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Yes Dan, the tight end screen call was great

Dan Henning has been taking some heat from the press and fans lately. And he apparently is well aware of the temperature around him.

Fans have been complaining and the media have been pressing him about the timing of his play calls -- some of them clearly curious in nature because they seem to break rhythm and flow of potential touchdown drives. But during Sunday's 23-23 overtime victory over Green Bay, Henning had a shining moment of perfect timing and play-calling.

On a first-and-10 from the Green Bay 22 yard line, the Dolphins ran a bootleg right and threw back left to a tight end screen with Jake Long leading Anthony Fasano down field. It was perfect timing because the Packers came with a blitz from the screen side on the play.

So there was only one defender on the left side of the field and Long pretty much erased him. The score gave the Dolphins a 20-13 lead and made Henning so happy, he couldn't help but almost gloat a bit after the game.

While Fasano was speaking with me and a couple of other reporters in the locker room, Henning came over, certainly knowing full well his words would be captured by the reporters and absolutely intending for that to happen in my opinion.

“Great call on the tight end screen!” Henning said as he looked at Fasano and ignored the reporters.

And then, the offensive coordinator who is off limits to reporters after game according to the Dolphins stupid media policy walk hurriedly away.

It felt like Henning was celebrating the call, no doubt. But it also felt like he was looking for some attention to the call as well. Let's face it, if Henning had wanted to congratulate Fasano out of the view and earshot of the media, he could have done that on the team plane during the three-hour flight home, or today in a meeting, or any number of other moments.

But since Henning clearly wanted the attention, he's got it now:

Good call, coach! You done good on that one. And thank you for putting away the Wildcat on Sunday, finally following the advice of folks that recognize it is not working as well as it once was.

Fasano, by the way, agreed with Henning that the timing of the call was outstanding.

“You heard the OC come over. It was great timing," Fasano said. "We had a weak blitz and as long as Chad [Henne] had time to get it off good, it was going to work.”

The call was made perfect by the fact the execution was outstanding. That is a Henning pet peeve. He believes OCs get no credit for great calls, but rather the players get credit for great execution. So he never blames his calls when plays fail. He always blames the execution, which is one reason we've taken him to task here.

“I wasn’t blazing, but I was blazing enough to get in the end zone, I guess,” said Fasano, who then riled some Packes faithful with a fake Lambeau Leap. "I wanted to do the fake. I probably would have gotten pushed down if I had leaped in there.” 

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Craig,

I was thinking the same thing watching Crowder play yesterday. I've been "Mad Cuttin" on the guy, but he actually looked like he added a spark to the defense.

I couldn't help thinking about how it's going to look with Starks back at nose.

Odinseye,

I'm just hopeful he can stay healthy. Every time you think we can count on him he lets us down and gets hurt again. I would still like to see another ILB there next year.

With the players we have we should be 4-1 or 5-0. Should have beat the jets, should have beat the Patriots. We have at least 8 pro bowlers on the roster.

It's easy to say shoulda this and shoulda that but, the reality is that as Parcells says "You are as good as your record says you are". I am also looking forward to having odrick back and moving starks back to NT. In a way the injury actually allowed us to see how well soalai(not sure how to spell it) has developed. With Langford, starks, soalai, and odrick playing D-line we can switch to the 4-3 line up when applicable...Nolan has been resticted with the injuries we had early.

now he's going to call that tight end screen 5 times next week and its gonna get stuffed

YEAH, WELL WHY DON'T YOU THROW A HAIL MARY FORM THE 50 YARD LINE WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT? INSTEAD THEY TAKE A KNEE! WHAT IS THE RISK? BS. BY THE WAY, AT THE EXACT SAME TIME NEW ENGLAND WAS IN THE SAME SITUATION. THEY HAVE GREAT COACHING. THEY THREW THE HAIL MARY.

Hope he keeps up the good calls against Pittsburgh. They own us the last few years...

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