Time for a quick roundup of reaction from last night’s game, easily one of the season’s best through five weeks:
Running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams certainly deserve much of the credit for Miami’s 31-27 win, but we knew those two could run. It was Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne who, in his second career start, made the biggest statement. Premature or not, Henne has some thinking that the Dolphins’ nearly 10-year search for Dan Marino‘s replacement may have finally ended last night.
On that subject, Rex Ryan — who described his defense’s performance as “horrendous” — said the Jets made Henne look like Marino. Perhaps the most impressive part of Henne’s 241-yard, two-touchdown game was the fact that he was constantly shuttled on and off the field for the “Wildcat” formation, which Miami proved will continue to be a staple of its offense. It certainly stole the show from Braylon Edwards, who, less than a week after having been traded to the Jets from Cleveland, made an instant impact in leading the Jets with five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Some more notes from Around the Web on Tuesday morning:
- Eric Mangini is sticking with QB Derek Anderson, leading the Cleveland Plain-Dealer‘s Mary Kay Abbot to suggest that benched QB Brady Quinn would welcome a trade before a next Tuesday’s deadline.
- Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco agrees with Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who thinks Ray Lewis should not be fined for his hit on Ochocinco on Sunday.
- The Broncos’ 5-0 start has given way to plenty of accolades for 33-year old coach Josh McDaniels, but overshadowed in all the hoopla has been defensive coordinator Mike Nolan‘s impact on what was previously a porous defense.
- Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt was critical of himself, even after his team’s 28-21 win over Houston.