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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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Thanks Bobby...i plan on it.....

Lastly, I'm not saying hand Henne the keys next year. Bring in some competition, draft a QB somewhere and bring in a Veteran if possible. Pennington is done, trade Thiggy and bring in fresh blood. And IMO Cam Newton would blow under Henning's offense too

Kris!!! Happy New Year Mang!

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I think we may have found our center in Richie Incognito. The o-line finally had some push up the middle. He did screw up on that bad snap but with an entire offseason to work with, he could certainly become a good one. He's extremely physical. He just can't pull very well. Anyway, can't be worse than this Burger dude.

kris, if you from Baltimore, I'm taking everything you say seriously. No jokers in charm city dude!

Henne is a backup at best Regis... Final Ansah!

The Dolphins Suck

last 2 season 7-9 and ... losing record

Have a HAARPy day :(

Don´t blame it all on the QB. Blame most of it on the people who built the team. Every GM builts a team around the QB, except Miami, the team is built for the Wild Cat, which no longer works. So that is the beginning of the problem.
Look at Brady, why is he so great? because he can put the ball in Welker´s hand and he will run for 10 or 15 yards. Most of Brady´s receivers are fast, so he only has to throw the ball 5 yards. receiver will do the rest.

So what Miami needs to do is to build a team around the QB (Henne or whoever comes).

Aside from Brian Billick, I wouldn't mind Gary Kubiak either. I think he's on his way out in Houston. They have the opposite problem that Miami has. The Dolphins need to fix the offense, the Texans need to fix the defense.

bobby, we all agree. There's absolutely NO WAY Miami doesn't draft/trade for or pick up a QB. And that's all everyone's saying. The people who say dump Henne outright don't know anything because there's no reason to do that. You still need a backup. He costs almost nothing, and his contract isn't up. So why would Miami do that?

But, development, not sure man. I'm a Michigan fan, and, no, Henne didn't look this bad there, but that's college. Henne was stiff there too. And in the pros, it can't be that anytime there's pressure, it'll either be a sack or Henne will try to run for a yard. There will ALWAYS be pressure at points during a game, no matter HOW GOOD the oline is. And if Henne can't handle pressure, how will he ever overcome that? And there's nothing to learn if the guy is slower than molasses.

I'm saying this as a diehard Michigan fan. As a Henne supporter ALL year practically (ask kris and greg and everyone who I argued with earlier in the season).

I don't want Henne to be a bust. He turned HIMSELF into a bust. And if he had the intangibles, I'd say it's worth developing him and teaching him how to win in the NFL. But, sad as it is to say, Henne doesn't even have the MOST IMPORTANT intangible, knowing the situation and being intelligent enough to understand what can and can't be done per that situation.

Brees didn't need to learn intangibles. Neither did Manning.

AND, there are QBs who can be developed WHILE they're STILL getting teams into the Playoffs (see Sanchez, see Flacco). So all this talk about EVERY QB needing 5 years to get a team to the Playoffs is pure bunk. It can be done. It HAS been done. We just need to find the QB to do it.

Martin...Happy New Year ro YOU!!!!!

DC...i'm in Baltimore and I work in Northern VA....I take that trip down 95 every morning...right past DC.....thats why i'm glad i didn't have to waste that hour and a half this morning!!!!!

Richie Incognito, love the guy BUT he got neutered. Which shows how uninspired and emotionless this offense was. Not saying I wanted him to lose his mind like the past but I wanna see this offense play pizzed off on occasion and show some meanness and emotion. Incognito would have been the guy I woulda turned to and said, "fire em up" we will take the penalty, it's worth it

Really an hour and 15...but whose counting

damn kris, that's rough. I'd say Happy New Year, but with that commute, every year is hellish, lol. I'm 16 miles from work, but since I need to get on the beltway too, it takes an hour. Damn, I'm making myself cry. Ahh well, at least we didn't get snowed in like NYC!!!

Give me an o-line with J.Long at LT, Logan Mankins at LG, R.Incognito at C, bring in competition for Jerry at RG and Carey at RT. I think that would be a start.

From ESPN Insider

Jake Locker Washington 6-2½ 229 4.65 95
Andrew Luck* Stanford 6-4 235 4.80 93
Ryan Mallett* Arkansas 6-6 238 5.12 92
Blaine Gabbert* Missouri 6-5 240 4.70 88
Christian Ponder Florida State 6-2 221 4.65 85
Pat Devlin Delaware 6-3 225 4.90 70
Case Keenum Houston 6-0½ 207 4.76 68
Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech 6-1 216 4.50 61
Nathan Enderle Idaho 6-4 232 4.81 56
Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M 6-4 238 4.76 54
Andy Dalton TCU 6-1½ 217 4.91 47
Ricky Stanzi Iowa 6-4 230 4.80 38
Colin Kaepernick Nevada 6-4½ 220 4.45 35

These are Todd McShay's grades. The final number is his overall grade. Jake Locker was the Andrew Luck of last year. He's projected to go 23rd in the 1st round. Now let me think...didn't the last QB we drafted in the late 1st round go on to a fair career? And didn't he slip after a sub-par Senior season? Just saying.

henne either didnt have "it" or was ruined by our coaches by forcing him into a system he doesnt have the skill set for. they were trying to take henne and clone another pennington. penne is the premier "game mgr";thats not henne's strength. when we over protect our child they struggle in the real world. henne was overprotected,not allowed to make mistakes. consequently he hasnt learned to fight thru much the same way as children learn in the game of life. henne wasnt allowed to learn on his own. now he struggles with no confidence/coping mechanisms. sanchez was allowed to fail and is capable of leading his team to several late game comebacks. he's progressing;henne isnt.

Every single post here has made excellent points on Club Liv. It's location is ideal, it's VIP room is gorgeous, the women are amazing, and drinks aren't watered down. Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Mr. Ross for opening Club Liv during Dolphins games.

Most men are suckers for a woman's big BREAST. In this case the Tri-fecta fell for Henne's big ARM. That is except for Rex Ryan, he is a FOOT Guy. A guy with a foot fetish is employed as a FOOTball coach? Explain that HOME?

One thing I'll say in Henne's favor, he didn't have a run game, which would have helped. They asked him to do too much, and he proved he can't do 1/2 that.

Maybe with a run game Henne can perform better, but I still don't think he proved he should get another chance.

Like I said before, better to have an overachiever (without all the physical tools) than have an underachiever (with all the physical tools). That's why I'm leary about Newton. Gotta see him in the Bowl game. I think he's a gamer (a la Vince Young when he's not going mental), but you never know.

DC, Marino never had a run game...Brady, Rivers??? I was in his corner too, I'm done. He Sucks!

i wonder how Henne grades out w sparanos numbers game vs every other starting QB in the NFL..?

henne = beck. he gooooooooooooooone. !

DC Dolfan, good post, hard to argue with any of your points. The only thing I'm going to say to counter is Henne was coached to be a game manager, not a leader who takes charge. When you take your two best receivers, Marshall and Bess and have them run out routes all game, then your not using Henne's greatest assets, his arm. The Vosges eliminated the whole middle of the field. I would argue Sanchez would be no better here BUT Henne would actually be better with the Jets cause he plays well in cold weather, unlike Sanchez.

the phins ran for 150 yds. against a dang good d line in the lions.. cognito did a dang good job. he's the phins new c. now go get palmer and kubiak and spazano will keep his hc status but it aint looki'n to bright right now.

The coaches eliminated

i think what bothers me most about henne is that he's a company guy. he does only what he's told to do and say. he doesnt audible or ad lib on the field or practice. he only huddles with coaches and doesnt sit/talk to receivers during games/practices. he's not a natural leader who wants to take the team to another level. his standard "team" answer is he will watch film and try to correct mistakes.

wutch you say'n. the phins were like the 5th best run o last season. enough with henne excuses. he blooooooooooows chunks.. he gone..next.lol

My Phins offseason.

First Ross decides to give Ireland and Sparano one more chance. Henning retires or gets fired whichever you would rather have and takes QB coach with him. Fins hire GB QB coach as the OC and hire another QB coach. In FA resign Incognito,Solia, T. Mcdaniel, and r. Brown (incentive contract with an option to release him). Sign Logan Mankins if possible. If not the best possible G available. Sign RB Leon Washington (great 3rd down back), CB Champ Bailey (always good to have another CB especially one that knows Nolan's system). Trade C. Crowder for whatever pick you can get.

Mock Draft
Trade down in 1st rd unless Jake Locker is there.

1st RB Mikel Leshoure (like i said unless Locker is there he reminds me of Aaron Rodgers wouldnt that be nice if he was)
2nd (if traded down) Blaine Gabbert QB
3rd RD WR Ryan Broyles (if you dont know him google him he has some off field issues but nothing that can be fixed) is a clone of Desean Jackson
4th RD Best catching TE available
5th RD ILB to replace or help with Crowder's absence (hey he is never healthy anyway)
Rest BPA

2watt, as always ur wrong Henne is not going anywhere, bet u anything he will be with Fins next year, no matter who is coach

Have any of you noticed Sparano is no longer doing the "FIST PUMP"???

Don't tell me they don't read these blogs...

bobby.u'r wrong. he wont be the starter. parcells knew this months ago and he bailed..next !

I did notice that Martin....it made me wonder the same thing

Greg Z, kid came in as a rookie. Coaching staff drilled it into him his job was to manage the game. You really believe he would go against his coaches and do something independent? Just like a kid he was taught and conditioned that way.

2 watt, like I said, pretty much everything u said u got wrong. Now ur backing off what u said about Henne not being here. Good chance Henne wins the starting job again


bobby. i can see by your 11:14 that you have no idea what it takes to be an effective nfl qb..wow!!..lol... your girl henne is ranked 37 in the 4th q qb rating and there's only 32 teams...l.m.a.o.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stick with loser there bub..lol

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Have a HAARPy day :(

There are alot of QB's this year it just depends on when the FO wants to get one


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The report was far more dire than anticipated by industry experts, who had forecast an almost flat market in October. It followed weak September numbers.

There has been a lot of chatter amongst Miami fans about the inate intelligence of Tony Sparano. I love his emotion on the sidelines (who cares if he's yelling for FG's versus TD's). I like what he did in year 1 with all of the innovation. I also like thathe brought in Nolan last off-season and canned Bonamego on short notice (although I later read that he had lobbied for him earlier). But I do not know Sparano personally, nly what I see and read about him or is quoted from his interviews. Three weeks ago, I was defending Tony Sparano and Chad Henne, wildly hoping that Dan Henning was the sole scapegoat (he really does suck and needs to go!!!). But the past weeks have not been kind to Tony Sparano; the Dolphins lost 3 winnable games and have not looked good in any of those games. Nothing has been said of the awful play calling, except by the press. These are desperate times and Henning should have been thrown under the bus and flattened like Christmas boxes at curbside! Now, he defends this performance from Henne. Does he think we are stupid!!

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Obama spokesman Bill Burton says the president told owner Jeffrey Lurie that while he condemns the crimes Vick was convicted of, he believes people who have paid for their crimes should have the opportunity to contribute to society again.

The Eagles signed Vick last year after he served an 18-month prison sentence on charges related to a dogfighting ring. Vick has led the Eagles to the playoffs this year after assuming the starting job.

The White House says Obama also applauded the Eagles' plan to install wind turbines and solar panels at their stadium to reduce energy consumption.

Was that Kubiak's offense or was is Kyle Shanahan? Either way, Kubiak SHOULD know how to use Marshall. Obviously Dan Henning thinks a WR is only good to be a pallbearer at his funeral.

Dolphins Still Suck
2 years of losing records and the fat man bailed the stinking, sinking ship

Have a HAARPY day :(

There's a lot of guys on here who have said that Henne wouldn't start or won't start for another team in the NFL and he's not an NFL satrter etc....I just want all those to come clean and state it now, in case Henne isn't here next year because he can start in this league either for us or somebody else. He's better than anything that's going on in Carolina, Arizona, Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle, SF and Minnesota right now. He would start for any of those teams RIGHT now. So come on guys....out with it....who doesn't think he'd start in this league for any other team? Probably the exact same guys who said Joey Porter would NEVER start in this league again......you were wrong about that one too! Good thing we don't hold any of you guys accountable for your mistakes the way you want to hold the front office accountable for their mistakes.

And I continue with my useless rants.

Mr. Home

According to coach Sparano the American housing market really isn't that bad when you look at the film

There where only 6 minus's

Charlotte NC (where I live)
Portland Ore
Tampa Fl

Soiled :)

I think Henne is a broken QB. As in the coaching & game plans have made him regress. Early in the year when he played well vs the Jets we all thought he was progressing. He was picking on the 1 on 1 matchups in that game and flinging it everywhere. In a few other games we saw him getting to his 2nd & 3rd reads. Not often as we'd like, but enough to show us he was improving. Something has happened in-season to ruin that. It's clear to me he has no confidence in his line to get beyond a 2nd read before he is dead to rights. He is rushing everything & settling. The 1st int was clearly a mis-communication. The 2nd was an iffy pass but still wouldn't have been picked if Bess stays on his feet. Can this fear be coached out of him? Is it worth it? Who knows.

But, I see alot of people on him for the checkdown to Brown at the end. Why? That was a DESIGNED play. It's classic Henning. Everyone else was clearing out so brown could gain a few yards & get out of bounds. Why on earth would Henning call a play to gain a few yards & waste time when it's so precious? We've seen this bizarre play calling all season.

I think it's obvious Henning & Sparano have worn out their welcome & it's time to improve. Bring in a QB to compete & at worst, Henne will be a pretty good #2 Qb for this team. best case, he snaps out of this funk & takes steps to being a legit Qb.

Dc.. Actually Marshall had his best year under Mike McCoy. Not Kubiak or Shanahan. This is a guy that we should be looking at as a replacement. He is familiar with Nolan, he could bring with him a disgruntled Kyle Orton. And for all you McDaniels guys. He was the brains behind the offense. It would be in our best interest to bring in a veteran quarterback that has some familiarity with the offense. This way if he doesn't earn the starting job, he can help with the other quarterbacks. If he does win the job, he has some concept of what is going on.

How we got here:

Matt Ross, Jason Allen - Players starring for other team lost for no compensation
Will Allen, Tony Martin – Players that could have contributed this year
Draft picks that sucked – Pat White & Turner

Offensive play calling – Well besides the zillions of knuckle-head calls a few less field goals and we would be in the hunt right now.

New QB, with 1 ½ years experience with no real coaching and with an offensive philosophy of not to loose games.

What’s next?

Cowher, how many years did Pittsburg stuck with him until he won the big one and Gruden won with someone else player, the only guarantees you are getting with them is change.
Change for the sake of change, well you got that now in politics and how well is that working?


Keep the regime for one more year; bring in a new offensive and special team coach. Get Pennington to be your QB Coach. Get a safety in the first round. Have the regime on a short leash on and a backup plan ready not base on panic.

I think Henne CAN start for another team, and that he COULD be ok-good in the NFL.

I also believe we COULD have a nuclear holocaust and it COULD snow in Miami and we COULD one day have a gay President.

That's a lot of could, no?

But, I think the only way Henne isn't with the Dolphins organization next year is if he gets traded. Otherwise, he'll be Miami's starter, backup next year. I just HOPE it's not the starter (for all our sakes).


not sure why everyone thinks parcells left because of henne. Come on. He left because that was the plan from the beginining. Yes he is disappointed with henne's development but that is not why he left.



Two schools of thoughts to consider.
1 - Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.
2 - History repeats itself –
To Mr. Ross: please don’t let history repeat itself again and start all over again. Do your due diligence and look at the NFL history. We had to revamp our complete roster in 3 years because of the clean house and start all over again process. That’s not enough time. We ARE better than 3 years ago!!! We have a great innovative DC with very talented young defense, now we can focus on offense, overall team speed, and acquiring an innovative OC and a passing QB coach. There will be some good candidates available at the end of the year, see below. Sparano has the respect of his players and that says a lot specially in today’s professional sports. I saw an interview he did with Kim Bokamper and learned he ran the ‘run & Shoot’ in college and went undefeated so, he can adapt his philosophy to his players strengths. Also, Ireland is well respected by his peers and growing into the position. He’ll establish his own identity and brand of players now that Parcells is gone.

1. Rick Dennison - Houston Texans OC
2. Rob Chudzinski – San Diego Off. Asst. & TE Coach
3. Josh McDaniels – Ex-New England Patriots offensive record setting OC
4. Mike Shula – Jacksonville Off. Asst.
5. Tom Clements – Green Bay Packers QB Coach and Off. Asst.
6. Bob Bratkowski – Cincinnati Bengal OC
7. Ken Zempese – Cincinnati Bengals QB Coach
8. Gregg Knapp – Houston Texans QB Coach
9. Paul Hacket – Oakland Raiders QB Coach / Ex 49ers OC under Bill Walsh
10. Ted Tollner – Oakland Raiders Passing Game coordinator
11. Bill Musgrave – Atlanta Falcons QB Coach

Rock, other teams fire their coaches in season when they realize things are going bad. Niners, Denver, Vikings, Cowboys. McDaniels & Singeltary were on board for less than 2 full seasons. They knew what they had wasn't good enough. The longer you take to make the necessary changes, the longer & harder it is to fix the problems.

Miami has had these guys for 3 years now. What have we seen in those 3 years? The same thing. A Conservative scare to win offense, bad special teams play, lack of explosive plays & a constant rebuilding of the o-line. A blind man can see that what we have here just isn't good enough. Why keep them 1 more year? For continuity? More mediocrity? No thanks!

Get someone else in here to turn it around. I'm not advocating change just so someone for instant gratification. I'm advocating it because we've seen for 3 years it's not working. The ineptitude of these guys & playing not to lose culture is NOT going to allow us to get over the hump.

I'm in favor of Gruden atleast he makes sense.

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