Ever thought of using something like this Dan "Forgotten more football than everyone else" Henning?
I'm not interested in crapping all over Henning's career but he has to open up the playbook and deviate from the typical patterns he shows week in and week out. It has to be said that the man's playbook is so vanilla I'm not sure if I'm watching football or ordering a DQ Blizzard. The rhythm buster plays notwithstanding (you have to call something other than a pass eventually no matter how many in a row Chad Henne completes) Dan Henning seems to call plays every week that seem grossly out of place. The most epic of these fails was the 3rd and 6 wildcat play against New England. How many times each week do we see plays that make us go WTF!!! When was the last time you saw a Dolphins receiver catch a quick slant pass? Shouldn't a YAC machine like Brandon Marshall or Davone Bess be able to take a 2 yard screen and turn it into 6+ yards unless the CB is practically checking our guy's breath when the ball is snapped?
This brings me to what I posted above. This is my personal take on the Buffalo Bills early 90's special that they would run to their TE Pete Metzelaars (Keith McKellar on occasion before him but not quite as succesfully). Buffalo's TE averaged 5 TDs per year from 1992-1994 despite avergaing just 9 yds/rec. I'm not about to suggest we start running a K-gun offense but the above formation (Nicknamed Heavy Handed due to the highly unbalanced line) gives the OC 5 play options to call and will give Chad Henne multiple audible options at the line of scrimmage. In this setup, Fasano would be TE #1 and Mickey Shuler would be TE #2 on most passing downs. Is there anybody that would believe that Shuler would be getting the pass?? More to the point, if you saw that formation and Lousaka Monster at FB and Ricky at HB, would you be expecting anything other than a run? Marshall, 2 Tackles, 1 Guard, 1 pulling Guard (after play commences) and a TE on the unbalanced side within 10 yards of the goal line. What else could this play possibly be given our Vanilla-ass offense?
On run plays you can insert which TE wherever you desire. Fasano could also be put in as TE#2 and put Shuler in as TE #1. Regardless, Henne could run it in on a bootleg if the TE is covered. It's a great formation for spreading out a defense and allowing the O-Line to generate a running lane if the defense covers the whole field (in case of a TE toss) while also allowing for the run to go off virtually any left side gap since you would have both tackles, the center and both guards (RG pulling) blocking either laterally or downhill on the left side. This would almost be wildcat 2.0 or the Henne special (since the defense read and audible will dictate what play actually gets run and will be completely on Henne to determine). If Miami has 9 out of 11 guys either on center or to the left of the line do you expect the defense to have only 6 or 7 in the same lanes with at least 1 guy on the Dolphin's right side watching the TE? If they do, do you expect that 1 guy to cover the TE AND tackle Henne if he hotfoots it for the pilon?
An standard balance 4-3 would be overwhelmed on the run and a 3-4 would get destroyed on the run. The only defensive alignment that would have any real chance at coverage (given the short field) would be a 4-4 with a DB watching the right side TE with a trailing LB or DE to account for the bootleg while placing both remaining DBs on the left with the remaining LBs and DLinemen playing to the Center's left. This would still fail on a cutback run off the C/RT gap if the defense overpursued. It should be noted that this is a Red Zone specialty specifically intended for use from 6 yards out or fewer (Saw a couple of those opportunities squandered against Pittsburgh now didn't we?) but can be brought out for critical situations such as late half drives with available time outs. All I'm saying is if we ran this with our O-Line, our TD efficiency should improve by at least 1 or 2 TDs per 4 attempts. Somebody please show this to Dan Henning.