Bill Parcells drafted Chad Pennington in 2000 out of Marshall and grabbed him again when the Jets cut him loose in favor of Brett Favre in 2008. It was a gift. Pennington lead Miami to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title. The Dolphins appeared to have found a franchise quarterback until Pennington injured his throwing shoulder in 2009. Enter Chad Henne. The second-round pick out of Michigan was the heir apparent, but proved to be inconsistent and ineffective. Re-enter Pennington, who was named the starter for a Nov. 14, 2009 game against Tennessee. Pennington lasted two plays before injuring his shoulder again. Henne also was injured in that game, which the Dolphins won behind Tyler Thigpen.
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