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What to do with Henne, and why not Ryan Mallett

Chad Henne is still Miami's only quarterback. But as I write in my column today, the Dolphins have a plan for getting better at that position this offseason that both includes Henne and replaces Henne.

Please check out the column because it gives you inside information on the changes the Dolphins are making to the offense to make Henne better. It also gives you an idea of what Miami is certain to attempt to replace Henne.

Having said that, the quarterback that everyone around here believes could have and should have been a Dolphin is Ryan Mallett.

Many of you wanted a quarterback in the draft. And I get it. Mallett had first-round talent with that great arm and accuracy. Mallett also could be had because he dropped like a lead pipe in water for reasons too many to name. That kind of quarterback talent doesn't fall to the third round very often yet that's exactly where Mallett and his Slim Shady personality fell.

The Dolphins get it, also.

General Manager Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano get it. They wanted the right quarterback in the draft, too. And they tried to make a play to get Ryan Mallett. Lacking a third-round pick, they tried to trade into the third round to get Mallett, according to a source.

They were not able to get in high enough fast enough.

"We were willing to take him, we just couldn't get our hands on him," the source with knowledge of the front office's thinking told me. "We tried, but we couldn't do it. He's going to be a good quarterback."

Instead the Dolphins are moving on because, for all the work they did on Mallett, for all the skills they know he possesses, they just didn't see him as a first- or second-round player. (Neither did anyone else, by the way.)

The Dolphins tell me they couldn't get a vision for Mallett to invest in him that early. To pick a player you have to know how he fits the team, how he fits the position. As a first or second round pick, that would mean Mallett would be your presumed starter immediately.

Proof: First-round pick Mike Pouncey and second-round pick Daniel Thomas are Miami's presumed starters at center and running back today.

The Dolphins weren't comfortable with that for Mallett. Call it gut. They just didn't feel this kid is ready to handle the daily grind of being an NFL starting QB -- something that reaches far beyond going on the field every Sunday and throwing the rock.

I'm told the Dolphins, as an organization, tried to find someone who has succeeded in the NFL that has a Ryan Mallett-type of personality and approach. They tried to find someone that has a character like Ryan Mallett and has succeeded in the NFL. Thinking ....

Thinking ...

Still thinking ....

I got it! Nobody!

Who does this kid remind you of that has been successful? Nobody! Not Manning, not Brady, not Brees, not anyone that came before. Well, he reminds me of Ryan Leaf but they were looking for someone successful.

That troubled the Dolphins' brass. No one felt strongly about his makeup.

"There are questions there," a source tells me.

I'm writing this having talked to Mallett once on the phone. I don't know him. I have no clue (no jokes, please.)

But the Dolphins were all over this kid. Ireland brought Mallett here. He went to see Mallett there. He went to dinner with him. He met him at the combine. He watched him play on tape and live. He wanted to get exposure to him. He evaluated the kid and the quarterback.

And there was just no comfort level there to invest on him in the first or second round. So it just didn’t happen.

It did happen for the Patriots in the third round. But remember, their situation is different. The Patriots are not looking for a starting quarterback. They don't need Mallett to come in and compete for a starting job.

He will not be their starter this year. He will not be their starter next year. Or the year after that, as long as Tom Brady remains healthy.

The Patriots, unlike the Dolphins, have the luxury of remaking Mallett in their image. They can use the next two years to turn him into the person they want him to be. They can store him away rather than thrust him into a starter's limelight where all the pressure and expectations are found.

That's a wonderful luxury to have. The Dolphins didn't have that luxury.

So they go in another direction. They have their plan for getting the quarterback position right.



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sometimes u hav to roll the dice,no guts no glory

..I argued this point for months here. Mallet IMO would have been a disaster here. Absolutely the wrong personel,and this franchise as a wholewould have been held hostage by this kid had he failed. My point is that New England is a stable place. Miami,not so much.

Players get away with a lot more here then up there. Good players here have no fear of being thrown to the sword should they slip up. New England, hoodie will run you through.

People are going to hate this, and claim its the same old same old. And on the surface you have every right to feel this way. Look a little deeper. Doesn't it make sense to build the core of your team before going out and mortgaging your future on a young qb? Sure some teams go out and do it, and even have some success. Not often. Smart teams realize that for these kids to have any chance you have to have the right structure around them before you take this plunge. Miami is trying to build this team the right way. Like it or not.

hey armando, all good stuff but you really ought to just do a link ONCE to your column, its confusing and highly bothersome to think its more than one article and click on it several times.

ditto;no guts,no glory. pouncy was the safe pick but a reach for a pulling guard! how could you pass on prince in the 1st round? we missed on mcelroy late also;he could have provided qb competition and probably replaced henne. worst of all,he went to a rival;so did mallet. we should have grabbed a qb somewhere in the draft. looks like thomas was a reach too.

Darryl I absoluetly agree with you and I think this was the second consecutive good draft we've had. Last year brought in the core of our defense for years to come. (Believe me Edds will make a huge difference this year for the Dolphis as well as Misi & Reshad Jones is in theory, Bell's long term replacement). This year we got our starter at Center for the next decade and a good RB. Gates will be a great addition and believe me, remember the run arounds we did with Hartline and worked? Well Gates makes Hartline look like a FB running side by side and Hartline is still a fast guy! Now we only need to find a speedy RB in the draft and even if we don't I trust SHeets can come in and help out our offense. Hilliard is another player everyone seems to overlook, the guy is big, tough and plays hard he can be a nice complement to Thomas. I was hoping we could find a TE but we just got an H back that from what I hear is pretty decent in the passing game. And yes despite all the nay sayers Daboll is a better coordinator than Henning and will help Henne look better. And let's make things clear the Phins expect Henne to manage games not to win them by himself. They expect the Defense to dominate and our running game to take over and then let Marshall, Bess, Hartline and Gates break it big when needed. We are a tough team. And yes I predict the playoffs call me a dreamer but hey I'm not the only one! Go Phins!!!!

I hope Jeff Ireland enjoyed his last draft in Miami. I cant wait until these clowns are shown the door next year. Mallet will kick our butts for years in New England

Same short sighted philosophy that has haunted this team for a generation. What is wrong with picking a player and letting him sit and develop for a couple of years? You think the Titans, Vikes, and Jags really care if their new qbs are ready to play next year? There was nothing holding the Dolphins back from getting the vet in free agency they are going to get anyway and putting Mallett in the cupboard for a couple of years. We really didn't NEED Pouncey (with Garner coming back and Incognito able to play centre). We really didn't NEED Thomas at that slot in the draft. Comparable RBs went much later in the draft.

This franchise is haunted by this short sighted organization and the 1st 2 picks of this draft won\t make this team significantly better next year or in years to come, so what was the point???

they need to sign Adam Froman. 6'4 4.56 40yrd dash

could be a tom brady


Mallett will look good carrying a clip board for Brady for two years, will from tired of the whole experience, do something stupid and be out of the league in 4 years. Mark it down...

in all honesty would ya'll be happy with another drug addict? I bet in Mallet's first few years he is caught atleast once for using marijuana. After Ricky I'm on the absolutely no druggies policy


I wanted Mallet. But I could also see the first pick Henne throws ravenous dolfans screaming and kicking for Mallet. Would have been an absolutely Mallet frenzy!

Wouldnt have been good for the coaching staff and worst of all not good for an "unready Mallet! LOL.....

I off of Dolphins bandwagon. The team never learns. They've spent last 15 years improving the running game, the TE, the oline. I've lived through attempts to get the running game with Avery, JJ Johnson, Lamarr Smith, Ricky Ronnie, through 4 regimes, through 15 years. And the run game was improved, and got us nowhere.

How about TEs Hbacks, with Stanley Pritchett, and the likes throughout the years with some of the most successful O coordinators in NFL.

Now we have these fools continuing to peddle the same staff, continuing the same unsuccessful drafts.

Until this teams gets a QB and a WR who's on the same page with that QB, they are going nowhere. That's not an opinion or projection. That is the fact of the NFL.

Screw the Dolphins. I've had enough.

Look into Adam Froman I believe he is the sleeper

This is like the scene in Colors where Charlie Don't Surf is talking to Spicoli. He says to him you can run down there and screw(he uses different language) one of those cows....Or you can walk down and screw them all.. Same thing with these quarterbacks in this draft.

Did anyone that read Armandos column not feel like this was a confirmation that Henning has lost his mind. I wish I would have noticed that Henne was taking predominantly 5 step drops. That is sweet. Nice coaching, better scheme! WTF.

That whole offense had become a really bad marriage. It was pathetic. No absolutley no adjustments to help the quarterback. Lets just keep doing what everyone knows we are going to do ....Brilliance. Seriously, who does this, and why was it allowed. That is on Sparano. Pathetic.

On the bright side. Hopefully that second half kickin the nuts has woken these guys up. It appears it did, as someone in the orginization came up with the bright idea that maybe we should shake it up offensivley. There are more options then just 5 step drops... Unbelievable.

There must be portion of Dolfans out there that are just pi$$ed with how this off-season has gone. First of all they bring back Sporano and Ireland, then they bring back Henne. The only good thing these guys will be thinking is that Henning was shown the door.

I've said since day ONE, get Henne a better offensive line, better play calling, an improved running back and some competition and he'll be a better QB. Guys didn't want that....they wanted to blow it all up and start over. Nice to see the FO is a bit more heady than some of the fanbase.

there were really only 4 QBs this draft I would have picked 1st rd or 2nd rd. Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, and Andy Dalton. Kaeperniok and Mallet I had with 3rd rd value but still question marks.




I just read in the Palm Beach Post that after being aquitted from the murder charge Wilson bit a woman in August of the same year.

Only a misdemeanor so he got probation.

Who bites a woman?

Was she a bi-polar b#*ch?


great intangibles and can really throw the deep ball. I can't believe he wasn't a 6-7th rd pick. DOLPHINS NEED TO LOOK INTO THIS GUY


I read Armando's "front page" article too. It was some of his best work ever!


and he is fast!

I completely agree with the patriots having the luxury and not a lot of risk chance to take him in the 3rd after every team passed him more then twice.

I also predict pouncey is our new left guard for now and Incognito will start at center next year for now.


IMO the only site worse than "slum sentinel" is the PB post! LOL...........

The key now is to add a guy LIKE D'Angelo Williams in FA to be our speed back working with Thomas. Thomas can get the tough yards and do the grinding at the end of the game. Williams can be our sparkplug and change of pace back. Could be a deadly combination!!

After that we need to target another QB to compete with Henne. I'm going to throw a name out there that guys are going to HATE....but he could be a nice addition for this team....Alex Smith. He's still young enough but has a good amout of game experience. You bring him in to compete with Henne and they push each other. They are around the same age and will likely be able to relate to each other. Smith comes in as someone who can move the chains and not someone we expect to carry the team. This guy has had 5-6 offensive co-ordinators in his time in SF and likely needs a change of scenery. The Niners just drafted his replacement in Kaepernick. Does ne go back to SF to groom his replacement or does he come to Miami for a fresh start and a new challenge? Winner of the battle gets the starting job.

...Folks that are frustrated. I'm not going to try and talk anyone off the ledge, go ahead and jump. But, none of these kids have played a single snap yet. Why be so quick to pass judgement. And don't worry. If these picks end up as bad as many seem to want them to be. This regime will be gone..People forget something. These guys are fighting for their jobs. You really think that they are going to do something that would jeapordize this opportunity? You can argue they have no clue, and no matter what they do it will be a disaster. You may be totaly right, and if in a year from now you want to say Darryl Dunphy you are a complete moron. That is fine. Say it now if it makes you feel better. I'm going to see what happens first.

Amazing how guys here use one screen name to make bi-partisan posts. Then use a different screen name to make a partisan post.

Totally f*uckin hilarious! LOL.........

I give the fins a "C" for this draft because a) i have my concerns that this twin in the first round may be nothing really like is twin bro. b) i do not think it was necessary to trade up for a rb in the late second round as there were a plethera of second tier rb's remaining at that time.

I do like that we didnt draft a rookie qb such as Mallett with his immature qualities about him.

I read your article and I hope we bring a free agent qb rather than trade a high or mid round draft picks for one.



PLEASE ANSWER ME @12:12 PM! LOL...........


The first challenge the Patriots will have with Mallett will be getting him signed. He's going to see himself as a first or second round talent and want to be paid accordingly. The Pats can be cheap at the best of times. Great way to start a relationship!

The Pats have had their share of bad draft picks too as Maroney (first) and Chad Jackson (2nd) have shown. For a team that has as many picks as they had in this years draft I wasn't impressed with what they did. I like Vereen but I thought they picked him too high.

With all the picks they have and the drafting of Mallett it makes you wonder if they will stil choose to be part of the Luck sweepstakes next year.

With that You Tube clip you had Mando, I got the same feeling about the leaf comparison. too risky.


There wasnt a rb that was a "legit" passing threat out of the wildcat available in the "3rd rd" though. You guys keep forgetting they drafted guys that are "perfect fits" for the way they plan to run thier offensive business in 2011.


PLEASE ANSWER ME @12:12 PM! LOL...........

Posted by: DyingBreed | May 01, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Dear Mr. Salguero

I myself am feeling kinda good after the draft.

I like the Pouncey pick as much as I liked the Jake Long pick...faces we will see a very long time.

The additions on offense plus the addition by subtraction on offense: Dan Henning

By the way was Dan Henning ever prosecuted for any football related crimes or was he able to retire/flee the seen of a crime before any investigation was started

With a new OC and 4 offensive draft choices I can see Chad Henne succeeding like Micheal Jordan did when he finally got from under that bothersome Dean Smith....who by the way was notoriously known for keeping Jordon under 20 pts a game

Soiled :)

If you cant seriously upgrade your qb position. The next best thing is to upgrade the weapons around him. The fins have mostly done this.

A Derrick Lockett or Noel Devine in ufa would add a serious change of pace speed back!

I was REALLY disappointed in the Thomas pick when I first saw it. It was not a guy I wanted. I had Leshoure, Williams, Murray and even Ingram ahead of him. I thought the trade up was brilliant, considering most guys were saying it would cost a first or a second next year. But the more I think about the Thomas pick the more I like it. If we can couple him with a speed back in FA we will have a reat tandem. There is nobody of Thomas' ilk available in FA, so drafting a speed back wouldn't have made sense. Good thinking on Ireland's part...



Do we really want to see more of the WC with this team? I realize Thomas used to play QB, but don't we agree that the WC's time has come and gone? Don't we all think that the focus should be on getting Henne better and not continually taking him out of th game to run a trick play?

Only reason Derrick Locke and Noel Devine went undrafted is because with huge concerns about size neither could be even close to every down nfl rb. Getting them in ufa is huge because both are momerun hitter change of pace types.

Dying...I guess Ireland reads this blog more often then I thought..lol

I mentioned Wilson a couple of times here and for good reason nobody took it to serious. In all honesty I wasn't convinced. But the Phins have a history with the university. It is a lower level school. But Montana won more games then any division 1 school from 2000-2010. There are always Phin scouts around(going to away games where there are no fans they are easy to spot). Remember I made that post that said Wilson was the best prospect on a team that has 6 guys in the NFL now.

But to be totaly honest. I was suprised that Wilson was the Grizzly player drafted. I thought he would have been a free agent. I think this was a case of the Dolphins thinking that rookie free agency may not come in time to give a good player a real chance to make a team. IMO Wilson would do well to make the practice squad. His best chance is at SS, not corner. He needs some time to adapt.

One more thing. Wilson didn't even start until the mid point of the season. Montana has a real prospect at corner(Trumaine Johnson) and another saftey Eric Stoll who was the guy I thought was a lock to get picked up. This says something about the quality of players on the team

It looks like this RB will be the starter. Otherwise, we should have never gave up 2 picks for a backup. The wildcat will be used more as a pass play because this guy played QB. We should try to get Kyle Orton now.


Problem is Sparano and Ireland are in charge of this team and thier going with their own vision for this offense. If they feel these were the missing wildcat pieces. Until we actually see it, who are we to say it wont work?

If it doesnt, we can all pretty much rest assured its thier ticket to unemployment. Gates and Pouncey would keepers though! LOL.........

good blog and article mando. I agree. Mallet won't see the field in NE. They'll invest time and money in him and in 4 years he'll be free agent and go somewhere else.
Brady said it yesterday. He wants to play 10 more year. So mallet will become a trade bait at some point or get cut out right

Craig M,
What I want to see if for us to get 5-6 yards on the first down like we did during sparano's first couple of years.
I don't care if its from the wild cat or whatever. Our big problem last year was we were getting 2-3 yards at most on the first down.

Oh and just wanted to add that I do like that WR we drafted. The RB is fine (I guess) but like I previously stated, did not feel we needed to trade for a rb at that point...One other concern is both the rb and wr we drafted I think will be 25 year old headed into their rookie seasons which is kinda old for rookies and considering their physically peak age is 27 per "Soccernomics" (a well written book last year prior to the world cup).


Thx for answering my 12:12 PM post. I will never doubt the power of a "grizzly bear" and the State of Montana again.

Long live Lex Hilliard! LOL.............

...The first Game Wilson really saw a ton of Game action was V Portland State. His assingment was Julius Thomas...Google Thomas' stats from that game. 2010 Montana v Portland State..

Dying Breed,

True, but are we seriously going to continue to run the wildcat?? We were the worst in the league last year with it. I think that formation really killed our drives and momentum for the most part last season. Wildcat RIP please! Lol.


When seeing Jimmy Wilson, Montana drafted I went "who?" But at that point I was glad to have you as a poster from the State of Montana to give us all the real skinny on him.

I knew that you could give us all far more insight into this kid than any tabloid info that we could look up!


Daniel Thomas will be 24 at the end of October and Edmond Gates will 25 in June. Neither guy is old by anyone's standards.


Teams knew we were nearly zero threat to throw out of the wc withe the highly inconsistent passing of Ronnie Brown. Now we have both a passing(Thomas former qb) and pass catching combo to put into the backfield.

Both Thomas and Clay ran the wc in college. So they are both threats to run the ball too. Like I posted before, its WC 10.0.

Lets not knock it until we see how well they do or do not pull it off.

i can't wait to see cam newton schooled by nfl defenses. seriously, i'm hoping he starts so nfl defenses will just crush him into oblivion. mobile or not, he's going to take a beating. the other teams will have a target on his body.

daryl @ 12:45,
dem some impressive #'s. lol.


Dont forget with a former qb as wildcat trigger man. The prospects of throwing it deep to Gates too. Defenses will now have to play the wc honestly. Which creates lots more running run than ever before. LOL.........

Dying...Thanks. Going Fishing..

You guys enjoy your Sunday....

I'm intrigued to see what happens with Mallett in New England. Does he start out being their second stringer or third stringer. A lot of people felt he was very NFL ready. Does he get the reps necessary to prepare or will he sit behind Hoyer, who they like very much in that back-up role. Personally I am PRAYING for a Tom Brady injury, so that we can see the Pats season go down the toilet with Mallett at the controls....doubly sweet justice!!

please, just say NO to the wildcat. if they pull that $hit again this year i don't think i will watch another game again. play pro football, not college.

If Thomas can become a successful passer out of the wc he will be a prowler his 1st yr. The wc made Brown a pro bowler his 1st yr in it and he wasnt a legit threat to throw from it.

When defenses realized this they began completely shutting it down.

dm1 dolphan,

I'm with you. It will be interesting to see how much Cam smiles when he realizes just how bad the Panthers are. Will he quit on his team the way Vince Young quit on his or will he show up every week with that big smile!!

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