Alot has been made lately of when to start Henne, whether it's this season, next season, next week, or whatever. I've said that this season is a stepping stone to next year since the beginning, and I still believe that. This team just isn't good enough to make the playoffs, no matter how down the AFC is. It would be a great story, the ultimate Cinderella story, if you will, but I can't see it happening. Now, I'm not bashing the Phins, not at all, just trying to keep expectations in check and priorities straight. If this year was about making the playoffs, the secondary would've been fixed with flashy FA signings last offseason. If this year was about playoffs, we would've been major players in the Roy Williams deal Dallas made at the deadline. And if this year was about playoffs, Jason Taylor would still be here, instead of Washington's draft picks.
So, with that out of the way, here's a few guys I would like to see moved around and developed, for numerous reasons.
- Jason Allen - Obviously he's no good at safety, as this is the second coaching staff in a row to shelve him in favor of what should be inferior players. So, whatever he's doing in practice isn't impressing anybody. Let's see if he can play Cornerback. He's big (6'1, 200) and fast (4.39 at the combine), and supposedly his biggest drawback is understanding the schemes. So stick him out there on an island and see if he can be successful with just athleticism. What's the worst that can happen, he sucks like the rest of the guys we have out there? Best case scenario, he actually comes into his own, becoming a good corner, and filling a huge hole in our swiss cheese secondary.
- Brandon London - Had some buzz lately on this site, and I'd like to see if it's warranted. He's got the size you look for in a possession receiver at 6'4 215lbs, and he has the ability to beat guys at the LOS and separate, as evidenced by him playing Gunner on the Punt Team. If he can catch, now is the time to find out if he's a playmaker at that spot. Worst case scenario, he has hands like Derek Hagan and remains on special teams. Best case, he's a big target of a receiver in the Marques Colston mold, and becomes a reliable target for Henne next season. If he has game, it also could mean a simple reshuffling of our WR corps would suffice(Ginn, London, Camarillo, Bess), and we could focus that 1st round pick elsewhere.
- Chad Henne - By far the best QB prospect we've had here since Marino (this statement needs an acronym, I'm going with PG, post-God). I trust this staff to handle the maturation of CH from rookie to starter the right way, whichever that way may be. There's evidence of success sitting QB's for a year, and evidence of success throwing them right in, so it depends on the individual player and team. What I want is to see him play in different game situations throughout this season, and to get some starting experience once the team transitions into "build for next year" mode. But for right now, let him run a 2 minute drill, let him run a series in the red zone, let him run a clock-killing drive, and get him some valuable experience in those areas. It can't hurt. And it will only help his develop to play him in meaningful action before he becomes "The Man."
- Any Punter other than Brandon Fields - Seriously, can we get a new punter? Is the Fields Project done with yet? It's not that he sucks always, just when it matters most. He has an incredible knack for shanking balls sideways when we absolutely need to pin a team inside the 20, or booming one outta the endzone when he's got a chance to bounce it down inside the 5. Parcells is building a team that will run the ball, play solid D, and win the Special Teams/Field Position battle consistently. The only thing consistent about Fields is that he contributes to us losing the ST/Field Position battle. Yes, I know, I'm bitching about a Punter. But good Punter's can affect a game more than they're given credit, and bad Punter's can lose you games. Can we start bringing in guys to work out? Who knows, maybe one of em is decent.
Anybody I missed? Any guys you would like to see get some action? Oh, and don't say Wilford, he sucks. Plain and simple.