Sparano: Best Thing For Chad Henne Was Lockout


On Saturday night I asked Tony Sparano what the difference was between Chad Henne last year and Chad Henne this year.  Without missing a beat, Sparano said “confidence“.  He wen’t further in his assessment of the Miami Dolphins QB saying that the “Best thing that happened to Chad Henne was the lockout”.

According to Sparano, the lockout put Chad Henne front and center to be a leader for the offense.  He was responsible for the off-season player only workouts because he was the only one with the playbook.  He had no choice but to teach the playbook and it made him better because of it.

Sparano said that in years past a player would approach Henne with a question about a formation and Henne would say, “let me find out and get back to you”.  This year Henne has the answers and because of that the players have confidence in him as a leader.  In week one the confidence led to Henne’s best offensive performance and the teams best offensive performance in a long time.  On Sunday, Henne struggled under constant pressure but made far fewer mistakes than last year.

Friday night I had the opportunity to speak with Nat Moore along with other Webmasters.  I asked Moore the same question I would ask Sparano a night later.  What is the difference between Henne now and then?  While Moore laughed and refused to take the bait and speak the name Dan Henning, he did acknowledge that Henne finally has confidence.  He alluded to Henne having more options without pointing a finger at anyone in particular.

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  • Lespaul

    having confidence and more options yet only scoring 10 points this week…

  • PaulHost

    I know Henne has the physical tools. This year, he is showing the mental ability much like he did when he replaced Pennington his first year. My only comment is that, if you are a good coach, when you come in to a new team, before you blindly install your system, you should look at what working. You have no fullback. Louska Polite missed 1 first down in 2 years and you cut him!! You run without a fullback 95% of the time and he is Lex Hillard?? It is obvious the short down situation are the downfall of this offense so far. Henna gets nailed, he is woozy and you go on 4th down w/o a fullback? 1 yard line against NE, no fullback? 2 yard line against NE, NO FULLBACK? Give me a break. Not Henne’s fault, the Offensive Coordinator’s. They scored less points than anyone in Cleveland last year but they threw it all over the place. Do not be so bullheaded. Resign Polite, if you can. You already resigned Will Allen because you were wrong. Again, I support Henne because he can make the mental transition this year.GIVE HIM SOME HELP. want Bush to be an every down back? Get him a fullback!