The days of excuses for Chad Henne are over. I’ve made them for two years now much to the chagrin of a few neophites here on the site who make sure to remind me of my opinion with each and every interception, fumble, and over thrown pass. Despite the quieted crowd of Henne bashers around here lately, the real season hasn’t started. Two solid pre-season games does not a leader make.
Still, it’s promising to see the Dolphins signal caller actually playing as more than, as Omar Kelly would say, a robot.
I have maintained that Henne’s problems were more a result of his coaching than his ability. Specifically Dan Henning who wanted Henne to be Chad Pennington. It was no secret that over the last two years, Henne has been handcuffed. Not allowed to audible, told not to make mistakes, playing not to lose instead of playing to win. The list goes on. Well, Henning is gone and Brian Daboll is in.
Sure there is a difference in the offense and difference in Chad Henne. It may or it may not prove to be a beginning as opposed to an end.
“Oh, it’s great,” Henne told Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald. “It’s full reign.” Henne said regarding the ability to call audibles under the Brian Daboll system.
Henne was only allowed to pick between two plays if he needed to audible and he was allowed to occasionally call out changes to blocking schemes. Not anymore.
“I think if we see a [defensive] look out there, Daboll said I have free reign to go ahead and get a new play. He wants to get us in the best plays, and it’s my job to do that,” Henne said.
That was evident in Saturdays Tampa Bay exhibition. Henne on several occasions barked out audibles and pointed out defensive schemes for his blockers. So after two years, are we finally getting to see the real Chad Henne? Hard to say, but it is safe to say that Henne will have no one to blame…and nor will I, if he fails.