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RoboHenne is back and that is not a good thing

One of the things I perceive is a problem with quarterback Chad Henne is his robotic, unfeeling, almost zombie-like approach to playing his position.

Henne would never think of calling a freak audible that isn't dictated by the defense or coaching staff. He follows his progression of reads even if it means throwing a 4-yard pass to Ricky Williams with 23 seconds to play from his own 28 yard line when he's got no timeouts and needs to go 45 yards to line up for a game-tying FG.

Heart? Passion? Emotion? Nowhere to be found.

It drives me crazy.

Henne had one game when he played like a guy with a big heart in his chest and emotion coarsing through his body this season: The Raiders game on November 28. He has since gone back to the uninstinctive, unemotional, uninspired, unsatisfactory play that we saw before he got benched.

On Sunday, however, Henne took robotics to a new high. He did it on the field. And he did it in his post-game press conference to the point he is starting to lose credibility.

To recap: On Sunday the Dolphins lost their sixth home game in seven outings. The offense was largely ineffective against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The loss eliminated the Dolphins from the playoffs.

The pain and meaning of the day was captured by perfectly by Brandon's Marshall, who issued a finely tuned apology to his defensive teammates for the offense's poor play. Marshall also said it was everyone's fault, including coaches, that the offense is not producing. (You can read Marshall's statement in the previous post.)

Henne followed less than a minute after Marshall spoke. And he totally lost me.

(On Brandon Marshall’s comments apologizing to the defense) – “I mean it’s not embarrassing. Obviously we didn’t do what we wanted to do out there execution wise and finishing the game but we win and lose as a team; there’s no pointing fingers. That’s about it; we win and lose as a team.”

What he should have said: I can't blame Brandon for feeling the way he does. I can't disagree, either. No one with a brain would.

(On whether it was frustrating being taken out of the game late while the Wildcat was run) – “Well I mean that’s the coach’s decision. They make the call and if they feel they can run something with the Wildcat and make some positive yards, we’ll do that.”

What he should have said: Frankly, yes. I think Wildcat has a great place in our offense but when the game is on the line, I want the ball in my hands. And I don't want to comment beyond that.

(On whether the fans were justified in booing with only one home win) – “They’ve been booing the last couple weeks so I guess we’re used to it. We, we don’t want to go out that way. It’s a sick feeling for us. I mean to not have home field advantage in this league is, it’s tough and it’s not like we’re not trying out there not to win at home. I mean there’s a lot of guys out there with a lot of heart playing, playing their hearts out out there for our fans and our home field advantage out there.”

What he should have said: Yes. We work for them and we haven't given them enough reasons to cheer, enough reasons to show up in droves, enough reasons to be happy. It is on us. They react to us. We don't react to them.

(On what he would change to get more touchdowns rather than field goals) – “I mean put it on our shoulders. Whatever is called, we’re not going to point our fingers at our coaches or players. Whatever is called we have to execute. We had some negative plays there, some penalties that hurt us. It’s just execution. We’ll put it on our shoulders as players to execute the play that’s called and making the decision after that.”

What he should have said: I would change my execution. It needs to improve. I'm the starting QB. I touch the football on every play. If I perform at a certain level, we'll score more points. Having said that, I'm still learning and I need to get better. Be patient. I'll get there.

I believe the Dolphins will go searching this offseason for a quarterback that doesn't play robotic and isn't seemingly walking on egg shells because the coaches have brow beaten him and turned him into a double-talker.

The Chad Henne I've seen this year is not that quarterback.

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Dont really post ever. But one comment: I'm not sure this FO will go for a new qb. Henne's statements were typified this regime. He toed the "no one person is to blame" line that this FO loves. That worries me.

Any word from Ross yet about Sparanos future or any clues about which way he's leaning???

i have a bad feeling its going to be mcnabb for 1 or 2 seasons while we wait for newton/mallet/other drafted qb to become the next marino...

KIM BOKAMPER JUST SAID HENNE'S GOT NO FUTURE IN MIAMI ....THAT IT'S BECOMMING THE TED GINN THING ALL OVER AGAIN HE'S GETTING BOO ALOT AT HOME SO HE DOESN'T SEE HIM BACK NEXT YEAR....HENNE ACTS LIKE HE SHOULD BE A SCHOOLTEACHER NOT A NFL QB..

Chad is satisfied just being a starting QB in this league. I'm sure he cares about wins and losses, but he's not a leader. All the great QB's in this league have leadership qualities. Henne simply doesn't possess such qualities. He shows no emotion, no fire, no drive, absolutely nothing. But, I don't know too many robots that do possess such things.

Over a decade after Marino retired and we're still searching for an answer at QB. This franchise sadly has become a has been. It's up to Ross to change that. We'll see if his infatuation with celebrity drives him toward a celebrity head coach.

HENNE HAD A LOT OF SWAGGER IN COLLEGE BUT SINCE HE HOOKED UP WITH PENNIGHTON AND HENNING HE'S BECOME A SOFTY!

2 words for you clean house!!

bill cowherrrrrrrrrr!!!!

we need to draft a qb and rb!!


(On whether the fans were justified in booing with only one home win) – “They’ve been booing the last couple weeks so I guess we’re used to it.


GETTING USED TO GETTING BOOED?

PLEASE SIT HENNE'S SORRY ASS DOWN RIGHT NOW. I DONT CARE IF WE LOSE THE NEXT TWO GAMES BY A COMBINED SCORE 180-0. HIS ASS NEEDS TO BE OUT OF HERE NOW!!!

GETTING USED TO THE BOOING! THIS IDIOT HAS ABSOLUTE ZERO PROFESSIONAL PRIDE.

Burn your tickets!

Fire everybody!

Cut the entire offense.

Their fates are sealed!

Carpenter makes 3 of the 4, Tony dislocates his shoulder and we we win 24-17-Doh!

I love the sky is falling routines, but what I really want to know is WTF was Benny Sapp thinking. He had Vontae right beside him and had to get by ONE FREAKING GUY!

Sapp scores on that one and it's 31-17-Double Doh!

But yeah, lets completely dismantle this team, defense and all. Rename it "The Cursed" and send them to Oakland!


HENNE IS SAYING THE RIGHTS THINGS ..CAUSE HE KNOWS DAN HENNING IS GONE AND HE WANTS TO STAY IN GOOD TERMS WITH SPORANO AND IRELAND ..WHO WILL PROBALY BE BACK!

I keep hearing some fans say Henne was good in college. I watched those games too during his Michigan career.

Henne underachieved with more talent around him than any collegiate qb Ive ever seen. Im not lying when I say I watched tons of Michigan games with Henne there. He almost always seemed to play down to the level of competition just as he still does here.

I was absolutely shocked when we picked Henne. But I swallowed what I felt after personally witnessing his lack of killer instinct in college and said maybe Parcells sees something I hugely missed.
So I gave him benifit of the doubt based on Parcells.

Chad has soundly proven I didnt miss a thing. My eyes didnt decieve me on those plentiful Saturday afternoons of Michigan Henne-ball. Or shouls I say Henne-ball less!

ARMANDO HOW ABOUT WHEN YOU ASK HIM THE ?'S DURING HIS WEEKLY CONFERENCE YOU TELL HIM THAT..PLEASE!HAVE SOME GUTS OR PAY SOMEONE TO ASK HIM!

Mando said "I believe the Dolphins will go searching this offseason for a quarterback that doesn't play robotic and isn't seemingly walking on egg shells because the coaches have brow beaten him and turned him into a double-talker."
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My thoughts exactly, especially the brow beaten part...which I've posted many times.
In fact, I believe Henning should be arrested for mental abuse of another human being. I'm sure Henne's not the first QB henning has destroyed.


McNabb sucks.
McNabb lovers suck even more.

Armando,

I agree with you that this coaching staff has just about ruined Henne. I'll go even further and say that given the opportunity, they'll ruin Thigpen and any other young QB's we bring in.

With that being said, the offense scored 14.

Special teams botched 12 points. 4 scoring opportunities that the offense got for them.

Sapp also should have scored a TD.

I hope we don't bring McNabb. He would just be another Culpepper or Tarvaris Jackson. Draft a college QB. Start Thigpin the last two games. They got nothing to play for except evaluation and job security

Michigan has tons of nfl players from the Henne era who are either stars or great role players. Yet they won zero Big 10 titles under Henne. How in the hell could anyone say Henne was good in college.

Hene was one of the biggest under achievers the college game has ever witnessed. He did less with more than any qb Ive ever seen pro or college.

mando, as you've been right there, and had face to face with Henne, is his change of attitude/demeanor such that it truly appears as if he's shell shocked?
Does he look you in the eye when he speaks to you?
If not, it's one sure sign he's messed up. A shame really, with an arm like that.
Jeff George comes to mind, except Jeff had amazing games in between the weirdness.

the coaches AND CHAD PENNIGHTON have brow beaten him.

This offense is on the field to kick field goals. If they score a touchdown, then it's a mistake. When you rely on a kicker too much to be your only real dependable scoring threat, then that is telling within itself. If that kicker has a bad day, then you are screwed. I don't blame Carpenter, as they were all long attempts and it wasn't his day. Better play calling and execution from nearly every offensive position was needed, as always.

McNabb is Chad Henne wearing number 5.

IMAWriter,

Jake Delhomme was a promising young quarterback.

Until he had to go through what Henne's going through now!

Henne played really well today with a 89 qb rating and almost 300 yards. What does he have to do for the local press to get off his back? He doesn't have a running game and no offensive line. He has a better rating this year and last than Sanchez. He has a better rating his first two years than Flacco, Elway and Manning. He is a young qb people. Deal with it. He will be better every year and with a little help and a new OC he will be excellent. We don't need an overly emotional qb. I don't see Rothlesberger getting all crazy or Montana or Griese. Seems like the media is trying to run him out of town. Henne had a good game and it is coaching that has cost us this year.

You hear analysts, draft "gurus", coaches, and even fans refer to QBs as having that "it" factor...something you can't always put your finger on but you can look at a guy and either see that they have it or they don't...there's really no middle ground.

In Henne's case, I followed him in college and if there was ever one thing I was sure of it was that he had "it". (Full disclosure, I am a die hard 'canes fan so don't assume I am a closet Henne backer) Watching him start for 4 years for one of the most scrutinized teams in college football, he always seemed to handle the pressure with pretty good poise. Was he perfect? Absolutely not, and some of the things that he struggled with in college (accuracy, questionable decision making) still appear to be problems. Heck, they might have even gotten worse. But all along, he always had a certain look in his eyes that would lead you to believe he would refuse to give in. In fact, one of the qualities he possessed in college that has completely disappeared is his gunslinger mentality. In college he was a guy who had no problem firing the ball down field. Now? he almost looks like he has to talk himself into throwing the ball over 20 yards and his body language when attempting such a pass would only strengthen this argument.

What makes me believe that this coaching staff, more specifically Henning, Sparano, and Parcells, are responsible is the fact that Henne almost resembles a beaten fighter at the end of a gruesome 12 round fight where he was on the losing end of most of the rounds.

I still think back to Henne's rookie season, on the road versus the Cardinals with Miami about to drop to 0-3. Henne came into the game and you could see that he was commanding the huddle. Miami ended up having their best and only TD scoring drive of the day, and the play before Ronnie Brown ran it in from inside the 5 on either 3rd or 4th down, there was Henne in the huddle shouting words of encouragement at his teammates, and you could see others in the huddle clapping and nodding their heads as if to say "we will not be denied". I can remember saying to myself: "This guy has IT".....what happened????

In my opinion, we have seen Dan Henning over and over play the blame game with his "clever" semantics, seemingly taking the high road when it is obvious with anybody who has a brain that he would rather blame EVERYONE before thinking to accept some sort of responsibility. How the heck do you think he is as a coach behind closed doors? In any walk of life, the day you choose being stubborn over looking in the mirror and answering hard questions, you will fail and fail miserably. That is what this offense has done, and it has been led into this fire pit by two cowards, Sparano and Henning. Henning because he would rather blame others and refuse to change than do what needs to be done like ACCEPT that he JUST MIGHT be wrong, and Sparano because he doesn't have the guts to take play calling duties away from Henning.

If we had drafted Matt Ryan or Flacco or any other young QB, they all would have had their careers ruined. I don't mean to say that Henne would have succeeded in the same fashion as them should he have played somewhere else, but I don't think any young QB could have thrived under this flawed regime.

It's time for a change Mr. Ross, please do what's right and use swiftness and conviction in doing so: fire the staff, retain Nolan, and go HARD after Cowher.

Signed,

A Die Hard Dolphins fan sick of seeing us get our butts kicked.

Fix it or you will be taking our place in the standing's next year!

BILL COWHER! CLEAN HOUSE!

Dying Breed,

Henne didn't look like and underachiever when he trashed T-Bow and whatever Florida team that was in the Bowl Game.

He does own ALL the Big Ten passing records.

Hmmmmmm, wrote the record books while playing in the Michigan program. Won Bowl games while playing in the Michigan program.

Starts playing in the Henning program and turns into Ryan Leaf????

Yeah, it MUST be Henne. He sucks!

Yep, I'm positive Ryan Mallet can "EXECUTE" Hennings program.

Nathan YOU'RE RIGHT THEY MADE HIM INTO A CHAD PENNIGHTON TYPE OF QB..THEY PROBALY BURNED HIS BRAIN WITH SO MUCH STUFF THAT HE'S PLAYING LIKE A ZOMBIE NOT A ROBOT!

LOOKING LIKE CAM NEWTON MIGHT BE THE BEST AVAILABLE PICK BY THE TIME WE PICK

Agree with Mac. Henne is a combination of the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. He needs a heart and some courage. When the members of the team don't pick the QB as one of the captains, it's a problem. Any QB worth his contract is expected to be the voice of the team. The buck stops with him, especially when the team loses. It is very telling that Marshall took the blame and apologized to the defense, while Henne said "I mean, it's not embarrassing". How could it not be embarrassing? Is he so used to being booed that he doesn't care? Marshall is doing what any respectable QB should do..."fall on the sword". Joe Montana was as cool as they come on the field, but everyone knew who was in charge. The problems with the Dolphins offense are hardly all Henne's fault, but he's the biggest drag on the engine.

THEY TURN HIM INTO ''MR CHECKDOWN''!THATS WHY D.BESS LOVES HIM ..HE THROWS HIM 2 YARD ROUTES!

Start Thigpen next week. Put some life in your offense, you guys age so predictable that you make a bad defense look good.

Henning destroyed Jake Delhomme...... That team had a lot more talent than the Fins......

Nathan,

You rock! Spot on! Not only is Sparano and Henning cowardly, but so are the writers for the south florida news. Mando and his ilk want to blame Chad Henne for losing games. Not the retard that calls 45 passes against the 32nd rated run D.

Maybe Chad Henne isnt allowed to truly speak his mind Mando? Do you think Marshall said all that he wanted to? But lets believe Henning because his abilities are in high demand outside of the dolphins facility. Thats why he plans on retiring right?

I have been a dolphin's fan for 30 years. I am not so much dissapointed in the lack of championships as I am the years and years of humiliation. I watch the bad teams (even the terrible teams) win an occasional blowout game. We may win by 10 points once or twice in a season...or two. When Marino was there, we lost 42 to 39. Now we lose 17 to 9. Either way it is obvious that Miami is no longer a football city. They put on a great show (not the football team, the celebrities) and the weather is great. Listen to us. "All we need is a quarterback, 2 recievers, a tight end, an entire O-line (minus 1 for Jake long) 2 running backs, a head coach, an OC, a special teams coach"....how about a stage coach. Out of town. For good. I quit this team tonight after 30 years, they quit me 10 years ago. Patriots? Steelers? Falcons? I feel like I just broke up with a *itch and can date whom ever I like. It is liberating. This team will never win for you. YOU know it. You KNOW it! Youngsters, stick with your team through thick and thin, but realize when they are no longer a team. They are the laughing stock of the NFL. The Browns are now better. My God! The Browns are actually MUCH better! Bye Bye men of teal.

"What he should have said: I would change my execution. It needs to improve. I'm the starting QB. I touch the football on every play..."

No, Armando, he does NOT touch the ball every play. He's got that damned Wildcat taking him off the field just when he's doing well. It's been stalking him since he took over last year.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEIRD PLAYING CALLING BEFORE HALFTIME ..WHERE THEY COULD HAVE HELPED CARPENTER BY GETTING CLOSER..WHERES THE HAILMARY?DON'T YOU HAVE BRANDON MARSHALL?NO WE GOT TO GET A FIELDGOAL!

First down R.Brown left tackle for 1 yard, second down dump pass to Bess for 3 yards,3rd down pass over thrown, 4th down 61 yard F.G.try.

Dyinbreed,

If you think Henne is the biggest underachiever from college, then you never watched college ball. He didnt have the greatest talent at michigan either. Obviously, you watch a lot of HS ball.

@ YaYa, the pro game is too fast for Henne.

Chad was a good QB that has been ruied by the shittiest football system Ive ever seen. A run first offense that passes all the time. A HC and OC that want you to pass 45 times get 250 yards, have zero TOs, and sit on the bench when we get to the 30.

They also want him to throw 5 yards quick outs with 30 sec left at our 30. Has Henne even seen a WR 4 set since college? Oh yeah, other teams use them. They also use that weird 2 TE set.

We have the WC 4 type of run set. We have draws...nope. Screen passes...nope. 3 WR,1TE with RB coming out for dumpoffs...too complicated. Quick slants...hell no.

Ive benn a Dolphin fan for nearly 40yrs. It doesnt bother me as much that we won a championship in 36yrs, though I would absolutely love to win one again. What bothers me most is that the entire last decade we havent even looked close to an upper echelon team. Sure even the great Shula had a handful of down years but never a stretch where we were even close to the last 10 seasons.

All I ask for is a chance to compete for a title. The best we've accomplished the last 10 seasons was to become 1st rd playoff fodder even with our best teams of this decade and even that was very few and too far inbetween. Right at this very moment I would settle for a team that's worth a darn.

Clearly over the last 10 seasons we have treaded just outside of the realms of worth a darn at best. This more than not winning a SB title in 36yrs is most difficult to deal with for me as a dolphin fan.

Buffalo Bill,

Then why call 45 pass plays? Truly, if I thought my QB couldnt handle the big game, Id use a lot of runs against the 32nd ranked run D, Then I would call a bunch of quick slants and dump offs. The only thing they did that I would...the dump offs.

HOW ABOUT A FORMATION THEY USED TODAY WHERE THEY PUT DERRCEK EPPS THE FORMER CANE FREE AGENT AT WR...WTF! WAS THAT!

Hoppity Hello To You!! Mr. Bippingates poured koo koo water all over his bib!! OH NO!! Later in the crow, Howard Vaseline Drum put a motorboat nest on his elbow tree!!

Dyingbreed,

Thats why I think they need to find the magic number to acquire Cowher's services. That guy is a step above Sparano(maybe 2-3) and about 20,000 above Dan Henning.

Henne is a no talent, heartless, gutless, telegraphing robotic loser, I don`t care if he was born that way , if he was spineless enough to let the coaches turn him into it, the fact is, he not only sux ,but the boy swallows too , he`s gotta go , and he`s gotta go now!!!!!!!!!,

Hell, we never won a SB with Marino. But at least with Marino you felt there was always a possible chance.

At least give us some legitimate hope as fans. That's something which has been greatly underachieved the last 10yrs here and worse yet there seems to be no end in sight.

THEY ALSO RUN PLAYACTION WITH 1 WR AND THROW TO SLOW ANTHONY FASANO OR LOU POLITE..LAST YEAR THE 1 WR THEY USED IN THAT FORMATION WAS BRANDON LONDON THIS YEAR IT'S ROBERTO WALLACE..SPECIAL TEAMER..

What the f is going on with you people. Henne did not lose this game. All these people that have watched when Henne played at Michigan amaze me with your inaccurate interpretetation of what he achieved. Careful what you wish for, because fans like you need to sit back and wonder why the entire team can't win at home. Clueless and cruel always wanting someone to be someone they would love to be!

Farnsgate the Lion bit the wax tadpole on Tuesday. Well, I was very talcum and then Susan Oleo told me of her nuclear cat that will be round soon. Surely there will be a sneaky clear cheese platter!

Henne has no fire..he is not the answer we are looking for. It's like he was coached to say that stuff instead if speaking his own mind...he's gotta know his job is on the line, the owner and coaches might respect him a bit more if he spoke in his words and with emotion...

Mando, Odin: a lot of the guys on the blog are clearly frustrated and overreacting, understandably so. I for one think the team is missing a few pieces on offense.....I don't think we need to dump everyone....I do think Henne needs a lot more work, keep him as second or 3rd QB. That Oline with Carey, could have been better, but now it's leaking like a sieve and Long is playing hurt. Henne was getting his throws off more quickly because of the pressure but accuracy suffered. He still completed 33 of 45 for 270 plus yards. The Buffalo players were overheard by Miami sport reporters on the field that all the Dolphins do is dink and dunk plays, so we're easy to defend against. We couldn't run the ball against the worst run defense in the NFL. Our longest play was to Ricky Williams for 23 yds. Not good enough. Sean Smith, who was a WR in college, dropped his 6th INT attempt. Fans at the stadium started chanting 'Lets go HEAT!', and booing the Dolphins as they left the field at the end of the game. Former Dolphin and South Florida sportscaster Joe Rose said he was embarrassed for the team, the individual players and coaches. He is an insider and is predicting major changes. He also mentioned that Cowher should be considered by the Dolphins, that the organization would be foolish not to at least talk to him. He and the other local sportscasters are backing Marshall in his comments and said Marshall was dead on.

Henne's mechanics?

They're regressing alright. At just about the same rate as the offensive line.

It's tough to get your feet set properly when your running for your life.

He's been sacked almost 10 times in the past two weeks. knocked down 10 times and hurried 20.

He still goes 33 of 44, throws a td and gets us in position to win the game twice. Yet you guys want to run him out of town. Wow!

I can't root against my Phins, but I think it would be poetic justice if we cut Henne and draft Ryan Mallet. Then Ryan Mallet turns into Ryan Leaf and Henne takes the Cardinals to another Super Bowl.

At least this way a lot of you so called fans would be getting what you deserve!

No one wants to intentionally bash Henne, I know at least for certain I dont. There's plenty of blame to spread around for at least every member of our offense period.

This isnt just about Henne, Henning, or anyone else that can be named. Its about an entire decade of frustration that has bedeviled all of us as Dolfans. Everyone's quietly asking themselves, "When will this focking bs ever end!"

In this we are all unified underneath the same umbrella.

Guess Chad Gay , is hot for Chad the only thing I can do well with a football is suck it through a garden hose

To quote the famous Dennis Green. "They are who we thought they were". This dolphins team is no different than many of the teams in this decade. I like to call them the ultimate tease. Every year we as fans buy into the hype and new players they bring in to change the culture of this franchise, forgetting one big addition. How can this team with all its resourses not find even half the QB Marino was. Whether its been not signing Drew Brees over a mangled Culpepper or not taking a Matt Ryan 1st overall, this team has continually wasted early draft picks or free agent millions on signing the wrong guy.

However maybe a light at the end of this dark tunnel. Bill Cowher saying Miami is one of three teams he wishes to coach. This is exactly the same crossroads we were at when brees was sitting there wanting the dolphins. To bad Miami didnt feel the same about Brees. Lets not make the same mistake twice. Get Bill Cowher in 2011, and allow him to bring his people in to change the culture in south florida for the first time since Jimmy Johnson was brought here.

As for Henne. I not ready to throw him away, but its obvious he needs someone pushing him at the QB spot and not just handed the job. I think his confidence can return if the current coaching staff is let go and he can start fresh.

Hire Cowher and change the culture in South Florida with that move alone.

Back bones for sale, Chad should invest in one.

Fact is Henne wasn't that elite in college..that's a fact. Yes he set some records but that's what happens year after year..a young guy comes in and breaks school records. The NFL is too FAST for Henne..he will never learn that

ARMANDO

your best article of the year !!! Loved what "he should have said"!!

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