On this day-after the Dolphins 17-14 loss to the Bills, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to discuss the game as well as the remaining two games in the 2010 season. With so much talk about the Dolphins lack of a rushing attack against one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL, Sparano pointed out that in the second half, they chose to come out throwing after 12 first half rushes resulted in just 40 yards (3.3 yards per carry). Furthermore, there was a stretch from the start of the third quarter until the tail end of the fourth when Chad Henne and the offense were picking up seven yards per attempt and nine yards per completion when throwing the football. He said that he made the decision to push the passing game, because there were better opportunities there to pick up yards.
As for the defense, Sparano seemed frustrated with some of the big plays that the Bills picked up. He said that 12 of their 26 passing plays resulted in 207 of their 223 passing yards, meaning that there were some big chunks given up.
Sparano, though, had some good things to say about Henne’s play, noting that there were a couple of stretches where he was red hot and that his completion percentage on the day (73%) was very high. For the most part, Sparano said, Henne made better decisions and had better ball location.
Of course there were questions about offensive coordinator Dan Henning. Sparano reminded everyone that Henning was the same guy that everyone was calling a genius the last couple of years for figuring out how to use so many different people so many different ways. Sparano also emphasized that he looks at the entire body of working when evaluating someone, not just the last couple of games, and that overall, Henning has been “tremendous.”
UPDATE: Here is video of Sparano talking about Brandon Marshall’s apology to the defense as well as conversation about kicker Dan Carpenter’s rough game:
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