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Chad Henne is in the spotlight in South Florida.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The two headlines on the front of the Sun-Sentinel sports page read this way today: "Dolphins out to show that Brady isn't superhuman" and "Henne leads new offense against Patriots; Dolphins must make statement."
That nicely sums up the Dolphins' perspective to tonight's season-opening matchup.
There is excitement here in South Florida about the team's new offense under first-year coordinator Brian Daboll, and the idea that the run-heavy days are being replaced by a system that attempts to get the ball down the field more. Meanwhile, the Dolphins know the importance of knocking the Patriots' passing game off its rhythm.
Here are a few of the links from South Florida's three major daily newspapers:
1. Element of surprise a key. Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post writes on how the element of surprise could be a big factor tonight, tying in Daboll's presence as Dolphins coordinator. Daboll is a former Patriots assistant who has had some success against New England from a planning and Xs and Os perspective.
2. Getting to Tom Brady. Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel writes on the Dolphins' defense and its hopes of stopping Tom Brady and Co. "He's human, right?" linebacker Cameron Wake says of Brady. "He has two eyes and red blood? If you cut him, will he bleed? He puts his pants on one leg at a time."
3. Biggest Dolphins opener since '94. Columnist Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel sets the stage for what he calls the biggest season opener since 1994, when Dan Marino returned from an Achilles injury and his career was in question.
4. Parcells' time here not looked at fondly. In a piece running in the Palm Beach Post, columnist Ethan Skolnick writes on how head coach Tony Sparano is out of the shadows of Bill Parcells, calling Parcells' time with the team "(Less Than) Three Years and a Cloud of Busts."
5. Dolphins' home woes. Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald writes on the Dolphins' 1-7 home record last year and how tonight is a chance to give fans something to cheer about again.
6. Breaking down the matchup. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald looks deeper into the matchups, and gives the Dolphins the advantage in the running game, on both sides of the ball.