The Miami Dolphins facing a 0-3 start and the loss of starting QB Chad Pennington for the season to a shoulder injury traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for QB Tyler Thigpen. The Dolphins were forced to make a deal having only Chad Henne and rookie Pat White on the roster after losing Pennington. While Thigpen isn’t a great QB, he is a serviceable one who played much of the 2008 season starting for the Chiefs.
Up until the deal was made it seemed that the Chad Henne era was about to begin for the Dolphins, without a doubt he is the QB of the future for this team, but with Thigpen now on the roster there might be a little competition for the starting spot. Thigpen was a 7th round draft pick in 2007 by the Minnesota Vikings and has much more experience then Henne does.
Thigpen’s career numbers are not going to blow anyone away. He has a career QB rating 74.7, has completed 54.5% of his passes for 2,649 yards. Along the way he has thrown for 16 touch downs and 13 interceptions. With that in mind maybe he is not the passer this team needs, but Thigpen has been known for his rushing ability, and maybe Miami can use that to strengthen their Wild Cart offensive sets.
While the 2009 season is likely over for the Dolphins, few team are able to recover from an 0-3 start, this team can use the rest of the 2009 season to further develop their Wild Cat offensive, and use a few games later in the season to find out exactly what they have in both Henne and 2009 second round draft pick White.