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From the Podium 12/22/10
By on December 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

The Dolphins were back at practice today in advance of Sunday’s home finale against the Lions and after practice, head coach Tony Sparano met with the media to discuss the match-up. Asked early on if he would give any consideration to using Tyler Thigpen as the starting quarterback in the final two weeks of the season, Sparano said that the teams needs to “continue to develop Chad [Henne].” He was later asked if he knows what he has in Henne and responded “I think I know a lot about him.” Other notes…

-LB Karlos Dansby was not at practice today, a coach’s decision. Sparano said he just wanted to get Dansby off his feet for a day.

-The Detroit offense poses some definite challenges, one of which is that the Fins aren’t entirely sure which QB they’ll be facing on Sunday: Drew Stanton or Shaun Hill, who took the first team reps for them today. Sparano said that the Lions like to do a lot of different things with Stanton, particularly some involving him running around.

-Sparano had seriously high praise for Lions WR Calvin Johnson, calling him one of the two or three best receivers the team has faced this season. The most dangerous thing about him, according to the coach, is that even when you think you have him covered, you really don’t, because of his skills in the air.

UPDATE: Here is video of Sparano diagnosing the problem with the Dolphins run game as well as his assessment of rookie DT Ndamukong Suh:



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cudlow says:

You are so wrong. Henne is a good young QB. He would be a very good QB with an offensive coordinator who knew what a football was and a head coach who knew how to win. We have neither of those. The owner should immediately fire both Henning and Soprano and get Bill Cowher in Miami. Too late this year, but he could begin to know the team and establish his expectations.

Klenton66 says:

I think everybody knows what we have in Henne, the problem is, Sparano keeps making excuses for him. He aint biting as a pup. Give Thigpen, who is unknown to the fans and the coaching staff a chance. If not Sparano should be fired, for not exploring possible avenues to improve this team and win games. Henne aint working. If you are looking for that (I told you so moment) it aint happening with the combination of Henne and Henning. Chad gives you one good game out of four or five, He isn’t consistent except for consistently dissapointing the Dolphin fans.

Klenton66 says:

The problem I have with the excuses from Sparano, he seemed to blame the defense for giving up big plays, if your offense goes 3 and out 90% of the time, the defense has a tendency to get tired, I believe this is where the offense and the play of Chad Henne, has taken a toll on this team. Sparano endorses, and makes excuses for Henne and Henning and wants both of them back. If your offense is almost dead last in every statistical catigory except 3 and outs and turnovers, you REALLY think you are going to be successfull next year doing the same thing? THIS ALONE, should be enough of a reason to not want Sparano back. THe offense Sparano has this year, is very comparable to the year before he got here, and somehow he believes he has made great progress.