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Miami makes mistake

Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:47 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 10:48 am

The Miami Dolphins are making a big mistake.

There is no way Chad Pennington should take over for Chad Henne. But coach Tony Sparano is making the move, a decision he revealed Wednesday.

Henne might be -- and I say might because we're not sure yet based on his play -- the quarterback of the future.

Pennington's best football is behind him. So the Dolphins are essentially giving up on a kid who might be their long-term answer for a lollipop-arm passer who certainly isn't the answer.

Has Henne played that poorly?

Or is he a victim of a bad offense?

I know offensive coordinator Dan Henning is looked at in positive light by many in the media, but I think his offense is outdated and stale.

Henne has been a victim of that staleness.

The Wildcat died -- as we predicted -- but even that hasn't helped open up the Miami offense. Neither did getting receiver Brandon Marshall.

Henne is completing 63.5-percent of his passes. That's better than Matt Ryan, Brett Favre, Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers.

His touchdown-to-interception ratio isn't good with eight touchdown passes to 10 interceptions, but I think a lot of that has to do with the creativity of the offense.

Don't blame Henne. Blame Henning.

It doesn't matter who plays quarterback in that offense. It's way too predictable and that will hurt any quarterback, especially one with a big arm like Henne that was essentially wasted.

Get ready, Miami fans. You might want to get a stopwatch to see how long those Pennington passes stay in the air.

Helium balloons have nothing on Pennington passes.

Category: NFL
Tags: Chad Henne

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:02 pm

Miami makes mistake

Everyone that is excited about Pennington being the starter and complaining about Henne throwing to check down receivers must forget what it was like when Pennington was the teams starter for that one full season he played.  If Henne learned anything from Pennington it was how to find the checkdown receiver.  In the playoff game that year vs Baltimore didn't Pennington throw 4 ints with his weak, yet accurate arm and great game management.  The point that needs to be made is Henning calls a lousy game in the current NFL, he calls a 1980's style game and runs a 1980's style offense that is why Parcells hired him before he even named Sparano as coach, they are both from the same era.   Henne was always stuck in 3rd and long situations and the scoring drives are always 12 play drives.  12 play drives are nice to eat clock in the 4th quarter when the team is up by 10 already.  The NFL is changing everything to make offense the focus point, they want high scoring games, Henning doesn't run an offense that scores a lot of points.   Even Marino had a rough final season with Jimmy Johnson because opposing defenders said that the offense was so vanilla they could guess almost every play by the formation and that is part of what Henne's problem was.   But now Sparano risks damaging the confidence of the QB of the future instead of telling one of Parcell's good old boys to hit the road.  They need to hire a young offensive coordinator thats not afraid to be innovative and remember Henning didn't create the wildcat, the QB coach did and Henning ran it into the ground.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:16 am

Miami makes mistake

chad will be their QB , the coach is just sending him a message , he'll wake up now and start working harder to to fix his INT problem . he just needs to learn that he does not need to force the ball into coverages, learn to make  his reads and throw it away if he has too .

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2010 5:12 pm

Miami makes mistake

Thank GOD i start Tennessee's Defense this week!!!

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:41 pm

Miami makes mistake

well fellows fans now we have a old slow qb to go with and old slow o.c. so hey maybe we will win (yeah fn right). i knew when our new owner starting selling off the team to gay ass singers we were in trouble then parcels leaving in favor of ireland give me a break im sick of leaving ever season with hopes for the next one to bad parcels didnt buy the team to me its simple fix fire henning , i mean yeah its great to see a powerful running team but in todays game to win superbowls you have to score big and fast which means throw the ball to your weapons stretch the field get a big lead then run it down their throats we have some of the best weapons in the game on that offense they are not used correctly

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:27 pm

Miami makes mistake

Wow for once I agree with Prisco. This move sets the Dolphins back once again. Pennington is not an upgrade at this point in his career or at this point in the season. Henne might never regain his confidence now which means they probably just wasted another couple years on a projected QB of the future. And Henne isn't the problem, Henning is. He fails to open up the offense at all, sticks Henne is 3rd and longs consistently and then Sparano wonders why he throws interceptions. Look at the Baltimore game, Brown has 6 carries for 45 yards on the first drive and gets another 3 carries for 14 more yards the entire game. Why go away from what is working, keep running Brown and give Henne some easy play action passes to complete. This whole season has me seriously thinking of finding another team to cheer for, it was easier for me to justify the 1-15 season then this crap this year.

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:11 pm

Miami makes mistake

This is a terrible move for the Dolphins and not because Henne has been so good.  This move destroys his confidence.  Pennington does NOT upgrade your offense in any way.  Yes he has the highest completion % in NFL, but the key word there is have.  Henning is the real problem.  He was outdated when he coached the Jets, so he is ancient now.  The only innovation he brought in was the Wildcat...ooops that was the QB coach who thought that up.  This move dooms the coaching staff, it doesn't make them a better team and if there was any chance that Henne was a long term solution it sure as heck isn't going to be seen on the bench.  We all do know that Pennington is not the long term solution.  I'd rather see what Tyler has learned the past two season and see what he has.  
One person stated that attention to detail and execution wins football games and that is 100% correct.  However, you cannot win without balance and a threat of a passing game.  Our only hope is that Pennington locks in on Marshall.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:50 am

Miami makes mistake

As a life long Miami fan (27 years) I think this is a big mistake and Henne is the future. This is 100% on the coaches and play calling. Run plays are called at the wrong time and the type of passing plays are called at the wrong time. Every time this team goes down the field (which is not often) they throw to Hartline, not Marshall not Bess but Hartline!? Whenever the offense is clicking Henning decided to stop the momentum and calls for a wildcat. He creates situations that create 3rd and longs and puts pressure on a QB. They are constantly putting Henne in tough spots yet he has still done pretty damn good. He has 4 or 5 comeback wins in 20 starts. He has a great completion percentage. You dont bench him when you have helped him. Look at KC have they benched Cassell or have the Jets benched Sanchez this year or last year? Sanchez is barely a 50 % completion QB his rating is lower then Henne's and has less ints then Sanchez. Last year the Jets went through some tough games and lost mainly because of Sanchez and they stuck with him. Even this year they have looked bad 3 straight games and the jets have still kept Sanchez in and have never backed off or made it out to be his fault.


Its time to fire Henning and let the man go to the old ladies home where he belongs. Next fire Sporano who cant make good tough decisions and having no balls when they are needed. Bring in Gruden or Cowher and get a coach the fan base deserves!

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:23 am

Miami makes mistake

I echo your take Pete.  Miami is making a big mistake.  I do think Henne may come in the game this week though.  Those floaters Pennington is famous for will be gobbled up by the Titans D.  On another note,  Jake Long and Chad Henne have been playing together for a long time and know each others tendencies as does the rest of Miami's O.  That has to count for something.  OL players need to play instinctive not have to stop and think.   

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:10 am

Miami makes mistake

Thanks for writing the truth.

Henning is calling plays in a 1980's mindset.

Did you know the 1982 nfl mvp was a kicker? Did you know that Henning was his offensive coordinator? Sound familiar to this year?

Henne is not the problem, its the mediocre playcalling that in no way fools the defense.

Henne went 4-4 against the best Defenses in the league with Henning hindering him? And he gets benched?

I like Pennington, and think he is a good player, but this move does not solve anything.

Hopefully Henning is gone next year and Henne gets somebody with will help, not hinder him.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:45 am

Miami makes mistake

I'm with ya, HGH.  If there's one thing Pennington is it's an effective game manager. The only danger with Pennington is he's injury prone.  Stats can throw you off, and Henne is fooling everybody with his completion percentage. The only reason for it is all the 2 yard check downs he throws, neither of which turn into first down's or TD's.  But they do look good on the pct stat sheet, don't they?  For those of you Dolfans brave enough to put your Dolfan feelings aside, you'll recognize Henne has a hard time deciding when to release the ball. By the time he makes up his mind the defenders have adjusted and caught up to the receivers. Hence, the INT's. This is not good game management. And yes, the play calling has been off balance and questionable, but you can't continue to leave the game in a QB's hands that can't make timely decisions (see how the same is affecting Cutler). And when that QB can't make timely decisions (or trust the play called, perhaps?) it only compounds the situation. Prisco doesn't seize to amaze at how INEPT his observations and predictions are. I guess that's the reason for such bad articles.  If Sparano doesn't make a change this team doesn't have a chance at anything more than making a team like Buffalo look like a better team than they are. It's best that Sparano makes a change now rather than doing nothing - a la Wade Phillips.

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