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Henne remains the starter, but evaluation coming

Despite another three-interception game, Chad Henne remains the Dolphins starting quarterback -- for now.

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Monday he is not considering benching Henne (again), this time for Tyler Thigpen. "No, I don’t think so right now," Sparano said.

But ...

Sparano admitted some re-evaluation will take place by the Dolphins at the quarterback position. Perhaps not now, but eventually? Absolutely. Like at the end of the season.

“Listen the guy’s a young player right now. He’s, I think, getting better at a lot of things. At the end of the year we’ll have to sit down and from our standpoint we have to evaluate the whole big picture, I mean, we really do but there’s obviously some areas there where Chad needs to continue to improve and he would tell you that. One of the areas is, is this, this turnover thing.

"We just cannot, nobody can; I mean I’m watching one of the best in the league the last couple weeks have some problems that way (Peyton Manning), so you just can’t overcome them in this league. The margin is, it’s just too hard to overcome those kind of turnovers and unfortunately what you see is the guy throwing the football doing it. We don’t see all the other factors around it and there are a lot of other factors that go into how the quarterback plays in general and, and I think what the outcome is. In other words the result of an interception or all and any of those things.

"I mean, we had two protections yesterday where for all intensive purposes we’ve blocked these protections 150 times during the course of the season and what occurred yesterday on those two protections should never occur in that particular protection but it did and he got hit as he was throwing and at the end of the day you don’t convert a third and four. That stops a drive and that kills you in some of those things. The quarterback kind of takes the blame for that and there’s a lot of people around him.

"I feel like we got to make sure that the people around him are getting better as well. That’s probably a long answer to a short question but I do think this guy’s getting better. We’re going to have to evaluate everything at the end of the year."

Seems like Henne will get at least this coming game to get out of the Cleveland hole he dug himself. If he wins, he continues. If he loses, well, he probably continues because benching him at that point would be moot. The Dolphins would be out of the playoffs for sure, rather than almost definitely out of the playoffs.

The only reason Sparano would have for benching him at that point is if the coach believes Thigpen has a better chance to win him some games and he feels the need to get himself some wins for his own job security.

It otherwise seems wise that Henne might just keep his job until the end of the season and gets those games to prove himself.

Either way, it seems the Dolphins will go quarterback shopping this offseason. They will either try to find backup help or a quarterback that can compete for the starting job. That, of course, will all depend on that evaluation of Henne that will come when 2010 is over.


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That sixth paragraph: "for all intensive purposes"...

I believe he actually said 'for all intents and purposes'.

That's called an eggcorn. Of course Sparano could have made the mistake and 'Mando is just quoting him verbatim. To whom should we give the benefit of the doubt.

The nice thing is Sparano used the phrase correctly, which isn't as common as you might think.

Oh ... QB solution is trade out of the first and draft two mid-round QB's and let them compete with the two guys we already have on the roster. Also, Henning might not be the entire problem on offense. I'm starting to think there's a good reason that David Lee spent most of his career coaching college QB's. He doesn't have a great NFL resume...

Mark, here's how I see it. Sean Smith needs to act like a man and use his size & start tackling. If this is supposed to be a tough team, he doesn't fit in. I'm tired of watching him go to his knees only to watch a RB or TE skirt by him. Vontae is smaller and a hell of alot tougher!

FS, I don't hate Clemmons but lets be real. Clemons is ALWAYS late over the top & hasn't made plays. He has been saved on MANY occasions on late or hanging balls.

I love Bell but he is getting old & injuries are bothering him. He also can't cover TE's. Next year I think Jones should move over there.

Misi, I know he's young and I'm not expecting everything from him right away. But he's not getting a rush. In the event he doesn't develop that way, we need someone else to get to the passer cause if Wake don't get there, no one else is. We need someone else.

Gruden wasn't liked or respected by his players either.He causes discord rather than unity.The Bucs would have won that SB with Wanny at the helm.LOL

If, for some reason, Ross fires Tony, why wouldn't Nolan be a prime candidate for HC? This is a much better team than the one he inherited in SF before becoming the scapegoat.

for some QBs consistancy comes with experience. Lets hope thats the case with Henne as we have no other option right now. Maybe the new Denver coach will take back BM and give us our second rounder back. Then we can draft a QB with that pick

Hype, I have been saying it for 2 months already. Nolan would be a GREAT choice for HC. Hire from within to keep some continuity but he brings a whole new aggressive approach. Hopefully he brings that defensive approach to the offense. And yes, his starting block is much better than what he had in San Fran.

Hey what's up fellas? Another sad season already. Miami is obviously in the middle of pack once again. I'd prefer to be in the basement opposed to where we are now. At least in the basement teams get a chance to get a top echelon player (although Miami could of gotten one this past year with Dez Bryant at pick #11). I'm sick guys. I knew the season relied heavily on the progression of Henne and he has REGRESSED. People were puffing the magic dragon after playing an average Oakland defense. I said it before and will say it again, Henne is not a starter.

As for the Kevin Kolb talk going on, I don't see it. I am right outside of Philly so have watched every game Kolb has played in the NFL. First the Eagles and Andy Reid won't settle for less then a King's ranson for him. Miami is already without a second rounder (B. Marshall) and he isn't worthy of a #1 pick. As far as saying Kolb and Henne are the same isn;t totally accurate. They have completely different skill sets.

Kolb has WAY more touches on his passes, more athletic then Henne and more fire which I love to see. Kolb doesn't have as strong an arm as Henne but what good is arm strength when you over throw every ball(Henne). However, Kolb is also sort of a captain check down just like Henne. Kolb throws into double coverage just like Henne. I still would take Kolb over Henne 10 out of 10 times.

SUMMARY: I'd rather have Kolb then Henne. He has more upside and is the better player but I wouldn't trade anything more then a 3rd rounder for him and Andy Reid wants a #1 or at least a pair of second rounders. That's too rich for my blood for a player who could be very good or might be what he is.

Henne he is what he is. He was the same player at Michigan. He is the same player now. I hate em!

Joe,another great post.I haven't seen a LB from this team fly through the hole like a man possesed since ZT.Where in the heck is the fire? Someone said the other day that Crowder is keeping the blockers busy....for what? He needs to lose the blockers and make a freaking tackle!

Last night watching NE just showed what it takes to win. Revis and Cromartie covering 2 receivers but Brady still had Welker, Gronkowski, Hernandez and Woodhead out of the backfield to throw too!! Weapons all over. 5 or 6 options to throw to at all times, incredible!

Bobby..exactly what I thought.The options become weapons due to the mismatches that they create.not to mention how all those guys running around confuses the Defense.Off balance is an understatement.

Hype and Joe Schmoe,

I agree. I like Mike Nolan a lot. I don't see it happening but I do think Nolan is a very smart and detail oriented guy. Nolan actually got a raw deal in San Fran. He was tied to Alex Smith and although you can blame him for going Smith over Aaron Rodgers. There was never a consensus that Rodgers was better. San Fran needed a face of the franchise and also was looking for a new stadium deal too. What better way to generate interests then to draft a franchise QB. He missed and that is why Mike Nolan was fired. Sparano is detail oriented but is far from smart. He is a baffoon!

However, I think the next head coach of this team WILL BE an OFFENSIVE mind.

Stephen Ross wants to put butts in the seats. Nothing puts butts in the seats more then winning but guys like Ross also want to win with flash and flair just like the city of Miami. He has made steps to make this a premier NFL team. He went the Marc Anthony, J. Lo, ORANGE carpet route but that isn't going to win games. Ross wants the flash and pizazz that Scarface and Manolo saw in Miami lol.

I don't care how we win as long as we win and have an identity. This team has no identity.

Who thinks Sparano can make Miami a WINNER? A potential Super Bowl team?


We need talent & a change in playbook / philosophy. There are NO excuses when NE is rebuilding the last 2 years & still makes the playoffs. They went from the oldest defense 2 years ago to the youngest. They had an aging offense & transformed it in less than 2 years. It's time to hold Sparano & Ireland accountable for their failures. This team SHOULD be better than what they are.

The real conversation this morning should not even be about Henne. We need to rid the team of that ANCHOR of an offensive coordinator and system that is currently in place. Josh McDaniels, though not ready to be an HC and personnel guy in the league, has tremendous upside as an offensive coordinator. He is also being paid by the Denver Broncos. Let's get him down to Miami for a three game look-see? It can't be any worse than the crap that Henning spooning out! A few of the previous blogs have mentioned INT/TD ratios for HOF QB's when they were young. This is very true, did you all see Sanchez (I call him the ANNOINTED ONE) last night? Henne is no worse than Sanchez right now. Against the Browns the Dolphins ran a laughable offensive game plan without their best weapon (Marshall) and lost Hartline earlier in the game. It is tough for any but the best QB's to throw to slower, smaller and less experienced receivers on short notice. Henne needs more time to be evaluated fairly...plain and simple.

A Bogert you clearly didn't cover your A** on this one. McDaniels and Brandon Marshall? Hello!

McDaniels and Nolan get along great?

A.Bogert, you can't change an offense with 4 games left. If you want to fairly evaluate Henne, who do you do so with a new set of plays? Doesn't make any sense.

But, I was on here last month when it looked like Mcdaniels would be out of a job suggesting to bring him in as an O coordinator, regardless of his relationship with Marshall. Josh would be a coordinator & not head coach. Marshall should suck it up. Josh is a creative offensive mind who has had success in this league. He should certainly be on the radar.

The Henne lovers are in full blown man crush mode.

Bottom line is this. Henne is the Danica Patrick of the NFL. He's driving a high octane car like a girl. We have too many weapons to be this mediocre folks! Henne can't MOVE this offense in a way that WINS GAMES CONSISTENTLY.

He simply can't.

Joe, I like ur passion and ur posts. Gotta remember though, New Englamd wasnt always good. To get to the point they are now has taken many years, i dont believe after all these years of disaster and the players this FO inherited could be fixed in 3 years. Gonna take a bit longer

They don't even want the guy throwing deep. They must know something we don't. I seem to recall two or three throws that were SHORT. I thought he had this BIG ARM? Is it possible his arm looks big compared to Chad Pennington's arm?

I think someone sold us a BILL of goods that smells fishy.

If the Dolphins deceide Sparano is not the coach - I would only want to see one man take the job - Jim Harbaugh - otherwise -forget it.

Speaking of 3 INT games -- what Dolphin fan didn't LOVE watching the JESTS get CREAMED last nite!?! In the midst of the terrible year we're having, it's one of the few things I can find solace in -- even though the victor was the dreaded Pats. But here's the deal. We're not very good, but at least we and the local media don't kid ourselves into thinking we are anything more than an average team. The JESTS on the other hands, the fans and particularly their coach, are semi-delussional. It's pretty well documented by now now that JESTS are only good when they play teams that are bad. And even then, they are not VERY good. Remember Denver, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston?? They've lost to 3 of the only 4 teams they've played with winning records. Their avergae ppg in those losses? 4!! That's not gonna win you too many playoff games. But does this affect JESTS fans or their coach? "We whipped their butts when we played them here," Ryan says after the game. So he thinks the JESTS 14 point victory in game 2 somehow evens the playing field with last nights 42 point blowout!?!? Sure, the JESTS will make the playoffs. But then they will have to actually play teams with winning records. And we all know what happens in games like that. And, BTW, how does Sanchize look in games against playoff bound teams? More like Henne than Brady. Sadly, there is only one thing the Dolphins and PAts have in common. We both beat the JESTS 45-3 on MNF!!

And doesn't sanchez have too many weapons to just have the 21st rated pass offense in the NFL?

Sparano is never one to admit that his starting QB is not fundametally sound.Always blaming everyone else but himself.

Bobby, NE have been an elite team for a decade. I think Bellicheck needed 2 years before taking NE to a superbowl. Regardless, Miami SHOULD be better. If you take into account all the whiffs they have made, this roster should be more filled with talent.

Is anyone honestly trying to say that in 3 years, they have only found a handful of players? The ONLY irreplaceble parts of this team are Dansby, Wake, Bess, Marshall, Long & Davis. Everyone else could could be upgraded. MAYBE Randy Starks? 2 of those 6 or 7 guys weren't even drafted here!

Sorry, but only having 3 years is a crock of sh*t. Tuna said 4. With all the holes, this team is no where near ready. It's a never ending cycle of mediocrity.


Patriots been pretty good for 16 years. Guess you forgot about all those Bledsoe years.

Miami has been pretty bad the last 30 years.

Clearly the chemtrails get to Chad Henne @ Home
1-5 @ Chemtrail Death Stadium

Miami vs Jets

Countdown continues ..... Oh Yeah!

What weapons does Sanchize have? Mr. Drop-A-Lot?

Besides LT, who on the Jet's team is considered a weapon?

The Jets are filled with has beens and cast offs.

Even Bledsoe took the Patriots to a Superbowl. And another until he got hurt and Brady stole the show.

Patriots been kicking butt for quite some time.

"Oh ... QB solution is trade out of the first and draft two mid-round QB's and let them compete with the two guys we already have on the roster." dolfansean

Since allot of people consider Henne to be the problem, what's the sense of passing up on a decent first round pick to draft 2 mid round rookie QB's who are probably just like Chad Henne or worse? We already know Henne would start over a rookie mid rounder simply based on the experience factor.

To me that strategy is wasting 2 draft picks instead of the 1 we supposedly wasted on Chad Henne already.

Keep The Faith Dolfans!

Henne will improve

Lets take a look back
In only Chad Henne`s second NFL start, Henne completed 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He threw deep to Ted Ginn Jr. for a 53-yard score to give Miami a 24-20 lead with 10:10 left.

"We made him look like Dan Marino," Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said. "They did what they want, and they did it at will."

Have Faith In Chad Henne
Things Will Get Better

NostraHomeUs Says, Go With Henne and BELIEVE!"

Patience is what is needed. It's going to take at least another year for this whole tem to fully gel. Chad henne is a decent QB. This team needs a few more talented players to get over the hump. They could easily be 10-2 right now with a few breaks here and there. Too many bad play calls, too many drops on offense and defense. They need to play to win and not to lose.

Hey, do not be so crutical of the dolphins. Anything can happen in the next four weeks. keep the faith dolfans. We will be okay when its all said and done. Go Dolphins!!!

Ginn beat Darrelle Revis and two other Jets deep, catching Henne's long pass just before crossing the goal line. It was a rare long gain by the Dolphins, who came into the game with only two completions of 20 yards or more to wide receivers.

"Teddy ran a great route, and they gave us the coverage we wanted," Henne said.

Williams set up a field goal when he gained 59 yards on a reception, with all the yards coming after the catch. He finished with 68 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Brown ran for 74 yards in 21 attempts.
Last year Henne against the Jets

The Dolphins totaled 413 yards, converting nine of 14 third-down chances and controlling the ball for 33½ minutes.

"We were definitely in a dog fight for 60 minutes," Henne said. "It shows a lot of character in our team."

Jets rookie Mark Sanchez was 12 of 24 for 172 yards

NOOOOOOO Cam Newton..He will be the second coming of Jamarcus Russell

I'll say it again, if Ted Ginn beats you, you are NOT the best Db in football.

Simply The Bess
Will Surely Impress






It too early to give up on Henne. I would like to see him with another OC and QB coach, then lets see what we have. If the defense keeps improving and we get better play at the QB position with a speed receive opposite Marshall and improve the OL, we will be ok.

Mr. Drops a lot? No marshall plays for Miami.

NYJ weapons include a TE we would kill for, a super bowl MVP who catches everything and is always a threat to take it to the house, and excellent o line and running game which keeps defenses honest and then you throw in Edwards who is not a bad 4th option to go to. The Jets have weapons, too bad for them they have a janitor playing QB.


1. Is stiff and mechanical.
2. Doesn't seem to bring any energy to the huddle.
3. Is tentative.
4. Stares down his receivers
5. lacks touch on his short, long and midrange passes.

Here's why I think we should start him for the rest of the year.

1. The light might go on.
2. We already know what we have in Thigpen.
3. He'll have better trade value as a backup somewhere else if we DON'T bench him now.
4. We don't have a chance at the playoffs anyway so why not position ourselves for a higher draft pick.

We have the players but we do not have the system.Brady has alot of options on the field due to formations.Did anyone else notice that the TE's didn't have to stay in and block to help the O-line..that freed them up to be targets for Brady.Also,If a QB has alot of options and can make a quick read then the o-line doesn't have to be amazing...just descent.


Thiggy = faster A.J. Feely

Seems that the upcoming Draft is full of good QB's. So, draft or deal? Tough call.

Having Tom Brady as QB makes any coach look like a genious. What was belicheat before brady?

When your system is that good...anyone will do well at QB.Brady is just the icing on the cake.



Obviously the Future lies in the use of multiple, athletic tight ends.


Winning IS fun!!!

“We’ll be out there all day if we don’t [practice well],” quarterback Tom Brady(notes) said. “He’ll just keep us out there.”

Hmmm...Does Tony do that?

Look at the last 3 QB's we drafted in the 2nd round:
1. Beck
2. Henne
3. White
Henne clearly being the best and Beck/White don't even qualify for the CFL.
Question is: Do we draft or trade for a QB?

Some trades work out good...think Brees to NO, or even Farve to GB.

I say we trade for a proven QB and let Henne compete for the starting job

Henning reminds me so much of Wanny...It's deja vu.

Great...thanks Pats for getting the Jets even more teed up for the fins this week. We will see more Thigpen this week--Henne will take a beating as the Jets throw the kitchen sink at him. Seeing Brady and Belichick last night made me feel what the fans of other teams in the East must have felt when Marino and Shula reigned supreme...we're going to be also rans for the next several years....

Sammy, I don't know which Miami team you have been watching this season, but Miami does NOT have the players. It's more than just the playbook that's keeping Miami back, it's the talent.

- NE has 3 legit TE's, we have ONE MARGINAL TE.
- They have a 3rd down RB who does everything, we don't.
- They have 1 of the greatest QB's to ever play, we don't.
- They have a great O-line, we don't.
- They have 4 quick/fast WR's. We have 1 big slow one, 1 slow but quick one, 1 slippery fast one & 2 undrafted FA's.


Don't be surprised if we don't get to see a couple of massacres ourselves at the hands of the Jets and Pats as we wind down the Sparano/Ireland era in Miami.

henne plays inportsnt

There's a lot to be said about the offensive system in New England - McDaniels had a great year with Cassel as the Qb when brady got hurt. Won 11 games - albeit against a weak schedule. However that is the best Cassel has ever looked. The system is good.

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