 PMhttp://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/ ... l+blogs%29
1. The Dolphins went from having a quarterback controversy this week to the only question in Sunday’s 29-17 win being if they’d have one standing.
Maybe, just maybe, they even lucked into Tyler Thigpen getting the controls from here, too. Thigpen drove the Dolphins 85 yards in nine plays to seal the win.
Chad Pennington’s return to starting status lasted one play before his right shoulder was re-injured and his NFL career surely finished. He stayed in for a second play before being replayed by Chad Henne after 43 seconds.
Henne played sporadically until getting hit and injuring his knee in the third quarter.It looked like another serious injury.
In came Thigpen. His first pass, to the nearly forgotten Brandon Marshall was dropped. From there, he completed four of five passes for 64 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Anthony Fasano.
A day needing a spark found one in Thigpen. And a season? Too early to suggest that. But Sunday provided a glimpse that he brings something different to the table.
4. We had our first Brandon Marshall moment and you could’ve seen it coming (hey, even I predicted it on Twitter). Marshall was frustrated by Henne ignoring him. And with good reason in some cases.
Three straight goal-line plays in the second quarter, the 6-4 Marshall was covered one-on-one by the 5-10 Courtland Finnegan. Twice, Henne threw incomplete to Brian Hartline, who also had one-on-one coverage.
You have that mismatch with the best talent on your offense and don’t throw to him?
Then, on a bold third-and-short call, Marshall either ran the wrong route or Henne misthrew and the ball was intercepted. Henne and Marshall just aren’t working well together. Something’s wrong between them.
In the third quarter, Marshall caught a ball deep in Titan territory, got up and for some reason rifled the ball at the sideline into the chain gang. No excuse for that behavior. That brought a delay-of-game penalty.
5. Rookie safety Reshad Jones was another accidental hero on Sunday. With Chris Clemons in and out with apparent leg cramps, Jones had a sack and interception on Tennesee’s last-gasp drive.
6. This win puts the Dolphins at 5-4 and keeps their wild-card playoff hopes going. Tennessee (5-4) was a must-win because the Dolphins need a tie-breaker against some of the teams they’ll be going against.
7. Vontae Davis got called for a 33-yard pass interference on Randy Moss and beaten for a too-easy TD by Nate Washington. The signs he showed early in the year of having progressed to being a dominant cornerback have faded.
9. Anthony Fasanon had five catches for 107 yards and Brian Hartline had five cathces for 98 yards. Both were career highs.