Dolphins prepare for Titans by making a change at quarterback

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 5:51pm

The Tennessee Titans won’t be the only team on the field at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday with a revamped passing attack.

While the Titans worked wide receiver Randy Moss into their offense Wednesday, the Miami Dolphins announced that Chad Pennington would be their starting quarterback.

Chad Henne started the first eight games of the season for the Dolphins (4-4). He completed 63.5 percent of his attempts, but threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (eight).

The Titans lead the AFC with 13 interceptions.

“(I) took a lot of things into consideration, weighed an awful lot of options out,” Miami coach Tony Sparano said. “This is not an indictment on Chad Henne at all. It’s not an indictment on his future … but at this particular time it’s something that I feel like I need to do for our football team.”

Pennington, an 11-year NFL veteran, has not attempted a pass this season, but he has a history of playing well against the Titans. One of his eight career 300-yard passing games (319 yards in 2006), was against Tennessee. Likewise, one of the best games in terms of completion percentage, 78.3 (18-for-23) was against the Titans.

Both of those games were when he was a member of the New York Jets.

“With Tennessee, watching them on film they’re very opportunistic and do a really good job at creating turnovers and that’s why they’ve been able to score a lot of points,” Pennington, who has thrown 102 touchdown passes and 64 interceptions in his career, said. “They play very fast and very physical so we’ve got our work cut out for us.

“I just need to be me and I’m going to need, I don’t have a magic wand. I know it’s just not on me; I’m going to need the help of every one of those guys in that locker room and it’s certainly going to be a team effort.”

Titans’ quarterback situation: Vince Young was one of three Tennessee players who did not practice Wednesday.

Veteran Kerry Collins did all of the work with the first team offense.

“(Young) is much better, he didn’t practice,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “But we’re hopeful to get him back on the field (Thursday).”

Collins is 0-4 all-time against the Dolphins. Young is 1-0.

Young missed the Oct. 24 game against Philadelphia after he sustained knee and ankle injuries Oct. 18 at Jacksonville. He practiced all week leading up the Oct. 31 game at San Diego, started that day but reinjured the ankle.

Defensive tackle Tony Brown and wide receiver Kenny Britt also sat out the day’s workout. Britt has been ruled out for the game.

Tricky, tricky: Titans’ rookie safety Robert Johnson had some fun with the armada of television cameras trained on the door from the Titans’ locker room to the practice field prior to Wednesday’s workout.

Johnson came out with his helmet on and wearing Moss’ jersey, which he borrowed from the veteran receiver.

“I kind of felt like it would be a nice little joke just to do that and see what happens,” Johnson said. “(Moss) is somebody that I really look up to, … It feels good to know he has a real good sense of humor.”

Bye, bye bye: The Titans have won four in a row and six of their last eight following a bye week.

All-time, they are 9-6 following the bye with all six losses coming against just four teams, Chicago (two), Baltimore (two), Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.


• The Titans have scored more than 24 points in four straight games, their longest streak since 2003, when they did it seven straight.

• Last season the Dolphins limited Chris Johnson to 104 rushing yards on 29 carries, which was Johnson’s lowest yards per carry average (3.6) in a game he had at least 20 carries until three weeks ago when Philadelphia limited him to 66 yards on 24 attempts (2.8 yards per carry).

• Johnson needs 45 rushing yards to join Eddie George (10,009), Earl Campbell (8,574) and Lorenzo White (4,079) as the only players in Titans/Oilers’ history with at least 4,000.