Is Chad Henne the Fall Guy? Or is Tony Sparano?

19 Nov

24-37 for 217 yards. 22 of 34 for 231 yards. 19 of 28 for 240 yards in two and a half quarters of work.

These numbers, put up by Chad Henne over his last three appearances, aren’t exactly Marino-esque. But hell if they don’t look damned good compared to the display we witnessed tonight.

Tony Sparano pulled the plug on the Trifecta’s anointed heir apparent, and the Football Gods have made him pay ever since. Sure, they granted Miami a victory last week, reminding Tony of Henne’s ability for five drives before sending him to the trainer’s table as well. But this waffling at the most important of positions, involving the guy Tony and The Tuna hand-picked to revive the position in South Florida, may be remembered as the moment everything started to sour.

Chad Henne has still never played a full season as the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. He’s thrown his share of picks, though if you look at the tape you’ll see that plenty of receiver miscues contributed to those INT numbers. Chad Pennington is the most accurate passer in NFL history at 66%. Is Henne God awful at 62%?

We still maintain that this was a panic move. Chad “Glass Jaw and All Other Body Parts” Pennington couldn’t make it through a series. And now that Tyler “Crazylegs” Thigpen hasn’t risen from the ashes like a glistening phoenix in shoulderpads, Tony’s got to shuffle up to the youngster again.

“So Chad. How’s the old leg doin’ there, buddy? You remember that benching a couple weeks back? I was just bustin’ your chops a little bit. You know you’re my guy. Dinner? Some popcorn? Maybe watch some game film together?”

Just for kicks, here’s the career tale of the tape between Henne and that glorious cheeseball in green, Mark “The Shirtless Wonder” Sanchez.

HENNE. 476-768 (62% completion), 5085 yards, 21TD, 25INT

SANCHEZ. 359-662 (54% completion), 4435 yards, 24TD, 26INT

Henne got the hook, while Sanchez remains locked in as the unquestioned starter. Perhaps winning cures everything? And perhaps when you’re losing, and your legend of a boss is sailing into the sunset, you tend to get a little jittery.

So now the Dolphins are forced to sit and watch this weekend as several AFC teams pull further ahead of us in the standings. Mathematical elimination won’t happen for a while, but the reality is grim. Brandon Marshall will soon be forced to punt his guarantee of a playoff spot, or to just drop it.

And we’re wondering, when Chad Henne once again drops back to pass for the SoFlo Sea Mammals, if he’ll be auditioning for the next coach?

GO DOLPHINS — and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose


5 Responses to “Is Chad Henne the Fall Guy? Or is Tony Sparano?”

  1. tbonla213 November 19, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    this coaching staff has lost us several games.ive been saying it since last season.with the exception of m nolan everyone needs to go.. mr. ross please bring in bill cower

    • danewen November 19, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Nolan has been amazing. The guy is a genius.

      And I too have seen several games lost to gutless decisions and poor play calls. So frustrating.

      Cowher, huh? I like him. Guys definitely go to war for him. I don’t know if he’s ready to come back yet though. Jon Gruden is my guy.

      Thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose!

    • Dino November 19, 2010 at 4:40 am #

      We need Mark Tressman he was at the you as quarterback coach then off.coordinator for that great Oakland team that loss to Tampa in the super bowl. He is currently in Canada as a Head Coach and his team after 3 years won the Canadian Super Bowl ,I think the Grey Cup is the name bring this man back to Miami, again MARK TRESMAN is his name then we can be DOLPHIN FANS AGAIN , PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. InFINcible November 19, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Bring in anyone at this point. I too like Gruden, but he’s not a personnel guy, so who do you bring in then? I’m not a big Ireland fan so I’ll take anyone not named Matt Millen. All I know is I don’t even want Sparano coaching our OL. Maybe they promote Nolan to HC? We’ve got 10 days until Oakland, I say can Sparano now, let Nolan be the interim coach and let’s see what he can do along with Henne for the rest of the year.

  3. Rob November 19, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    We will gladly take any of your Defensive coaches off your hands. I really hope we can join you in the .500 club after Sunday’s shocking victory over the Jets.

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