Yes, there are a handful of topics on the margins that might interest viewers of tonight's preseason-finale in New Orleans. Will the Miami cornerbacks flourish or wilt in the face of the NFL's best passing attack? Will the special teams unit get its act together? Will John Nalbone or Joey Haynos win the electrifying competition for the third TE job?
You know the most important topic that must yield answers tonight?
How does Chad Henne respond to pressure? How does he handle adversity? Now that he basically stunk against Tampa Bay last week, and his coaches were on his case all week, and the media was writing he was struggling, and fans were asking why he's the heir apparent when he's proven nothing, Henne must respond.
He must step up.
Because if he doesn't respond in this particular forum -- against backup players in a game with little or no meaning -- how is he going to get it done in situations that demand courage and spirit and excellence? If he doesn't get it done here, why would the Dolphins believe he can some day take them to the playoffs?
That, to me, is the most important issue at play tonight. It transcends tonight. It addresses not just the coming days, but the coming years in Dolphinsland. If Henne reacts well to a tough outing, all is good and we move on to the next challenge.
But if he steps back, in so small a stage as this, then why should we believe he can step up on bigger stages?
The answer comes tonight starting at 8 p.m. (ET) from the Superdome. The live blog starts in the comments section below. I'll be here a few minutes earlier to give you any lineup changes and news.