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Sparano: Henne didn't grade out poorly

Tony Sparano will meet with his players at approximately 1 p.m. today and go over what happened during Sunday's 34-27 loss to Detroit. He will tell them what everyone knows: The Dolphins did not finish well and the result was turning a 10-point lead with five minutes to play into a seven-point loss.

But one thing Sparano will tell his team most of us -- certainly me -- overlooked: Chad Henne didn't play terribly.

During his 14-minute Monday press conference, the Dolphins coach said quarterback Chad Henne did not grade out poorly.

Let that marinate for a second.

Henne completed 29 of 44 passes for 278 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs for a 72 quarterback rating in a 34-27 loss to the Detroit Lions. He had a QB rating over 100 through three quarters. His fourth-quarter rating was like the Boston weather the Dolphins are about to experience Sunday when they play New England -- in the 20s.

But in grading the film, Miami's coaching staff came to the conclusion Henne wasn't as bad as everyone believed because the player got "only" six minuses. And that is his all-time best as the Dolphins starter.

"In two years it's his lowest," Sparano said. "Two years. I thought at the time the guy was throwing the ball into the wind really well. You guys were out there watching it. I don't know that you know the conditions and what it was like out there but they were pretty stiff during the course of that game. I thought he threw the ball pretty well at times and he completed whatever it was, 66 percent on the day. He had one or two of them that got away from him -- the deep ball to Brandon [Marshall] on the right sideline going into the end zone that he maybe overthrew a shade and a couple of locations. But other than that, it really came down to the last five minutes we didn't finish the game."

That is all true. All of it. Dead on accurate in every detail and fact.

But I think the truth is more important than the facts. So I want to know the truth. And I wanted to know if Sparano believed his quarterback, who was being serenaded with "Henne sucks" chants from the home crowd, played well against Detroit.

"We didn't finish the game in the last five minutes and he threw a couple of interceptions but other than that, one of the interceptions is not his, Armando," Sparano answered, no doubt wishing death upon me. "So yeah, I kind of think on the game, as a whole, when you grade the film, he didn't play poorly. Absolutely didn't play poorly."

Now, you may read theories elsewhere that Sparano was simply spinning the truth so as to not throw Henne under the bus. Not true. When the quarterback stinks rotten, Sparano doesn't defend him anymore. Shouldn't, actually. This is big-boy football and it's time for Henne to grow up.

On this occasion, the coach simply was trying to correct the perception of a terrible game by Henne because that's what the player's grade actually shows. And that's what he would then tell the team. And if he tells the media one thing and the team another, it ruins his credibility with his players.

So Sparano said that which is hard for some people to be convinced about: Henne wasn't awful Sunday.

Look, you don't have to like it. I don't. You know I no longer believe Henne is Miami's future at QB. And I also wouldn't give Henne a pass on that second INT that was returned for a TD because on the play, he had the choice of throwing to five different receivers and he picked the only one that was bracketed while not serving up an opportunity to the three facing man-coverage or Brandon Marshall against a zone.

Yet, the grade is the grade. And the grade did include some negative plays.

"That [first] interception was a combination of a few things," Sparano explained. "One, the decision wasn't great on the interception. Let me say this: First of all, Chad Henne probably, not probably, he only had six minuses out of the entire football game. One of them was on that play particularly and it was a combination of two or three things that happened. The tight end didn't sit down and he kind of drifted on him and they end up getting the ball in the short end of the field. We stop them, but we gave up field goal.

"We have a receiver open. He's open at the sticks and falls down. Slips. The ball ends up in [the defender's] hands. We're going to the right place with the football. He's throwing in the right area. The receiver falls down and they pick it off and we miss three tackles on the play."

I guess I got a football lesson today. A player can stink for five minutes and still not have his entire body of work in a game get slimed. So Henne maybe didn't play well when one considers the entire body of work. But he wasn't terrible, either, according to Miami coaching grades.


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Dying...I made a point similar to yurs a little earlier. I would be willing to bet that Hennes 4th quarter rating is in the bottom 5 in the league. It could be the worst. I think I saw a stat last week that he was tied with Colt McCoy for lowest 4th quarter rating. Lower then Jimmy Clausen, lower then the conglomerate of qb's in San Francisco. As well as Henne can play, if he could only translate this into "Money Time" we would be fine. This just shows how hard this position is, and how little room for error you really have.

Lord Pombius is DyingBreed.

T. Martin,

Why does Jay Cutler look a totally different QB this year under Mike Martz? Answer....because he couldn't mesh with Ron Turner and his vanilla offence. Sound familiar?

henne will play his worst game ever and his last game as a miami dolphin qb against the patsies. even if they sat all their starters, their backups will make the dolphins starters look stupid!




What? Of course not.

LORD POMBIUS IS LORD POMBIUS and nobody else... actually i was discussion with him in page 3.



Henne has bad footwork and makes the correct decision in his mind a half second later. Unfortunately, that works in the Big 10, but not in the big boys' league.


craig m, your right, all they have to do is get rid of suck boy henne and sparano, then thats a start. what your problem is you are so used of losing that you become comfortable with it and accept it. now if you were truly a fan then you would want to see winners and not losers. bottom line.

Sparano never called offensive plays in his life unless it was Madden football. That's why he doesnt over rule Henning. He isnt qualified too.

Sparano has also consistently been the worst gameday coach to ever head up our HC position. Cameron was bad but at least he was only allowed to be bad for one season. Sparano hasnt began to show he wont stop the bad timeout gaffs.

If you point to the real reaso why we actually lost Sunday. Point to not having a timeout left on our final play. It would have been a 48yd fg, but Carpenter has more than shown ability to nail those this season.

Sparano's right, Henne didnt lose the game. It was again Sparano's constant timeouts mismanagement that did. Surpprised no one else sees this. It had been a bad habit of Sparano's since he's been here! LOL...........

Man, Club Liv was off the chain yesterday afternoon. I could care less what was happening on the field. Thank you Mr. Ross for finally opening a Club Liv during Dolphin games!

Hey we fans should get used to it like Henne and others are used to the booing, maybe Ross and Sparano might get used to the silence at the game, Im not showing up no more, gonna take the kids out. Not gonna ruin my sunday no more. Neither gonna bother in watching.

Well if your gonna suit me in all the writers defending from your stupidity then suit me in Craig M's, Dying's, and around 100 more.

To Acknolewdge the good things we have doesn't make me multiplie.

Henne's problem isnt his arm it's his processor. He doesn't have the field vision at this time to be successful. Who knows maybe the right QB coach could teach him to make reads, not lock on one WR.





Hell, can tell by some of the post here some fans are already used too losing. Because some of the ideas here are atrocious and only leads to more losing. Some are so conditioned to losing they rather stay the course and continue to loose because its much safer than continuing to attempt at winning.

I rather continue losing by giving it the best attempt possible at winning. Than being so afraid to loose that you I would just quit attempting to win all together. Those are the real losers in life.

When winning doesnt immediately yeild too thier desires they become more willing to stay the losing course, always complain, but are too afraid to do anything about it. LOL.........

Chad Henne is a below average quarterback. If Sparano wants to be "loyal" he should do so knowing it will cost him his job. Henne has so many problems as a quarterback it is astounding he has lasted this long. they've been watching this guy in practice, come on and get real.
These comments make Sparano look stupid!

Craig M @ 3:54...

LOL, Amen brudda...

We are in fact on the same page, let's not make it a habit. Haha.


Henne again;
1. crumbled in the fourth quarter.
2. locked in on receivers.
3. threw more INT's than TD's.
4. ran a pathetic 2 minute drill. Would it hurt for him to move quickly during a 2 minute drill?

True, it's not his fault a receiver fell down BUT he also got lucky he didn't have two other balls picked off.

We need starting caliber QB competition next season.

Mike Singletary, latest in line of unsuccessful position coaches promoted to HC. Hell, he was interviewed at Baylor and a college team was wise enough not to hire a guy with no DC or OC experience:

In 2002, a group of alumni at Baylor University promoted Singletary for the school's open head coaching position, holding a conference call (which included Mike Ditka and Dave McGinnis) with the university administration.[1] The position ultimately went to Guy Morriss. Singletary at the time had no head or assistant coaching experience and the university president later stated that they wanted to hire a coach with prior “head coaching experience.”[2]

If a freaking college coach is smart enough to know better then why arent we? We've done it 3 of our last 4 coaching hires with the lone exception being Cam Cameron.

Mike Singletary, another position coach(Frisco lb's) unsuccessful. I wonder why? LOL.........

Let me put this in the simplest terms possible...

Whether you are a Henne supporter or a Henne hater, either way he will have new competition at QB next season as there is NO WAY they are staying with Thigpen and Penne's stints in 'Nam have all caught up with him...he's walking wounded.

So in effect... BOTH HENNE FACTIONS GET THEIR WAY. YEEEHAW! So we should lose the in fighting over the QB anyways.

Penne should go straight into QB coaching though as he has a bright mind for the game.


Anybody hear the phat beats DJ Homicide was laying down in Club Liv yesterday? I danced so hard and drank so much red bull and vodka. Who the hell is Sparano or Henne, never heard of them?

rob,hi manga .............


There are a few blindly obvious negative things about Henne that hugely concern me. But Henning's obviously flawed play calling and system alike, plus Sparano's obvious continued gameday mismanagement concerns me just as much.

Folks Henning retires at season's end, not like he has much of a choice considering what his fate will be anyway. Sparano continues his gameday gaffs as if totally unawares. No position coach as ever been a successful HC. There's nothing to suggest we'll have any first time historic nfl success keeping Sparano at the helm either.

The guy isnt even improving his gameday coaching, clock management, or timeout management. Like Vince Lombardi famously said, "What the hell is going on out there!"

Isnt this the questions fans have been asking themselves all season! LOL.............


Wassup my mang!

Just checking out some of the venom thats dropping in the Fins blog after the loss.

I actually thought Detroit would give us fits...there is just something about seeing it that is unnerving.

How you doin today? Whats mama cookin'?


PS Tru dat...that was as ungly a 2 minute drive as there ever was.


you know what? Payton Manning had a couple of bad games a few weeks ago and the fan base in Indy forgave him. Why...because week in and week out he produces for his team, in other words he does NOT do the, and then he stands up there after same thing over and over and over and over again. Not unless you are counting the good things we can deal with that over and over again. His mistakes were the exception to the rule.

Chad Henne makes mistake after mistake and then stands there and says the same stupid things...Well it not like dying or we will have to look at the film and correct it next week.
Come on.....how many of us can make critical mistakes on our job and keep it. Its time for him, Sparano and Ireland if he can't correct this to go and Henning to go. I have seen enough...it will not get any better.

Henne, Henning, and Sparano alike have all proved to be a constant gameday cluster f6ck for us this season. That not even stating negative contributions by other offensive players this season.

Add Ricky's past his prime and Ronnie Brown has failed to become the primetime rb drafted to be. Guys its just been far too much to overcome as a team in 2010.

That's why we cant bring in a Jim Harbaugh, there's just too many things needing cleaning up. We need an experienced cleaner picker upper. That man's name is Bill Cowher. He successfully replaced a legend. that legends name is Chuck Noll, 4 time SB winning coach.

Has anyone come close to replacing Shula here? LOL...........

Yeah I totally understand what you guys are talking about as far as the music selection in Club Liv. I happened to like what the DJ was playing yesterday, but I can see why many say there is too much rap music being played and not enough hip hop. I hope Mr. Ross corrects this for next season's games.

Shula? We havent had another coach come thru here thats successfully replaced Jimmy Johnson! LOL.............

DyingBreed, is Shula a nickname for the bartender at the far end of Club Liv? I think I heard somebody calling the guy Shula or Shuma, something like that...Other than that, I have no idea what or who you are talking about.

I wish it was Henne that was the problem because that would make it an easy fix. But the reality is that our offense of line is in shambles. Our wide receivers still screw up when the game is on the line--Marshall dropped an easy first down and Bess cost us 10 points between his slip and fumble on the punt return. Armando-- you are either retarded or just don't care about what you are saying. Read COTE'S column. At least he pays attention to what the team is actually doing. You side with the irate fan's knee jerk remarks and are just out to please them...for some strange reason. Branden Marshall needs to play up to his salary and become a "sure thing". Have you watched him try and get open? He doesn't. And he checks himself out of the game far too many times. Our running plays and pass patterns are for the birds. Why in every other NFL game teams have QB's throwing to wide open recievers? Why does that never happen with our team?

We all know "potential" alone doesnt make a great nfl player. There must be those critical intangibles, smarts, heart, and desire.

How would you guys grade Henne on smarts, heart, and desire? I believe that's the grading system that determines if Chad Henne is the Dolphins future or not.

A true NFL quality QB looks over the defense before the snap and reads where the single coverage is, and he throws to the advantage of the receiver.

I sat in the stands yesterday seeing single coverage on numerous occasions and rarely did a pass go to the single covered guy, it almost always goes to the primary receiver, the coverage be damned.

The other thing I see is almost every time we send someone long, they beat the coverage but the ball never ends up going to that receiver, instead it gets dumped off to the checkdown, or the primary receiver.

We send receivers long on lots of plays but throw to them so seldom as to them not warranting coverage. I just wonder what would happen if we had a QB that could recognize the mismatches and take advantage of them, our current one seems to be clueless in that regard.

"We Can Do IT!"

Miami Dolphins 2011

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When Chad Henne (I assume you guys are talking about the same Chad as I am, who is the VIP attendant at Club Liv that I usually get) brings us our vodka and red bull he always does it with a smile, so yes, I would say he deserves a passing grade for yesterday's performance.

Waste of time reading this crap. My friend said if they win the 3 out of the last 4 we'd go 10-6 and maybe make the playoffs. I told him, they're not going to win 3 out of 4. They lost to Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit. That's all you need to know to fire the HC, GM and QB. All the rest is MINDLESS DRIVEL SALGUERO. Give it up. Sparano doesn't deserve another chance with the worst December against the worst teams in franchise history. The team is a train wreck and it won't get better with one more year under Sparano. WAKE UP!

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I think Henne is coached to throw exactly where the play is designed to go. This offense is designed not to loose, not winning games.

When you have an offense designed not to loose games then you're screwed if you cant consistently run the ball or get behind.

It's Monday afternoon and no word from Ross yet. Darn... :-(



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Got severe snow blizzard

?Have a HAARPy day :(

By the way, if Miami is looking at drafting a QB this year and they want a guy who's started four years and shown signs of GROWTH each year, the guy available who fits the bill is Ricky Stanzi from Iowa. Unfortunately they don't have a second round pick this year and he's not likely to be on the board when the Dolphins pick in the third round.

Six more days till Henning's retirement. Happy New Year to us all!

An offense designed not to lose is critically dependant on consistent 3rd and shorts. If your defense is getting its doors blown off, prepare for blowout.

With the over conservative offensive approach the opponent is never out of the game.

Draft a rookie qb to start and prepare for even more conservative offense. Our 2011 offense will make 2010's look like lightning warfare. LOL...................

Happy New Year to you too LAPhinsPhan. I for one will be sorry to see Scott Henning retire. He is an excellent greeter at the door of Club Liv at Dolphins games. He doesn't really care if you have 3 dudes, but as long as you have 2 hot ladies, you can get in pretty easily. Will be sad to see him retire, if that rumor is true.

Ricky Stanzi= Tyler Thigpen on the nfl level. However I do believe there maybe some promise with him if gets the right qb coach in a west coast offensive system. LOL...........

I really think we'll have a new HC in 2-3 weeks. sparano is done here. Everyone is talknig about it.

DyingBreed, the West Coast approach has not been relevant in night clubs such as Club Liv since the days of Tupac Shakur. Of course, since then you have seen the rise of such rappers and hip hop artists as 50 cent and Enimem which makes Club Liv so much fun during Dolphin games. But I agree, Ricky Stanzi could be an excellent rapper along the lines of an Enimen if he can just get more rhythm to his beats.


I actually like Sparano. Just wished he at least had some OC experience before coming here. The coordinators are actually more active in gameday planning than position coaches. Sparano also shows to be totally out of his elements in timeout managements.

We lost out on opportunity to tie the game because of poorly used timeouts earlier. This has happened far too much on gamedays under Sparano. A better gameday HC could have at least had us in better position to tie the game, stop the bleeding, and perhaps pull out the victory in OT.

This coaching staff started with a goal three years ago and that was to build the lines first and work its way out. Dline is OK but failed horribly on the Oline. All but about five QBs in the NFL would look like Henne with this line. We have no running game and the line couldn't stop Betty White from pressuring Henne. The Head Office picked up players that had a history of injuries and guess what...they got injured. They wasted a 2cd round pick on White. Henning was questionable at best and still kept his job. That's on Sporano. Some coaches are meant to be assistants (Saprano) and some should have retired or been fired back in October (Henning). In the draft we needed a "S" and we didn't pick Earl. We need a TE and NE got two. None for us. The STAFF has let the fan base down...PERIOD.

Position coaches as HC's are totally at the mercy of thier coordinators. If they have no experience in either of these two areas then how are they to know if there are any flaws within the gameday preparations of either coordinator?

I believe coordinator experience is crucial for a HC. Because even given this a gameday victory still isnt a gimme. So why do you want to be even further behind the 8-ball on gameday? LOL...................



I dont think Sparano and Henning were even on the same page when the oline was restructured this offseason. Because the type oline needed to be successful in Henning's over conservative approach was far from what we ended up with in Sparano's retooling.

I think the oline we ended up with would be far more consistent in a zone blocking, not a power blocking scheme. So we end up with conflict of interest along the oline.

In retoolings like the oline over the offseason all of the coaches need to be on exact same page. From what we witnessed this season clearly they were not. LOL.........



If you knew zero about financing, could your finance manager fleece you? Absolutely! LOL........

But there's nothing to suggest Nolan fleeced Sparano. It seems to have been a total breakdown offensively with all parties involved. Had Sparano any OC experience, Those problems could have at least been mildly better. He had to depend on Henning to be right about every single decision, right or not. LOL...............

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