Consistency … It’s The Darnedest Thing!

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In that game, Williams carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards.  Brown carried the ball 21 times for 74 yards and 2 TDs.  Neither Williams or Brown fumbled the ball.  And, check out the stats for Chad Henne:

  • 20 of 26 for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • 9.3 yards per attempt and a QB rating of 130.4
  • 59 yard checkdown pass to Williams, 21 yard pass to Fasano, 17 yard pass to Haynos, 14 yard pass to Camarillo, 10 yard pass to Hartline, and a 10 yard checkdown pass to Brown …. plus ….
  • 53 yard TD pass to Ginn
  • 0 sacks, 0 fumbles, and 0 interceptions — NO MISTAKES!

It was not a 400+ yard passing game.  It was not a 4 TD passing performance.  It was a mistake free game with a short checkdown pass to a RB that went for 59 yards and a long 53 yard TD pass to a speedy receiver in the clutch that was right on the money.

Do you remember that game?  Do you remember that TD pass?  If Henne could only do that every game, we’d likely make the playoffs this year.

It is amazing what has transpired over the last two years.  Chad Henne has been up and down.  And, one thing has been consistent about Chad Henne — his inconsistency from game to game.  One has to wonder why?  What is going on in that head of his which causes him to have really good games and really bad games.  Heck, in the span of just eight days this pre-season, we have seen both ends of the spectrum.

Friday night, albeit pre-season, was a really good game for Chad Henne.  In one half of play, check out Henne’s stats:

  • 15 of 24 for 184 yards (o TDs)
  • 62.5% completion percentage and 8.1 yards per attempt 
  • 38 yard pass to Fasano, 20 yard pass to Marshall, 17 yard pass to Bess, 15 yard pass to Fasano
  • 17 yard checkdown pass to Bush, 16 yard checkdown pass to Bush
  • 0 sacks, 0 fumbles, and 0 interceptions — NO MISTAKES!

Last February while preparing for the offseason, I wonder whether Jeff Ireland watched that October 12, 2009 game.  I wonder if he said to himself that Chad Henne likes to throw checkdowns when his primary receiver is not open.  Okay!  I’ll go out and get him one of the best checkdown RBs in the business — Reggie Bush.  And, boy Reggie looked great Friday night on those checkdowns.  And, I wonder if Ireland said to himself that Chad Henne likes to throw the bomb to a speedy receiver.  Okay!  I’ll go out and get him one of the fastest receivers in the draft — Clyde Gates.  And, boy Henne almost connected up Friday night with the speedster on a bomb.

I think Ireland has done a pretty good job to give Henne the weapons to succeed.  In addition to the checkdown RB and the speedy WR, Henne has arguably the best tall WR in the NFL (Marshall) and arguably the best slot WR in the NFL (Bess).  I guess the only other thing Ireland could do is find Henne a TE who could consistently CATCH the ball down the middle.  And, yes Ireland needs to pray that everyone stays healthy — especially oft injured Reggie Bush.

In a televised game interview, Ireland stated that Henne was THE guy all along.  Moore was merely brought in as a backup.  Everything else was just media speculation.  So, Ireland and Sparano are betting their jobs on Henne.  And, all Phanatics are hoping that Henne can find some consistency.  Maybe, the Phins should hire a shrink, like Dr. Danny from the TV show Necessary Roughness, to work with Henne’s head?  Or, maybe Henne should just watch that October 2009 game every night before a game reminding himself that he does not have to be great!  All he has to do is try to play mistake free and make a couple of clutch throws.

What do you think about solving Henne’s consistency problems?

 

By the way …  Speaking of inconsistency, how about John Beck?  You remember, Beck was a second round QB draft pick in 2007 before Henne was one in 2008.  Beck may actually be the starting QB for the Redskins this year.  I watched him on Friday night against the Colt and he looked impressive — 14 of 17 for 140 yards with a QB rating of 101.0.

 

 

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Topics: Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, Chad Henne, Clyde Gates, Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins, NFL, NY Jets, Reggie Bush, Tony Sparano

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