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Inside The Mindset Of Chad Henne
By on July 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

 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!

What do you think is the #1 reason that Chad Henne will improve in 2011?

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Sebastian says:

I agree, we will never have a Marino or Griese with Sparano calling the shots but this years draft wwe picked up Pouncey who will be a great addition considering we already have Jake Long, we also got Edmund Gates, now this addition not only is going to open up Brandon Marshall but leave the Defence vulnerable to Anthony Fasano, because in the 2010 season we didn’t have a blazing fast receiver we had a beast in Brandon Marshall and the quick shifty-ness of Davone Bess. The only problem was they were able to double up on Brandon Marshall and put a safety and a OLB on Bess now that we have a speedy receiver in Gates they wont be able to double up on Marshall and spread out the DB’s one on Marshall one on Gates and will be forced to either use on LB or a safety on Bess this will open up Running lanes and we will probably be able to long bomb the ball more often.

flabanker says:

We have to be realistic and understand that as long as Sparano is in charge we will never have a Marino-like pass happy offense. That does not mean we can not win, and win a lot. Defense is set with minor exceptions. Look what Pennington did in year one with much less help. Why did that happen? QB play must improve, but most folks do not realize how bad our guard and center play was last year. Things like missing simple def line stunts which resulted in big losses. We must have a bona fide deep threat (that we actually throw to) and force DB’s to also cover RB in the flats with early, on the money throws too. Need better blocking so we can throw to deeper mid range routes. It seems we had the perfect draft to meet these needs. Just need execution. No doubt Henne can do it. HE JUST NEEDS HELP. Maybe pick up a big time guard in free agency. Also need to keep specialty special teams players rather than best available position player who then has to play special teams. That mistake is on Sparano and Ireland. Sparano: I am available for personal consults. Henne: You should be living with Marshall this summer. Total dedication! 12-4 Heard it here first. Go Fins!!! Miss ya Mad Dog….

OMikeyboy says:

I’d expect Chad to improve, especially in the Red zone. The question is how much?