Clean House?

I just saw the sobering news that Chad Henne “may” remain the QB for Miami for the 2011 season.  So let’s see…we have a 7-9 season, and in many ways are fortunate to have that. A more fair, and accurate, call in the Pittsburgh game may have given us a win that may have provided some needed momentum for the remainder of the season.  But, as professionals, the players all know that you can’t pinpoint what you did wrong to one call, or one game.

 So, essentially, very little has changed.  Are we counting on the draft to bring us to playoff status for 2011?  Henning is gone, replaced by Daboll (the jury is out) which I believe is a change that no one will question.  But that’s where the so-called “housecleaning” has stopped.  The addition or change of assistant coaches isn’t going to solve the problem. Jeff Ireland? Still GM.  Tony Sparano? Still Head Coach.  Steven Ross? Still owner.  And now: Chad Henne? MAY still be QB. 

 The fact that this is even a consideration is confusing to me.  There was a time when I believed that Henne might be able to function under the proper offensive system (which, by the way, was not Henning’s).  But I have questioned, and then discarded, that belief as the 2010 season progressed. You can coach a player all day long, but is that going to change the player’s decision-making ability?  Chad Henne didn’t seem calm in the pocket, in fact, at times, he appeared downright scared.  Of course, its not all on him.

 The play calling was atrocious; I am relatively certain that even I could have put together a better game plan.  The fans called for blood, and each week, all we received were empty promises to do “better”.  Doing better called for a total revamp of each and every level of management, supervision and decision-making. Yet the only change we have seen is the departure of Dan Henning. Does anyone in the Dolphins organization really believe that the fans would be stupid enough to accept his departure as the equivalent of an actual overhaul?  Do they think that if they make just one announcement at a time as to who is staying, that we will have forgotten that everyone else will also be returning for 2011?

 For me, a total housecleaning involves removing the dirt from top to bottom, not simply leaving it in place or rearranging it.  We received the equivalent of a broken feather duster that dislodged only a minute amount of dirt.

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  • markeyh

    There are 31 other teams to root for…..I am sick of you crybabies

    • Finsfan12

      Markeyh, not whining, just stating the facts. “Whining” means just dumping misery. “Stating the facts” involves doing just that, as well as possibly offering a solution or options.

      And, for me, there ARE no other teams.

  • flippersrevenge

    Here’s to hoping we get a full healthy season with AJ Edds, and Jared Odrick!

    Like Fiedler was..Hopefully we don’t keep thinking we were “just a QB” away! and Hold Henne as the reason we fail.

    When he wasn’t hot? The playcalling favored him throwing. When he was hot? we ran often! So yea Henning gone is some help! I would love to see with a new QB coach (one that allowed rookie Mccoy to throw it often, without fear) and new Off coord does for Henne..

    In the draft Im hoping we land a decent Center, and Guard
    but begging we find those gems later on in the draft because we really need one of those break away RB’s! If we can get Ingram, do it!
    Bess is not the answer as our #2 at best he’s our #3 which we seem to have many of!
    So please draft Randall Cobb wr/kr Help spread the field, and that will only help out Marshall be more explosive (then what we’ve seen) Plus we seriously can use a decent returner as well!

    With no 2nd rd draft picks? I’d totally be fine with trading away Bess, or Loud Mouth Crowder. AJ Edds may be sometrhing special, if not? Dobbins showed more to me his one year, then Crowder has in Several!

    • Finsfan12

      Hey, thanks for your comments! I do, however, have to take exception regarding Bess. He was a FIND, and provided some of our brighter spots. I’m concerned that another team will recognize his talent, grab him, and then he’ll be back to haunt us…ala Wes Welker!

      I’m with you on Crowder!

  • markeyh

    I do not see any facts you claim you stated. It looks “TO ME” like more complaining about how in your opinion things have stayed the same and more gloom and doom. (Same HC?, Same GM?, Same Henne?)

    I think the biggest problem has been solved and that is Henning being relieved of his duties as well as Lee the QB’s Coach.

    Tony was the OC when Dallas was the 4th best Offense in the NFL. If he is working with the New OC can they get Miami ‘s offense at least up to 15th or higher? And if our Defense picks up from where they left off and play about the same or even better than I would say Miami should do well. It all depends on how aggressive they will be on offense next year IMO.

    Henne is still at best a 2nd year starter who’s put up with the stupid play calling, being taken out of the game just as he gets a rhythm and yelled at when he don’t do things just perfect. (Even IF the play was a success) How can a young guy ever grow if you take all the fun away from the game? Let him make mistakes, tell him it’s ok to take some chances…

    As for Henne I happen to think he is a good QB who can be a very Good QB as long as he is PROPERLY managed. Here’s to hoping they let up on Henne and give him room to grow.

    It’s just funny to me that Henne whose stats are similar if not better than Sanchez’s stats is villainized in Miami and Sanchez is the next Great QB. And Chez was drafted higher and have better talent surrounding him as well as coaching.

    Just give Henne time and I feel we will see we have the QB we want. I hope for the best but am prepared for the worst.

  • lou

    The author is right about a lot, and I am mostly in agreement, but some of the comments that follow are lame because anyone who says the problem with the Fins has been solved, may never had played any sports at all. A coach who says: “…we got beat, but we did some good things…” is a loser, and this applies to just about any sport. Any QB who is seen on the sidelines having a laugh with his TE after they miscommunicated on a pass play on a drive which ended after the incomplete pass after it had been 1st and goal from the 4, isn’t a leader. We Dolphin fans take our football very seriously around here. Enough said!