[Update: lol just Kidding. You can read the last section to why this moves makes sense. This was written before the move]
I'm asking you whats wrong with this team?
My answer is Leadership, Cockiness, Heart, and Dan Henning.
2008 vs 2010
In 2008 we had a player come in, grab this team by the hand, and carry it to the playoffs with a bunch of "second hand" talent. Pennington dragged that team into playoffs with his leadership. Remember all the extra work he put in with the offense to get it firing to maximum potential? We are missing that this year. Where are the reports of the extra work being put in. What? They don't think they need it? Leadership is Henne's biggest flaw. One of the most important trait of leaders is the ability to communicate. How many times has Henne miss thrown a wide open player in the endzone? I could think of three off the top of my head. 2 to Marshall 1 to Fasano. The two to Marshall were the easiest passes ever but Henne rushed it. The offensive needs to work on getting on the same page to get to that other level of communication. You know the type of communication when your best friend looks at you and you know what they are thinking or about to do. Henne needs to identify the problems, take charge, and lead some extra meetings. It bothers me he hasn't earned a C on his chest yet.
We THINK we are one of the better teams and we are clearly just average. Like Matty said we think we are the bully's until we actually face the real bully's. Is this team too boldface to realized that? Feed the wolf. What wolf? There is no wolf here in Miami.
In 2008 we played our hearts out. You felt after every game our entire team played at 100% for sixty minutes. It was passionate. It was fun. Now in 2010 we play cocky. It doesn't feel like we put in a full effort for 60 minutes. But, I will say Bess, Long, and Wake are the only players on our team playing like 2008. Well actually, I will also include V. Davis. He goes at 100%. Too bad no one reminded him to look at a players midsection when tackling someone that is trying to shake and bake him.
I looked up and down this team and Dan Henning's play calling is the biggest problem. We are severely underachieving because it. In 2008 he got the wildcat. He got to call what he loves to call; running plays. The problem is we aren't a dominating running team in 2010. In 2010 we are a team that could run or pass depending on what the defense gives us. This is something Dan Henning does NOT know how to handle. It's too much for him. To add to that Dan has also handcuff Henne with max protection sets. We have one of the best slot receivers to check down to if the blitz is on. We also have the most dominating WR 1-on-1 in Marshall. Stop with the Max protection and let them Blitz. We have the weapons to counter it. Get at least 3 WR's out there.
So now that brings me to Henne. Henne has played well for the most part with what he's allowed to do. But he hasn't grown from last season. How could he if they left the training wheels on? Dan's current strategy for calling plays for Henne will never work. We wont know how good Henne is or isn't until we take off the training wheels. Some like Matty say give Henne until the end of the season to see if he finally steps up. Well guess what? If they keep the training wheels on he will continue to play at this level. And with that thinking the Henne era will come to an end. I don't think he should be judge on this season. All I could say is that he needs to improve his communication.
My options for saving this season.
1.Get a new playcaller for this year. Notice I didn't say OC I said playcaller. There is a big difference
2. Start Pennington. He can audible Hennings calls. He's much faster and better at recognizing Defenses. He's a leader and plays with heart. I haven't seen a good argument against Pennington for saving this season yet. and Yes I do read most of the post and comments.
Arm strength? Can he throw wounded ducks 20 yards for Marshall to go up and grab? yes! Do we have any deep threat WR's? No! (well maybe Wallace, but he's Work in progress) So we don't need a strong armed QB.
He went 0-3 last year! hogwash to blame him! He played winning ball 2 out of 3 times.
He lost in the playoffs. Who were his receivers? His #1 WR was in the stands on IR and Bess had some type of hand/arm injury. Bess was also a rookie, Ginn was Ginn, and Loudon thought he was the best player in the world. I think Loudon is just walking the modeling runways now. You would be lucky to win a playoff game with that WR combo.
I would say sit Henne for the year and bring him back next year with a better playcaller. Or we better get someone within the organization to call plays this year.
So, those are the only two options I see saving this season. If neither occurs we will likely be playing for the draft.
What do you think is wrong with this team? Can it be fixed now?