Tag:Chad Henne
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:45 pm

For the gambler in you, Week 6

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Each Saturday, we’ll take the best -- and most clever -- odds collected by bodog.com for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you’ll read all week. Because if you can’t lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what’s the point of watching sports at all?

Regular season win total -- Philadelphia Eagles 

Over 7½ (+110)

Under 7½ (-140)

The fundamental question here (obviously) is whether you believe the Eagles will get themselves together and play like the team most of us thought they could be (not at Dream Team expectations per se, but better than what they’re currently shoveling each week on the field for us to examine). They’re 1-4 right now. Looking at the rest of their schedule, they should beat the Cardinals, Seahawks and Dolphins. Then, they’d have to get four more wins against the likes of the Redskins (twice), Cowboys, Bears, Giants (twice), Patriots and Jets. Honestly -- and I don’t know why -- I’d go with the over, but man, I’d be nervous about that pick.

Which team will win the Number 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft?    

Indianapolis Colts 3/1       

Miami Dolphins 7/2     
St. Louis Rams 7/2    
Jacksonville Jaguars 4/1

Carolina Panthers 6/1

Denver Broncos 7/1       

Minnesota Vikings 9/1    
Arizona Cardinals 10/1    
Any Other Team 9/1    

Ah, the Suck for Luck special. I think the Colts will play well enough to win some games, and I have a suspicion the Rams will turn around their season a bit. But I have no faith in the Dolphins. With each loss, the team gets further away from Tony Sparano, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team completely quit in the second half of the season. Then, replace the injured Chad Henne with Andrew Luck, and we’ll see if Miami can resurrect its organization.

Which New York state team will have the best regular season record?
Buffalo Bills 5/4       

New York Giants 2/1       

New York Jets 2/1 

I love this question, and I love this answer: the Bills.

Tim Tebow - total starts in the 2011 regular season?   
Over/Under 7 ½

How do you go back to Kyle Orton in this situation? You don’t. Unless Tebow gets injured, I think he’s the starter the rest of the season. I’d go over.

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:06 am

John Fox needs to name a starting QB quickly

Posted by Will Brinson

Perhaps you've heard of the quarterback controversy going on in Denver right now? Yes, perhaps -- Tim Tebow entered the game against the Chargers yesterday and sparked the offense, the fanbase, nearly led the team victory, and warranted many a smart media person (such as my colleague Clark Judge) to anoit him the obvious starter.

Head coach John Fox hasn't named a starter yet, and while I might not necessarily agree with rolling Tebow out there, I do think it's absolutely necessary that Fox name a starter quickly.

The Broncos have their bye coming up and travel to Miami after that for a very winnable matchup against the struggling Dolphins, which is why if Fox is going to go Tebow, he needs to go Tebow ASAP.

Two weeks from now, the Broncos will actually play another game. That means that for nearly 14 consecutive days, everyone in and around the Denver sports media world will be asking Fox about his starting quarterback, and making reference to "The Tebow Thing."

In fact, it will be as suffocating and grating for Fox as it probably was for Kyle Orton during every day of work leading up to Sunday's benching.

Then there's the matter of the matchup -- Miami is, last I checked, in the state of Florida. That's the same state of Florida where Tebow played his college ball, and the same state of Florida where he's a cultural icon.

Starting him, if that's the move Fox is making, would almost absolutely mean homefield advantage for the Broncos when they head east. Plus, it would allow the team to start making contingency plans for Orton, who'll be a free agent after this year.

There's little question he's bolting Denver first chance he gets, and if Tony Sparano can convince his bosses to still make a deal, it's hard not to think that the Dolphins, having lost starter Chad Henne for the season, would at least offer some reasonable compensation for 10 weeks of Orton.

In that sense, it behooves Denver greatly to make a firm decision now, and stick with it.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post believes that Fox will indeed act quickly, selecting Tebow as his starter as soon as Tuesday.

If that's the case, it's impressively fast, a wise move by Fox, and a pretty clear-cut indication that he's ready to see what the future might hold for Tebow as Denver's quarterback.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:36 pm

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

It wasn't about money for Garrard, but that the Dolphins were 0-4. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne played surprisingly well through the first four weeks of the season. Unfortunately, the shoulder injury he suffered against the Chargers Sunday will keep him out for the rest of the year. Which meant that Miami was in the market for a backup quarterback behind newly elevated starter Matt Moore.

The team reached out to NFL veterans David Garrard and Jake Delhomme earlier this week and were told "thanks but no thanks" by both.

The Dolphins finally settled on Sage Rosenfels. Conventional wisdom (based on what Garrard's agent had told multiple outlets) was that Miami wasn't offering Garrard enough to get off his couch. Turns out, it wasn't about the money.

Details via the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero:
I am hearing from multiple team sources that, in fact, the reason Garrard is not on the Dolphins today has nothing to do with money. I'm told that if Garrard wanted his base salary guaranteed, the Dolphins would have done that. I'm told that although reports are Garrard would have played for $1 million, the club might have gone to three times that amount and "probably" paid it.

I'm told that the reason the Dolphins didn't get Garrard is, in fact, because he simply didn't feel like playing right now. Garrard apparently talked to the team and showed no great desire to play. He is, according to this version of the story, quite content sitting out this season, spending time with his family, and hitting free agency next March.
Salguero writes that this account makes more sense than the version previously being pushed -- namely, that the Dolphins were too cheap to pay Garrard, which could be interpreted as the organization giving up on the season after a month.

And while Garrard wanting to spend more time with his family is admirable, there's still more to the story.

"Garrard sure enough wasn't all that enthusiastic about playing right now -- but mostly because the team that came calling has such little chance of winning as the 0-4 Dolphins do," Salguero explains. "If, say, the 3-1 New England Patriots suddenly lost Tom Brady and needed a starting QB, he'd be on a plane in a heartbeat."

So the Dolphins settled on Rosenfels who, according to coach Tony Sparano will serve as Moore's backup. “Yeah, it’s Matt’s job," Sparano said. "We’ve got to get Matt ready to go."

In case you're wondering, Miami also worked out Kellen Clemens, JP Losman, Jim Sorgi, and Charlie Frye before settling on to Rosenfels.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:06 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 5:09 pm

Dolphins ink Sage Rosenfels, Henne done for year

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Henne hurt himself in a most unfortunate way against San Diego in Week 4 (a blown draw play that resulted in him diving up the middle for a yard or two) and reports started circulating that Henne suffered a separated shoulder.

Those reports are true, and the Dolphins announced Thursday that they placed Henne on injured reserve, thus ending his season. To make up for Henne's loss, the Dolphins have signed veteran Sage Rosenfels.

"Congrats to Sage Rosenfels who just signed with the Miami Dolphins," Rosenfels agent, Rick Smith, tweeted Thursday.

Rosenfels was on the Giants injured reserve with a blood illness of sorts, and hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 2008. Which means that, yes, Matt Moore will remain the starter in Miami.

That the Dolphins were able to get Rosenfels to pass his physical is good news -- they were turned down by some not-so-elite quarterbacks like Jake Delhomme, David Garrard, Trent Edwards and Brodie Croyle.

None were interested, but the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora notes that it may have simply been a financial issue -- Miami only wanted to offer Garrard $600,000 with no money guaranteed.

So, yeah, the Dolphins at 0-4 find themselves in a pretty bad position without their starting quarterback. Although not having a good signal caller under center isn't exactly new for them -- they've been missing a quarterback even since Dan Marino left.

"I can only look at the last three, four years," head coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday. "I don’t know about the last decade or anything like that. I just know about the last couple two, three years. We’ve had a couple quarterbacks in there. Obviously [Chad] Pennington, [Chad] Henne, Pat White, Tyler [Thigpen] ... we got a few different guys. As far as starters go it’s been Pennington and Henne. For us it’s been pretty consistent."

Sparano pointed out that he's been on the winless end of things this deep into the season before (when he worked for Marty Schottenheimer in Washington), but he wasn't the guy with his neck firmly on the chopping block.

Now he is, and without his starting quarterback, it's hard to imagine how he'll survive an already tepid start.

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Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:08 pm

Report: Henne could have separated shoulder

David Garrard and Jake Delhomme aren't interested in playing for the Dolphins...yet. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

If you were wondering how things could get worse for the 0-4 Dolphins, here ya go: quarterback Chad Henne, the fans' preseason punching bag who has played surprisingly well through three weeks, might be on the shelf for awhile. He left Sunday's game against the Chargers with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and now the organization fears it could be a separation, a source tells NFL.com's Jeff Darlington.

"Henne has made it clear he'd like to play through the pain of the injury, but word out of the team's facility is that it might not be as simple as that," Darlington wrote Tuesday. "[A] second opinion is being sought to confirm the team's original findings, which the source did not yet want to elaborate on."

For now, head coach Tony Sparano's fate rests with backup Matt Moore, who the Dolphins pulled off the quarterback scrap heap prior to the season. Moore was in Carolina last year, and while he was serviceable as Henne's replacement Sunday, he's not the long-term answer.

Which is why the Dolphins are looking for a capable backup. The problem: none seem interested in coming to Miami. NFL.com's Jason La Canfora tweets that "Miami made unsuccessful attempts (at least for now) to sign David Garrard and Jake Delhomme this week, with Chad Henne ailing. Still lookin'."

While that's embarrassing (for the time being, anyway), the reality is that neither Garrard nor Delhomme was going to save the Dolphins' season. Partly because they've been out of the league for all of 2011, but also because they don't know Miami's offense. And if your response to that is to say, "but Garrard/Delhomme can get a crash course during the bye week," then that should tell you all you need to know about the current state of things in South Beach.

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Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:54 am

Henne to play after bye, Sparano needs playoffs?

Posted by Will Brinson

Last season, the Dolphins perplexed fans by failing at home and winning away from Sun Life Stadium. This year, there's nothing confusing about them -- they just can't win, and fell to 0-4 against San Diego yesterday as they head into the bye.

So there are some problems. Like, for instance, Tony Sparano canceling his Monday morning press conference because of something that involves a lack of time to watch the film from Sunday. Or something. But, reportedly, he's not being fired ... yet.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Sparano's job security hasn't changed from last week, even though Miami's winless and without a shot at picking up their first "W" this week.

However, Salguero's source told him that "the only way the coach can save his job on a permanent basis" is by getting the Dolphins to the postseason. Which is to say, well, Sparano's probably done.

Miami's not mathematically eliminated or anything quite yet, but they've got a serious uphill battle towards playoff contention. The Bills and Patriots are both 3-1 and the Jets are 2-2 so they're certainly looking a long ways up at even a wild-card berth.

Things get a little easier after the bye, as the Dolphins play the Jets, Broncos, Giants and Chiefs in the following four weeks. Losing three of those games would almost certainly doom Sparano though. Some good news: he may get his starting quarterback on the field for the first of them.

Chad Henne hurt his shoulder in the loss against San Diego, but insisted that he'd be back for the Jets game.

"I can rip this arm off, and as long as I can post the ball up I think I can play," Henne said, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. "I've had shoulder injuries in college and high school and I played through it, so I expect to play through it again."

By the by, the play that Henne was injured on is almost too perfect -- Lex Hilliard didn't realize Henne was giving him the ball on a draw play, there was a pile of confusion, and Henne tried to take off up the middle on a blown-up quarterback sneak, only to get crushed and miss the rest of the game.

Matt Moore looked "poised" according to his teammates, which is nice, especially if Henne's incapable of playing, because Moore will be needed to suit up.

Although at this point, if the playoffs are what's required for the Dolphins to avoid owner Stephen Ross making it rain pink slips at Sun Life, it might just be six- or one-half dozen when it comes to who's taking snaps.

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: September 28, 2011 10:41 am

Taylor thinks Henne is better than Sanchez

Who ya got: Mark Sanchez or Chad Henne?(Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Jason Taylor, the future Hall of Fame linebacker, has played for both the Dolphins and Jets during his 15-year career, and he's seen quarterbacks Chade Henne and Mark Sanchez up close during their formative NFL years. And in a recent sitdown with NBC Miami, he compared the two.

"We need to grow and we need to continue to change, and I think Chad has grown immensely since I left here a year ago," Taylor said. "I saw a kid in New York, Mark Sanchez, that is young, I don't think he's as talented as Chad Henne."

Without knowing the context, your first reaction might be to think, "So when did Taylor start doing stand-up?" But he's serious -- at least as long as he's wearing a Dolphins' uniform. As PFT.com's Michael David Smith reminds us, team affiliation has a lot to do with Taylor's favorite quarterback.

In June 2010, when he was with the Jets, Taylor was asked to choose between Henne and Sanchez. He didn't hesitate.

"I know who I'm going to pick, and it's my quarterback here," Taylor said at the time. "I've always been one of those guys that rides or dies with his quarterback. Sanchez is my guy, and I better not hear anybody say anything bad about him."

It's a good thing Taylor doesn't play for the Colts because we're pretty sure the "I ride or die with my QB" mantra would go right out the window.

And while we applaud Taylor for his loyalty (even if he's a flip-flopper), the thing is, there isn't much difference between Henne and Sanchez, at least when comparing them using Football Outsiders' QB efficiency statistics.

In 2010, Henne ranked 17th in the league in total value and 22nd in value per play (Sanchez was 18th and 28th, respectively). Through three games of the 2011 season, Sanchez is 13th in total value and value per play, and Henne is 15th and 17th.

There is no dispute, however, when it comes to designer wife-beaters and off-white skinny jeans. Hands down, Sanchez is your man.

Pay no attention to A-Rodge. Mark Sanchez looks good. (GQ.com)

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:10 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 1:13 pm

Report: Tony Sparano won't be fired this week

Posted by Will Brinson

Tony Sparano isn't in the safest of spots -- the Dolphins are 0-3 and though they looked quite potent on offense against the Patriots, they still lost. Since then, Miami's lost two more games and remains the only AFC East team with a losing record.

There's little question that Sparano's seat is warming, but Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Sparano won't be canned this week.

"No, nothing’s happening," Salguero's source told him when asked if there were changes coming to the coaching staff.

Salguero also says that Sparano's job is "100 percent safe" right now. But that's right now, and it could absolutely change by the time Miami returns home in three weeks.

Plus, if someone is saying "he won't be fired this week" about you, you should already be aware that the safety surrounding your job is tenuous at best.

The Dolphins head out to San Diego in Week 4, take their bye in Week 5 and then travel to New York to play the Jets in Week 6 on Monday Night Football. If things have gotten worse for the Fins by that point in time and they wake up on October 18 (Tuesday) at 0-5, the percentage chance that Sparano is good to go gets a lot lower a lot quicker.

Stephen Ross' one request this year was that Miami's offense get ramped up and go vertical. After Chad Henne's 400-yard game against the Patriots on the opening week  of the season, things looked like they were going well.

In the two weeks since then, Miami's offense has sputtered, producing just 19 total points against the Texans and Browns. Though Miami is middle of the pack in total yardage (387.7 yards a game, 13th in the NFL), passing yards (258 per game, 15th in the NFL) and pretty good at running the ball (129.7 yards per game, seventh in the NFL), Daboll's O ranks 27th in the NFL in scoring now with 17.7 points.

And in the NFL, where the goal is to outscore your opponents, if you're not getting in the end zone, you're probably not going to win many games. If that happens often enough, your job will be in danger.

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