Henne’s Holy Hurls: The Three Throws That Said it All

11 May

The Bottlenose was pleased as punch to recently see a replay of the Dolphins out-dueling the visiting Jets on Monday Night Football, clad in their unstoppable “Orange Crush” uniforms.

It was of course a fantastic win, and Chad Henne was the unquestioned star of the night. His yardage total wasn’t spectacular, at only 241 yards. However, he was 20 for 26, with a passer rating of 130.4. Certainly a great completion percentage, to go along with a pair of touchdowns.

But what doesn’t register in the box score is the trio of star-making throws that should leave every warm-blooded SoFlo Sea Mammal enthusiast positively giddy about our team’s future.

53-yards to Ted Ginn. Poor Ted beat his man far too rarely, but he certainly saved his best for this important moment. With just over ten minutes left in the game, Ted’s double-move left him open behind Revis the Butthead (did I just coin that one?), streaking towards the end zone. Henne launched a gorgeous 50-yard bomb down the middle of the field, hitting Ginn in stride, over the shoulder for what would be the most memorable play of the season.

Late in the fourth. The Dolphins are down three after a gift pass interference gave the Jets a free touchdown from the one-yard line (SIDE NOTE: The decidedly pro-Jet announcers failed to say a single word about Braylon “Butterfingers” Edwards completely dropping a sure touchdown on the interference play). The Dolphins have driven, but now face a 3rd and 5 on the Jet 30. If the play fails, we end up attempting a 45+ yard field goal to tie.

Instead, with the Jets bringing the house, and free safety Kerry Rhodes in Henne’s face, the young QB throws an unbelievable touch pass to Greg Camarillo on a short out pattern, dropping it over the cornerback and hitting Camarillo squarely on the hands for a gain of fourteen. It’s a play that looks infinitely easier than it was. Drive continues.

A minute left in the game. Now a 3rd and 10 from the sixteen. Is this where the Dolphins will stall, kick a game-tying field goal, then allow the Jets the ball again with time on the clock?

Henne will have none of it. He takes the snap, rolls right, Lousaka Polite holding off Jet defenders while his quarterback scans for the open man. Finally, Henne plants and delivers a rifle shot to a falling Camarillo, just inside the chalk at the four-yard line.

It’s a big time play. This guy can move. He rolls out forever, then still manages to deliver a cannonball directly on the hands. Checkmate. Ronnie bulldozes into the end zone forty seconds later. Good guys win.

Henne made these tosses on the prime time stage, against our most bitter rival, not to mention the #1 defense in football. And he didn’t look the least bit rattled doing it.

Comparing any young quarterback to Dan Marino is cruel and unusual punishment. However, I believe it’s safe to say that we haven’t had a guy who can make all of those throws since #13 was lacing ’em up.

Relive the highlights at the link below. It’s worth it.



8 Responses to “Henne’s Holy Hurls: The Three Throws That Said it All”

  1. EricG May 11, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    I remember it fondly — it was that touch pass when I realized that Miami had possibly, finally, found its quarterback of the future. The kid’s got skill; let’s hope he continues to push forward. Marshall’s presence should only help.

  2. wefrewf May 11, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    your an idiot…Ted Ginn didnt “rarely” beat his man deep he always beat his man deep there was just no one to get him the ball

    remember the Texans game? or the Falcons game? or even the games in 08′

    • EricG May 11, 2010 at 11:32 am #

      Here’s the thing — if he went deep, Ginn could indeed beat his man. Except EVERY team knew that he was next to useless in the short and medium range, which made it incredibly easy to cover him up top with a safety and take away any potential/threat he had. So, yeah, it’s true — Ginn rarely beat his man or men. He was (is) a one-dimensional route-runner at best. For every two or three times you can think of that he was underthrown and had his man beat (and yeah, there are a few), there are countless times when he simply went target-less throughout games, simply because he wasn’t open.

      The man can run a skinny post, and that’s about it. He needs open field to utilize his admittedly great speed; he’s fast, but he’s never been “quick”, which is why he fielded kickoffs and not punts.

      We’ve made some wonderful addition-by-subtraction in getting rid of Ginn and opening our starting lineup to the tune of Marshall, Bess, and Hartline. Miami’s future looks pretty damned vertical to me.

      • danewen May 11, 2010 at 11:42 am #

        Great comments, Eric… Look, what’s so frustrating about Ginn is that he occasionally flashes greatness. But football is largely measured by consistency and production. Ginn offered neither.

      • Eye of the tiger May 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

        Helloooo! thats the type of receiver he is, hes not a short intermedate guy. The fact that you say he couldnt get open in those routes is nonsense. No hes got a great route runner but Ginn for the most part was open now wether or not he made the catch is a different story, but to say he doesnt get open in bullshit.

        heres an example when corners play off they automatically give him a 10 yard cushion just on his speed alone so comebacks routes are always open for him.

        and having ginn wouldve only helped Marshall.. while Marshall attracts double teams that leaves Ginn 1 on 1 with a defender and no saftey over the top. Ginn wouldve also provided a deep threat for us…Marshall is everything we need as far as a #1 is concerned but when you look at Hartline, Bess, Camarillo, and such none of these guys are speedster nor can they stretch the field. hopefully one of the practice squad members with some speed can come in

      • danewen May 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

        Hartline was in the NFL’s top ten in yards per reception. Ginn was not even close. Thinking that Marshall’s arrival would have suddenly made Ginn a monster is a stretch.

    • Shaggy May 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      Be careful who you call an idiot, there is a reason soft teddy is gone for a fifth rounder. He was a hobo, good riddance.

  3. Jd May 11, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Screw Ginn great post Go Henne!!!

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