Tag:Matt Moore
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 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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Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:50 pm

Dolphins give Chad Henne 'full reign' to audible

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how fans of the Miami Dolphins were chanting for Kyle Orton earlier in the 2011 preseason? Yes, that actually happened. And it happened because the Dolphin unfaithful don't believe that Chad Henne is the answer at quarterback and that

So this should be exciting news: Miami is going to give Chad Henne "full reign" to call audibles at the line of scrimmage of this season! (!) Henne describes the following situation against Tampa Bay on the Dolphins second play from scrimmage, after Henne spotted a single safety deep.

"So I audible to a post-safety [passing] play, right?" Henne explained to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald. "Then, the defense audibled into two-deep [coverage]. So now I’m back into the same situation. But you try to pick a play that can beat any coverage."

According to the much-maligned Dolphins quarterback, it's improved his on-field life significantly.

"Oh, it’s great," Henne said. "It’s full reign."

He probably means free reign, but whatever. The important thing is that Henne's showing marked improvement in 2011, which he has, though right now games are only of the exhibition nature.

Henne's thrown for 446 yards in the preseason (second in the NFL, right behind Chase Daniel!) and gone 29-for-45 in passing attempts, while also throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 93.4.

Just a few weeks ago he looked doomed to simply cough up the starting job to Matt Moore and become the latest object of scorn for Miami football fans -- now he suddenly appears on the verge of proving Dan Marino correct in his assessment that Henne has the talent to be be a legitimate quarterback in the NFL.

Oh right: and me. Don't think I won't remind Wilson of it on every single podcast if Henne ends up helping the Dolphins rebound this year.

Most importantly, though, is that Henne could end up inspiring many more people in South Florida to yelling "We want Henne!"

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:53 am

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Finally, some happy news to report out of Dolphins training camp. After a week that included "We want Orton!" chants from fans (during a fan appreciation event, no less), and the inevitable Brett Favre un-retirement discussions, Miami starting quarterback Chad Henne can take heart in knowing that he has supporters in South Beach.

Unless they were being ironical.

We like to assume the best in people so we're going with the former. Either way, the Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin reports that a group of fans chanted "We want Henne!" prior to Thursday's practice and -- lo and behold -- Henne had one of his best performances of training camp.

While Henne has been in the public crosshairs recently, he's not guaranteed the starting gig -- although Sparano admitted Thursday that "He is the starter right now." But Sparano also said "We always have our eyes open. But the players that are here right now, we're preparing to go into the New England Patriot game and play with."

Yes, Kyle Orton would have been an upgrade, but let's not confuse him for Dan Marino. (If you need a quick reminder of the Dolphins QBs since Marino retired in 1999, here you go. We hope you're sitting down.) So for now, Henne's only competition is Matt Moore, formerly of the Panthers.

At various points during the lockout, there was speculation that the Dolphins could be interested in Vince Young (though they admitted to having some concerns about his maturity), Marc Bulger (he retired this week), and even Carson Palmer (still "retired" as of this writing). And in June, Sparano only offered up a "we'll see" when asked if the job was Henne's for 2011.

Here's to hoping this is the year Henne puts it all together. He seems like a swell guy and, frankly, it makes us uncomfortable to read quotes like this.

"Deep down inside, it does hurt," Henne said of the "We want Orton!" chants. "Obviously you want the respect of the fans and you want them to have your back. If you're a Miami Dolphins fan, hopefully you're cheering for the Miami Dolphins and the players out there, not somebody that's not here."

And for a night that's what happened. How long it lasts depends on how well Henne plays, obviously. This is the NFL, after all.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 6:29 am

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (4:00 p.m.): Bus Cook, Favre's agent, likened Favre to Elvis (no, really) in an attempt to downplay the rumors.

"Brett Favre's retired, that's all I can say," Cook told ESPN. "He's like Elvis now. People just won't let go."


The Brett Favre watch isn't dead, we're sorry to inform you. We thought it was dead when his agent Bus Cook told the press that Favre is "retired, period."

But then Tony Sparano, who's dealing with some major quarterbacking drama down in Miami, had to go and refuse to say he wouldn't look at Favre for the Dolphins.

"I can't rule anything out...I'm giving you the only answer I can give you," Sparano told reporters when asked about Favre, per Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel.

But all the fault isn't on Sparano -- Dave Hyde, a Sun-Sentinel columnist definitely poured a couple gallons of gasoline on the proverbial fire when he decided to write a column Thursday titled, "Why shouldn't the Dolphins call Brett Favre?"

His list of five specific reasons why the 'Fins should sign Favre are, actually, not that suspect, outside of the part about turning "the Dolphins from a team no one's talking about to one everyone is."

That's just silly, in my opinion. And not because all the publicity surrounding Favre with the Jets and Vikings the last two years has been terrible either. It's because the goal is to win football games, not "get attention." 

But, yeah, I'll recognize that Favre might sell more tickets than incumbent Chad Henne. And jerseys. And ... well, maybe that one works too, dammit.

Still, couldn't we at least just let the initial overtures on Favre begin in a way that doesn't require me to delete a bunch of comments telling me that "this isn't news"? Please?

Didn't think so -- and so we beat on, boat in the past and whatnot.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 2:26 pm

Dolphins get Matt Moore, out on Kyle Orton trade

Posted by Will Brinson

Kyle Orton to the Dolphins was supposed to be a done deal as early as Tuesday. It made tons of sense for both teams ... until Miami decided the Broncos wanted too much for Orton.

That's when the 'Fins went out and agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal for former Panthers quarterback Matt Moore, who will compete with Chad Henne for the starting gig.

Moore's an interesting fit in Miami, because he had a lot of success with the Panthers at the end of 2009, but obviously 2010 wasn't the greatest year in the world for Moore and Carolina.
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That was partially because of injury, but also because Moore struggled to make good throws before being replaced by rookie Jimmy Clausen.

Things are also a little spicy, because in the middle of a staredown with the Broncos front office, owner Stephen Ross got firmly behind Henne in a public statement of support.

"What we've done so far is surround [Chad Henne] with parts that can open up our offense and make him better," Steve Ross about his would-be franchise quarterback.

He went further to discuss the "discipline" Jeff Ireland has shown in building a roster and hinted that Ireland wasn't going to get "desperate" when it came to inquiring players.

That was, for all intents and purposes, a direct shot at John Elway and the guys running Denver as an indication that the Dolphins didn't plan to pay full price for Orton.

Additionally, Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network reports that Orton's likely to push the Broncos over the salary cap anyway, which means he could potentially get cut later this afternoon, which could also explain why Miami decided to balk at the reported second-round asking price from Denver.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:08 pm

Goodell optimistic about direction of labor talks

Roger Goodell said he's optimistic about the labor talks (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person caught up with commissioner Roger Goodell today at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., and perhaps predictably Goodell said he’s optimistic about the latest (not-so-secret!) labor talks.

Goodell was coming off three days of meetings with the NFLPA in Chicago, and the first question he took during a fan forum was from a soldier who couldn’t understand why the league had such a tough time splitting $9 billion.

He gave his typical answer about protecting the game and blah, blah, blah (he probably threw something in there about how this can’t be solved through litigation), but Goodell later said he was confident the two sides were on the right track to finding a lockout solution (in case you need a timeline to what's been happening, we've got you covered).

"I think both sides want to continue the dialogue, and I think that's a positive thing," Goodell said, via Person. "The importance is to have the principles talk. That's what we were interested in doing is having the owners and the players talk to one another. That was accomplished this week."

And since Person covers the Panthers, he couldn’t resist giving a little Carolina quarterback news, via coach Ron Rivera.

With the Panthers needing to add a veteran QB to help the progress of No. 1 pick Cam Newton (and Jimmy Clausen, I suppose), Rivera said that person could be former Panthers starter Matt Moore.

"Here's a guy that was slated to have a good opportunity to be the starter," Rivera said. "And unfortunately, things didn't work out for him. So we've got to look at that as well when we get to that point."

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