When things are going badly for a football team, people look at the coach and the quarterback. This may or may not be fair, but the fact of the matter is that these are the guys who are most often criticized when a team struggles and most praised when a team does well. To make things even more specific, when things in the passing game are not going well, it is almost always looked at as the quarterback’s fault.
Well, our QB, John Congemi, is here to tell you that that’s an oversimplification. That just because the Dolphins pass offense is struggling and just because Chad Henne completed only five passes for 55 yards agains the Jets on Sunday, that there is plenty of blame to go around–these struggles are not just about #7…
Guest Blog, by John Congemi
Everyone always looks at Chad Henne when the Dolphins offense gets stagnant and doesn’t move the football, but the way this offense is built, all the parts must play a role!
The passing game can be successful and productive on it’s own, but that doesn’t always equal victory. Henne threw for 363 yards against the Jets early in the season, as well as 305 verses New England, but both in losing causes! He’s been more efficient in games where his attempts are modest (19-28 for 240 vs. Tennessee and 17-30 for 307 vs. Oakland), and when the running game accompanied his production. That sort of overall team effort allows Miami to possess the football and control the tempo of the game.
There’s no denying in the next three games the absence of Brian Hartline will be big, but a healthier Brandon Marshall down the stretch should help the overall passing game. Henne must continue to make good decisions, but the people around him must also elevate their level of play to win out and have a chance to get to meaningful games in Janurary!
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