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John Congemi: Chad Henne in Position to Improve
By on October 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Quarterbacks, they say, are like fine wines. They take time to develop and  they both get better with age. And like a wine being better with a nice piece of steak or a great dish of pasta, quarterbacks are better when they are given protection and weapons.

Our QB, John Congemi, is here to tell you that the Dolphins young quarterback, Chad Henne, is on his way. With a solid offensive line and with help from the running game, he thinks that Henne and the Fins offense have a chance to help lead this team back into the win column:

Guest Blog, by John Congemi

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins were 2-0 and riding high after road victories against Buffalo and Minnesota, and everyone was praising the confident play of quarterback Chad Henne. After home losses to the Jets and the Pats, though, the excitement and optimism have faded a bit, and Dolphin fans aren’t sure what to make of their team.

I’m here to say this: please be patient with your team and your quarterback! Henne has all of the qualities to lead this offense and win football games for the Miami Dolphins. He’s the type of player that leads by his play, and when asked, can win a game by throwing the football.

The best thing that could have happened to Chad this past week was to have the bye week, so that he could sit back and analyze his play with coordinator Dan Henning and veteran backup Chad Pennington! Both of these men have the knowledge and the experience to focus on what Chad has done well and they will also point out where he can improve.

Henne is not close to becoming the finished product that we all want to see. He still needs the running game, like most quarterbacks do, to help him move the football, and become a reliable weapon for this offense. This will become more important this week against Green Bay. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will need to be productive and shoulder some of the load on offense. If they can get some chunk yards and run the football with consistency, it will take away some of the attempts from the passing game.

Henne will also need to focus in on Brandon Marshall early to make it easier for Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano in the middle of the field. Balance can only be achieved if the offensive line can move people at the point of attack. If those things happen, Chad Henne’s job will become that much easier and his rate of success will be that much higher!

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3 Responses to “John Congemi: Chad Henne in Position to Improve”

  1. BrianH says:

    As I see it, here’s what Henne needs to work on, in order of priority:

    1) Reads immediately after the snap. Henne has 3 games in a row now where receivers are coming wide open early after the snap and he’s not even seeing them because he’s not seeing the ENTIRE field. (Sparano also just pointed this out the other day on one play to RB coming open.) I know thet every QB misses open receivers sometimes, but this is becoming a habit. I can tell this immediately on TV replays – why isn’t he / the coaches seeing this in game film? (Pennington!?? Hello!) Whether this is a result of locking onto the fiirst read in his checkdowns (or just plain not looking!) he then locks into a receiver and sometimes forces the ball into coverage (sometimes double coverage becasue they’re reading his eyes). This would be unnecessary if he would have the ability to see the open receiver sooner. He may not have developed into the “final” product yet, but you would think this is something that would have developed by now!? Correct this problem and the INT’s should drop significantly.

    2) Red zone passing – seems like he’s looking only for Marshall or Fasano. The coverage is different and tighter in the red zone as the filed is narrowed – you need a LOT of work down there to get efficient. A good short yardage running game would help him here also. Lousaka Polite, anyone?

    3) Becoming more comfortable throwing out of the shotgun, rather than having to go under center on 3rd and long sometimes. And the OC calling play action passes on these downs isn’t helping him any as the defenses are NOT biting. If you’re going to run PA on 3rd and long, you might want to establish the running game FIRST.

    4) Touch passes. Getting better, but still needs improvement.

    5) Defenses are getting used to him rolling out to his right and are prepared for it and are defending it well. Roll out to his left or become more comfortable / efficient in the pocket.

    6) Establish himself as a leader. This may be #1, but will come with time / leading sucessful efforts on the field.

    • MrAl says:

      I agree it is to early to trash Chad Henne, but you state “Just a couple of weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins were 2-0 and riding high after road victories against Buffalo and Minnesota, and everyone was praising the confident play of quarterback Chad Henne”
      What where you watching, the offense was terrible including Chad Henne. I think they should let Chad Pennington start and give Chad Henne more practice

  2. juanjodg says:

    Much better and complete the BrianH’s analysis than John Congemi. I add the fins offense is so predictive, I do not understand why pass on 1st down when the key is to stablish run game and set free Chad Henne from a pressure than he still does not handle. Henne needs more precision on long passes. Well, there is a lot of improvements on Chad Henne and offensive in general, I demand Tony Saparano and Dan Henning take responsability on that.

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