View Full Version : Leading Questions: AFC East

02-16-2011, 04:44 PM
Miami Dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/mia/miami-dolphins)

Will Chad Henne (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11291) be their long-term quarterback?

The Dolphins revealed a lack of faith in Henne in 2010. They benched him twice.

The first time was an out-and-out demotion. In Week 10 -- with Tom Brady (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2330) performing like an MVP, Mark Sanchez (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=12482) well on his way to the playoffs again and Fitzpatrick giving Bills fans something to cheer about -- the desperate Dolphins replaced Henne with Chad Pennington (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2149). There's no telling how long Henne would have remained on the sideline if Pennington didn't reinjure his throwing shoulder shortly after kickoff.

The next time Tony Sparano pulled Henne was in the season finale, a blowout loss to a Patriots squad that rested some of its best players and had nothing to play for. Henne completed six of his 16 passes, threw an interception and had a 25.8 passer rating. Not the way any quarterback wants to enter the offseason.

Henne was the Dolphins' supposed quarterback of the future. They drafted him in the second round in 2008, the year they took his Michigan teammate Jake Long (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11234) first overall. Henne hasn't worked out yet. He studied under Pennington for a season and then took over in 2009, when Pennington got hurt two games into the season.

In his two nearly full seasons, Henne, at best, has looked decent. Great games have been rare. He has frustrated Dolfans more often than not. Henne has a career 75.3 passer rating. He has thrown six more interceptions than touchdown passes.

There are no guarantees Henne will remain Miami's starter, although the prediction here is that he will be in 2011. A new infrastructure is in place, and whenever a young quarterback has new idea men around, there's a tendency to extend opportunities -- especially when owner Stephen Ross, a Michigan man himself, has promoted Henne as a future Dolphins legend.

The Dolphins said goodbye to offensive coordinator Dan Henning and hired Brian Daboll, formerly of the Cleveland Browns (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cle/cleveland-browns). Henne's position coach, David Lee, left to be offensive coordinator at Mississippi. Receivers coach Karl Dorrell was switched to quarterbacks.

Will new voices be enough to inspire Henne to another level? I'm skeptical. While it's easy to scapegoat Henning -- and to an extent Lee -- for the offense's struggles, it should be noted Henning and Lee were considered geniuses when Pennington ran the offense and the Wildcat became an NFL trend. I doubt Henning and Lee turned vapid when Henne became quarterback. http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/26067/leading-questions-afc-east

02-16-2011, 05:10 PM
Henning, Pennington and Lee had a nice 14 game run with the wildcat and a soft schedule in 2008 . . . once they played that Bmore game in the playoffs, they mapped out a way to stop that predictable offense and it carried over to 2009.

Maybe Henne will never be anything, but they were the biggest problems the last 2 years. I mean come on, just thinking about the playcall in my sig make me glad those douches are gone. You can't continously handcuff your QB and you can't keep taking him out the game after he drives you down the field for a wildcat play that hasn't worked all year. They played for Field Goals constantly. Hell we saw it with Pennington in 2009 in that Colts game . . . 3rd and 6 and instead of going for the first down you run a draw play for 2 yards and kick a FG to give the ball back to Manning who proceeds to drive the ball down the field like he had the entire night and win the game.

02-16-2011, 05:26 PM
i think that oc never change game plan from 2008. wildcat hurt sometime it put offense in bad spot. what work in 08 didnt work in 10. henne game is not 3yard pass. dolphins need move on with pennington. i think he help but he also hurt henne as qb because pennington been around nfl for while and he knew how to get locker room attention.also he feel like he should be starting to.. henne is still young qb..thier style of being qb is difference. with ginn team fs played back... with no spd. team defence played closer to line blist more...

02-16-2011, 05:52 PM
i think alot is coaching, and putting so much preasure on him not to make mistakes; which will cause someone to make mistakes. cant have handcuffs on someone and expect him to succeed. but some was henne himself. he has alot to work on. he could be an avg to above avg qb, but will he? i doubt it.

02-16-2011, 05:55 PM
As much as I agree about the putrid play calling
I still have my doubts that Sparano will do something to change things
He let Henning do whatever /whenever he wanted to do at all times.

Sparano was suppose to be an offensive mind that even called plays in Dallas
but showed no ability or backbone to do the same here.

Even when everyone was saying what a fiasco with Hennings play calling
Sparano said Henning was doing a good job.either delusional or no balls

I hope things change for the better but Sparano has to grow a pair and
get involved

02-16-2011, 07:09 PM
you guys do realize that Daboll's offense in Cleveland was worse than ours right? Daboll has been a total trainwreck as an OC for his career.

02-16-2011, 07:27 PM
you guys do realize that Daboll's offense in Cleveland was worse than ours right? Daboll has been a total trainwreck as an OC for his career.

He had no talent to work with though, can't have a good offense when you have no players.

02-16-2011, 09:22 PM
we need spd like steeler got on offense and packers. steeler run the ball but they throw ball good to specially down field to wallace and both team draft outstanding. that is key. we have had three yr of good drafting. it just that beside last 3. we were horrible at drafting beside j.jonhson day.we are making up for lost time. i think it will take dolphins 2or 3 more draft before they are ready to really compete in afc eas.He had talent to work with. the first 8 game we were playing good last 6 we didnt look good at all. other team started blist us like it was new fashion. the big thing about us last two yr was team we should beat we lost to at end of yr...the jet took chance and stock pile talent on winning now. dolphinsare try to win by drafting player the slower route but this yr will be a panic yr for coach must win now. Sparano will take chance this yr because he is no longer living of 2008 football season.