Tag:Drew Brees
Posted on: May 7, 2010 2:49 pm

A tale of two cities

The Miami Dolphins have famously done little about their quarterback position since the retirement of Dan Marino. They've essentially left journeymen in the job instead of going after a top talent, and have done so year after year. On the one occurrence where they did try to fix the position, they managed one of the biggest blunders in recent free agent memory, taking an essentially done for quarterback and letting Drew Brees go to New Orleans to have career seasons ever since.

When I had this discussion with my brother, he opined that the Dolphins don't need to do anything, because they have the (highly touted?) Chad Henne on the roster. For his sake as a fan, I hope that he is right.

In Charlotte, the Panthers were faced with a similar problem. The fortunes of Jake Delhomme have been fading consistently since the Super Bowl year, to the point where the Panthers finally released him after the 2009 season. In hand is a young man named Matt Moore.

Moore and Henne have similarities. Both are young quarterbacks with limited experience who took over from injured starters last year. Henne played 14 games, had about a 60% completion rate, and threw 14 interceptions to 12 touchdowns. Moore played seven games, had about a 62% completion rate, and had an impressive ratio of 8 TDs to 2 interceptions.

From those stats, if either team was going to shore up their depth at the position thru the draft, you would think it would be the Dolphins. Yet it was the Panthers who rolled the dice on coming up with a big talent at the most important position on a football team, and came up with Jimmy Clausen. Give the Panthers credit. They were willing to do what most of a round and a half of teams before them weren't willing to do ... take a shot at greatness.

I could be wrong and I hope I am, but I fear that the Dolphins have once again willingly chosen mediocrity over a shot to be really good. Back when they drafted Dan Marino, they took a chance on a talented college QB that had a bad reputation for too high a ratio of interceptions to TDs. They thought he might work that out with experience. They were right, and came out with one of the great quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Its sad that the current management in Miami has no such vision. The Panthers haven't really been known as a visionary team either, although they have consistently made solid moves and seem to contend at least every other year. This draft tho, the rest of the teams placed a shot at greatness right in their laps, and they didn't fumble that chance away. Now Clausen might or might not work out as a great quarterback, but if you don't reach out for it, you'll never grab the ring. The Panthers have reached, and I applaud them.
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