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Pennington: 'Now it's time to roll ...'

Chad Pennington just got done talking to the media at Dolphins camp. That's what the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback does every Wednesday around this time, so yes, you should know by now that Pennington is the starter.

He got a text from coach Tony Sparano Tuesday, asking when he was coming to work. Pennington texted back, saying he expected to be in by 10 a.m. Then he asked if Sparano needed him earlier. The coach said, "sure, a little sooner."

"I'm on my way," Pennington texted back.

After meeting with the coach for 45 minutes, he was returned to the job as the Dolphins starter. Pennington left the facility and took his dog to the groomer, which also conveniently gave Sparano an opportunity to speak with Chad Henne about being benched.

Then Pennington returned around 11 a.m.

"Chad and I talked for about an hour, got teary-eyed because we have a good relationship and we're good friends," Pennington said. "And it's a situation that's not fair. I've been there before. I've been benched when it wasn't really my fault. I understand every emotion he has and I understand everything he feels. He has every right to feel everything he has. We talked about it.

"I told him he needs to be ready to play. I made sure in the practice and the scripts we have, he gets some reps, because you're never sure what's going to happen. Just like he had to get ready to play three games in last year. It was a tough day for both of us, probably one of the hardest days for me as a professional."

All that behind them, Pennington can now get down to business.

"But now, it's time to roll," Pennington said. "It's time to focus on winning a football game."

Pennington replaces a player who threw for 1,900 yards the first eight games of the season. But the Miami offense lacked something -- aside from touchdowns, wiseguys. Pennington hopes to bring part of what has been missing.

"I just think as an offense, we've got to make sure we create a spark," he said. "Offensive football is about energy, it's about momentum. It's about synergy. It's about a feeling you have. And none of that happens with stats, it's not a statistic you can throw at it. So we have to find a way to create sparks during games. And when there's a chance to stick a dagger in a team and take their heart out, we got to do it. And when there's a chance to make a big play and get our crowd involved, we've got to do that. It's really important our crowd comes and supports us and so our we. So we have to create sparks and create energy and feed off that."

The Dolphins haven't done that. It's hard and wrong to blame Henne for the offense failing to do that. That would mean this change was easy. It was not.

But it is a fact and so Pennington is hoping to avoid the kind of offensive offense we've seen part of the past eight games.

"Sometimes we get in our own way ... We miss a block, we miss a throw, we fall down on a route, we've gotten in our own way," he said. "I think that's a fair assessment and we need to clean those things up. Just play better team football and that takes championship individual performances."

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Well, twins are definitely a problem.

oscar canosa,

Whats wrong with a guy doubling his pleasure?

None.

Dear Mr. Salguero

What would you do ?

One bullet..Dan Henning or Tom Olivadotti

Soiled :)

same bullet through both their empty heads

I believe the Fins would have been better than 4-4 if Penne started all of the games.

Henne becomes a free agent in 2012. So he has all of next year to prove he can be the Fins QB of the future.

BUT, if one of the three elite QBs in next year's draft is available when the Fins 1st pick comes up, it's probably over for him.

Double trouble, Double trouble, witches brew and caldroun bubbles..

Guys remember this...Penny does not have to throw the ball 60+ yards to win.
Look at how Flacco beat us last week...little dump offs to Rice who torched us on YAC (yards after catch).
All Penny has to do is be himself:
"The most accurate passer in NFL history" and the playmakers will do the rest.

I too have little doubt about it, swamy.

Dying Breed, Please, tell me... which is better...

Writing Post after post of negative and despairing comments about a team who has a 4-4 record... a record that most would have said was about right for this moment at the beginning of the season? Post which make not only yourself, but others have to swim in the endless negativity...?

OR...

Understand your limitations as a fan, complain when you must, cheer when you can. Communicate with a sense of level headed analytical dissection your thoughts and feelings but refuse to drag down yourself and others with matters that are neither certain or a done deal. Matters you have NO way of knowing the outcome of until they Occur?

To be honest Dyingbreed... I had Miami at 3-5 at this point of the season given they had to face 4 of the top 10 teams in the league. 2 of those teams we played down to the last possession... Not bad for a bunch of rookies and 2nd & 3rd year guys if ya ask me....

Let me ask you this... should Pennington go out and energize this team to a few wins in a row, and our divisions rivals drop a few more game as they have had a propensity to do in the past few weeks... What will be your stance on the Dolphins then? Will you remain defiant and negative? OR... will you enjoy what they have accomplished and the season they managed to pull out?

You have no more clue then me what will happen... if you do... PLEASE give me the next lotto 6 and I'll whack it up with ya 50/50... I am NOT saying Miami will do it... But if they do...what about you tact then?

YES!!!!!! Chad Penn is Back!!!!!

NOBODY can discard any playoff Team from winning the Super Bowl.

I think that I will start passing over all the negative and hypocritical DyingBreed posts.

At this moment, NOBODY, can discard Miami from reaching the playoffs.

The biggest injustice about the whole situation is that Henne has been made the scapegoat for poor play by everyone, including the entire offense, defense and most of all the special teams. This team from day one has molded Henne around an offense instead of what they should have done which was to mold the offense around Henne. A predetermine offense that doesn't utilize Henne strengths has been the root to everything that Henne does or doesn't do.

A mistake by Bill Parcells Period

Mold the offense around Henne...Hmmmm......

Derek4Dolphin,

Never mentioned I had a huge problem with the 4-4 though I have a problem with the way it has OCCURED.

I also have a HUGE problem with Henne being made the scapegoat of this deal when the real scapegoat if HENNING.

Derek4Dolphin,

Also HENNING is responsible for far more MOMENTUM killing decisions that have hurt our team as a whole then HENNE.

After what I saw in a playoff game v the Ravens, Penny was terrible. he threw 4 picks and was facing a team that ran all over our defense. lets face it we are a big and slow team. Henne is an up and comer. he played a nice half of football, but his receivers messed up and he loses his job. not to mention help picking up the blitz. our dolphins play a college football offense. Cam Newton in 2011.

Back to boring football. Marshall better catch everything.

Sunday will tell. Let's see. Good Night.

arthur blank is LHAO.

bobby12, I'll look for an aoplogy for your ill-mannered rant . . . when you sober up.

Chad Pennington, the most accurate passer in NFL history, 2 time NFL Comeback Player award winner, and an undisputed leader among men.

These are the facts. They are without dispute.


The reason we cant beat the good teams is because of Henning's MOMENTUM killing decisions. Henning also made MOMENTUM killing decisions against lesser teams but we had enough of an overall talent advantage to pull those games out.

Guys HENNING and his MOMENTUM killing decisions that are KILLING this team most!!!

Folks, this is the right move - no question. Henne is not the next franchise QB, they will be looking for that guy in the next draft. Penny will be a lift, but I'm still expecting a loss - too much turmoil and change on this team. I get a sense that regardless what we thought of this team, the team itself saw its record better than 4-4. And believe me, I really hope I'm wrong...


After what I saw in a playoff game v the Ravens, Penny was terrible. he threw 4 picks and was facing a team that ran all over our defense. lets face it we are a big and slow team. Henne is an up and comer. he played a nice half of football, but his receivers messed up and he loses his job. not to mention help picking up the blitz. our dolphins play a college football offense. Cam Newton in 2011.

Posted by: mserrania | November 10, 2010 at 09:37 PM


After the Ravens loss Pennington started the 2009 season 0-3. Keep trying to tell these guys every DC in the league had gotten a copy of our Ravens playoff loss with CP at the helm. They are dusting off those tapes again as we speak.

Also every time we get at least a 3pt lead instead of trying to score more points HENNING goes into offensive shutdown mode with the offensive decisions.

I feel your pain Dyingbreed...

BUT... Miami cannot release their OC at this point of the season. Doing so will create and absolute meltdown. Tell ya what... Take a look... if only for a moment... at THIS way of looking at this situation....

What if Sparano is fully aware that Henning is creating these offensive issues. There is only one person Henning can point at right now that NO ONE can argue about playing poorly and that is Henne.

As long as he is there and doing poorly Henning has an out... Pennington, and established Vet. comes and and NOTHING changes... EVERYONE knows Henning is the culprit (even if they feel they already do)... If Pennington comes in and the Offense starts running like a watch and we see two or three TD Throws a game... weeeeelllllll... That is different... Isn't it?

Remember, DyingBreed... These are some fairly slick guys who do this work... They KNOW how to pin point a problem and bring a spotlight on it...

I honestly do not feel Henne is getting blames for ANYTHING... at least for now. But I do feel like this places Henning dead ass in the spotlight for all to break down.

Yawn.

This is a HUGE mistake. I think CP is a great guy and happy to have him as a part of this team, but we all know he's not our future and therefore should not start.... let's be real here, we're not winning the SuperBowl with either of these QBs this year given the hole's we have on our roster (interior line and defensive backfield are our biggest issues IMO)

By making this move you may as well part ways with Henne..... very very disappointed :-(

All this yap about everything being Hennings fault is nothing but speculation. Was it Hennings fault the D couldn't contain Ray Rice? That one player single handedly beat the team and after 4 quarters the D never adjusted to account for him. Regarding Pennington, 90% of the teams wish they had a guy of that caliber on the roster. Watch him lead the receivers into the open field with his throws. I'm expecting a major improvement in the offense now. Noodle arm nonsense, he may not have a canon, but he gets the ball where it needs to be. Penne reads defenses as good as anyone playing and can audible as good as anyone. I'm not writing Henne off, but he still seems too tentative, and too often not making the best decisions.

All you Penne trashers and self proclaimed blog esperts are just yanking it to save face, you'll be a Penne fan faster than you can yank off after the next win.

Henning was limited by Henne. Folks, Henne peaked in Ann Arbor...where he stared down receivers, had no touch for screens, fades or even deep balls consistently, not good at pump fakes or play action, wasn't comfortable in the shotgun and wasn't really a leader.

Fast forward...2010...NOTHING'S CHANGED. In Trifecta gambled and lost. They new it in 2099 when they drafted White. BP clearly new it when he said it to a NY reported and then bailed. Even Sanchez has improved....Henne is destined to be a back-up in the NFL.

No doubt, Henning is slipping badly. But he is one of the elders among NFL coaches, and I think Sparano will not cut him loose (out of respect).

But if his name were "Soprano," we wouldn't still be having this conversation, would we?

Its all moot. Henning will retire this year anyway.

You heard it here first.

You Go...Woa!!!!

I just wanna freekin win... I don't care if they put Snoop Dog back there throwing the rock...

Derek4Dolphins,

I believe Sparano knows its HENNING. He just cant over rule him because of Ireland. I believe Ireland and Parcells have a backroom handshake Henning wouldnt be fired under any circumstances.

This will be confirmed if Parcells accepts another gig somewhere and makes Ireland GM. I dont think Ireland will be in Miami to much longer. Neither will HENNING. Ross will clean house soon.

Yawn.

Angry Elf,

Sparano cant fire Henning if he wanted too.
Ireland made a backroom deal with Parcells that he wouldnt be fired.

I would love to keep Sparano as oline coach once all of the dust finally settles. Sparano can only work with what Ireland gives him. IRELAND AND HENNING MUST GO!!!

Keep Tony as oline coach!

Hey bobbyd12,
Now we have No Running Game and No Passing Game.

everyone LOVED penny when he dethroned the pats of an afc east championship in 2008...one of the most exciting years ever. And now everyone says keep henne and penny sucks. stand behind your team and accept the change! we all wanted to know if this was the answer and we will find out! Penny was our savior two years ago so lets just see what happens! do u think henne is the answer anyways??! tell u what, im much more excited about this sunday now than i was yesterday!!!!!

DyingBreed,

You have no froigen clue what handshake exists or not amongst the staff. You are confusing your imagination with reality. Watch out for the men in white jackets...

You can tell the way Sparano talks he doesnt really endorse the Henne benching. He redesigned the oline to fit Henne better this offseason. We just have a moron calling the offensive shots.

The 2008-09 oline was more tailored to suit CP. With CP they planned to do a whole lot of running with very minimum passing. We tried to get better pass blockers to suit Henne. But as I said a moron is calling the offensive shots.

EVALUATE YOUR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR... yeah Pennington is the right fit of Hennings offense which is over due for a face lift.. Henne isnt the problem Sparano.. im not beginning to think you are also part of it.. Grow a set.

woa,

Every little girl and little kid with a box of crayons know HENNING is doing a HORRIBLE job. Why hasnt he been let go. Figure it out, the little kids with crayon and cornbread paper have.

DyingBread, Henning makes 10 times the salary you do...maybe you should stop and thing why....

ncfinfan,

Dont blame Sparano, Ireland's protecting HENNING. Cant you tell by the press conference Sparano doesnt endorse the move and is just towing the company line?

woa,

Im smart enough to not uselessly argue with you. You'll see exactly what Ive been talking about real soon. As soon as this upcoming Titans game.

Does it matter who is the quarterback as long as we are winning? This is, or shouldn't be about our own egos, and who is right, or who can claim "I told you so". This is about getting back on the right track. If Penne is that guy we should all rejoice. Henne isn't going anywhere, and I feel that he is far from a scapegoat for our recent play. The coaches, and the players felt we needed a change, a spark. And Penne happens to be that guy. I'm rooting for him not so I can come back on this blog and say I was right. I'm rooting for him because I just want to see some wins. That's the whole idea right?

Henne really has done well, especially for a young QB. But the ultimate stat, wins, is not in his favor. He has a great arm, yet I don't remember seeing a fin team worse in the red zone ever. So somethings gotta give. Let's see what Penne can do. It's the right call at the right time, rather then wait until its too late.

This move is the CORRECT move in my opinion. I know some people will say this is stunting Henne's growth. I will counter that by saying this coaching staff has been waiting for the light to go on for Henne and it hasn't. His big yard games are always when Miami is losing early and in comeback mode. He hasn't come through on any comeback to date. Pennington is a leader and will get the most out of whatever this season has left. Miami has 2 winable games at home coming up and Pennington gives them the best chance to win.

Without a doubt Dan Henning is not a good fit for this team (or any it seems). His curious play calling has killed Miami for the last 2 seasons and I hope he is next to go. Pennington is under contract for 2 years I believe and will most likely be the bridge for the next guy Miami drafts.

Guys, the Henne era is officially over. He doesn't have the "it", leadership or touch. He is mechanical in his delivery and will make a nice back up in Miami or somewhere else. I said it before and will say it again. He is not a starter in the NFL.

HENNING doesnt really give a damn about this team. It's his last nfl gig anyway.

Before every game HENNING'S up in the both singing the old Frank Sinatra favorite "I'm Gonna Do It My.......Way!"

DyingBreed...fair enough...you'll get my kudos if we lose to the Titans and I'll expect yours if we win.

Some have posted that CP10 should be the OC.
This is a very intriguing idea.

posting is like theropy...I don't know if it's working or not. I keep remembering things like the glaring need at TE and S. Neither one addressed at draft time and both killing us now. I need to let go but can't. Maybe next year. Wait that's what I said last year.

woa,

For me its not proving which fan's right or wrong. Im sick of see this once proud franchise continuously headed in the right direction. I pass on the kudos for either one of us buddy.

I just can no longer take whats been continuously happenning for over a decade now.

In your face Armando. You are the one who's been trying to defend for Henne. Just the other day, he said the Dolphins should and will keep Henne as the starter. I'm wondering what he is going to say now. Jeeeeeeeeeeez

One major problem, not often addressed here...they spent $$$ on the oline, but the interior line this year is just not as good, and that is why R&R are not doing as well. They gambled on budget players and have gotten budget performance.

Henne Was Just Too Easy To Read, Defenders Could See Who He Was Targeting Every Throw. Pennington Is Seasoned And Has Had More Than Enough Time To Get Healthy He Will Gell With Marshall Like Nobodys Business, Just Watch And See.

According to the team stats on NFL.com the Dolphins' passing game is ranked 14th.
B'more is 15th
NE is 17th
NYJ is 20th
Pitt is 27th
However an examination of the rushing stats shows the
NYJ are 4th
B'more 11th
Pitt 12th and
Dolphins are 16th

We need more rushing. And the only way we can rush is the Wildcard. And the only way we can run the Wildcard is if Penny plays QB.

IT'S BACKDOOR FOOTBALL. IT WILL MAKE US ALL LOOK LIKE H0M0'S...AGAIN.


woa,

A lot of time the way a team performs rests on MOMENTUM. We never really sustain it long enough in any game to really find out what we have. The GREATEST MOMENTUM killer on this team is DAN HENNING!!!

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