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Henne's success is good news for Sparano, Ireland

Is there any assignment more important for an NFL general manager than picking his team's franchise quarterback? Is there any assignment more important for a head coach than developing his team's franchise quarterback?

The answer to both these questions is a resounding, not-up-for-debate, "No!"

And that's the reason Chad Henne's success is very important to Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano.

It's simple, really. If Henne succeeds going forward, if he continues to improve and continues to make strides and continues on the path toward becoming Miami's franchise quarterback, he will be also virtually providing a guarantee for Sparano and Ireland that they will be thought of successes in their respective jobs.

Simple as that, folks.

If Henne becomes a star, there is not a ton else either Sparano or Ireland could do to endanger their Miami careers. Henne goes to the Pro Bowl, Henne becomes the franchise QB, Henne joins the ranks of the NFL's elite QBs and the two men atop the Dolphins organization are virtually locked into their spots.

Thats because, typically, finding an elite QB leads a team to the kind of success that keeps hanging Ws on the standings and that keeps fans happy, which fills stadiums, which makes owners happy, which means everyone is safe.

Can you think of one GM who picked an elite QB and got canned? Can you think of one coach who developed an elite QB and got canned? I can't.

So yes, the fact Chad Henne played well Sunday against the Raiders was good news for the Dolphins, good for Henne, and definitely good for Ireland and Sparano.

Yes, it was only one game. But better a good one game than a bad one game, I say.

The other side of that two-sided coin isn't so good for anyone.

If what we saw from Henne against the Raiders (17 of 30 for 307 yards with two TDs and one INT) is more mirage than mastery, then that is bad news for everyone, and we do mean everyone.

If Henne continues to merely tread water and follow a good game with a bad game, we have an issue. Typically and up-and-down quarterback makes his team an inconsistent team. That kind of quarterback on the edge of getting benched one week and playing well the next is only good enough to get most teams to .500

And .500 isn't good enough for job security in today's NFL.

That kind of quarterback play would cause folks to question not just the QB but the people responsible for putting the QB on the team and in the lineup.

Let's face it, the most important player on any NFL team is the quarterback so finding the right guy is the general manager's most important decision. And once he's on the team, developing that quarterback into a player who has reached his potential and reached a level of excellence is the coach's No. 1 priority.

There is no defense for failing at this.

The general manager cannot say, "I screwed up in finding us a franchise quarterback but what about the cornerback and the defensive end I found?" That kind of argument gets met with a shrug.

And no coach can say with a straight face, "I couldn't do anything with the quarterback, but what about the job I did with center and the left tackle and the strongside linebacker."

"Yeah but you screwed up the franchise quarterback," is the worst line either the GM or the coach could ever have to argue against. It's a losing proposition.

So Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. Chad Henne is playing well now. The guy they have tapped as their franchise quarterback is apparently pointed in the right direction toward that goal.

They both must hope and work toward the situation staying that way. Because both are undoubtedly tied to Henne.

 

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2 watt, buh? Reporters said he played - I didn't see him myself. But if Dansby was only playing 3rd downs, then someone had to be playing with Dobbins - don't know who else that would be.

Henne looked completely different Sunday with regard to the speed of his decision making. What has driven me crazy with Henne was him standing back there for days at a time waiting to be sacked or checking down to the back for a 2 yard loss. The ball came out quick Sunday, and that was the difference. It was a whole different tempo for the offense.

Guys,
I hope this isn't true, but if it is, it is a sad day for dolphins everywhere.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/111037184.html?cmpid=15585797

mark. let me check out some film and see who was in there, brb

Ill be happier when i see consistancy...i have not seen that yet...and not too much praise for whoppin the raiders...because the raiders suck!

mark. just looked at a few plays.it looks like the phins were in 5-2 and 4-3 most of the game.still no cc52.

That guy, I read somewhere recently where underwater life forms would rather kill themselves than live in polluted water. Octopi have even been known to bite their own tentacles off.

Could be what we have here. I wouldn't want to live in stinking Jersey water either.

HAKIM NICKS............... 9 TD
B.MARSHALL................ 1 TD

T,OWNES....... 8 TD

KC DWAYNE BOWE.........14 TD
THE WHOLE MIAMI TEAM............. 11 TD

Yes Aloco, marshall has sucked the big rod with Miami, it's true.

A couple of items regarding henning and how he coaches henne.

1. Play action is fooling no one. If you notice how henne does play action he uses both hands and the ball is no where close to the RB. Its so obvious its gonna be a pass that I think they should just bag it. Not sure if that's henne or how he's taught (henning). Play action is really important for any offense and has to get fixed

2. Blitz read. The last game a couple of times there was an all out blitz but there was no hot read. The receivers didn't change their route to account for the blitz and the play was dead. Again I think this is more henning offense than anything else. But we have to do a better job reading the blitz and firing quickly

Mando,
You got it @ss-backwards ... its not the QB determining the coach's future- its the coach screwing himself by sqandering the qb talent at his disposal.

Miami may well be the 1st franchise that you can cite as your example by the end of this season. Why? A QB's potential wasted.

Am I giddy? No. That was the Raiders not the Pats. We are 6-5 and reliant on winning out and praying for some other team to meltdown for a reason:

The schedule was front end loaded with the games that really mattered and the idiotic leadership (Sparano, Henning & Lee) never let the qb become a leader, thanks to screwing with the offense with gimmicks, yanking the qb in crucial situations, and play calling that begged the defense to stop the obvious. All of this against defensive brains like LeBeau, Belichik, Ryan, and players like Ray Lewis, Polamalu, Harrison in make or break games. Did they really think they were going to outsmart them w/ that stuff - like they havent seen film? And forget the game plan against the Bears which (hello head coach?) was not corrected by halftime. Henne wasn't in for that so discount that.

How can Henne's teamates even look to a guy in the huddle as a leader when he himself didn't even know when was going to be pulled out of the game in crucial situations? Blame Henning all you want (and I do) but the responsibility
falls on Sparano as head coach. And if Sparano has responsibility but not authority (Henning overriding him) then that is a recipe for disaster and we are f***ed with a disfunctional organization. Either way you got it @ss-backwards ... its not the QB determining the coach's future- its the coach screwing himself by sqandering the qb talent by playing around, squandering talent when they needed to come out punching in those make or break games. The schedule came out long before training camp.


It's amazing when you run 75 offemsive plays versus 35 or 40 the difference it makes. The defense needs to continue creating turnovers so this offense has more opportunities. That's more plays to see what Moore & Wallace can do.

Boulder,

I actually pointed both those things out to my son as we watched the game.

The play action thing has been like that. We actually were laughing about it, wondering if any defenders actually bought it.

On some blitzes, it looked as if Henne was looking at the intended hot read, waiting for the receiver to break off his route.

Very glad to see most fans on here think highly of Henne. I think he has so much talent, he just has to be a bit more consistent. I'm just waiting for him to learn from his mistakes and stop making that one boneheaded decision each game. But the guy can absolutely play, he can make every throw.

Some dummy said:

"Top 10 QBs, we can do A LOT BETTER!"

I am not going to do whole list but:

Manning (threw 7 interceptions in two games)
Rogers (completion percentage about equal to Henne, YPG about same, YPA about same)
Brady (completion percentage about equal to Henne, YPG about same, YPA about same)
Brees (threw 7 interceptions in 2 games)
Rivers (higher int percentage than Henne in his 4th year, fewer yards per game)
Ryan (same int percentage as Henne in second year, lower yardage per game)
E. Manning (higher CAREER int percentage than Henne, fewer yards per game, lower in QB rating over career)
Vick (higher int percentage than Henne 4 years in a row, lower completion %, half as many yards)

All of these players have years of experience compared to Henne and many of them don't measure up to Henne in his second year. Vick is a one year wonder and sucked compared to Henne for many years. Eli's career stats suck compared to Henne and he is top ten?

Henne is measuring up to the BEST in the NFL and is only in his second year. The only minus is his TD percentage and his int percentage needs to come down a bit. Those are the facts.

Is there anything more important than picking a franchise qb? Hmmmmmmm Let me think. How about winning? Nobody cared when Penne was shooting up the league and played for the Phins. We were winning. If Tony S and Ireland want their jobs they have to win. I don't care if the Queen of England is the qb. Just win.

Austin Spitler is the missing link.....

The difference between the Giants recievers, and the younger guys we have is size, and speed. We have drafted guys that are one or the other. No combination of both. Also, with most teams, players get opportunities to see the field. Not here. It's the same 6-7 guys that see all the plays. One of the Sentinel reporters caught on to this(He must be reading this blog, as Herald bloggers have been pointing this out since the Tennessee game.LOL)
One of the problems that not being able to run the ball was that opposition corners were getting good jams on our recievers. They are able to be very aggresive because they know that when we are forced into a 1 demention team, our recievers are not big and strong enough to beat these jams(exception Marshall, who faces double teams) This puts the offense in a huge bind, and if you have noticed in crunch time, or near the red zone. Our recievers struggle to get open.

Correction.

Actualy those are not the facts. Henne is in his 3rd year in the NFL, not his second. He was understudy to Pennington in the 11-5 '08season.


Bench time is valuable, and, if memory serves me, he played against the Cards in the '08 season.

I know this is pre-mature, but what do we need to get in the draft? Here's a few names in the 1st and 3rd I'll throw out there that may be realistically available to Miami:

1st:

Mark Ingram RB - May be there if the Dolphins go middle of the pack but will be gone by 20. I think we can stick a fork in Ronnie...he's done. Maybe Ryan Williams as an option here if he comes out this year.

Brandon Harris CB - Or do we rely on Sean Smith another year. Maybe Ras-I Dowling or Aaron Williams as other options here.

Derek Sherrod OT - This line is not getting it done and Carrey sux. Other possibilities depending on draft position....Anthony Casonzo or Joseph Barksdale.

Michael Floyd WR - Do we draft high to get a WR to play across from BM or stick with Harline...possibly Moore? Other possibility here could be Jonathan Baldwin. Both these guys seem like posession type receivers though. Maybe trade back to see if we could land Ryan Broyles in the 2nd???

3 rd Round:

Nathan Enderle QB - Do we take another QB in the top three rounds? Other options here...Ricky Stanzi or Pat Devlin.

Alex Linnenkohl C - This line needs help...do we keep drafting O-linemen? Maybe John Moffitt at Guard?

Blake Gideon FS - Still doesn't look like we have a long term solution at FS.

actually parcells got fired after building Tony Romo and the cowboys so there is one.

Ironic that the staff that has done Henne such a gigantic disservice has their future tied to his success.
I’d like to see Henne stay and have Sparano/Henning and Ireland go.
Sparano coaches scared, has zero vision or killer instinct and is totally unable to bring a modern passing offense to the Dolphins.
Ireland has failed to bring a deep threat WR to balance BM and has made numerous FA and draft blunders.
Henning, well we all can see what an archaic, unimaginative, conservative this guy has been with his prevent offense.
Each person has failed Henne. Then they throw Henne under the bus in a truly gutless panic move.
I am totally over this staff, but Henne could be very good.

That guy said:

Correction.

Actualy those are not the facts. Henne is in his 3rd year in the NFL, not his second. He was understudy to Pennington in the 11-5 '08season.

Seriously? I mean seriously? Must I explain this?

Henne is in his second year starting. Several of those "top" qb's sat on the bench for 3 and 4 years. My comparison dealt with actually "playing." Some surprise.

And it's hard to say
Who you are these days
But you run on anyway

Don't you baby?

You keep running for another place
To find that saving grace

Don't you baby?

Oh, it's all right. I'm sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn't that right, Mr... Poopy Pants?

I think the key word was 'facts'. Oooo ooo yes, yes please explain ... at great length!!!

I'm gonna go get a sandwich.

Robert - Totally agree....not to mention, just doing a little comparison between Henne and many QBs that have come through the NFL and been great QBs.....Henne's stats are right there.

Utdolfan, I think henne needs to study tapes of manning and breez etc for the play action. He has some work to do with that.

Henne played ok versus the Raiders. Nothing to write home about. Oakland played sloppy football, Phins took advantage.

I don't think we really know what we have with Henne and won't know till we get a new OC... all I know is Henne has done great with what he has had to work with as a OC... Henne can be the future... Grow some nads and Fire Parcels good friend Henning... That's why you get the big bucks and have been given the keys to Our Dolphins..You can not tell me that anybody in their right mind can look at the play calling and say WOW!!! Miami has it going on..Henning was good to get us going from 1-15.. Pennington was what we needed to..But now for the next step we need a new OC and let Henne play...

Henne certainly still has work to do...but he's also only a 2nd year starter. QBs often take time to fully develope. He's getting better though...he's better than last year and isn't that an indicator of something?

2009:
QB rating 75.2
2010:
QB current QB rating 81.3

2009:
Comp % 60.8
2010:
Comp % 63.3

2009:
yrd/atpt 6.4
2010:
yrd/atpt 7.3

2009:
TDs 12
2010:
TDs 11 and on pace for 15 - 16

2009:
total yrds 2,878
2010:
total yrds 2,447 and on pace to break 3,500

The fact is it is Henne's second year starting. How much elaboration do you require to understand that?

Perhaps you would rather I make the statement Henne has thrown for as many TDs as Rivers did in his first 3 seasons and has thrown 22 more TD's than Aaron Rogers did in his first three seasons.

It seems misleading to me but those are the facts as well.

Now aside from pointing out I didn't mention the time these guys sat on the bench (and I thank you for that observation), any other helpful tidbits?

Getting my sandwich now.

Henne is very robotic in motion, yet has, in certain games appeared to not have the internal clock in his head that one would expect a robot to have. The tin man had a heart shaped clock that was given to him by the wizard. But as it turns out he was not a wizard at all. Go figure. The NFL is alot like that.

When you look at it, Henne's only really bad games this year were against Cinci and Baltimore.

We agree on Henne then sandwich man. I, however, see that Henne is under substantial pressure to comply with Henning and Sparano's wishes that he throw zero interceptions and therefore he is very hesitant. Henne must do three things to make the leap to greatness: (1) Get mad and be vocal about directing his offensive teammates, (2) Play with a chip on his shoulder and maintain a gunslinger mentality - coaches be damned, and (3) he must stop focusing in on his receivers. That recognition and ability come with playing time.

Robert - Finally a post with some sense.
Thank you!!

unfortunately its not henne who makes the gameplan. If henning has a bad week like normal, so will henne. Henne had a good week because we actually ran the ball more than 6 times. He always plays well when we run. We cant ask him to win games by throwing with zero running game. Peyton has trouble with that and even Marino

Henne didn't have a good game against the Raiders considering how many opportunities he had on offense with over 70 plays, the score should have been in the 40's or 50's. Also, the Raiders were playing 9-12 men in the box. Can't believe it took the Dolphins that long to burn them long. Dan Henning is worse than a monkey calling plays. We are going nowhere with him.

Agree about Henning. Would also point out that is what made Marino great - he did not hesitate to call his own plays and did not care one bit about what a coach had to say about it. Of course, if you do that, you better call the right play. One more bit about Henning. I would love to see this guy get in some receivers face the next time he dropped the ball - Marino's receivers caught a lot of balls because they knew they didn't want to return to the huddle if they dropped it.

Nice, cherry-picked stats Robert. Come on man. I'm not bashing Henne, or defending him, but, seriously, those are ridiculous stats

Nice, cherry-picked stats Robert. Come on man. I'm not bashing Henne, or defending him, but, seriously, those are ridiculous stats

Typo. I would love to see Henne get is some receivers face.

Then point out why they are ridiculous Marc. Fact, Eli Manning has a higher career interception percentage than Henne yet those who disparage him say he throws too many interceptions but proclaim Eli "top ten." Eli's career passing rating is 80 or so which is lower than Henne in his first full season as starter. Please note I already said Henne has to increase his td percentage.

The ball is yours.

Nice, cherry-picked stats Robert. Come on man. I'm not bashing Henne, or defending him, but, seriously, those are ridiculous stats

Schottenheimer, Shannahan... but yea pretty good point.

Schottenheimer, Shannahan...but yea pretty good point.

Schottenheimer, Shannahan...

Here. Some say we should have drafted Matt Ryan and think he is the best:

14 451 263 58.3 32.2 2,916 6.5 208.3 22 4.9 14 3.1 90T 31 4 19 92 80.9

10 335 212 63.3 33.5 2,447 7.3 244.7 11 3.3 12 3.6 57T 30 4 16 101 81.3

Thats ALL the stats for a QB and this is for their second year starting. Henne has a higher completing percentage, higher yards per attempt, higher yards per game, lower (1.6%) td ratio, higher (.5%) interception ratio, and higher QB rating.

Which part is ridiculous? The fact Matt Ryan is seen as incredible and Henne is criticized continuously?

Sherif - most people would consider a QB rating of 100.3 a pretty good outing.

Robert - you're spot on! Not to mention, I can count three INTs off the top of my head that were the fault of the receiver and one INT that actually hit the ground. So take away those 4 INTs, and the gap narrows even further.

In regards to TDs, the style of offense that Miami is running is predicated on receivers getting YAC and making the play after the reception. I'd like to see us throw a few more bombs out there and some fades in the RZ, but that's all play calling. I think Henne and BM will eventually get in tune with each other and it'll be off to the races. In an interview, Cutler stated that it took him and BM about a season and a half to really start clicking.

Sherif - Not to mention, of the 70 some odd plays, there were 30 pass attempts...which is where the passing game should be. The rest was pounding the ball on the ground. Teams don't put up 40s and 50s pounding the ball.

Thanks wolfman. I just want to see some balance in here AND consistency in Mando's blog. Henne is playing remarkably well given how badly he is handicapped in this offense. The Dolphins do not have a single weapon they utilize to complement Henne's strengths. Brandon is a great possession receiver but he has no speed and is not a deep threat. Hennings play-calling is simply horrible - not only does it handicap Henne but is has made both RB's look pedestrian. The line... is not even worth talking about. Our drafts, for the most part, have sucked. We grab role player after role player. This past year we should have grabbed Dez Bryant in the first round or one of the other burners at WR. The Dolphins need playmakers and they have very, very few.

I can think of one example of a GM who got two strikes when it came to finding a franchise quarterback and that was in Seattle when Mike Holmgren thought Jon Kitna was going to be his guy. Kitna, as we now know, went on to be a career back up and Holmgren later hitched his wagon to Matt Hasselbald who took the Seahawks to the Superbowl.

Robert - speaking of which:

I know this is pre-mature, but what do we need to get in the draft? Here's a few names in the 1st and 3rd I'll throw out there that may be realistically available to Miami:

1st:

Mark Ingram RB - May be there if the Dolphins go middle of the pack but will be gone by 20. I think we can stick a fork in Ronnie...he's done. Maybe Ryan Williams as an option here if he comes out this year.

Brandon Harris CB - Or do we rely on Sean Smith another year. Maybe Ras-I Dowling or Aaron Williams as other options here.

Derek Sherrod OT - This line is not getting it done and Carrey sux. Other possibilities depending on draft position....Anthony Casonzo or Joseph Barksdale.

Michael Floyd WR - Do we draft high to get a WR to play across from BM or stick with Hartline...possibly Moore? Other possibility here could be Jonathan Baldwin. Both these guys seem like posession type receivers though. Maybe trade back to see if we could land Ryan Broyles in the 2nd??? He'd give us that deep threat we need.

3 rd Round:

Nathan Enderle QB - Do we take another QB in the top three rounds? Other options here...Ricky Stanzi or Pat Devlin. Either way, we're talking project type guys should the Henne experiment not work out...possibly good back-up options down the road.

Alex Linnenkohl C - This line needs help...do we keep drafting O-linemen? Maybe John Moffitt at Guard?

Blake Gideon FS - Still doesn't look like we have a long term solution at FS.

FASANO DROPPED 5 BALLS
BESS DROPPED 2 BALLS
FASANO FUMBLED 2 BALLS
HARTLINE DROPPED 5 BALLS
HARTLINE FUMBLED 2 BALLS
MARSHALL DROPPED 7 BALLS
MARSHALL FUMBLED 2 BALLS
RICKY FUMBLED 2 BALLS
HENNE NEVER FUMBLED THE BALL

They're ridiculous because they are "cherry-picked", which means you chose the stats suitable to your point, and they varied from QB to QB. They aren't all-encompasing, and you're comparing 20 something starts to careers.

In other words. It's just bogus.

Rarely this season have I said, Henne cost us this game. If I had to pin point the thing that's cost us the most wins this season, it would have to be the drops. Sean Smith's pic 6 drop against the Ravens and Fasano's final drive drop against the sorry Steelers and Henne's inconsistancy, (high throw to Bess cost us 4 pts, FG rather than TD) probably cost us a couple of games. After the drops by the DB's and WR's, the next biggest blame would have to be on special teams. I'm not exactly sure why we have the worst special teams in the history of the NFL but they've probably cost us 1-2 games.

Interesting Henne stats:

passes 1-10....72% comp...5 TDs...3 INTs...102 QB rating

passes 11-20...56.8% comp...1 TD...4 INTs...60.1 QB rating

passes 21-30...65.9% comp...4 TDs...1 INT...102 QB rating

passes 31+...53.8% comp...1 TD....4 INTs...45.1 rating.

Rice had Taylor.. Irvin had Harper.. Clayton had Duper..Reed had Lofton.. Fryar had Morgan.. Toon had Walker ...Monk had Clark.. and Wayne had Harrison... We need a 2nd Wr.. Bess is great out of the slot.. But we need that um dare we say Ginn Jr speed on the other side of marshall.. This staff is funny.. They go out and get a true # 1 and then let Jr go ..Shakes head..Chad Henne is the best Qb prospect Miami has had in years...But the staff wants to blame him instead of the play calling..I watched this staff against oakland put us in 3rd and Long after wildcat plays and a freaking option...Only to see Henne coming through on 3rd and long each time..Get off this kids back..bring in young blood to call plays or David Lee..And go get a true deep threat...that will change this offense..Hey Ross force the OC Change these are not hand picked guys from you..force the change..Show the fans your the right owner for the team..NEW OC NEW OC NEW OC

Guess the coaches should limit Henne to 30 attempts or less....and do something about passes 11-20.

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