We’ve talked about Suck for Luck campaigns starting around the league as if they actually are campaigns, and are real attempts to suck really, really bad to draft one of the most highly hyped quarterbacks of our generation. And maybe in some cases they are, just not directly. By sending Tarvaris Jackson out every week the Seahawks are sort of conspiring to suck, right?
In Miami are only two quarterbacks on the depth chart, a common practice in today’s NFL, but what’s uncommon is the sheer talent between the Dolphins’ two arms. One of them is just moderately OK, while the other is depressingly brutal. The first guy is named Chad Henne, and yesterday the Dolphins began to become fearful about his status for the rest of the season.
Now those fears are very, very real.
Henne will be lost for the season after sources confirmed to NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington that he’ll need surgery to repair a separated shoulder suffered in a Week 4 loss to San Diego. Henne hasn’t been the problem despite the Dolphins’ 0-4 start and their status as one of the four winless NFL teams, or at least not the most glaring one. He was in a good ol’ western shootout with Tom Brady during Miami’s Week 1 loss, and completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 416 yards.
Overall during his three starts prior to separating his shoulder Henne had 841 passing yards, putting him on pace for easily a career-high over a healthy 16-game season (4,480 yards). His interception and touchdown totals were identical with four of each, but hey, these things happen when you’re constantly faced with drooling linebackers while playing behind an offensive line that’s allowed 14 sacks already, which is tied for third in the league.
Now at least temporarily it’s Matt Moore or bust, with both Jake Delhomme and David Garrard reportedly deciding earlier this week that no NFL job is better than a job with the Dolphins. There’s also been Trent Edwards and Brodie Croyle sightings in Miami, which is a blatant indication of a forced Suck for Luck mentality in the absence of a real quarterback.
Writers in South Beach are beginning to question the meaning of the Dolphin universe, a solar system that’s quickly being consumed by the growth of planet suck. Don’t worry though, because Tony Sparano has seen worse.