DOW (Dolphins Overall Worth) heading into Bears game: 712 (+30)
ON THE RISE
TYLER THIGPEN (NASDAQ: THIG) +7: Anyone who goes from third-stringer to starter in 45 minutes of football gets an automatic boost. But Thigpen has some skills, and played well in Kansas City in his brief time there as the starting signal caller. Elusive, which gives the wideouts time to break free. Neither Chad is very good at that. Tyler’s legs could allow for a bit more fun with the play calls. It will be interesting to see. Thigpen played well, though attempted only 6 passes. With Pennington steamrolling towards retirement, and the Trifecta’s waffling on the Henne front, the job is there for the taking.His stock could soar.
ANTHONY FASANO (NYSE: FSNO) +5: 100+ yards and a touchdown. Anthony was money on Sunday. It seems the Dolphins are confident that he’s the real deal, awarding him with a lucrative extension yesterday. Fasano also gets style points for going airborne at the end of almost every play, whether necessary or not. It’s nice to see the Fasanos and Sparanos working together, peacefully, after last summer’s blood feud.
RESHAD JONES (NASDAQ: RSHD) +2 1/2: Always nice to log both your first sack and first interception on back to back plays. With Clemons gimpy, Jones stepped in and played very well. We’ll see if this continues tomorrow night, as he is slated to start. “Crazylegs” Jones has a world of potential, and is a big time hitter back there.
RICKY WILLAMS (NYSE: RICKY) +2: Ricky rolled for 5.8 yards a carry, while Ronnie struggled to find any breathing room. Again, it’s so nice to have fresh legs, and a Pro Bowl quality back to slug weary defenses with in the second half of games. Hopefully Miami will work out a reasonable contract for another year. Worth the investment.
DAN HENNING (NASDAQ: DHEN) +1: This stock has taken a huge beating. So why a slight gain? Because he finally threw the ball deep. A few times actually. Freakin’ FINALLY! Perhaps a bigger gain was in order, but Dan still went with his mysterious open backfield on a crucial 3rd and short. I mean, can’t we at least pretend we might run, just to keep the defense honest?
RONNIE BROWN (NYSE: RBROW) -2: Granted, RB23 scored a touchdown, 0.9 yards per carry is not what you’d call “getting ‘er done”. He’s in a contract year. He hasn’t quite busted out yet. With his injury history, it will be interesting to see what the market is for him this offseason. Perhaps he’ll sign back on with the good guys at a reasonable rate?
CHAD PENNINGTON (NYSE: CPENN) -7: Chad is a strong competitor, and will go down as one of the most accurate quarterbacks of all time. Still, he is just too frail at this point. Give him a clipboard. Hire him on as quarterbacks coach. He’s great to have around. Dinner better be on him the rest of the season, as Penny made $3.25million dollars for his 27 seconds as the starter.
Simply put, a great victory, especially when you consider the turmoil both leading up to and during the game. Injuries to both Henny and Penny, our starting free safety, Cam Wake, Jake Long. It was like ‘Nam out there, yet we emerged with a big win over a playoff quality team. Granted, they didn’t have Vince Young. Nice to catch a break. Our opponents have caught plenty more than we have this season. 6-4 would be fantastic, and we like our chances against the Bears.
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