Miami Dolphins Examiner Jeremiah Thermidor weighs on the Miami-Minnesota game today. Check out his answers and then his website to let him know just what you think is going to happen.
Joe Oberle: Chad Henne is now the number 1 QB in Miami. Is he a solid No. 1 or does he have to look over his shoulder?
Jeremiah Thermidor: Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has been asked the question time & time and again but he continues to support Henne 100 percent. Barring an abysmal game from Henne, don’t expect him to lose his starting job. However if there is a game in which Henne struggles early on, don’t be surprised to see Chad Pennington enter to motivate the young QB. The Dolphins spent a lot of money on WR Brandon Marshall and if Henne can’t create chemistry with the all pro-receiver, there will be cause for concern.
JO: The Dolphins have had some changes in their defensive backfield. How has the acquisition of Benny Sapp helped out?
JT: Sapp solidifies the secondary in that he provides the unit the depth it has been craving for a while. Last weekend in Miami’s win against the Bills, Sapp’s near interception led to two other near interceptions by two different Dolphins. Sapp’s ability as a lockdown corner who can blanket his man and knowing how to sniff out the ball while making open field tackles are just a few of the qualities Miami coach Tony Sparano hopes rubs off on his younger players.
JO: Did the Miami fans like the trade for Sapp, or were they unhappy to lose Greg Camarillo?
JT: Miami fans were initially upset about the Camarillo trade because he was a hometown hero, being the player who made the spectacular 64 yard reception which gave Miami its only win in 2007; and has been consistent ever since. Nevertheless, they understand that the need for an explosive corner outweighed the need for Camarillo, especially with WR Brian Hartline manning his spot. However, Hartline hasn’t produced like the Dolphins have hoped and now they may be starting to have second thoughts; so it remains to be seen.
JO: The Dolphins like to run the ball, while run stopping is a Minnesota strength. Will they try to run against the Williams Wall on Sunday?
JT: The Dolphins are concerned with DE Jared Allen’s unique talent of quickly setting the edge and sacking the quarterback but are even more concerned about his ability of punishing ball carriers. Pat and Kevin Williams on the inside do present a huge challenge for Miami to run the wildcat however I don’t doubt the Dolphins will run against the Williams Wall. Don’t be surprised though if you see running backs Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams pass out of the wildcat formation also.
JO: Will the Miami defense try to go after Brett Favre or will they stack 8 in the box against Adrian Peterson? How will they defend the Vikings offense?
JT: Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has prepared all week for Adrian Peterson, understanding this guy hits the hole hard, explodes through tacklers and drives his legs all the way to the whistle. I think Miami is more concerned with the run but will surely look to force turnovers from Brett Favre as well. You may be wondering why Mike Nolan is concerned about the run so I’ll tell you. Despite Nolan’s defense being ranked seventh in the league when he was with Denver last year, his run defense was ranked 26th overall allowing 128.7 yards per game. So you might just say a player like Adrian Peterson is Mike Nolan’s Achilles’ heel.