Friday, October 9, 2009

Why The Schedule Is Good For Chad Henne

by The Knight Who Says Ni!


Let's start with him getting thrown into the fire in San Diego when Pennington went down. He played okay but threw a bad pick for 6 that basically sealed the deal. Okay he got a quick lesson in how important protecting the ball is.


He seemed to learn from it by not turning the ball over once in the Bills game despite being sacked 6 times and fumbling twice, but he recovered. He rebounded in that game with an unspectacular but solid performance against the Bills and got a good home win against a division rival.


The next two games with the Jets and Saints with a bye in between are at home. So he gets to settle in and not play in a hostile environment on the road for a few weeks. He along with the entire team gets to stay in Miami for a couple more weeks. The bye comes at a good time for him to get a little more up to speed. That week could be used for the entire team to work on what everyone is doing well and continue to build our identity on both sides of the ball. Special teams could use some work too.


Yes the home crowd could be tough if Henne struggles, but it's still not nearly as significant as being on the road with crowd noise and no fan support. Unless he completely implodes at home and the crowd gets on him because the feeling is that the season is lost and he's a bust. Most fans are short-term result oriented; you're great, you suck, you're great, you suck. 


Then again they'll just blame Ted Ginn and Channing Crowder so he should be okay. :  )


I'm excited to watch the development of Chad Henne because the trifecta is high on him and he will be given every chance to succeed. This 2008 2nd round pick has the prototype size (6-3 235), arm strength and he's a decent athlete. He reminds me of Phil Simms. Jake Long reminds me of Jumbo Elliot. So I see a Parcells stamp here. Not that he drafted them because he didn't, but he coached them and he likes those types of players. The Michigan style of football is Parcells' style. Yes I know Simms didn't play at Michigan but Jumbo, Long and Henne did.


So Henne has the physical tools. Does he have the other intangibles a QB needs? 


1. Does he have the leadership (command of his troops), do they believe in him?
2. Can he read defenses and execute game plans?
3. Can he protect the ball consistently?
4. Can he handle tough, big game situations and play under pressure?
5. Can he make the players around him better?
6. Is he durable?


As we all know, there will be ups and downs with a young QB so we have to patient. At the same time Chad has to show he can do some special things. We shall see.


Let's support our young QBs and not run them out of town before they have a decent body of work to fairly evaluate them.


Go Phins!!!!

42 comments:

  1. Knight, Tin, Ginn is a bust and Henne's going the same way. Let's trade him now for any pro-bowl QB we can get and their first round pick? lol
    I'm not even sure if we know what the finished product will be at the end of the season as far as Henne is concerned, but we'll have a much better idea about the answers to those questions.
    So far, I think the answer to q1 is yes and it's his to lose and the answers to q2 & 3 are yes so far.
    Early days.

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  2. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Cool, thanks Tin!

    I'm just glad we have a young QB who's more like a Marine than a member of 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'.  :-D

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  3. 1.  The players and coaches say that he does,as time goes on they will trust him more.

    2.  I think the gameplan stuff he's got down.  Hard to tell on the reading of defenses because the pick 6 he had wasn't really a matter of reading anything on account that he threw the ball without actually looking.  The pass could have been completed too but the safety made a heck of a play.

    3.  Consistently, no, he HAS fumbled a few times now, but I don't think he's turned the ball over more than 3 times total in his regular and pre-season games...off the top of my head...no proof...but eventually those fumbles go the other way.

    4. He seems super calm out there.  Ice Blood.

    5. It's funny I couldn't figure out why Ted Ginn wasn't having a big game vs Buffalo until the cameras showed him on the sidelines and the announcers mentioned how he had barely been in the game.  At some point, Ginn and Hartline are going to start breaking deep plays, at least more than they would with Pennington in there.  I expect Bess and Camarillo to benefit from the zippier passing too, as they will only have to get open for a half-second.

    6.  I think Henne was pretty banged up his senior year at Michigan but only missed two games in his entire college career.  So far in the NFL he's taken his fair share of sacks and has gotten up every time.

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  4. Let's hope everyone does support him and gives him time.  Good point about the schedule, didn't realize that.  All I saw was a Jet sandwich with Saints smeared in the middle of it.  HUGE game Monday night, this is where we find what we really have.  Checked on Omar's Q&A and he claims they're shopping Ginn as we speak.  Maybe they're looking to keep him uninjured?  I not a Ginn basher, but he is missing something, and with Hartline coming on the scene with a serious fire to play, it's hard not to look at Ginn and wonder....As long as the line can keep Henne clean, he'll light it up in my opinion.

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  5. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    I also feel that he has answered some of the questions and can finish with a pretty good grade in all areas. The thing I'm interested to see is how long does it take him to get more confident where he starts making big time plays and becomes a legitimate threat for opposing teams.

    In the Jets game we all know the Jets want the game in Henne's hands and not in our running game. We basically want the same thing with the Jets. Put the game in Dirty Sanchez's hands and out of Jones and Washington.

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  6. I will 100% guarantee (and eat my shorts later if I'm proved wrong) that the
    Dolphins are not actively shopping Ted Ginn. At this point we would have
    heard about it if it were true because the noise gets louder as the
    trade-deadline approaches. Also, no team decides to trade someone DURING
    the season....they do make a decision before the season and put it out there
    and hope to get an acceptable offer. The player has to be on the other
    teams' radar screens, otherwise they wouldn't have time to come up with
    deals/scenarios. Look at Tony Gonzalez, Braylon Edwards, TO, and just about
    everyone else who has ever been traded. They don't SUDDENLY become trade
    bait. They are known commodities for ages before a deal is done.

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  7. Actually I'd want the game in Jones' hands because our run defense is better
    than our pass defense.

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  8. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Tins,

    I disagree.  I was totally surprsed (& don't tell you weren't) when Chris Chambers was traded.  I don't think that Ginn is actively "being shopped" but all it takes is for one team to look to address a need & then BAM!!!  The trade is done.  Personally outside of the Raiders who are always looking for speed instead of substance I can't see a team wanting Ginn. 

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  9. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    There are several cases when a team gets depleted at certain positions & then makes a desperate move during the season.

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  10. I knew Chambers was on the trading block and I wasn't even paying that much
    attention at the time!

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  11. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    I understand that but stopping the run puts the ball in Sanchez's hands. LOL

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  12. That's not the same. A team may need to go out and get someone without
    prior planning (case in point, Tyler Thigpen), but it's not like KC wasn't
    already shopping Thigpen before Pennington's injury. The team with the
    player doesn't suddenly go, "oh we're desperate for draft picks for next
    year, and now in week 5 we figured out how to get one." You and I do the GM
    thing a couple of minutes a week. There are people who get paid to do it
    forty hours a week. They're not waiting till the last minute to come up
    with a plan. I know it may seem like that to fans, but even the worst GM
    has a team of people working on this stuff all day long, all year long.

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  13. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Henne looked as good as I could've hoped for considering he's a young player that was making his first NFL start.  I'm quite sure that if the kid picks up the speed of the game & knows how to read defenses, Henning will expand the play-calling to utilize this kid's arms. 

    Obviously our O-line & team has shown improvement in the running game & I know Henne & Pennington both hold on to the ball too long, they need to pick up their game in terms of pass protection but the line, the TE's, & the RB's all have to do a better job of giving Henne more time.  I don't want to see Henne become a punching bag which is why I think it's a recipe for disaster when teams throw a young QB out on the field & don't provide him with adequate protection.  If you look at the QB's who have had the most success right away like Roethlisberger, Ryan, Flacco, or Marino for that matter they had good O-lines to work with.   Sanchez is VERY fortunate to have the line he has but it doesn't guarantee success however a bad line guarantees instant struggles like Aikman or Peyton Manning.

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  14. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Really???  Is that why Chambers was stunned & was reduced to tears when he heard the news???  Come on.  No one knew he was getting traded.  He was all set to mentor Ginn.  Remember he was a Cleveland native that was coached by Ginn's father.

    You're talking out of your a$$!!!

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  15. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Excuse my grammer/grammar??? Ha!!!  Hopefully you get the point...I think/hope???

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  16. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    He wasn't on the trading block until AJ Smith saw that his WR's were not getting the job done & was willing to give us a 2nd round pick.  I don't recall one single rumor about him being traded.  Seriously.

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  17. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Considering all of our miserable drafts & very questionable FA signings over the last two years that's just sad!!!

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  18. I'm not talking out of my ASS. Chambers was traded just before the deadline
    in October, but was reported on the trading block before the season started,
    months earlier.
    Just because you're on the block, doesn't mean you're going to be traded
    definitely and I'm sure he didn't ask to be traded as he was all set up in
    South Florida. Maybe his early mentoring of Ginn included 'How to Drop The
    Ball 101'.

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  19. Then your memory isn't good.

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  20. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    WHP, there were rumblings that Chambers could be on the block but like Tin said that doesn't mean it's going to happen. Players learn to deal with rumors. Chambers was shocked when it actually happened probably because he didn't think it would happen.

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  21. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Ha!!!  LOL @ Tins!!!  Drops & all he was still by far our best WR at the time.

    I honestly thought we traded him b/c it was clear we weren't going anywhere since we hadn't one a game & Cameron was looking to get picks to rebuild.  I could be wrong & if I am so be it.

    BTW--By far the best personnel move by Team MuellerCam & it's not even close.

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  22. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    I've done my share to kill brain cells but that isn't the case.  If this is/was the case it's not due to memory loss it's due to ignorance of the situation.

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  23. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    I didn't think it would happen.  I was shocked by I was so numbed by our winless campaign that I didn't really care one way or another.  However, I do recall thinking that getting a 2nd round pick in return was very fortuitous!!!  Outside of one season, Chambers never turned into the receiver that I saw brilliant flashes of from time to time.  Big time tease!!!

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  24. We Have PlaymakersOctober 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Tins,

    BTW--That picture of Sanchez that you posted yesterday was hilarious.  I'm sure he's a big hit in the gay community with that shot.

    I hate the Jets, I hate USC, I hate pretty boys so therefore I hate Sanchez.

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  25. ""Most fans are short-term result oriented; you're great, you suck, you're great, you suck.""


    NAILED IT !!!   Cept that one who's opinion does a u-turn upon EVERY PLAY or game is NO FAN,(just a critic)!!

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fan+base?qsrc=2446

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    the regular supporters and enthusiasts of a team, musician or musical group, entertainer, or other celebrity

    Note the words ""SUPPORTERS / ENTHUSIAST"" !!
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    NICE PIECE KNIGHT,THANX!! 

    IF the critics strip him of his jock-strap,I'll support his balls until he succeeds,
    and believe it'll be a short-term assignment !!! 

    GO HENNE, GO   M    I    A    M    I        D    O    L    P    H    I    N    S    !!!!

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  26. I wasn't joking when I said that was the most masculine one. I could have
    chosen much worse....but there's always the second game!

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  28. "IF the critics strip him of his jock-strap,I'll support his balls until he
    succeeds,
    and believe it'll be a short-term assignment !!! "
    Wow....what a fan!

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  30. <span style="color: #b40707;"><span style=""><span style="color: #660000;">"POSTED 8:32 p.m. EDT, August 28, 2007</span>
    <span style="color: #660000;">PASS-CATCHERS AVAILABLE FOR PEANUTS</span>
    <span style="color: #660000;">Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that a trio of Florida receivers are available to any interested takers.</span>
    <span style="color: #660000;">Specifically Reggie Williams of the Jaguars, Michael Clayton of the Bucs, and Chris Chambers of the Dolphins are on the block.</span>
    <span style="color: #660000;">But Schefter says that no serious talks have occurred regarding any of the three, which means that all three of them are in danger of being released on or before Saturday. Chambers, a second-round pick in 2001, has been the best of the three. Clayton and Williams were first-round picks in 2004. Williams was the No. 9 overall pick; Clayton was No. 15.</span>

    <span style="color: #660000;">OK this is bit of shock but given his propensity to play within himself more often than not, then it is no surprise."</span>

    <span style="color: #330099;">    * 06:52 AM ET   08.29.07 </span>

    <span style="color: #330099;">Chris Chambers, the Dolphins' No. 1 pass-catcher, is reportedly on the trading block, a move that could signal the growing confidence in the development of first-round draft pick Ted Ginn Jr. as a wide receiver. Although Chambers has not been prominently featured during the preseason, it is not believed to be because of any level of disappointment from the coaching staff. But the NFL Network reported that Chambers' name has been popping up in league circles, and teams are aware that he's available.</span>

    <span style="color: #330099;">Miami Herald</span>

    Keep in mind that Chambers was coming off a down year in 2006, a new head coach came in, drafted his man-crush in Ginn, Chambers was arrested during the summer, and they were a shit team.  But they probably didn't get the offer they wanted until the trade deadline because I believe Chambers was actually having a very good season up until then AND he copped a plea in his court case right before he was traded and the NFL decided not to suspend him.
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  31. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    LOL, looking forward to it.

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  32. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    One thing about Chambers, at the beginning of this season he had more TDs than Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss. Not bad for a tease.  ;)

    We could use some of those TDs these days. Our WRs have a combined 6 TDs since last year. Chambers had 7 as a rookie.

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  33. I do see Sanchez being able to throw the ball Monday, there will probably be a few big plays (can't help it, I've seen it happen all season).  BUT I hope the secondary can make it all for nothing with a few key picks (aided by our pass rush).  I know the rookie corners have a friendly competition between each other, so Smith will want to one up Davis, and vice versa.  The vets (safety's included) don't want the rooks showing them up, so they're hungry.  That is what I see as the difference maker.  Picks.  Both teams built similarly, pretty evenly matched, it'll be the turnovers for sure.

    Had a dream Channing got his first NFL int and calmly walked over to Rex and handed him the ball....

    Definitely a dream, for if that happened, Channing would probably be flagged for being everything but calm, but it's nice to dream.....


    Question: Does Pace help, or is he out-of-sync with his teammates who haven't practiced with him for a month?

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  34. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    I had a dream before the Bills game that #21 had a big pick. I came away thinking that it was Sean Smith because he was #31 and switched to #24 but I got the number confused with #21. I never have dreams about big plays for the Dolphins. Weird stuff goes on and it usually ends up on the downside.  :(

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  35. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    That would be awesome if Channing made the biggest play of his career. I agree that we'll probably give up a few big pass plays. It sounds like Cotchery may be out for the game so that helps. We can't allow Edwards to have a welcome to NY party. We have to keep him as a non-factor.

    The key to the game in my opinion is we stop the run and pressure Sanchez on defense, run the ball and give Henne time to convert 3rd downs.

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  36. Crowder making a play at or behind the LOS would be nice. Instead he is always a step slow and a johnnie come lately to the plays...

    Be glad when we draft a deuce of LBs and a big ole WR in the upcoming draft.

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  37. Do you remember Jackie Shipp ?   4.5 speed in the 40, 8.2 speed in the brain.  Crowder is his clone.

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  38. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Thanks bro!

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  39. The Knight who says Ni!October 9, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    No, no, no... Crowder is much better than Shipp. 

    Guys, we're the #2 run defense in the league. Do you think the 'Mike' LB might have something to do with it?

    Sorry guys you're going overboard with the Crowder stuff. He's not a big time playmaker, we get it! He's very solid though. He does a lot of things he doesn't get any credit for.

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