Position Analysis: Quarterbacks

As we all know, the quarterback positon, is the most important position in all of football.  The quarteback is the leader of the offense, he controls the audibles and sets his protection. To be a good quarterback in this league you have to have good accuracy and decision making. We're going to take a look at the quartebacks and we'll decide who deserves to start.


After a season ending injury to Chad Pennington, in 2009, Chad Henne was thrust into action in his second year.  Did we expect much from him in 2009?  No.  Henne played well enought to think he was the QB of the future.

Heading into the 2010 season, Henne was handed the starting job.  Was he the best quarterback in camp?  No, Pennington was, even though he was coming off a shoulder injury.  However, the FO and Fans believed Henne would turn the corner and become a star quarterback.

Things started out well for the 2010 Dolphins.  We won our first 2 games, one including the NFC North favorites, Minnesota Vikings.  After that things went downhill.  Henne played great against the Jets, but after that he began to decline.  From week 4 to week 17, Henne threw an interception (or more) in every game, except week 14 against the New York Jets.


He was benched during week 10, against the Tennesee Titans, but after another injury to Pennington, Henne was put back into action.  He played some of the best football I've ever seen him play during the Titans game.  Unfortunatly, Henne was injured and it looked like he was done for the year.  However, he fought through the knee injury, but missed the Chicago Bears game.  The following week against the Raiders, Henne played his best game of the year, without Brandon Marshall

Now, let's not look at the past.  Let's look at Henne's offseason.  We've all read that he and Jake Long had been leading team workouts during the lockout.  Henne turned into a leader over the offseason, which is really needed on this young team. 

It's early in training camp, so I wouldn't look into it too much.  In his first two days of training camp, Henne looked like his regular self, "checkdown Chad".  However, from what I've read, yesterday was Henne's best practice.  Like I said, don't look too much into it.  The offense usually takes some time to get into sync.

"I think Chad is focused. I think Chad is very poised and he’s ready to take on this challenge," wide receiver Davone Bess said. "He did a great job this offseason in leading the guys and calling all the meetings and the workouts, so he got a jumpstart on a couple of the guys. But for the most part he’s very hands on. We had a meeting with him (Thursday night) at the hotel room and that’s the main thing, all of us being on the same page and being in sync and learning it day by day."

As of now, it looks like Henne will be the starter.  He's worked with teamates during the lockout and knows the playbook pretty well.  I'm just hoping Daboll opens up the playbook for Henne, not like the Fossil we had for OC last year.


Heading into the '07 draft, Moore expected to hear his name called.  Unfortunately, he didn't.  But, the Dallas Cowboys called and were going to give him a chance to make the 53 man roster.  He had a good preseason and was stashed on the Cowboys practice squad until the Panthers snatched him up. 

Moore saw his first regular season action against the Saints in the 5th game of the season.  David Carr (who was playing in place of injured starter Jake Delhomme) left the game with a back injury after being sacked near the end of the first quarter. After a string of ineffective performances from Carr and Vinny Testaverde, Moore started his first NFL game on December 16, 2007 against the Seahawks. He led the Panthers to victory against the Seahawks while completing 19 of 27 passes for 208 yards without a turnover. After a tough loss against Dallas the following week, where he completed 15 of 28 passes for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception, he went 15 of 24 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a road win against Tampa Bay. Moore was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for December after these performances.

Moore was injured during the last preseason game in '08 ending up on IR.

In his five games as a starter for the 2009 season, Moore threw eight touchdown passes with one interception. The strong finish by Moore and the Panthers, combined with earlier poor play by Jake Delhomme, led to speculation that Moore would challenge, if not replace, Delhomme as the starting quarterback position for the 2010 season despite Delhomme's large contract. This turned out be the case as Delhomme was cut from the Panthers on March 4, 2010.

Moore was declared the starter for the 2010 season after Delhomme's release, though he faced pressure for the starting job from rookie Jimmy Clausen. Moore suffered a concussion during the season opener at the Giants, and he was benched the following week in a loss against Tampa Bay following poor play. In week 9, Moore injured his shoulder and was placed on IR.

Well if you didn't know much of Moore, I just provided you with some info.  Moore signed to provide competition to Henne; after watching some film on Moore, I think he may be able to push for the starting job.  It's obvious the FO sees something in Moore, which is why Orton will not be a Dolphin.

Moore can't practice till August 4th.  I look forward to watching him challenge Henne.


I already did a post on Brandstater, so I'm not getting into depth. (My post on Brandstater).

According to Mosul, Brandstater had a good third day of training camp also.  However, he'll have to have a picture perfect preseason if he plans on starting.

Pat Devlin

Devlin attended the University of Delaware.  Some analyst compared him to Joe Flacco, but I don't see the resemblance.  Flacco has a better arm, but Devlin is more accurate.

Devlin first attended Penn State, but he didn't think he'd get the opportunity to start there.  He decided to transfer to Delaware prior to the '09 Rose Bowl.

In 2009, Devlin led the Blue Hens to a 6-5 record.  Devlin started all eleven games for the Blue Hens, passing for 2,664 yards, sixteen touchdowns, and nine interceptions. In the final game of the season against Villanova University, Devlin passed for Delaware school records in completions (42) and attempts (58) and threw for 407 yards. Devlin was named the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season, and led the league in passing average per game (242.2 yards) and total offense per game (253.7 yards).

In 2010, Devlin threw for 3032 yards and 22 TD's. For some reason, I can't find a lot about his 2010 season, sorry.

Entering the 2010 draft, Devlin looked like he would be drafted.  Maybe he got cocky, I don't know, but he showed up late to his Pro Day and put on a horrible show.  His draft stock plummeted.

Devlin had entered the NFL draft, and at least one NFL network analyst, Mike Mayock, believed he was one of the top ten QBs in the draft, but the former Blue Hen's contractual eggs went uncollected.

I wanted the Phins to sign him and I got my wish.  He doesn't have a powerful arm, but has just enough zip for the NFL.  He is accurate with ball, which will only help him in the NFL.

Through the first three practices, Devlin has impressed.  His first day he admitted he was nervous, but the next two he has made some very nice throws according to sources.

I see him as a backup, but hey, maybe he can push Henne for the starting job.  I've seen crazier things happen.


This is obviously the weakest position on the team.  Henne and Moore are the only ones with starting experience.

After the lockout, there were rumors we were going to trade Orton.  I'm glad we didn't.  Ireland played it smart.

I just want to talk about Ireland for one second.  He knew Orton would win us games.  Orton gave him the chance to keep his job.  However, Ireland was unselfish and decided to not make the pricey trade because he knew Orton wasn't a long term answer and would only hurt the team down the road.

Brian Daboll runs a QB friendly offense. I look forward to watching the offense this season.  I'm just going to get this out of the way.  Don't expect us to open up the playbook in the preseason.  We don't want our opponents knowing too much about our offense.

The QB I'm going to keep an eye on is Pat Devlin.  I believe we got a steal in him.  I think he has enough skill to push for the starting job in the next few years.


And there you have it.  I think I could have done a better job, it's not my best work.  Please leave some feedback, let me know what you think.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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