Alain Poupart: That's a very interesting question because Chad Henne undoubtedly is the quarterback of the future -- it's not Pat White -- and Chad Pennington is only signed through this season, with no indication that the Dolphins have made inroads into signing him to a new contract. But the reality is that Pennington by far is the best quarterback on the roster right now, despite the team's 0-2 start.
Pennington wasn't stellar at Atlanta, but he played very well in the Monday night loss to Indy, and right now he gives the Dolphins the best chance to win. That said, my feeling is Pennington will remain the starter this season unless he gets hurt or until the Dolphins fall out of playoff contention. Barring a major surprise, Henne should be the starter from the start in 2010, though.
ML: What kind of progress have you seen from former top-10 pick Ted Ginn? What kind of match-up problems does he cause, if any?
WR Ted Ginn
At this point, Ginn's speed makes him a decent starter, but he's nowhere near what anyone would call a stud wide receiver. As for match-up problems, the only issue to deal with is his speed, but that's almost neutralized by the fact that Chad Pennington doesn't have a great arm and is much better at short-to-intermediate passes than bombs.
Yes, Ginn caught 11 passes Monday night against the Colts, but it was a rather shallow 11 catches and Ginn failed to come up with two long passes in the end zone -- both of which would have been great catches, but the kind that great receivers make. And the truth is Ginn just isn't a great receiver.
ML: Miami's secondary gave up a lot of big plays in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. Was this just a bad game, or will this be a season-long issue?
AP: For the Dolphins' sake, it better be just a one-shot deal. There were three pass plays of 48 yards or longer, including the 80-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark on the first snap of the game. The other two were a 49-yard completion, again to Clark, and the game-winning 48-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon on a flanker screen.
On the two Clark receptions, he beat Dolphins linebackers, breaking a tackle attempt by free safety Gibril Wilson at midfield on his touchdown. Wilson had a horrible game overall against Indy and that indeed is a major concern considering the Dolphins went out and got him after he was released by Oakland because they felt he represented an upgrade over Renaldo Hill. So far, it has been the opposite and the folks in Oakland will tell you Wilson didn't have a good year last year, either.
The Colts actually did very little damage outside against the Dolphins, with rookie corner Sean Smith doing a great job on Reggie Wayne all night. Bottom line is the Dolphins have major concerns at safety, not at cornerback, right now.
LB Jason Taylor
AP: Remember that the Dolphins also started 0-2 last season before going 11-3 the rest of the way to win the division. There are two ways for the Dolphins to look at that Colts game. One is to bemoan the fact that they lost a game that they really should have won. The other is to look at the fact that they really outplayed the Colts and were done in by three defensive breakdowns.
The Dolphins have enough veterans who have been around the block not to let the Indy game linger, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll rebound the way they did last season. In talking to players in the locker room on Wednesday, there seemed to be a good resolve to turn things around.
ML: Darren Sproles is averaging more than 33 yards per kickoff return. Which players on Miami's special teams are up to the task of slowing him down?
AP: The Dolphins have struggled badly on special teams for the better part of the last few years, but they actually were terrific in kickoff coverage against the Colts. And a lot of players got involved in the action, led by the versatile Patrick Cobbs and also including backup running back Lex Hilliard and former first-round pick Jason Allen.
The key to containing Sproles will be kicker Dan Carpenter getting good hang time and distance on his kickoffs, but the task doesn't seem as daunting as it once did after what the Dolphins were able to accomplish against the Colts.
Chargers Scout Watch
Yesterday, we revealed San Diego's plans to scout a Pac-10 game this weekend. Today, we've learned the team also had a scout at tonight's Syracuse-Maine contest. The Chargers are familiar with both programs, as LB Stephen Cooper hails from Maine and SS Steve Gregory comes from Syracuse. Both Cooper and Gregory joined the Chargers as undrafted free agents.