A month ago, I put out a blog listing the top five coaches on the hot seat (http://phinsphocus.com/2011-articles/july/the-hot-seat.html). Our very own Tony Sparano was second on that list to only Norv Turner. One month later, I wanted to look at some other people that might be feeling the burn from under their seat.
The most important position in sports, the grand puba, the Quarterback. Unless you’re the 2000 Ravens you’re not going very far without a quarterback. Here is a look at 5 starting Quarterbacks that will have the weight of the world on their shoulders this season.
1) Chad Henne
Yes I am a Dolphins fan and will take any excuse to talk Aqua and Orange, but the fact is Chad Henne is probably the quarterback that is facing the most pressure in the entire league. There are several reasons why Chad is listed number 1. Nothing is a better indicator of being under the pressure cooker then when your own fans are booing you in a practice. Chad was drafted in the second round and was thought to be the solution to the Dolphins' QB search. To date, Chad hasn’t lived up to his potential in Miami and has left Miami fans STILL waiting for the first true starting QB since Dan Marino. Patience is running low for the Dolphins' fan base and Dolphins' owner Stephen Ross for that matter.
This will be the final straw for Chad. Its make or break, do or die. Tony has put all his faith in Henne passing up bringing in real competition or drafting a QB. Now the ball is in Chad’s court. We shall see what happens.
2) Donovan McNabb
Some might think that putting McNabb to on this list is a bit high considering he has had a successful NFL career and doesn’t have much competition behind him. Vikings most likely will bring along rookie Ponder slowly to ensure a smooth transition to the pros. The reason I have McNabb at two on this list is because he is playing for his legacy. Right now, I think McNabb falls short of the Hall of Fame. However, if he has a resurgence and goes to a Super Bowl that perhaps will be changed. On the other side, if McNabb has another flop like in Washington his legacy could be tarnished.