You can never go from a slow team to a fast team in one year. This FO has shown they would rather have big strong guys, as opposed to slightly smaller much faster guys.
You CAN however go from a inept offense to an aggressive one in one year. I think Henne could get it done under a real OC. Unfortunately he has been "tainted" by this Geritol spokesman masquerading as an NFL OC. If we got Andrew Luck in here, no one would care that we don't have team speed. Just go ask the Patriots if they need team speed. That has to be the slowest team in the NFL, yet they win consistently. Why? Tom Brady. Question for ya. Who is the fastest guy on the Patriots? Tough question, huh?
I'm a huge proponent of sitting young QBs behind a veteran for a few seasons for this reason. It gives them time to learn the intricacies of the game without the huge expectations and the harassment from the fans if you so much as take a dump the wrong way. When you start the young QBs right away, the learning process happens on the field instead of in a safe environment. That leaves the learning much less predictable since you can't control what happens in a game. If it was me in charge, I would have kept Henne on the bench this season and probably next as well. Then in 2012, he can take over since he has learned how to read defenses, look off his receivers, and do all the other little things QBs are expected to do in order be more than average...
What makes it almost impossible for fans or any other casual observer to come to any sort of informed conclusions is the lack of knowledge of what goes on in the film study, or on the practice field, or in the conversations between qb and coordinator. We're left to judge solely based on performance on the field, and there are so many variables that are left unseen. It doesn't help matters when the coaches themselves are ignorant.
Personally I'm not much of a fan of Henne. I've never played the position so I don't have a clue what's going on in their heads but some guys seem to be able to have their mind in multiple places at once. They're aware of the pass rush and where their receivers are, all the while keeping in mind the situation and what the objective is. To me Henne looks like a guy who processes one thing at a time, and if the first doesn't work hes slow to move onto the next. Maybe that's something you improve on or maybe that "feel" for the pocket is just something that comes naturally to some. Who knows how Marino knew to step up or aside when he did, leaving defenders grasping for air....all the while keeping his eyes downfield.
Still, I'd give him at least another year. If for no other reason than continuity. This team has a bunch of really talented players on both sides of the ball either in or entering their prime, and it seems like such a waste to spend another two years going through another two years of youth at qb. I don't think this team is good enough to win like the Jets are doing now or the Ravens and Falcons did last year with young and mistake prone qbs.
Well said Locke, I agree that the art of QBing is being lost on the instant expectation being put on them. I think they bring it upon themselves with the huge salaries they demand before even taking a snap also. QB is the toughest postion to master. Henne needs more time before we condem him. I think he also needs better coaching and I am not speaking about the terrible play calling. IMO what Henne needs to master with the help of coaching is a several things:
1. His accuracy He isnt horrible but he could place the ball better more consistently. This is a fixable issue and his coaches should be coaching that into him. He can do it he just needs to coached how to do it on every throw.
2. His delivery. He does not throw laser passes. I know he has a cannon arm but if you watch the ball he doesnt release it fast and hard like he should. This is another fixable item with the help of his coaches and some extra time in the weightroom.
3. His reads. He checks down more then he should. I think he either lacks confidence in himself or his recievers, or he lacks the ability to anticipate where his reciever is going to break and where is going to be before he is there. He throws like is playing catch with his guys rather then exploiting defenses by understanding the coverage they are using and putting the ball in places that recievers can break on the ball and make plays and make the defenses that face him look foolish. He needs to be in the filmroom breaking it down more. Again coaches can help him with that too.
4. Pocket pressence. This is something I do not think the coaches can do much for him and he is going to have to develop that 6th sense
on his own. He isnt afraid to stand in there and take a hit but he has to figure out how to extend a play when defenders on seemingly going to get him. He needs to become more elusive. It takes awareness of who is where and how long he needs to buy for the play to unfold and him to deliver it on target.
I am not Anti-Henne by any stretch but he is very raw and needs a lot of polishing before he can be considered a legitimate franchise level QB. The circumstances in Miami does not afford him the luxry that Arron Rodgers recieved in Green Bay. Henne has to learn on the field because we have nobody else better. I know some of you are going to flame me here but if Vince Young does get released and we can woo him to Miami without giving him an obscene amount of money or a slew of draft picks, I think thats the best alternative that is a long shot but plausable.
Finfan13 and anyone else hoping to get luck here is dreaming. There is no garuntee he declares but if he does there are too many teams in front of us who are as desperate as we are for a decent QB. They are not going to let us trade up for him or the other two QB's being talked about in this draft class. I think if Young gets released he will be out of reach for us too because it will probably take us getting into a bidding war and force us to massivily overpay for him and he has a reputation of being unreliable under Fischer.
The reason I am high on Young is not because I think he is a great QB but I do think he is better the Henne is right now. Signing Young could provide Henne some relief from the pressure of being the starter. Young I think is a better QB then he appears to be under Fischer. I think Fischer is not helping Young and it is reflecting in his play. I think under a coach who believes in him could turn him into a much better QB. If Miami could make him feel like he fits in here it could be a win/win situation for everyone. I would even seriously consider if the deal included us swapping QB's. Tennesse may better suited to develop Henne while Young may thrive here.
I think it actually happening is a longshot but if the opprotunity showed itself I would be in favor of pulling the trigger. At worst it buys us a few seasons to shop for another QB without tanking the next few seasons. JMO