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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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Cowher or no Cowher, TAKE SOME RISKS--trade up in Rd 1 if needed to snag any of the top few QBs, who will likely be gone by the time Miami picks--passing on Brees, Ryan and/or Flacco have been major blunders--take a risk, at least your fanbase will appreciate (and applaud) the effort!--cant go into next season with Henne as QB.

I think Henne should get another chance with a different head coach and a different coaching staff. God! He is just a kid with one and a half year of real experience as quarterback of a team in the NFL, and who obviously has not been trained to say the right things in front of the press. So, the guy not only does not how to do many things in the field, he can't express himself properly in front of the TV cameras either. I am not sure that's all his fault. Considering what I have seen of this group of coaches, they don't know how to recruit and they don't know how to call plays. Then, why should I even entertain the notion that that they can coach? Do we want to waste our time again? Then bring McNabb. A veteran who is already a millionare. What motivation would he have to play well? I think he will probably spend more time protecting his butt than actually playing football. Cowher? I am tired of redeemers who are rich and don't need a job. Bring somebody young who is hungry and needs a good job.

Play it safe and kick FG's, that's the offensive game plan. That will never work in the NFL.

Please stop it with the McNabb talk, that would be compounding mistakes of the past. This team needs to move forward!!!

I 100% agree with all of the "FORGET McNABB" talk; you all remember the Culpepper experiment! I've got a Culpepper Dolphins jersey for sale if any of you need something to wax your lawnmower with!!

I HAD READ MOST OF THESE COMMENTS FROM OUR FANS AND THEY BEEN RIGHT ON WITH THERE ASSESSMENT OF THIS YEARS TEAM. I HAVE BEEN A MIAMI DOLPHIN FAN FOR THIRTY-FIVE YEARS, AND THIS YEAR HAS BEEN SO FRUSTRATING. I LIKE TONY SPARANO AS OUR COACH BECAUSE HE SHOWS ALOT OF PASSION AND HE WANTS TO WIN. MR ROSS KEEP NOLAN, HE DID A HELL OF JOB THIS YEAR WITH THE DEFENSE. THE WHOLE STAFF ON OFFENSE HAS TO BE REMOVED INCLUDING THAT QUARTERBACK. IT DRIVES ME CRAZY WATCHING THEM ON OFFENSE. UNTIL WE GET THE RIGHT QUARTERBACK WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. IM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION FOR THIS ORGANIZATION

I don't think Henne is an intelligent football player, and his athletic ability has taken him as far as he is going to go. As simple as calling an audible in obvious situations when there are more defenders on the line of scrimmage than blockers, he does not seem to have the ability to do.

I know people say that quaterbacks hit a wall in their second year. I saw no improvement in Henne when compared to the earlier part of the season. In fact, I think he has regressed. I don't know if it is Henne or if this organization does not know how to develop their quaterbacks. Look at the last 10 or so quarterbacks. They don't get any better.

I have been a Fin Fan for almost 35 years, and frankly the Dolphins have worn me out as a fan.

I know everyones moved on to the next blog but I wanted to make a statement about Henne here. The coaching staff in my opinion is the reason Henne play's the way he has this year. I remember when he came in last year after Penne got hurt the kid played with alot of emotion. If you looked at his face he had the same scowl that Marino used to have and he was a leader in the huddle.

This year his demeanor is totally different...no scowl, no emotion, and it doesn't appear he's even in charge in the huddle...it's like he's just going through the motions. I truly believe with a different OC, and quarterbacks coach he would be a different and better quarterback.

It's like alot of us have been saying all year, take the handcuffs off of him and let him play his game and stop pounding into his head not to make mistakes. He looks like he's shellshocked this year compared to last.

Just my opinion, but I hope they make some coaching changes and keep Henne at least one more year.

Da MiAMi DoLPHiNS STiLL CANNoT WiN@H0ME EVEN 2MAKE Da PLAY0FFS-Da Li0NS SAY Da D0LPHiNS r D0NE -- Da LiONS HAVE ALREADY WON n TAMPA -- LiONS SAY ON 2 MiAMi n LETS WiN THERE! UN-f ucn-BELiEVABLE....

IF NOT NOW....DAMN-IT "WHEN"???

(@ MR. STEPHEN M. ROSS, ARE YOU A "PROVEN WINNER OR WHAT???")

***** TO RITE THIS SHIP AGAIN, COACH BILL COWHER IS TOTALLY AVAILABLE RITE NOW *****

COACH BILL COWHER IS ABSOLUTELY "YOUR LOYAL MIAMI DOLPHINS FANS BASE CHOICE" AND CLEARLY "ALL OF THE PEOPLES FAVORITE!!!"

COACH JON GRUDEN IS ALSO AVAILABLE RITE NOW!!! COACH TONY DUNGY IS MOST DEFINITELY AVAILABLE RITE NOW -- THESE SOLID, TOUGH, CHAMPIONSHIP PROVEN COACHES ARE UP CLOSE AND HANDS ON AND "BIGG GAME TIME WINNERS"....

(PROVEN "LOMBARDI TROPHY" WINNERS MR. ROSS)...

MR. ROSS, JUST IMAGINE YOUR MIAMI DOLPHINS PERFORMING AT A HIGH LEVEL EACH AND EVERY WEEK AND EVERY GAME OVER AND ABOVE THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SKILLS CAPABILITIES AND "WINNING" -- EVERYONE IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL BE TRYING TO GET INTO SUNLIFE STADIUM TO WITNESS THAT KIND OF AWSOME MIAMI DOLPHINS PERFORMANCE, JUST BY THE WORD OF MOUTH ALONE...

MY, MY, MY -- COACH BILL COWHER "IMAGINE THAT"???
STEVE ROSS THAT BUNCH OF "IDIOTS YOU HAVE" RITE NOW AT THE HELM ARE DONE!!!

(IF THE TEAM HAS NO SPEED ON EITHER SIDE OF BALL, DAMN-IT...IT'S YOUR FAULT HENNING) -- THAT SHIP HAS COMPLETELY SUNK!!! MR. R0SS "Y0U" DESEARVE A MUCH BETTER SENIOR MANAGEMENT STAFF AND COACHES FOR YOUR MONEY THEN THAT "AWFUL PISS P00R PERFORMING GROUP"
(SWITZERLAND, MIKE DEE, JEFF IRELAND, TONY SPARANO & DAN HENNING) --- THEY ARE HIGHLY DESPICABLE AND INCOMPETENT 2 SAY THE LEAST!!!
(THE PROBLEM IS YOU WON THE DIVISION IN 2008 -- TWO YEARS LATER YOU HAVE SUNKEN THE DOLPHINS TEAM T0 THE LOWEST DEPTHS OF THEY CANN0T WIN A GAME AT HOME NOW -- ARE YOU BLIND -- CUTT THE DAMN EXCUSES DAN HENNING!!!)
*** SUPA SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT 2 MR. MIKE GOLIC AT MIKEANDMIKE@ESPNRADIO.COM ***

THERE IS ABS0LUTELY NOTHING JEKYLL AND "HIDE" AB0UT YOU -- JUST KEEP ON TRUCKIN' MY MAN....ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS AND ALL 0F THE BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAYS THAT BRINGS IN THIS NEW YEAR....

MRjavinbur

Da DOLPHINS Do WAT DEY Do BEST ON Da ROAD "WIN"-UNFORTUNATELY Da DOLPHINS Do WAT DEY Do BEST@HOME AND Da LIONS Do NOT WANT2 CHANGE DAT FACT


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