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Daboll: All QB options on table, will do whatever it takes

Tony Sparano says he spent 55 hours and talked to five people about the job and he and Jeff Ireland did a lot of homework searching for "somebody that had a really clear vision and shared the same thoughts that I might have for where we want to go offensively. Somebody that came in with an exciting demeanor and exciting plan that would bring energy to our players."

Meet Brian Daboll. 

He's the Dolphins offensive coordinator today.

Most important thing: He is not promising to turn the 2011 Dolphins into the latter day Marino Dolphins. He obviously cannot because Marino isn't coming back as a 25-year-old. So, like Dan Henning before him, Daboll is going to do the best he can with what he has.

"I think we're going to do whatever we need to do to give us a chance, whether that's spread it out ... or tighten it down. Whatever plays we think need to be in that week, that's the way it's going to be. Whether that's no-huddle, slow it down, that's the way it's going to be. That's the direction we're going to go."

Daboll shared some cursory thoughts on his offensive philosophy: "There's going to be a variety of things we're going to try to accomplish with the offense. It's not going to be one set thing where we have five-wide every play or one set crunched down into a big personnel package ... We're going to put a heavy emphasis on fundaments. Heavy emphasis character, on toughness, on the ability to go out there and execute plays under pressure ... I think these guys have the right plan set in place.

"We're going to try to use formations, different motions, different shifts to try to create mismatches within the players in this division. I think you have some good players here on the perimeter, particularly Brandon. Bess does an excellent job for you. So we'll try to create some mismatches and put them in places maybe you haven't seen them before."

What does Daboll think of the current talent on the Dolphins?

"They have some good personnel to work with," he said. "There are some pieces to work with."

In talking about whether Chad Henne has a future with the Dolphins (I've already told you the Dolphins aren't simply going to discard the guy), Daboll made clear the Dolphins are going to look at every option for the quarterbacks -- including Henne.

"Chad is on our roster," he said. "I know we're going to research every available player whether its draft or free agent, but I'm excited to work with Chad. He has some tools we can develop and anyone else out there, that's what we'll do."

I asked Daboll how responsible he believes he was in the fact the Cleveland Browns were 31st in the NFL in points in 2010 and 29th in 2009 -- the two years he was offensive coordinator.

"I think in every organization, everybody plays a role," he said. "We didn't do as well as we wanted to do that. Again, I'm putting that behind me and I'm looking forward to the opportunity here."

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The luck we really need ALoco is our main guys don't go down to injury on the first play of week 1. Yeah, I'm talking you Mr. First Draft Pick.

At least Henne is pretty durable, the guy gets hit, gets smashed, hurts his leg, and he's still playing. That's ONE GOOD THING I can say about Henne.

This organization is one of the worst in football right now. They are working on a panic mode. This will not be a fun place to work this year. Imagine the pressure all these guys will be in. They start off bad or another home loss and it will be chaos.They would have been better off firing everyone and started new fresh with a new regime. Now they have a HC paranoid and a GM scare to loose his job. Heck, he was even ready to throw Tony Sparano under the bus. Not a good situation to start the 2011 season.


Marc,

If Marino were truly God, the world wouldnt be round it would be football shaped and you would be Stuey on Family Guy! LOL...........

Guys won't agree with this but I thought he called a masterful game against the Pariots in the game in Cleveland this year. The personnel in Cleveland wasn't great aand he did a great job in chewing up the clock and keeping Brady off the field. That won't work every week but I thought it was a great job of coaching in that game.

Joe, you QB thought wqs comparing Apples to a Hammer.

Brady was no fluke by year 2( DUDE he was a backup in a great system and a great O-line)
Peyton Manning year 2?( Had a terrible first year, but was allowed to make mistakes and learn, if you think Henne has had an equal opportunity you are INSANE)
Kurt Warner year 1?( How much do you know about his previous NFL career????)
Phillip Rivers starting year 1-2?(Again, A guy allowed to fail and grow from it. Norv turner is GREAT with QB's. Henne did not have that)
Big Ben year 1? ( Was average at best year one, but was allowed to develop withouut handcuffs, also had great running game and O-line.
Brees started to become elite year 3 in SD.
(Went to a team that did not handcuff him at all.

No offense, but all who hate Henne are not giving him a fair shake here. You think you can point at this guy and that guy and that situation and its all BS, Not just you Joe, but EVERYONE.

NO QB and I mean NO QB could do well with the coaching last year, and the handcuffs, it is right in front of all your eyes, you all refuse to give it any merit. I am not telling you the YOU ARE WRONG. But you all are closing your eyes to facts and that is the frustrating part.



Marc,

If Marino were truly God, the world wouldnt be round it would be football shaped and you would be Stuey on Family Guy! LOL...........

after years of watching this team put backup QBs on the field and relying on the D to win the games sucks. they need to start with a real QB. and go from there.

DB, couldnt agree more @ 3:26

Ross has said that he wants an exciting, aggressive offense, Henne is neither of those things, if the Staff does not get a FA QB like Young or McNabb, we will have a new FO and coaching staff next year.

OCTIVO............ THE ONLY ONE IN PANIC IS YOU


Marc,

If Marino were truly God, the world wouldnt be round, it would be football shaped and you would be Stuey"the football shaped head little boy" on Family Guy! LOL...........

Marc O' Stuey, come out comeout wherever you are! LOL.............

Where are you little Stuey Marc? LOL..........

Marc,

If Marino were truly God, the world wouldnt be round, it would be football shaped and you would be Stuey"the football shaped head little boy" on Family Guy! LOL...........


DB,

YOU PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK WITH THE MAN WHO SHOULDN'T BE NAMED ?

Actually, in his 2nd year, Brady threw 18 td's and 12 picks. 2,800 yards. And NE missed the playoffs. Underwhelming.

I'm sure there were people in Boston questioning if he was the answer for the Pats. Was he just a flash in the pan?

0x80 - I lived in SD during the 1st 4 years of the Brees era. Just a reminder to all....he didn't show any signs of being a franchise guy until year 4. Does nobody remember that he was benched after 11 games in his 3rd season (2003)? Does nobody remember that after the 03 season SD was so convinced that Brees was not the answer that they drafted Rivers.....only to then have Rivers ride the pine for 2 years while Brees took off like a rocket?

Im just saying that it does happen.

ALoco,

Im playing pin the tail on the coward! LOL...........

Joe Schmoe: throws out generalities and conventional wisdom with nothing to back it up

Dan Marino spent seventeen seasons as quarterback of the Miami Dolphins and broke almost every passing record possible.

His arm strength and accuracy was consistently among the elite throughout his illustrious career.

Despite breaking records and producing phenomenal stats, Dan Marino has had to carry around the encumbrance of being known as the best quarterback not to win the Super Bowl.

His legacy and place among past quarterbacks will be in question because of his lack of post-season success. Arguably, if Marino had won just a single Super Bowl, then he would be documented as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, similar to how Michael Jordan has been hailed as the greatest basketball player of all-time.

"But his stats alone state that not only is he the best quarterback not to win the Super Bowl, but the best quarterback ever to grace the gridiron. "

Poizen, these guys (including me) are just frustrated because it's been decades since we've had decent QB play in Miami. Sure, you're probably right about Henne being handcuffed, but that's not the case for the last 11 or so QBs since Marino. I think you're even probably a little upset we don't have a solid QB yet (you kinda have to be if you're a current fan of the Miami Dolphins).

But, to YOUR frustration, you shouldn't be, because you are who the coaches are listening to (as of now). There is no other QB but Henne on our roster. As of today, HE'S the starter. If Daboll is who Craig says he is, then he won't waste ANY time getting to work with Henne. It will start immediately, without waiting to find out if Henne will be the guy or not.

Henne will have his chance to prove himself. He will actually be in a competition (most likely) to win the starting position (for the 1st time in his Pro career). So, if he's capable, he'll get his chance to show the only people that matter, the coaches. If what you say is true, he'll win the spot and start the year and we'll all be able to see how he's improved/regressed. If he doesn't win the spot, we'll debate if he really was given a chance to win or just sucks or the coaches didn't want to chance it with him.

But the only thing we know for sure is until Miami acquires another QB, Chad Henne IS the guy!

"No offense, but all who hate Henne are not giving him a fair shake here. You think you can point at this guy and that guy and that situation and its all BS, Not just you Joe, but EVERYONE."

I've said repeatedly I am all for giving Henne another shot. So much for paying attention.

Garbage Plate,

Didnt you get the memo? If backing up an argument with facts were a requirement this blog would have been shut down eons ago! LOL..........

DB, I don't watch Family Guy...Don't find it funny at all, so, I really don't get the reference...

wolfman and GarbagePlate,

You guys are absolutely right! Guys see only what they want to see. People forget that Brees was a bust his first few years in the league because it's convenient for them to forget. It adds to their argument.

I'm going to stick to talking to guys like you and DB and DC and Andy in NJ and bobby12, is he ever comes back. You too ALoco. I'm all for a good discussion but I have a tough time with guys being blind to what's in front of them.

Lol, good point, DB. How dare i come on here with actual facts to back up an argument.

With all due respect garbage (and remember, I said with all due respect), Brady's 18td's and 12int's is not that underwhelming. 12 td's and 14 int's and 15 td's and 19 int's are Henne's stats, and that's pretty underwhelming.

I'm trying to save you guys here, but if you continue to prove the other side's point, you're making my job pretty difficult.

Marc,

"Little Stuey" dont you ever disgrace the mightiness of the one and only truly living God himself, by calling him "Dan Marino"!

You could awake with a "Family Guy" little stuey football shaped head by morning sunrise! LOL................

DC,

I just want to clarify, I'm not sure if Daboll can do the job or not. But I'm in the camp of giving this guy the chance to show us what he can do, rather than people running him down and criticizing him based on the last two years in Cleveland.

Seems as if someone is trying to impersonate me again @ 3:53 Blasphemy! Try again.

Poizen, my post wasn't even directed at you. I'm glad you felt the need to respond and mischaracterize what I was trying to get at with all those guys.

I dare not challenge your QB prowess. (rolling eyes)

Garbage, you sound an AWFUL lot like someone else here. Irony or coincidence?

Alot of people with fake names trying to stir things up. Such a pity. It's funny though, people can posts things against Henne & be laughed out of here. Yet, when it goesthe other way, we are called names & attempts are made to belittle. Grow up children, honestly.

Marc,

I hope you never wear a Marino jersey to a "pig roast". It could suddenly catch fire with you in it! LOL.................

Actually Joe, it's just someone else on here who doesn't agree with you. It's not as uncommon as you think. Garbage and others can speak for themselves. Don't try and discredit them by making things up. You don't have the majority opinion on things as you might like to think.

Garbage your facts are what exactly? This should be fun.

so sad the iq level of the coaching staff must be combined total of 60 just around that Gump level. It got worse w Henning leaving. Hopefully Daboll isn't senile as well.

Fair enough Craig. But you think he's competent, correct? That's what I got out of your comments. And I'm just saying if he's competent, he'll realize there's lots to work on with Henne, and start immediately. You agree he should do that? Even if Henne is going to be the backup, frankly, he still needs to relearn some things that were taught incorrectly and learn other things to grow. That sound about right?

Craig, once again, what r u talking about?

I asked if it was a coincidence or irony? How did I discredit anyone exactly?

And would you seriously like to continue to tell me you read too little or too much into things?

We are on the same page DC, you know I am not the Henne torch holder here. I do not have overwhelming confidence that he will even be good.

the point of my post is that there are so many things that point to coaching and hand cuffs and blah blah blah.

So if that is the case, MOVE ON from bashing him. All the comparisons of other guys, and everyone judges him from last year.

His O-line sucked and I mean sucked. You know me, I lose it every now and again, :)

And Flapjack1231@yahoo.com, You need to read in between the lines better, if you read these posts there are a few very active posters that blame Henne for the majority of the problems with the Dolphins.

And they do not acknowledge some of the facts the other way, that comment was for them, obviously no you.

IT'S SO MUCH FUN WATCHING YOU GUYS BEAT HELL OUT OF ONE ANOTHER OVER TOTALLY MEANILESS BULLS*HIT!

LOL...................................

gabageplate that was hilarious

Joe, I am me and only me. you should know that. Sorry, I re-read my post and it really should not have been so pointed at YOU.

so my apologies on that


IT'S SO MUCH FUN WATCHING YOU GUYS BEAT HELL OUT OF ONE ANOTHER OVER TOTALLY MEANILESS BULLS*HIT!

LOL...................................

DC,

Yes, I would agree with you. There are some things that need to be taught, maybe even re-taught with Henne. The QB play next year needs to be better. Can it be? Yes, I think so. Is Daboll the answer? I have no idea. But I'm not against the hire and I don't pre-judge him based on the results in Cleveland.

I'm entertaining the thought of how vastly different this team would've been had Parcells hired Rex over Sparano. Of course, I can't stomach that whale of a blowhard like any else, but at least he's going to the divisional championship. He wouldn't have put up with Henning's dumb plays. Maybe he would've punched Henning out like his dad.

On second thought...nah, it wouldn't have worked. Parcells and Rex in the same room would've been an epic clash of the egos. Parcells probably figured this out in the interview (and probably couldn't stand Rex's arrogance) and thus recommended him to the ReJets. Too bad it backfired.

I'm out again guys....check in later....

Hindsight is always 20/20, Craig. And conventional wisdom rarely gets challenged. i.e Roethlisberger was a franchise QB right from the get go. Was he? Or was he allowed to grow into it with a really good coaching staff and a good team around him.

Ben in his 1st two years was a very effective game manager type QB. His size and strength allowed him to make some plays here and there, but he wasnt winning games for Pitt. In neither of those 2 years did he attempt 300 passes, nor did he manage to average even 200 yards per game.

In his 3rd year, Pitt opened up the offense a little more, allowing him to attempt 469 passes. his TD:INT ratio was 18:23. 18:23!! Are these first 3 years elite? Once you get past that, you see the progression into a really good QB. (sans the dip in his numbers after the motorcycle accident).

This is called the evolution of a QB. Ben was not born elite, he became elite thru good coaching and patience. (although i do believe he was born as an elite rapist, dude should be in jail)

ben violin tweeted that dan lebatard was reading an email from sue henne(chads mom) which said the whole dolphin staff should have been fired. he must believe its really her to read it on air. wow.

Ok, here's a serious question I have for someone more knowledgeable than me. I saw Mark Ingraham play maybe 1-2 games. To me, he seems like a young Ronnie Brown. Or even a black Toby Gerhardt. What am I missing? What can he offer this team if he's our 1st pick? Does he have amazing vision? Can he get past the 2nd level by himself? Is he incredibly sure-handed? Is he anything like Adrian Peterson? What is it about this guy (cause I'd MUCH rather get Julio Jones if you ask me)?

And Flapjack1231@yahoo.com, You need to read in between the lines better, if you read these posts there are a few very active posters that blame Henne for the majority of the problems with the Dolphins.

And they do not acknowledge some of the facts the other way, that comment was for them, obviously no you.

Posted by: Poizen | January 19, 2011 at 04:05 PM

Poizen, he was replying to you but was pretending to me Moi. You can ask Andy & many other bloggers here through out the season, I defended Henne an awful lot. I talked about the o-line & running game. I'm not blind or stupid.

But, you know what? It's time to stop making excuses. His body of work IS WHAT IT IS. Fair or unfair, doesn't matter. Would you agree?

DC - to your point about Brady.....there's never been anything underwhelming about that guy. He truly is one of those rarities. I think the point many are trying to make is that it doesn't always happen that quickly which is why Brees keeps getting thrown into the argument. He was very underwhelming....and living in SD at that time I can tell you that comments from fans were pretty much what I'm hearing about Henne. Brees 3rd year in the league boasts a shopping 67.5 rating with 11 td to 15 ints. He was benched after 11 games and rivers was drafted for the following season. Only Brees got his game on and flourished for the remaining 2 seasons in SD and through present. Like I said, nobody was talking Brees up as a franchise guy in 03.

At least this guy has common sense. Different formations and packages? Lots of motion? Moving Bess and Marshall around so they get a mismatch? WOW! So refreshing to have an OC that will do something 90% of the fans have been saying Henning needed to do for 2 years now.

Joe Schmoe: throws out generalities and conventional wisdom with nothing to back it up

Posted by: GarbagePlate | January 19, 2011 at 03:51 PM

You should get into some reading courses with Craig. He suffers from the same problem you apparently do.

A;ERT.............. SUE ,HENNE CHAD'S MOM ISSUED A TWEET ASKING THE DOLPHINS TO FIRE THE WHOLE COACHING STAFF..............


IT'S REAL NOT A JOKE

Found it very interesting that when talking about every option being on the table for the QB position, he mentioned the draft, free agency, and in house guys, but didn't mention trades. Maybe he just forgot, or he knows that's not the direction Miami is going? Hmmm

SUE ,HENNE'S MOM AGRRES WITH GANG OF DEFEAT .FIRE THE WHOLE COACHING STAFF.

SUE,HENNE CHAD'S MOM ISSUED A TWEET ASKING THE DOLPHINS TO FIRE THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF ......... IT'S REAL NOT A JOKE

DC,

Point is, Ingram's a HUGE upgrade over Ronnie Brown. AT this point in Brown's career there's very little upside left and Ingram's young enough to bring huge potential upside plus whatever he bring's immediately with him.

looks kinda like henne doesnt figure to be in the fins future if what sue henne said is true.

Is she Hot ??
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wolfman, since you were in SD at the time, did Brees show ANY glimmers of hope? For example, did his teammates like him? Did he look like the leader of the offense? Was he elusive, did he keep plays alive? Did he do things that are instinctive that made you say, "wow, that can't be taught, that was a great play?"

Reason I ask, is because while I don't have a choice (Henne is the only QB on the team, so will be in competition for QB next season), the things that worry me about Henne aren't reading defenses, arm strength, etc., they are the other intangibles like leadership and instinctive play and understanding situational football.

So I'm just wondering if those were Brees' problems in SD, or were they more footwork, reading defenses, etc.?

GarbagePlate so you couldn't tell in Big Ben first year that he was the true leader of his team?

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