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RoboHenne was not seen in the season opener

You remember one of the major knocks on Chad Henne last season, right? No personality. No emotion. No swag.

People called him robotic.

Robo QB.

RoboHenne.

Where was that automaton in the regular-season opener against the Patriots? Thankfully, he seemed not to attend the game.

Henne didn't look at all robotic in this game. He moved around. He had life. When he and Brandon Marshall got together on the sideline, it was Henne doing much of the talking instead of most of the listening as it was last year.

And that rushing TD on the quarterback draw? Henne wound up windmill style and spike the ball with so much emphasis, his shoulder pads popped out from under his jersey.

“I mean, we’re just excited," Henne said this week. "Just excited to get in. Again, we’re not going to talk a lot about New England. We’re trying to move on to the Texans so, you know, we just got to improve on what we did and improve on it.”

Well, maybe not all the robotic nature is gone off the field. But on the field? For this one game at least?

"He played with, I thought, a lot of passion in the past. But I think that right now the environment that’s being festered on that side of the football is one where there’s more enthusiasm … just all around," coach Tony Sparano said. "The line coach is a guy that has a lot of enthusiasm and passion but then the tight end coach comes in and now (Brian) Daboll comes in and (Jeff) Nixon. 

"You got guys on that side of the ball that play, that coach with a lot of passion and I think it’s kind of rubbing off on the players."

It is obvious to anyone watching that Daboll, who is the coach primarily in Henne's ear, has brought to the player a spark he didn't have last year because, I believe, Daboll is simply younger and more enthusiastic than some of the coaches that were in Henne's ear last year.

Last year? QB coach David Lee was more worried about Henne not making mistakes than making plays. And Henne's at-times tentative, careful play showed that.

That's not how Daboll wants Henne playing.

"What I told Chad and what I tell all the guys is that as an individual you need to be yourself," Daboll said. "Don't throw your arm out if you spike it. We need it. That was a play that was designed for him and he was excited that it worked and he showed emotion. I'm glad he showed emotion.

"This is an emotional game and you need to show emotion. If you don't show emotion, sometimes you're a little too flat."

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Pre-Game Uplift:
I encourage the "Miami Dolphins" motivational video director/editor to paste together some clips from Frank Miller's movie "Sin City"... if you haven't seen you'll understand after one viewing... Go Phins

DC,

Not sure if you're still around but I also have Matt Cassell on my team too (Schaub is my starter). Henne is still out there but this week I added Ryam Fitpatrick (I just have a feeling he's going to have a good year this year and I'm a little worried about Cassell. Think he's got a rib injury and I'm not convinced KC will be as good this year. I thought that before the season started, incidentally). You know I'm a Henne backer, but I need to see a little more before I'm convinced he can do that every week. There's a part of me that still thinks part of that was because New England's D isn't what it should be.

If we get just a little help from the o-line/run game, I think we'll be fine against the Texans D.

Henne put together a nice pre season and day 1 performance.

Someone else did too. For whatever reasons, Daboll's O, better communication with Henne, getting stabbed, whatever, Marshall looks better than last year in all facets of his game. Whatever the reason, I hope he keeps it up.

Bush I think will continue developing into the wildcard that dictates how we'll choose to attack. If they cheat up on him, we go medium middle/deep outside. They back off, it's Bush/Bess underneath, in the flat, dragging across.

The dynamics involved have me optimistic. A little help from the o-line and even a hint of a run game and we'll be hard to contain.

I'm predicting the defense returns with a vengence marking the first time since SpOrano's arrival that the D and O shows up to the same game.

Another first, we beat the Texans in a close one.


TEXANS at DOLPHINS

(Line: HOU by 3; Cote: MIA 24-20)

Call me a bigger Homer than Marge Simpson’s husband, a bigger Homer than the Greek poet who wrote “The Iliad,” maybe even the biggest Homer since Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951. Fine. I can take it. And I will admit: Logically there is nothing about these teams’ Week 1 results that suggests a Dolphins victory. If anything, based on last week, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson should have been practicing all week giggling and wearing nonstop grins. Plus, the Texans will have running back Arian Foster back. Call it a gut feeling, then. Ever heard of a hunch? I think an embarrassed Dolphins defense will have a stout, redeeming Sunday because humiliation can be a hell of a motivator. Offensively, Chad Henne needs more time in the pocket, but I like Jake Long neutralizing the rush of Mario Williams. Bottom line, I think Miami — 0-5 against Houston and on a dismally ridiculous 1-10 skid at home dating to late 2009 — is due in so many ways for something good to happen here. (Quick aside to Dolphin defenders: Houston’s tight end is named Owen Daniels. He will be the guy wearing No. 81. Somebody might want to cover him. Please?).


All I can say: Cote is RIGHT! He's the BIGGEST Homer!

Has Armando sai who he thinks is gonna win?I got to get my bet to my Bookie.

Tracy474.....

I saw your post from the last blog.....imo..that was above and beyond.....What you wrote was the "definition" of the high road......and in retrospect I feel as if I was perhaps to aggressive in trying to make a point.....So for that I apologize also......

You definetly got my respect man....

I'm predicting another loss at home. I just think this team is too fragile and doesn't seem to be able to gt themselves off the carpet. I think Houston is finally ready to make the playoffs this year and I think they'll keep things going after last week. The easy answer is I don't think Henne will play as well as he played last week and I don't think the defence will play as bad. But I just don't have confidence in this team at home right now and I think a couple of mental breakdowns will do them in again. With all that being said. I'll still be cheering for them loudly on Sunday at 4pm.

I have waited four days and let the anger and embarassment subside from Monday's humiliation of a football game. Even now as cooler heads prevail i think Mike Nolan should have resigned first thing Tuesday morning. Clearly this has become way to big for him to handle. In 40 yrs of watching football i have never witnessed anything close to that train wreck of a defensive game plan. I was left absolutley speechless. I guess another 6 - and 10 season suns it up though. Still shaking my head.

Sunday's game will be a battle between two desperate coaches in the hot seat. One with the expectation of winning and the other just desperate for a win. The loser will face the full wrath of the fans and intense scrutiny from the media and owner. I'd hate to be that coach come Monday.

kubiak is in far better shape than sparano. he most likely will win the division this year. if sparano goes 0-2 or 1-3, the pressure to step down is going to grow fast and furious. sparano really has to win this weekend, can't lose another home game. i think they will, but houston is capable of winning if taken lightly.

Got $45 tickets lower endzone. Hope it ain't like the last 2 Hous. games.

On another subject: I know all about the northeast bias and Dolphin hate on TV. But I'm sick to fu&kin' death of the talking heads ignoring our team.

If this one fact doesn't make the Koolaide drinkers and cheerleaders angry, nothing will.

It's way past time for our team to make some headlines. Fire Sparano ASAP

Andre Johnson(same as BM) cannot be covered 1 on 1. Need a sure tackler back there.

It won't be Clemons, he's out! So is Tony McDaniels.

Craig, I understand your reasoning and that's cool. Still, I don't think Henne has to play any better or even as good(thogh, of course, I think he will). Provided the run game and o-line shows up.

I think you'll see Miami play with a lead most of the way(remember I said this). Shaub and Johnson keeping it close.

We win a heart stopper in the end.

-Homerseye-

Henne is only 26 some QB take more time than others to get the NFL game.

miami has to run the ball. don't expect chad to throw 400 yards every game. i want to see thomas run, lets see what he's got.

Henne has played well even though his long passes are still sailing out of bounds. But, This game against Houston will tell us alot. I'm not expecting to win the game at all. Its easier to expect to lose then if we win its a great feeling. To think were gonna win and then lose has killed me way to many times during the last 10 seasons.. it hurts to much and carries over into Monday and i cant have that anymore..I wish i wasnt an emotional fan and could just be happy with the fact that we played well on one side of the ball after we get our teeth kicked in on game days.. Didnt we play the Texans last yr at home and fell behind 24-0 in the first quarter ?? Go Fins !!!

I agree wholeheartedly, pmeadows. What I have done this year is not rely on my expectations but rather on LV's prediction. I think I will suffer, less.

By the way, what's wrong with Clemons?

well i hit the first game right on the nose, pats by 14. this week im going miami 27-24

May the Divinity hear you, dustya-s! But I still go with Las Vegas.

Free safety Chris Clemons (hamstring) and wide receiver Roberto Wallace (quad) also did not practice but both are listed as questionable. …

Most reports are saying questionable, a couple of the lastes are saying OUT!

To my eyes, that's very bad news, odin.

so oscar ur saying texans win by 3?

Who me? No, Las Vegas.

Heh, Heh, Heh........

Touche'

Cote's writing makes me want to puke. I smell mothballs, hair gel, lube, and cheap cologne. I'm okay with old. I'm okay with prissy. But old, prissy, and trying to be cute is friggin disgusting.

well u said u go with vegas, so ur saying u think texans by 3

Heehee.

I like Cote. He is intelligent, makes wise observations, and consistently writes grammatically correct English. Armando rarely writes a blog without obvious errors and he has a feeble command of the English language. His radio show is an awful embarrassment. I tried listening to it twice, no more.

Talking about Colognes, I can't find Guerlain's green anywhere that is not fake.

Heehee.

hee

CONGRATULATIONS JEFF DARLINTON. YOUR GAIN WILL DEFINITELY BE THE HERAL'S LOSS!

DARLINTON'S FAR AND AWAY THE HERALD'S BEST FOOTBALL BEAT WRITER. HE ALSO SEEMED TO BE THE ONLY HERALD BEAT WRITER THAT KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT FOOTBALL BEFORE ACCEPTING HIS FORMER HERALD JOB!

MAY THE FOOTBALL GODS HELP US. WE'RE NOW LEFT WITH GREG COTE AND ARMANDO. ARMANDO'S STILL CLEARLY THE CELLAR DWELLAR OF THE TWO.

Who are they replacing Darlington with?

Armando may be the poorest writer, sports or otherwise, I have ever seen in a newspaper. He is terrible. Not imaginative, not curious, not witty, and writes piss poor English that would not be tolerated anywhere else. I keep hoping someone else will take over the blog.

Jeff Darlington's replacement will be ALoco. It's Armando's only chance to get out of the Herald's beat sportswriter cellar.

Endorsing ALoco as replacement to Darlington is rumored to be something Armando's been very strongly lobbying for!

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

herald hired jason whitlock

In the Land formerly occupied by The Miami Herald they will build a huge Tourist Center. They will even try to attract Whales to it(for the Tourists, of course).

But, I thought Armando was a columnist.

On 2nd thoughts, the SS's Omar kelly may be the the absolute worst sportswriter in the history of the profession.

It isnt a racial thing but that idiot seems to be so confused he doesnt know whether he's sports writer, pimp, thug, or unordained minister. Geesh and he's still terrible at all of the above!

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

Oh, him.

He!

Heh!

I SAID IT FROM THE START!!!


I'M CHAD'S FIRST FAN

THAT'S MY NEW NAME.

Jeff Darlington was always my favorite Herald beat sportswriter. The quality of coming onto this website will dramatically decrease the exact moment he leaves.

Darlington was the only calm in the storm of this clusterfvck called Miami Herald sports.

You're correct Oscar. 'Beat writer' and columist are 2 diff things. See the Miami Herald. Example would be Carl Hiaasen

Well, that's true also.

Like anyone else, I did like the improvements I saw out of Henne. But as Parcells once proclaimed of Tony Romo:

It's far too early to annoint him anything just yet."

He still clearly showed 2 critical things that havent progressed with him yet and they are:

1. Throwing to Marshall even if he isnt open. Throw the damn ball right at him and let him come down with it.

2. Im sorry but the kid Henne still cant throw an endzone fade pass to save his mother's life.

Guys, Armando isnt a columnist. A columnist has his own exclusive section or page. Armando has a trick or treat blog. That's far from being a columnist.

Armando is a blogger and beat writer. He has no honor status relegated to him here. he has a "blog" and he occassionally gets to write a beat story too. No more no less.

Armando has nothing here devoted entirely to him except a two bit writer's blog. That a columnist does not make.

Hell, I didn't know that. And Henne continues to stare at his receivers.

If Kellen Moore's still available with our 2012 1st rd pick I want him! Nothing against Henne but you can never have too many quality qb's on your roster. LOL...

if luck is available take him

Not starring down recievers is a little overrated. It means very little in itself.

I like to look at the term "starring down" as eye manipulating the safeties in man or zone pass defense. The recievers still have to win invidual one on battles to make this effective.

However the qb does need to know the routes his recievers are running, where the safeties are in the pre-snap reads, and "look them off" to give less chance of them being able to make a play on the ball.

ARMANDO ALWAYS THANKS US FOR MAKING HIS BLOG SO GREAT.

BUT AS HE SAID WE MAKE IT GREAT.

THE DEBATES, NAME CALLING, CHALLENGES.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

I'M A MASTER BATER

dusty,

We aint getting Luck. We will not have the worst record in the league and whomever does anint stupid enough to accept a trade for Luck.

NOBODY KNOWS IF LUCK WILL EVEN BE GOOD.

HE CAN BE A LEAF, COUCH, RUSSEL OR THE MANY OTHER DUDS.

WE GOT HENN ROCK BABY SIT BACK AND ENJOY!!!

Eye manipulating the safety is just getting him to take at least 1 false step in coverage. The nfl game's so fast that all it takes is just oe false step that can be the difference in a completion or pick. Or very big play on offenses.

Every qb need learn to "eye manipulate" the safeties. This makes for long and successful nfl qb careers.

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