One day shy of one week and the focus was, is, and will be the QB situation. While most of the focus has been on Josh McCown and his battle with John Beck for the number 1 spot, fans may be thrilled to learn that rookie Chad Henne is not out of the mix yet. In fact, of the 3, he may be the QB improving the most. Note: It is week 1, I get it. It’s only practice. I get it.
If you follow along with the 3 local papers, there are varying degrees of accolades and straight from the hip comments on the performances of Miami’s trio of young “BB” guns. Most reporters are saying that John Beck is looking more like John Beck of last year than John Beck who has been throwing since the season ended last year. Remember, he has completely changed his throwing motion and his mechanics, so apparently he is struggling with that change. It’s still too early to say he has no shot at starting.
While Beck fights a 3 second alarm to get rid of the ball, McCown seems to be able to avoid the rush with out of pocket roll-outs, but his accuracy is questioned. Something that has plagued him in his career. While it looks more and more like McCown may actually distance himself from Beck, the real test doesn’t come until a week from Saturday when the Phins play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and we see what these guys can do in a game, and some say pre-season games are useless.
What Henne is doing is not challenging for a starting job. He is improving. Little by little with high velocity throws and more accurate spirals like the toss to TE Anthony Fasano in tight coverage for a long TD. It’s little things that he does right and little things he does wrong that he works at correcting.
It’s only practice, and it means nothing now, not in the overall scheme of things, not in the overall race to start game 1. This is one week. Improvement is just nice to see.