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Coordinators explain selves, decisions

The first question to offensive coordinator Dan Henning today was why he called a halfback pass out of the direct snap formation against Buffalo last Sunday. The question came today because Henning only talks on Thursdays and because the play was an utter disaster, having been intercepted when Ricky Williams was hit as he threw on the first-and-goal play.

"Amazing that would be the first question," Henning said. "Let me just say this, we had 23 times we've been inside the 10-yard line this year. Two of those times the clock was running out and we kicked a field goal on first down. So that makes it 21 where we had opportunities to make touchdowns. We made 18 touchdowns in those 21 times. That's No. 1 in the league by far.

"My job is to get the ball in the end zone when we get down there. I don't make excuses for how we do it. And if you look at the 18, you'll find out there are some other calls that you would be asking questions about had they not been successful. We had a fumble and we had an interception. We don't apologize but we lament like everyone else."

Henning was asked if he understands why fans and media are perplexed why he called that pass play when Williams has publicly said he doesn't like throwing the ball and the Dolphins were plowing the Bills on previous plays in the drive.

"Certainly, I do," Henning answered. "I wonder about it. I'd like to have every call that wasn't successful back. Can't do it. That's not the way this works. Sometimes the players bail you out on a bad call that they make a good play. Sometimes they don't make a good play on what you think is a good call.

"We have to be accountable for that. You guys don't. I can only tell you our job is to get it in the end zone. We've done a good job of that. We didn't get it in there, that's a bad job."

I asked Henning what was his mindset in calling the play. Was he trying to fool the Bills?

"My mindset is Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday night," Henning said. "I do all the second-guessing you guys do and I still make that call. Because I thought it was our best opportunity at that time for the overall picture, OK? We didn't score there, we come back on the next series, we went ahead 7-0.

"There's a lot of things that I know when you go home to dinner at night, you don't have to worry about. I have to worry about it. I can only tell you that''s our job to get it in there. When we played New England last time, I can tell you we were down there and ran two straight plays. Runs. And we got stuffed. And then there was a guy named Ronnie Brown, he slipped out of there and threw a toucdown pass. You know what I heard about that one? That was innovative.

"And believe me, Ronnie doesn't throw the ball any better than Ricky does in that area of the field."

Henning said the Dolphins practiced the play in question for three weeks and that it worked every time in practice. He did admit Williams was not rushed in those practices.

Henning also admitted Williams has told him he doesn't like throwing the football. Despite this, the offensive coordinator that always asks his quarterbacks to list their favorite and least plays -- so he can call the ones they like and avoid the ones they don't -- doesn't apply that logic to his running back.

"Now Ricky would tell you he doesn't like to throw the ball. But over time, with all due respect to my boy Ricky, and I love him, he can tell you a lot of things he doesn't like to do or he might like to do and you might not agree with any of them," Henning said."So we have to deal with all that also. We understand that."

Henning's 10-minute interview was not all centered around the Buffalo call. He made a little news by saying the Dolphins are going to start using rookie receiver Brian Hartline more as we go forward.

"Hartline is coming along," he said. "We haven't pushed him to the front as much. We probably will here in the near future. We like him. He's making plays. He seems to show up as much as Greg [Camarillo] showed up in training camp the first year we were here, albeit we know and he knows what his shortcomings are. But he's an accountable guy.

"Hartline isn't quite as accountable yet. He hasn't been through the ropes and once in a while he'll blow this or blow that. But he has the ability to make explosive plays and we do need to get him the ball more."

The press conference with defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni was not quite so touchy. But I did ask who was responsible for losing leverage and letting Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick pop wide and down the sideline for a 31-yard TD.

"Everybody," Pasqualoni answered. "Thats everybody's job. That run there is 31 yards. And the shame of it is, if we keep the leverage there, he's probably going to get sacked because nobody blocked the right end who forced him to his right our left, anyway.

"The guys up  front are responsible for it and they got to keep [the quarterback] inside. And we have to react in the back end and not give him a 31-yard run. We have to tackle him and get ready to play red zone defense. So it's just a matter of proper execution. That's all it is."


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Tiger and Marc... whodathunkit?

tiger woods is the man cuban .the best golfer ever.
what 's the big deal about him havin few affairs while h's young so when he's older he can writes few lines in a book .

Soiled, you see i told you those bright colored shirts would work, thank god(Or should i say NJ) for the 70s...

Well Aloco, lets point out the Indiscretions that Mr. Woods has brought upon himself, He made 90 million dollars last year from corporations that iam sure are scouring at this very moment trying 86 this idiot, that being said, he's got a extremely hot wife why would he screw it up???and another thing you gotta wonder how a guy thats leaving his house at 3 in the morning gets in a accident at the entrance of his drive-way, and you gotta be wondering why his wife had a 9 iron at the time of said accident... I'am just saying...

Maybe he did'nt get enough White meat during thanksgiving....

Or should i say he was going to get some more White meat........

Good for Tiger! A man should sample as much fruit as he can while he can. his wife will divorce him the minute his golfing career is finished anyway, whether he's faithful or not. He just needs to be more discreet and keep his pimp hand strong. No way he shold be getting beats with a 9 iron

Dear Mr. Menace

In my opinion
If Tiger Woods wants to stop eating steak he should cancel his life long subscription to Omaha Steaks before he starts buying chickens.

Yes he drank some hard liquor from some one else's liquor cabinate.
But I dont think the sponsors will unhitch there wagons from one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Soiled :)

Maybe he was going to meet Marc (the hemorphidite) some where in Orlando..... I'am just saying...

I heard that was one of the rumours

All right,I'am being censored I'll try it again, Soiled, don't know if any woman's PRIVATE PART is worth the millions it will cost Tiger, then again I don't have 900 million sitting in my savings account...

Marc , defend yourself. I'm out til later . GOD has spoken !


KOBY had bigger problems few years back but b/c he's the best he's sell more than any player around the globe and now every biz dying to sign him for endorsment .same thig w/tiger my hero .

whos our 1st pick in this years draft?

nor wearing a dress right now. You can send your b!tch down too

Posted by: Marc | December 03, 2009 at 03:56 PM

Jets or Bills Tonight?

PO, Does any one really care???

Hope the Bills win. I can't stand Rex.


Don't know, thats why i'm askin...

Aloco, Kobe's lost a estimated 180 million dollars since his indiscretion/rape....

Looks like Litos is taken a side...

Yep. How bout you?

Cant ever pull for the Jets, so its bills by default.

I'm with you on that.

I guess Henning will not be dialing up any "trickery" this weekend against the Patriots. That means his team just has to come out and push them around. New England is coming from a loss as well, so they'll be surely fired up just as much. I'm dying to see what the game plan will be like, considering that we've managed to become the 4th quarter b*tches. Now is Brady coming to town. Anyone has any ideas?

We can all wear Saints jerseys and scream who dat like idiots. Maybe the patsies will have flashbacks.

Id like to see the bills win, maybe Rex(Two ton)Ryan will cry for national T.V...........He is quite fat you know, i think he might be bigger then Andy Reed...

zach thomas is avaiable!

He's an Island of a man, No literally, he weighs more then some Islands...

Hmm..why have the phins been terrible this year? Offensive play calling? It couldn't be our WR's (aside from Bess) all belong in the CFL? It couldn't be that our defense is a joke?

What a dumb issue this is...Ronnie throws a TD and everyone loves it. Henning deserves a raise for doing as much as he's done with the worst WR/TE core in the league.

I would just like to see many severe injuries on both sides.

Po White; god bless FAZ .

Like the flash back idea.

Po White Trash,

I also would like to see Bills win more than the Jets

If the Bills win and the Dolphins beats the Pats, the Dolphins will be 1 game out of first place and alone in 2cnd place.

Also, I am always in favor of a Jets Meltdown... so entertaining.

How Many Ints for Sanchez?

However, It is a stretch to say I am "rooting" for the hated Bills...

Here,Here Po, agree totally, INJURIES for both teams, OK kids the Cuban must bid youy all Adiu, Got to be back at the "mall"lol. at 4am, so you guys have a PHINTASTIC nite........


This your first appearance since horrible loss. Tom Brady? Who dat?

How does chowda taste when seasoned with tears of defeat?

I had tickets for the game tonight but gave them away. I couldn't stand to see either team..

If I had to choose, I would go for the Bills, since the jets exude the most undeserving arrogance I have ever seen.

When the schedule was not yet announced, they had hinted the Colts might be here... that would have been a fun game.

lol Carlito.

Carlito, Probably salty.....

Well stated carlito.

Adiu to u 2 C.M.

Carlito, next sunday dolphins will win ,no question about it .your team needs that win to get the team back on track .i amm very sad for the your team losing all the key players to injury and still able to produce beautiful game to end badly thanks to dumb mistakes by the coach .as i said before tom brady's days in boston are numbers .

Menace what is it with the word douchebaggery. LOL

Pats are 0-4 on the road this year... Dolphins REALLY need this game and are coming off embarrassing loss to bad team... Joey Porter has alot to prove and score to settle with Pats after last game... GO DOLPHINS!

This has turned into as big a joke as the last few months of the Cam CamMoron error.

The staff has lost the team; the team has stopped listening to the staff. Parcells has lost interest and is ploting his next maneuver (stay but squeeze more $$ from Ross . . . or . . . ?)

They're playing out the string----and we keep having our hearts broken.

One day, this day will come, and I suspect, this day will come soon... One day, our Miami Dolphins will be the legitimate Super bowl favorites. They will push the envelope on a perfect season (but fail, as everyone one does) and then win it all. One day, they will hoist that trophy high, and all those Pat loving, Colt stroking, Saint worhiping media will have to say the words.. "The Miami Dolphins - Superbowl Champs"

When day day comes, I will have re-mortgaged my house to get me a ticket to that game.

Crowder is CRAP

Pretty heavy GOpats...

You feelen okay?

What's the point in winning any more games when we really can't go anywhere anyway? I would have at least enjoyed watching us get playing time for our young skill position guys on offense but oh wait we only have one even getting time and that's Hartline. Season was wasted well before week one as this regime failed miserably at getting us a wr. I honestly think an argument can be made that the fins are 8-3 with a legit wr. We certainly don't lose to the Bills and we definately beat the Colts and probably the Saints as well(although the refs really screwed us in that one) Four year plans are for losers and winning now should always be the attitude of every franchise.


Then I can die and rest in peace.

slow learners abound in the NFL

There's a lot of things that I know when you go home to dinner at night, you don't have to worry about. I have to worry about it. I can only tell you that''s our job to get it in there. When we played New England last time, I can tell you we were down there and ran two straight plays. Runs. And we got stuffed. And then there was a guy named Ronnie Brown, he slipped out of there and threw a toucdown pass. You know what I heard about that one? That was innovative.

Hey Armando-Are you smart enough to realize that Henning gave you and the assembled media types a great big "F you" with the comments above? Probably not. Maybe you're putting together another self-important diatribe on how much you know about football...and we the fans don't. It must be nice to second, triple and quadruple guess someone's decisions in their job while you insulate yourself from the same treatment.

When it's feast, everyone sees Super Bowls...when it's famine, well, everyone forgets the fact that this team was a Greg Camarillo catch away from 0-16 less than 2 years ago.

Football is the absolute ultimate team sport. Of course you know this Armando. You're smarter than us. I wonder why you devoted 16 paragraphs to what Henning had to say...3 for Pasqualoni? After all, it was the 'D' that allowed 24 unanswered points in the 4th quarter.

Don't forget Armando that we your blog readers only come here for the information that you provide about our beloved Dolphins, NOT because of you. You are merely the messenger. If anyone of us were fortunate to have the access you do we could easily post a blog and easily have the same readers.

Mr. Mando,

I have come to a conclusion as to what YOUR fans are and a suitable nick name..............


Just what they remind me of ! And you are the perfect " top dog "


Fans of Mando?

Think we are fans of the Phins; Mando's blog is a forum.

Your tone is all wrong.

Westerfin , we MIGHT be HYENAS but you're a RAT ! We eat RATS ! :)

Love it NJ/ God.

I've never been called a hyena or a rat, I did get called fresh fish a couple times.

I prefer to cook snakes and monkeys...right Aloco.

You idiot Shane Falco, stop picking on my man Armando. He is best at what he does. You sir are a worthless piece of krap. STFU!!!!!

Ace . Hyenas , which we were called , eat rats. If you the person likes to eat snakes and monkeys , that's on you.

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