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Henning: Dolphins lack speed, changes haven't worked

I've been telling you for some time the Dolphins are team without enough speed and consequently that is one reason they don't have a lot of big plays. No revelation there as anyone with eyes can see this is the case.

Well, offensive coordinator Dan Henning agrees with me. (I don't know if that's a good thing or not.) Henning, however, thinks the lack of speed on the Dolphins is pervasive throughout the roster.

Consider:

"On our football team overall, we're missing dynamics," Henning said today. "We haven't had a dynamic kickoff return or punt return to put the ball even on the plus side of the 50. We haven't had a dynamic interception return to take it back for a touchdown the entire year. And we haven't had but two or three dynamic plays on offense out of about 800 or so.

"So we're missing that. And somewhere along the line we have to find it for this team."

I asked Henning if he believes that lack of dynamic play-making has to do specifically with a lack of speed overall, and particularly on offense.

"There's no question about it," he responded. "The same people that are playing on special teams, play on offense and defense ... We're just not making the big plays. That is speed, that is ability, that is those things that come from dynamic individuals. We do a good job of catching the ball. [Davone] Bess does a good job just like he does on offense of making plays. But they're not 50- or 60-yard plays. He'll dramatically change a play from a 5- or 6-yard gain to 15-yard gain. A couple of weeks ago he got a 40-yard gain but that's what it is. When you have a body of work, whether it's one year or 15 games or whatever it is, usually, you are who you are."

Henning on Thursday gave the gathered media a recount of what Miami's personnel department has done and needs to do.

"I can tell you from an offensive standpoint specifically because that what I deal with," he said. "We won the division in 2008, They were 1-15 and came very close to being 0-16. They won an overtime game. We broke down the team, we tried to deal with the personnel that was there. We let some players go that people before us had a higher opinion of but we didn't have as high an opinion. And we elevated some people we had a higher opinion of and we won the division. We won 11 games. it wasn't easy. It wasn't exactly dynamic. But we had about 8.03 yards per attempt. We had 11.9 or 12 yards per completion and we had over 4 yards per carry with that team.

"After that season we all agreed we had a little bit easier schedule than we were going to have. If we were going to be where we wanted to be, we needed to change some things and get better. We haven't done it. That doesn't mean we haven't tried to do it. But this group is not as efficient and consistent as that group was. Therefore, they're not as effective as that group was. Basically we had the same coaches. We have some players in this group who are more dynamic than we had. But as a team, we're not as efficient, consistent or effective as we were in 2008.

"We need speed and we need it in the areas where if you break something loose, you have a chance to take it to the house regardless of whether we're on our 10 or their 10."

Henning, the offensive coordinator, considers himself well-versed enough on the Dolphins because he has been around the players and coaches and personnel department for three years now.

"I feel like I know some things about this team because I work with it all the time, I'm on top of it  with the players and so forth," he said. "I do think there are some things that need to be done. I've told Tony when he's asked me. And I'm sure he's taken in not only my opinion, but many opinions."

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Finns1,

The Welker thing get talked about every year. Where have you been? Also this regime is not responsible for the Welker deal. So again where have you been?

Ginn clearly wasnt going to beat Hartline out because of toughness and hands issues. Even if he were in 4 wr sets how much could depend on him to hold onto the ball, or if in traffic not to resort to his alligator armed ways?

However I was all for holding onto him as a k/o returner or use him on the ocassional wr reverse. We may have at least been in position to win maybe 1-2 games more on his k/o return abilities alone.

DB,

I went from a henne believer to a serious doubter this year becuase when i watch this guy, he looks indecisive, emotionless, lost at times and just has mental lapses more times than not. Its okay to make mistakes, i expect that from him, but to constantly regress from one error in judgement to the next becomes a trend in this league and henne continues to follow that spiral downhill, where i would hope he would at least improve upon, he has in fact gotten a little worse, Dead henning hasnt helped him one bit and thats evident, but listening and watching henne on and off the feild, he seems to be Okay with it and that is BAD news for him and his future here in miami!!!

Uh Freeze did you notice that much of our O this year has been check downs, short passes, and swing passes? Henne isn't the guy for that. Penne is, but he's a coach now. Henne is more akin to Aikman, or Elway, than Young, Montana, or Marino. You can't plug, and play in any system. The system must match the talent, not the other way around. Give Henne an over the top, deep threat(Alvin Harper) to play across from Marshall(Michael Irvin). I am not saying that Henne is any of these QB's, just that the system he is best suited for is more like the Cowboys from the 90's than the Niners. Give him the right tools, run the right system, and see what he can do.

I think the reason everyone here is so frustrated is that we see a pretty good team not coached properly. If this coaching staff knew what they were doing, we would be a 11-5, 12-4 team. The staff just doesn't have it, it is obvious, and I would be surprised if we see them back next year, besides Nolan.
I predict a sparano axing, a henning axing, and a qb change, pretty easy decision if I were the owner. And Ross must see how frustrated his fan base is, so change is a coming!

It is really too bad that we let Jason Garrett go. If he was running this Offense it would have been a lot more productive. I think the talent is there. I think with different coaching Henne grows some confidence and he has got all the tools to be a good if not great quarterback. I'm sorry but I don't put all of this on the players. I like Sparano but the from the GM all the way down to the position coaches this staff needs a complete overhaul to be a success. No guts no glory. No Balls no BOWL.

finns,
I'm not sure sparano gets the axe yet. I think the last 2 games are pretty important. Unless cowher really does want to coach here and Ross think he still has the desire to win a SB. That might play into the decision as well.

Super,

Thats why I say either find a way to tailor this offense more suitable for Henne's big arm or move on.

Tree2691,

Our offense has resembled west coast except we havent a Roger Craig, dump down to the wr's instead of rb's, and have no Jerry Rice or John Taylor.

Guess we can pretty much call it the east toast offense.

So why did we trade Ginn for nothing?

Is Everyone forgeting that in 2008 There was no Tom Brady. The Pats were playing with Matt Cassell. We wouldn't have won the Division if the Pat's were playing with their number one guy.

Freeze,

31st in points scored? Hell, Daffy Duck would be more productive. Even he couldnt do worse than one place less(32nd). There only 32 nfl teams right? LOL............

freezin in NY,

You may have hit it with Jason Garrrett. Have not heard his name mentioned too much here, but we may have let a good one go there.

Jason,

We didnt trade Ginn for nothing. We got a 5th rd pick for him. Here's what we used that pick on:

5th round, #145 overall, the Miami Dolphins select -

Nolan Carroll, CB, Maryland

Miami received this pick for wide receiver Ted Ginn. Interesting selection here, but with the loss of Nate Jones, it's understandable. Unfortunately broke his leg after just two games as a senior.

Prior to the season, he was being labeled as a player to watch and Maryland's best coverage corner. Excellent athlete at about 6' and 204 lbs. Has 4.3 speed and good vertical.

Very raw for a cornerback, but fits the mold in which the front office looks for. Physical corner, good at the jam and solid in zone.


Carroll has given mixed results and has yet to break a kickoff return huge. despite it being listed here he has 4.3 forty speed. That may be exaggerated.

why wait another year for mediocrity???
strapono is not taking this team anywhere near a SB, and i know damn well ross wasnt involved in his first year becuase he was more intuned with creating more glamour here than glitz and he let bill do the managing, but now thats gone and we need a more AGGRESSIVE frame of mind here. A more established means of leadership, so why not axe the guys you know arent here for the long hual.


Is Everyone forgeting that in 2008 There was no Tom Brady. The Pats were playing with Matt Cassell. We wouldn't have won the Division if the Pat's were playing with their number one guy.

Posted by: freezin in NY | December 23, 2010 at 06:00 PM

and given the fact that we had to win the division on the last week against a team that was falling fast and werent in any giving mood to helping the pats succeed. And dont forget some can argue that the pats finished stronger than we did at 11-5 to hold out more hope than us in the playoffs that year......One year wonder struck this team and now we are the falling fast bunch now.

This "every man for himself" was signaled by Parcells parting and probably will get worse before the season ends. Tony has remained true and Ireland is nowhere to be found. Henning, ughh.

I can't believe Parcells brought this....here. He should be very dissapointed in this....also.

I HOPE SOME ONE FROM THE DOLPHINS READ THESE POSTS ON THIS BLOG .THEY HAVE CLUE .

I'm pretty sure they get the feedback, ALoco.

One thing is if Ross wants TS to stay and another if Tony wants to do it in this turmoil.

TED GINN MADE HISTORY WHEN HE WAS HERE ,CAN ANY ONE TYELL WHAT THAT WAS ?

aloco,

Are you in favor of supporting the Fist if it means more FGS and field position next year???

That whole article sounded like just a load of excuses. Blaming the players for the coaches not getting a good consistent effort from the players.

They were the one who selected those players after all. There aren't many players left who were around from that 1-15 season. So saying that there isn't enough speed is just a condemnation of the general manager and coaching staff.

This whole year watching dolphins games I've had the feeling that they were ALWAYS playing not to lose and never playing for the win. Thats why they always seemed out of sorts whenever they had to make a drive at the end of the game.

Fact one: The churning of our OL by Sparano did not strengthen it but rather weakened it. Every play the RB start with the OL pushed back 1-2 yards. The issue on OL is not speed, it is size and strength.
Fact two: No dominant OL, no dominant running game
We probably could benefit from getting another faster RB and from recruiting a talented LG, shifting Incognito to RG, making Jerry a backup, and getting a new Center.
Fact three: This offense was designed for Pennington and does not take advantage of the tools of Henne or Marshall. We need a pass catching TE as an outlet and a scheme that throws the ball to Marshall and Hartline deeper.
Fact four: Henne is our QB for at least two years so we should build the offense around him with an new OC. My reasoning is that free agency has failed to produce a long term solution at QB for 15 years since Marino retired and hence even if we draft a first round QB it will take a couple of years for the new QB to come up to speed.
Solution:
New OC oriented to integrated creative offense taking advantage of Marshall
Draft a backup QB in the first round
Use draft/free agency to upgrade with: pass catching TE, fast RB, LG

We should have all seen this season coming. We begin it by looking like total idiots having to cut Joey Porter twice. Then we informed Smiley no need to appear for offseason conditioning, Dez Bryant's mom who happens not to play football, draft damaged goods Odrick 1st rd, total revamp of the interior of the oline, made Hartline our greatest source of offensive speed, and did zilch to the te position even though Fasano was coming off of a totally lackluster season before.


All the signs and the regime still walked eagerly into the oncoming train wreck. Yes inept offensive coaching staff and gm, let's just blame the players for not executing! LOL............

MIKE NOLAN ON THE SF QB ALEX SMITH .....(( I WISH I COULD BENCHED HIM SOONER ,HE'S NOT A BALLER ))...MIKE NOLAN COACHED ALEX SMITH AS HEAD COACH FOR THE 49'S IN 2007-2008 .


NOW TAKE ALEX SMITH OFF YOUR LIST W/ORTON OF THE BRANCO.

It is known that Parcells was very opposed to drafting Pat White.

OSCAR, WHT AREN'T YOU AT THE MALL ?

I think its scary when Brandon Marshall is the only one on the offensive side of the ball feels the entire offense, playerss and coaches alike, have been truly "offensive" this season. Appologizing to the entire defensive side of the ball.

Even more offensive Chad Henne who's supposed to be our on field offensive leader has his head stuck so far inside his ass he disagrees with Marshall and states they are use to home fans booing. That's just totally lethargic to hear this come from our starting qb. He should be appologizing to fans instead of making statements he's use to hearing them boo!

DB, WHAT'S THE BEST GIFT YOU GOT IN CHRISTMAS ? WHAT DO YOU WANT THIS YEAR >

Preparing my roasted pig, ALoco; meanwhile chatting with you, Assange and other luminaries.

Aloco,

Is it too late to a a life sized replica of your head on platter enjoying a meatball sub? LOL.............

When we went 11-5 we had the same players with the exception of Bradon Marshall, our only speed was I can't catch the ball Ted Ginn..The problem with this group is the O-line and lack of a running game...Henne regress because his coaches failed to fix the O-line, and did not have confident in him to take chances down field..Creativity is missing on offense, Last year Henne was better, he took chances last year, this year you can see it in Henne's throws that he lacks the confidence in himself, blame the Coaches..Coaches Have some balls take the chance having nothing else to loose, Lie to Henne tell him his the best QB on the Field!!!or something..

I AM TRYING TO RENT A MOVIE I HAVE IN MIND THESE TREE ,WHICH SHOULD I PICK ?

1-THREE AMIGOS W/STEVE MARTIN AND MARIN SHORT
2-THE JERK W/STEVE MARTIN
3-ALL OF ME W/STEVE MARTIN

P.S WE NEED REAL STUIBD MOVIE TO FORGET THE WORLD

It is VERY well known that Tony Sparano stands by his players, for instance, Justin Smiley, Jake Grove, Donald Thomas, etc, etc....

THE HONORABLE PORTER THE EX DOLPHINS WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK BY THE ARZ TO AVOID HIS PAY OF 5.8 MILLION NEXT YEAR .

Na, ALoco, the WHOLE WORLD knows.

THE W W KNOWS WHAT OSCAR ?

That they are forgettable(the WHOLE WORLD). But don't get depressed, ALoco.

You are lucky. My type of memory doesn't let me forget.

ALoco,

Right now Im having Italian meatloaf, noodled pearls supreme, and Mediterranian potatoes soufle.

What are you having for dinner?

DB, YOU HAVING VERY HOMY DINNER.I AM JUST EATING BREAD AND CLAM CHOWDER .


P.S ,,,THE WORD SUPREME SCARES ME A LOT .lol

i bought my girl friend the ipod 10 month ago and that was her christmas gift,i am done .I DON'T EXCHANGE GIFTS IN CHRISTMAS ,I EAT .

The Dolphins have to be one of the biggest dissapointments this season and with Bill Cowher putting it out there that he would like the job you have to think that the entire coaching staff is on the hot seat.

Teddy Ginn was our speed guy, I've never seen a player get out of bounds quicker after the ball was snaped....lol And what can I say about Rex "man boobs" Ryan, the big toe of the J-E-T-S. What's next, we find out he's a crossdresser.UGH ! in the words of Hank Hill, that boy ain't right.

TED GINN MADE HISTORY WHEN HE RETURNED TWO PUNTS FOR 2 TD'S VS THE JETS ,HE'S THE ONLY PLAYER WHO RETURNED 2 TD'S FOR 100 AND 101 YARDS IN ONE QURTER .

Doesn't he have a 4.4 guy on the bench. Speed my butt. The offense has speed, he hasn't been willing or able to use it. Vanilla offense and they have created a guy to run it that is playing like he is throwing eggs.

I think one of the reasons that Henne is known as Checkdown Chad is that he hasn't fully grasped how to read and understand coverages, especially variations of cover 2. The safe play is underneath. What I would like to see is an improvement in recognizing coverages and tendencies. Also a little bit more savy in the pocket. Every good quarterback makes little moves to buy themselves a little time so that the patterns can develop. Finally, and this could be the hardest one. Trusting your protections. We cannot constantly be in max protection. This cripples the progression of the routes that can be run by the recievers and the running backs. The quarterback calls for this protection when locating the mike, and where he thinks the overload may be. This isn't on the playcaller as much as the quarterback.

Please People, No more talk about Ted(My left foot)Ginn Jr and his family, The only time ginn used that speed was to run out of balance, and if he was'nt heading to the sideline he was falling down.... So please no more "If They had Ted Ginn....." Garbage..

Quote from our Head Coach...Tony Sporano:

``If you watch the Green Bay Packers against the Washington Redskins the week before that,'' Sparano said, ``they threw a Hail Mary up and No. 38 for Green Bay intercepted it in the end zone and he ran it all the way back and slipped and fell -- wasn't tackled, slipped and fell on the 19-yard line going in. If he scores a touchdown there, then you're going to ask me why I threw the Hail Mary and why I didn't take a knee.''

excerpt from David Nea (Miami Herald)
So, they didn't try a low-percentage play because they were afraid an even lower percentage result might recur. They got scared off by an occurrence that happens even less often than a major airline plane crash.

My Question:

Is this really the guy you want to be captain of this ship?


Happy Holidays to ALL!!!!!!!

In A past life Tony(Babble)Soprano was a captain, His name was Smith, He worked for White star Cruise Lines, Circa 1912.....

aLoco:

all of me. good performance by SM, Lily T. & supporting cast. funny. meaning of life crapola also too, if you need that kinda message.

Cuban, thanks for saying what I was thinking.

Free Agents:

WR Santana Moss
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins

DO NOT draft a WR

I never agreed with trading Ginn away from the start. Yes, I was very disappointed in his talent since he was a top 10 pick, but I always appreciated that deep speed and thought with Marshall and Bess we'd have 3 guys out there that defenses had to scheme for. Bad move by Ireland, but I can't argue with signing Wake, Dansby, Incognito, Starks, and Bess these last few years along with drafting Long, Vontae, Misi. He's probably 50/50 on hits/misses but I really like our D and hope that Odrick becomes a nice player for us next year as well. Now let's go sign Deangelo Williams and draft a speedy wideout and we'll be ready to go after another O-line piece.

Players make coach look good, I'm siding with Henning. I have faith in Jeff Ireland he'll draft some speed this April.

Once Carl Peterson come on board as a consultant to help mold Jeff into a draft Genius, we'll be dynamic for many years to come.

Ok so speed is what we need ?? Like Buff and the Raiders and KC and ahh never mind !! Yes speed help but this is not the MAIN problem.

I think Henning's assessment of the team is valid. However, the hallmark of Coach Shula's teams was that the Dolphins adapted their system to fit the strengths of the players they had on hand. They didn't try to force a system on a team that didn't have the right type of players to pull it off. Besides the inconsistent play, I think that is the biggest failure of the play calling this season - and that falls squarely on Henning.

Should have kept Tedd Ginn Jr. for special teams;
but this front office thinks Pat Cobb is better..
Wonder why no one respected the special teams?

Ted Ginn LMAO!! Nobody wanted Ted Ginn on this blog. Ted Ginn is scared to play football. Every single kickoff he ran directly for a point on the sidelines. Ted Ginn, Jeez, what's wrong with you?

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