It's no surprise everyone wants to hand out pink slips when we lose. Not to mention blame this loss on the refs. I agree the refs flawed us out on that play, but to say that was the only reason we lost this game is bullshit.
In the last couple of weeks a lot of people were complaining about Henne locking on to his receivers. If this is truly the case then we should be thanking Dan Henning for protecting him. Do you really want your QB locking onto his receivers with Troy Polomalu patrolling the field? Just sayin
As long as he is the starter there will always be talk about Chad Henne. Well I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at Henne's career...at Michigan. I don't think people realize the type of talent that surrounded Henne on the offensive side of the ball. If you take a look around the NFL all these guys are making impact on their respective teams. I'm going to highlight his receiving core... Braylon Edwards (#1), Mario Manningham (#2), Steve Breaston (deep threat/returner), and Jason Avant (slot receiver). All of these guys are making impact in the NFL on their respective teams. That is some serious talent that he was throwing to at Michigan, not to mention Jake Long on his bind side. This goes to show he can be effective when surrounded by a lot of talent.
Has anyone ever thought that maybe Chad Henne is restricting the play calling and not the other way around? Maybe Henning doesn't think Henne is ready to go all out yet. I refuse to believe that Dan Henning doesn't know how to utilize talent. Jake Delhomme at QB, 2 Pro Bowl receivers in Steve Smith Muhsin Muhammad, and a 1-2 Punch at running back with DeShaun Foster and Stephwen Davis. He took that talent all the way to the Super Bowl. Last time Henning didn't have restrictions at the QB position was in 08'. And we saw the job he did with Chad Pennington then. Where was everyone complaining about his play-calling in 08' huh???
While all the attention is being focused on Henning, I think people are forgetting about the other coordinator Dick Lebeau. His defense is #1 in stopping the run, so I'm not worried about Ronnie or Ricky because no one can run on this defense. Now their pass defense on the other hand is a little more suspect ranking 24th in the league. Unfortunately (and fortunately) our passing defense runs through Brandon Marshall, and they contained him well. They also had the underneath stuff on lock with Bess. It would be nice to have someone to stretch the field and hep out Marshall and Bess underneath. I wouldn' mind giving Roberto Wallace a shot because Hartline has been inconsistent this year.
"Not so special" Teams
Speaking of consistent this group is consistently awful. Outside of Brandon Fields (beast) and Dan Carpenter (money) this is nothing to be proud of. Whether it's coverage or returns, they know how to disappoint.