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About the good defense and frustrating offense

CINCINNATI -- The calendar has flipped to November. Awesome! This means the weather is getting colder and the NFL is getting hotter.

And because we have reached to point in the season when we start to look at the potential playoff contenders, because this is the time of year teams begin to separate relevant from not, this is also the time of year standards have to rise if one's team is going to be part of the relevant contender crowd.

The Dolphins believe themselves to be in the contender crowd. So I am holding them to a higher standard now because I want them to make the playoffs and be relevant.

And that is why I wrote what could be described as a column with a critical view following Sunday's victory over the Bengals.

I didn't celebrate the wonderfulness of a fourth road victory in four outings because, frankly, with the exception of the Green Bay game, I don't think that record has a lot to do with being exceedingly great on the road. I believe the Dolphins have an 0-3 record at home because they've played their three toughest games -- New York, New England, Pittsburgh -- at home. I believe they have 4-0 record on the road because, other than Green Bay, the teams Miami has beaten are terrible -- wherever they find themselves playing.

Buffalo, Minnesota and Cincinnati are terrible. They have a combined record of 4-17. They are what their record says they are, as Bill Parcells once famously said.

So I dismiss the road warrior myth. If the Dolphins can go on the roard and win 2 of 3 against Baltimore, New York and New England, I will be the first applauding their prowess on the road. Until then ... we should take those victories, with the exception of the outstanding Green Bay win, with a grain of salt.

I am not too comfortable being critical of a team after a victory. It's a victory!

But as I write in the column, a victory over a collapsing Cincinnati team isn't the goal this year. The playoffs are the goal this year. And the production the Dolphins are getting from their offense this year is troubling. One of the most troubling aspects of that not-good-enough production is this team cannot find Brandon Marshall in the end zone.

Marshall has caught one touchdown pass this year. One.

The excuse, er, reason the Dolphins give for not getting him the ball enough in the end zone is that teams are bracketing him with double coverage. Whatever. I asked Marshall if this is any different than what happened in the past. Read the column to see his answer, please.

The last three years Marshall has scored 23 touchdowns. That's an average of nearly 8 TDs per year. He has one now. Something has to get corrected to increase that number. Something has to get corrected so that Miami's best offensive weapon is getting the ball when the Dolphins are in the red zone.

Now, I must tell you some members of the Dolphins knew where I was going with today's column before I wrote it. And one astute member of the organization asked that I at least balance it with the fact the defense is playing very well. My balance was probably not good enough. I mentioned that Miami's defense is playoff caliber. Anyone disagree with that?

But let me add some more here: Mike Nolan's unit spent all of last week practicing against the no-huddle because the Bengals showed it against Baltimore the week before. Practices actually ended early last week because of that work against the no-huddle, which is kind of a hurry-up attack. Well, the Bengals came out with the no-huddle and shredded Miami on the first drive.

Then Nolan adjusted. He benched Jason Allen. He didn't have Allen share time with Sean Smith as was the plan. He put Allen's hind quarters on the bench and let him go play special teams while he searched for a more effective player on that day.

Don't you wish the offensive approach was similar? How many times has Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams been the hot running back, but offensive coaches stubbornly stick with their platoon plan and give an almost equal share of carries to the tepid as well as hot runner?

Nolan and his coaches basically discarded the plan to share snaps between Allen and Smith and went with Smith. It paid off as Smith had good coverage much of the day and even turned in his first career interception.

The Miami defense blitzed, which is why Benny Sapp was in the backfield so much. The defense mixed man and zone and matched up Vontae Davis against Chad Ochocinco. Davis basically erased Mr. 85 from the game.

"We knew one thing Carson [Palmer] does is read the fakes," said safety Yeremiah Bell. "Me and Chris [Clemons] tried to mix it up. In the first drive, [Palmer] was being patient and waited a little bit. He was trying to make us show our hand. But after that first drive, we started hanging in there and started getting him into some things we wanted to get him into."

Did the defense have moments of struggle? Sure, the Bengals running game had plays when it got wide of the edge and also did good work on cutback runs. But the cutbacks were basically eliminated in the second half.

Oh, that's called an adjustment. Good work gentlemen.

 

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ricky. That had to be the most stupid metaphor I have ever heard. Football has nothing to do with brain surgery.

ricky is smoking dope again it appears. whether or not his throws have better "projectory" going back to pennington would be a disaster.

The D struggled a little bit early on...Nolan made the proper adjustments and the D played a great rest of the game!
Now the O...keeps struggling because Henning refuses to make adjustments..he sticks to his old horrible gameplan with a few good plays thrown in there...and that is attributed to good execution of those plays, not really henning himself. How can tony and jeff not see this? If henning goes guys..we make the playoffs because someone else will be able to find BM, Bess, and company for TD's...instead of hennings crap calls and momentum killerz! Henning needs to go now, just as we all feel....he must go so we can release the ball and chain holding our potentally explosive O back...our O is good guys...but the guy (henning) thats making thr calls is killing us! I think we should start a "Fire Dan Henning" website, agree? I said i will set it up if you guys agree...

GinnsGone,

Yes it is definitely true that Armando is not nearly as awful as some of the bloggers when it comes to grammar and spelling. But there is one key difference. He is paid to write while the others are writing for entertainment. By continually posting poorly proofread material Armando is begging to stink of unprofessionalism. Not to mention he most likely went to college and took numerous English and Grammar courses. Some of the other bloggers writing makes me wonder if they even graduated from the eighth grade.

I bet your right when it comes to Sparano talk. Probably a big headache but I would gladly take Armando’s position at the Herald if it becomes too much. Paid to meet players, go to games, and interview everyone involved in the NFL seems tough but I bet I could handle it, we all could.

P.S. Thank God Ginn is gone lol!!!!

They Call Me... Tim says:
November 1, 2010 at 11:33 am
Mike E, Chicago, Minnesota, KC, Carolina, Tampa, Buffalo just to name a few. I haven’t seen every team play because my boyfriend NJ is always tea bagging me during the games.I should put a tv on the ceiling,then I could watch.Gotta take those golden showers any way you can from NJ though.

Soiled,

It wasn’t pee and it wasn’t cornflakes… It was a big fat dump on my Monday morning high lol!!

Ummm yeah ricky, you might be the one who needs brain surgery here! You the type of person that places a worst case type disaster such as brain surgery and compare it to football...i hope you dont have kids man because you will scare the you know what out of them with stuff like that man..Son, dont pop a wheelie on your bike because ypu could fall and get hurt...now son would you go to a just graduated brain surgeon if you fell or would you go with the experienced doctor? Dont procreate ricky, do us that favor man...thats how silly your "metaphor" was dude...doesnt take a brain surgeon to figure that one out now does it lol....

i predicted we'd go 10-6 and I think we will.
the 3 defeats to come against ravens, jets and Pats.

sorry ginns gone, time to get to work for me. And Ricky, they pay these guys HUGE money to catch the ball, especially when it hits them in their hands. I dont care what angle the ball comes, it can come sideways for all it matters, hit u in the hands, you should catch it, thats Pee Wee Football stuff, get a grip Ricky

Hey Dolphin...was it a "cleveland steamer"?

I've said it before but if Ronnie Brown could start to show up on Sundays and be a threat again it would open up our offence. Ronnie doesn't scare anybody any more and he looks slow. Not sure if he's lost a step or is bothered by his contract but he doesn't look like the same guy. If the Dolphins can start running the ball with some authority this offence would be completely different. I haven't seen that yet this year and for some reason Brown has got a free pass from the fans and the media. I think that ends now!

DOLPHIN Disciple............

1-armando can't write in good english
2-sparano can't speak in good english

may be they have one thing in common ,not finishing high school .

I will keep bashing this offense until we get a new offensive coordinator. Through 8 weeks, he continues to suck at play calling. Our defense is winning games despite making up for the crap offensive play calling.

Tuna, we win in NY, mark it down!

I also like our chances coming up and against anyone. Nobody scares me!!!

Should we exhume the Plungie Award and give it to Ricky today?

Craig, he hasn't got a free pass form me. I rank him as the 2nd biggest goat in this organization this year behind Dan Henning. Ireland's decision on the personnel of the interior OL also gets some honourable mention.

My vote for plungie today is for ricky as well Mark

JASON TAYLOR DENIES HE'LL BE DONE AFTER 2010 BUT WHY WOULD HE SWITCHES AGENTS TO CAA WHO IS FAMOUS TO HANDLE EVERY THING BUT FOOTBALL , PFT STANDS BY THE STORY ,HE WANTS NOT TO BE A DISTRACTION TO THE JETS .

JT MOTIVATION SPEAKER BY THE RIVER NEAR YOU VERY SOON LIKE THE KRIS.F FROM SNL .

MY FAVORITE GOAT MARK IS THE MOUNTAIN GOAT .HE HAS VERY STRONG FEET.

The problem is not about getting the Marshall the ball in the end zone, it is about getting ANY receiver the ball in the end zone. If Marshall is double teamed that leaves Bess and Hartline 1 on 1. So why not throw to one of them?

The problem is Henne, perhaps. Or the problem is that Henning does not trust Henne. Either way, Henne is not throwing the ball enough in the end zone. To ANY of our WR's.

If Henne's first read is not open, or the 2nd read is not WIDE OPEN he's checks it down or throws it away.

These instructions must be coming from Henning and Sparano, with the mindset that a FG is much better than an INT. Fair enough, but where is the mindset that a TD is better than a FG?

Obviously Henning believes that the chances of Henne throwing an INT is greatere than throwing a TD, so the ultra conservative approach is being pounded into our QB.

Maybe Henning knows more than we do and is correct. Henne is not yet ready to do what the best QB's in the league do, go thru 3-4 progressions, then scramble around and hit the open guy.

Then again, how is Henne gonna learn to do that unless he is given the chance? Then again, maybe he needs to prove he can do that in practice before trying to do that in games.

Do any of us know how well, or poorly, Henne does in red zone drills in practice? If he is sub par in practice, do you think Henning or Sparano are going to say that, giving info to opposing teams and undermining the confidence of Henne?

I think not.

Hard for me to believe that Henning is stupid, stubborn or over the hill.

I suspect he knows that Henne is not yet capable of being an effective red zone QB. And thus plays it safe with the guy.

After all, a FG is better than an INT.

ALoco, does it even matter if JT plays or doesn't? He is the Brett Favre of defense. Stalying, leaving, coming, or going.

By the way, how funny was the guy dressed as Favre at the Saints game? he even had time to put a bandage on his jaw before game time. Too good.

FASANO SHOULD RETIRE AFTER he dropped 2 big balls vs cin.

henning is doing great .

Ricky,

What is this brain surgery you speak of? Is it winning games? Cause Henne has done that.
Is it throwing a TD? Cause Henne has done that?

Is it winning a superbowl (the whole point of competing in the NFL)? Cause Penne never did.
Is it getting so banged up that you need major surgeries on your throwing arm and leave your team early 3 out of 8 years as a starter? Cause Penne did that.

Don’t get me wrong I love Pennington. He is a stand-up guy with a lot of class and character. He is also a fierce competitor. But he knows his place… 2nd string QB… why don’t you?

ALoco, the mountain goat is a proud and strong goat. Ronnie Brown has not been a mountain goat. He's been the goat that you feed by hand at the zoo. Very docile and timid.

Aloco, good points lo, so true

One final point - if Henne was able to show in practice, red zone drills, that he could throw the ball in tight spaces, go thru multiple progressions, keep his eyes downfield and on WR's while scrambling and find the open guy, does anyone really believe that Henning and/or Sparano would not loosen things up?

I firmly believe that Henne is showing, in practice, that he's not yet ready to be a solid red zone passer. Yet.

i'm a big fan of Brown but you dont get the injuries he's had and not let it slow you down.
Ricky's stepped it up though.

mark, i agree w/you about JT .is some thing to write and may interst some one .


what about that sean smith?...in a good way
what about that fasano ? ......in a big bad way
what about henne ?............... in a big good way
what about that wake.................................................... best fin player

"cleveland steamer"

Don’t want to even know what that is lol… sounds messy

ALoco, you foret to mention Channing Crowder. It is not a co-incidence that after his return the defense goes from "bend but don't break" to excellent. Those runs that were available in the first few games have disappeared. He doesn't show up in the stat sheet but the end results speak for themselves.

I think their set of LBs with Channing in there is one of the best in the league. Behind only probably Pitt.

DD, I wouldn't do google search on the subject either. Especially not at work.

what about that crowder ?...in a big ggod way
what about that harline ? in very good way
what about that clemons ? td gift to TO

I AM not a football player but if you can't catch the ball where do you throw it as it happened yesterday w/TD gift to TO ? i think to the ground not to the air .

Mark Z is correct. The statement the OC has been making pretty much all season is loud & clear-- when in scoring position they don't trust Henne to not cost them points.

listen the problem with the team is obvious, sometimes the OC makes what we think are stupid play-calls or calls at the wrong time of the game!! the real problem with the offense was one missing key component! JERRY AT GUARD!!! I would love to know what sickness he had that kept him out so freaking long!! i think with him being back working himself back into the offense, will only make running the ball easier!! with a great running game it will open up the passing game!! if wallace is one of the faster WR on the team, why not put him and marshall on the same side of the field make the defense choose either to cover marshall with two or keep a safety deep b/c thats what wallace should be doing every time he checks into the game(going deep)!! we will be fine! just like channing was the key to the defense tightening up, jerry is the same person needed to get the running game going!!!!!!!!

I certainly don't think you're raining on any parade by stating the obvious that the play calling is horrible and mind numbing at times. Henning needs to be sat down by Sparano and or Ireland and told to jump into the 21st century with his play calling, or they will find someone who will!!!!!

cowkilla, PLEASE start the "Fire Dan Henning Now" website. I promise to go on it daily until that actually happens.

If you folks go back to Mando's last post, and see my first response (like at 8am today), you'll see how I basically said everything Mando says in this post (showing Mando's brilliance, lol). He's exactly, absolutely, 100% correct in his assessment.

I know some of the cheerleaders on here will think Mando was too hard on a winning team, but he (and I) are happy, but we're trying to prevent ourselves from getting sad this week or next or the week after.

I agree, that defense adjustment was spectacular by Nolan. My example was the Culver bat away of a long ball where the CB got beat. Culver was there for support, got in position, knocked the ball away. INCREDIBLE! Sure, one small play, but it was instructive on to how Nolan coaches. Which is, he puts in a game plan, but when it needs adjusting, he makes those adjustments. And sometimes...wait for it...it happens WITHIN a game (not just from game to game).

Like Mando, I ask, WHY CAN'T THE OFFENSE DO THAT? Last week, final drive against the Steelers, limited time, whole field to go, what was the 1st play called, a run. Got nowhere. This week, last drive of the first half. Limited time, gotta get down the field and get points, what's the first call: A RUN! Ridiculous. Sure, that drive this week ended in a FG, but that's not the point. The point is that's the worst call you can make if you need to get into the 2min offense and go score. It's not aggressive, it's not playing with urgency, it's not trying to win. It's safe, conservative, and wastes both time and momentum (which is a game killer in the NFL).

This is not even bringing up the back-to-back (failures) Wildcat plays. Again, these calls show Henning's horrible playcalling. It's not good enough for a Playoff-caliber team, or a team wanting to BE a Playoff-caliber team. It's just not good enough, and the OC should be escorted to the door like GM Mueller was 3 years ago when the Trifecta came in.

Kris, in response to your response to me, I couldn't believe what you said (about Balt. being very similar to us) so I had to check it out. And, surprisingly (to me), you're absolutely right, statistically, they are very similar to us (we have some better stats, they have some better).

But, that just reinforces what Mando and I are saying. We're saying, we were in it against what the league is saying is the best team (Pitt). We handled what they said was the NFC team of the moment (Green Bay). We have the talent to be elite. We should be on that road NOW. And this isn't in 1 season. This started 3 seasons ago (after the 1-15). That was a restructure year, last year was, and then this year. Sure, might take another year or 2 to put it all together, but I think you should be seeing major improvements this year. And what kills me, is we SHOULD be talked about the way people talk about the Baltimore's, etc. But the reason, IMO, we're not, is because our vanilla offense isn't sexy and doesn't scare anyone (physical, yes, sexy and explosive, no). That's on the coaches. That's on the OC. My assessment (as well as many others) is if you get an OC that takes more chances, and is willing to adjust during a game, then you have an elite team TODAY, RIGHT NOW (not in another year or two). So, why wait? Why have to go through this year if the answer is fire Henning? Not sure why every Miami Dolphins fan isn't on board with that uncontroversial (to me) understanding. Someone with the opposite opinion please tell me why and how Dan Henning being on this team helps in any way, shape or form?

sometimes the offense stall b/c certain players drop balls that would otherwise put us in favorable down and distance!! its so hard to judge henne b/c of all the drops!! he throw picks but it does seem to bother him at all!! my question is this!! if we are not going to open up the offense and let this guy at least show what he can do, don't it make sense to use pennington if we are going to be a dink and dunk type offense? the differnce in the 2 qb is the pennington process information much quicker(not counting arm strength)!! i want henne to be the guy but the offense we run dont fit him

Excellent observations, Armando. Keep the heat on this coaching staff (even though Sparano "could care less" what the fans think).

And give this some run--Sparano visibly winced the 3rd time Henning called the Wildcat (check the tape). Do we have a rogue OC, or is our HC all bark who can't bring himself to sink his fangs into Henning's shorts? Sure, he fired the ST coach, but firing Henning would be like firing your grandpa.

If Henning continues with his parade of field goals, do you ever see Coach Bowling Shirt having the nads to cut him loose?

Or are we destined to watch these underachievers in this present form all year, playing every games within a field goal's distance?

I heard John Jerry had siffalious?!? dont know how to spell that!!
and, by saying miami just made adjustments is an understatement! this D could carry us to a supebowl! I thought the pressure was crap but, this secondary is going to be a kist of hall of famers one day!! Vontea is the next Champ Bailey!!!! were watching something special here!! the O will keep getting better! but Henneing is aweful. think nolan can coach both!!?????

DC,

When I watch them, I feel like I am watching a better version of us....This week we can step up beat down the TRUE BULLIES of the AFC...Its not PITT and its not the jets...our bully wears purple and black and has been taking our lunch since the playoff game in 2000....This week we say NO MORE!

Oh, and 1 more thing Mando absolutely right about, we haven't played anyone credible (other than Green Bay) on the road. This week is the test. We beat Baltimore on the road, and I'll agree maybe we're a better road team. Or if we beat Tenn at home, then maybe I'll say we're not so bad at home. But until then, it's just the way the schedule is working out.

By the way, I don't take any game for granted (people were talking about looking past Oakland). We're not good enough yet to look past anyone. We'll have to fight to win each game this season if we have Henning, because if we ever go up by more than 3 points, that's when he puts on the brakes, runs a prevent offense, and coasts while putting all the stress on the defense to come up with stops the rest of the game.

It's sad when I almost WANT us to play from behind, because that's the only time Henning takes the training wheels off Henne. And Henne comes through much of the time. Not sure why he still needs a muzzle, but, I'm not the OC. And some of you on here (who's opinions I respect) seem not to mind, so maybe I'm the a-hole.

we are playing teams till the end minus the pats game!! the offense will start clicking from this week moving forward!! im betting on john jerry making the difference(more running lanes)!!

"F" that!! if were going to waste time on a QB it should be Thygpen! this guy is 26 an gonna be a starter somewhere some say!!! (please god make it nfc)

This defence looks really good but I just don't see it with the offence. I'm fine with the line....as long as McQuistan isn't playing....he's horrible!! Ricky is still able to contribute and I like Marshall (we haven't seen the best of him yet). Brown is DONE as a top tier NFL back, so to me that's the number one priority this off-season.....a number one back. I'm fine with Henne as our QB. I look around the league and there are a LOT of teams a LOT worse of than us at QB. And you can start with the Jets....Sanchez is awful!!....they will win nothing with him. The guy can't throw in the wind and that will rule him out from November on.

We need to upgrade TE, number one back and we need a number TWO receiver. There's no deep threat to take the attention away from Marshall. We don't have the weapons to scare the other team on offence. Bess and Hartline are decent but they don't scare other teams. Make those changes and get a young progressive OC in there (my money is on Josh McDaniels) and it's a whole different team. Btw....have to question some of you guys on here. Gusy wanted JT back this year. He's doing nothing in New York! They want Grant back. Doing nothing!! Porter.....nothing!! and to the guys last week who said we need D'Angelo Hall on this team because he had four INTs last week....do you know who has the highest completion percentage against him for CBs in the league this year? Yep....D'Angelo Hall! That would have been a GREAT pickup!!....NOT!!

what i dont understand bout most is they seem to think others garbage is the answer!! this just me thinking out loud! if thigpen was the answer or so good why won't we use him as the triggerman for the wildcat!! he would make the difference the wildcat is sorely missing(PASSING)!! but then again that falls right back to coaching adjustments

You know many media types all rave about the Jets but other than NE and Us who the hell of any consequence have they beaten?

They lost to Baltimore and GB, We beat GB and face Balt soon.
They beat us and NE and they beat us mostly because of our own Special(ED) team.

Other than NE they haven't really faced anyone tough. Denver is 2-6, Minny is 2-5 and Buffalo's team is about as extinct as their namesakes at 0-7!

OK, They score more than us because they have Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Also have a fine TE in Keller. They have LT running the ball which doesn't hurt either.

Yet they still have only scored 3.7 more points per game than us. About a FG worth.
Yet people think they are a powerful offense and our's struggles!

I will also remind everyone it's not about how you start the season but how you finish it!

We have another tough two weeks ahead vs Balt and Tenn. Oak isn't easy but also not the cream of the league at .500.
Cleveland, Buf and Detroit are all bottom dwellers.

If they can get revenge on the Jets and Pats we have every chance to win the division and build some winning momentum at the time momentum will be needed most.

Stop worrying about the offense. It's doing enough to win games when the Defense plays well and SpecialED teams doesn't screw the pooch!


ALoco, hartline was ok but man what a drop on that flea flicker. Would have been a nice gain.

I tell you what, the Jets going to Detroit this weekend is no easy game. That Detroit defence is playing very well, despite giving up 25 points yesterday. It's also a different team with Stafford runing the show. Based on yesterday's performance the Jets will be hard-pressed to beat the Lions. The Jets are not nearly as good as fat Rex and the media make them out to be.

Any road win is a success but the teams they've beaten is nothing to write home about. In fact, the fact that we can't score TD's against inferior teams is down right nauseating.

They HAVE to get Marsahll the ball near the goal line. Using coverage as a reason is purely an excuse. They double him because our formations are vanilla & we don't have enough guys in the route to eleiminate that double team. They continue to handcuff Henne. You know it's been hammered into his mind NO turnovers in the red area. He won't force it to Marshall.

Look at the int he threw on 3rd & 11. This was a team without a starting DB & both starting safeties and we run that play with a 3 man pattern, one of them being Fasano. Obviously Henne shouldn't have throw into 2x coverage but how many options or opportunities are they giving him to be successful? You run a 3 man route against 6 below average db's? Awful.

Conservative play calling & approach is keeping this team down. There was no reason to not win that game by 20 points yesterday. Not to mention the gift TD courtesty of Clemmons. Sadly, this is only a .500 team.

Two questions for those more knowledgeable than me:
1.) Have the Dolphins ever fired a coordinator mid season?
2.) Even if they do fire Henning, who would they replace him with? I’m assuming it has to be someone already on staff who is familiar with the offensive scheme

PA,

I think the guys on here are kidding themselves if they think Henning is getting fired mid-season. And who would they replace him with? There's nobody with OC experience. I'm not a Henning fan by any means but if the officials get it right last week and we don't self-destruct against NE on special teams we're talking about a whole different season. Henning is not the answer but he's better than anything else we can do right now. He stays until the end of the year.

Dear Mr. Salguero

Some one pointed this post out to me

"Don't mention Crowder (and his impact) in a positive light. It's VERY important for some fans to maintain the illusion they were right about him hurting the team. Delusional people can turn violent when corrected. Let them be."

I gotta say I'm mad as hell and wanna whup some ass.

Curse you Channing Crowder

Soiled :)

The "O" is playing it too safe, I know mistakes hurt but you have to take the training wheels off if you want to be a contender in the NFL. We are a better team than the Patriots, so do they have a much better record. The coach believes in his players and takes chances now and then. Does it always work, NO! but a TD is worth 6 pts and a chance for another, a FG is only worth 3pts. I love Dan Carpenter but he should not be our best offensive weapon!

Thigpen??? I see someone been hittin the crack pipe early today Thigpen??

Craig, agreed, but you said we self destructed against NE?? Well guess who is a huge part of that...henning

As much as anybody and probably more than most, I want Henning to go asap. But that ain't likely to happen until after the season's over.

Someone suggested Ireland and Sparano have a sit down with Henning. But would it do any good? Probably not. Henning is too old and set in his ways. But hey, it's worth a shot.

Nice posts DC, but the real question is, did you start Ricky as I suggested???

Craig, I still would have liked Charles Grant on this team coming off the bench as a pass rush specialist. He was getting good pressure as a DE in the preseason. As much as I love our defense, if Wake isn;t getting there, nobody does in our pass rush. Even Misi's sacks seem to be a result of the QB being flushed after Wake gets a disruption.

And yes, it is true that Baltimore is very similar to us in terms of production but overall a little better. believe it or not, Henne has been more productive than Flacco in the air, but they run it a little better. We stop the run a little better than them but they defend the pass a little better. Intriguing matchup.

Its so funny that the crappy jets got the goose egg...they suck

Joe, you're right on that Henne intercept - nobody was open. Some guys were on 1 on 1 though including Marshall. For some reaosn Henne hasn;t seemed to develop that blind faith in marshall and only throws to him when he's open. Hopefully over time he develops that blind faith and sometimes even 1 on 1 is open when you are discussing Marshall - just throw it up high and let him make a play.

Cowkilla,

Special teams did us in against NE. Not saying Henning called a good game and wasn't a factor but we had NE 7-6 at the half. Atrocious ST play took the wind out of our sails.

Mark, I don't see it in Charles Grant any more. He didn't last long after Chicago picked him up. I thought Aaron Schobel might have been a nice add but I think he's done too. YOu are right about Misi, he's going to be awfully good but he disappears at times. Probably what you would expect from a rookie.

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