It looks like the beginning of training camp could be right around the corner. It’s time for all NFL players to put the 2010 season in the past and look forward to a fresh start in 2011. This off-season has been unusual to say the least, and most Dolphins players have been getting together for player-organized team workouts over the past two months. Although its been a more relaxed atmosphere this off-season, the heat is about to be turned up on the quarterback position and Chad Henne.
This lockout has put many teams behind schedule that have had changes to their staff, including the Dolphins, but this process just might have benefited Henne in more ways that one! I realize that there is a new offense to learn and terminology to digest. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would have jumped at the opportunity to teach the nuances of this offense to his star pupil, but I believe this is Chad’s chance to learn and decipher what he likes about his new offense on his own.
Henne probably has enough of the new terminology and schemes to digest it and teach technique, timing and spacing the way he sees it. This is a good thing for Henne because he can take ownership of this offense. He needs to be the guy in charge and the player his teammates rally around.
It’s also Henne’s second season with Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess. Henne must look to expand on what Marshall can do and look for ways to make this combination more productive, but it’s a two-way street! This offense must create more red zone chances for Marshall and spread the field and get the best mismatch for Bess. Speed kills and Henne should utilize a healthy Brian Hartline and draft choice Edmond Gates to stretch opposing defenses. A reliable running game is a luxury for a quarterback, and the addition of rookies Daniel Thomas and Mike Pouncey should help balance the attack. These are the concerns and issues for Daboll to concern himself with, but it’s time for Chad to break out and he knows it! That’s the attitude and body language you want if your a fan wearing aqua and orange.
Henne is planning to be the quarterback under center for the Miami Dolphins come opening night against New England. I guarantee that’s where his mindset is and it’s never been anything different. No matter what quarterback the Dolphins sign when the league year opens, Henne’s attitude will not change! That’s the way he must feel all day, everyday!
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