"It." We hear a lot about "it". In sports. In politics. In Hollywood. "It", of course, is that indefinable quality that is generally possessed by people who have risen to the top of their respective fields, sometimes without the requisite natural ability displayed by those who have not reached the pinnacle. The irony being, of course, that although "it" is an indefinable quality, it never seems to stop people (like me) from trying to define it anyway. "It" is a certain attitude. A swagger, if you will. A charisma that people generally respond to. It's a leadership aura. It's a self-confidence that inspires people to aspire to greatness themselves, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds It cannot be taught or trained. You either have "it", or you don't. This all leads to one very important question:
Does Chad Henne have "it"?
I like Chad Henne. I root, like hell, for Chad Henne. I have supported Chad Henne from the day he was drafted. A pick I liked ALOT, by the way. But I am starting to notice something missing. I'm not exactly sure what it is. He has the arm and the physical skills. He is athletic enough, and seems to be a competitor. So what is the missing element? "It' just may be it. He seems to be lacking a confidence, a steadiness. He often looks good early in games, but as the pressure mounts, so does the size of his mistakes. How many times has this team been on the precipice of blowing a team out, only to have an interception, or a really poor display of accuracy stall a drive and shift momentum? The week 4 New England game comes to mind. That game should have been 17-0 at the half. How many times has he brought the team to the edge of a comeback, only to fall short at the climactic moment that defines great careers? The week 3 Jets game this year comes to mind. As does the Tennessee game that went into overitme last year, and was ultimatiley decided by a poor interception.He has shown flashes of "it". I went to bed after the week 5 Monday Night Jets game last season with a smile thinking that we had FINALLY found our guy. But too often, he has come up short. Good QB's, and good leaders, win the Pittsburgh game, despite the bad officiating.
Wanna see a good example of "it"? You are going to hate this, but his name is Mark Sanchez. He was awful yesterday. Just awful. But with 4 minutes left in a game on the road, and down by ten, he found a way to win. It's a case f simply refusing to lose, as cliche as that sounds. How bout the game they won in Denver a few weeks back? Again, terrible all day. But with a chance to make something happen in the final moments, he got it done. Even if you want to classify that pass interference call as lucky, at least he put his team in a position to get lucky. Has Brandon Marshall drawn a PI call yet this year? If so, I don't remember it. Thats"it". And we can all blame coaching and play-calling (see below), but at some point, it comes down to the guy on the field with the ball in his hands. I have not given up hope, but I can't keep from wondering if we haven't seen "it" yet, when will we?
Part 2. A Feel for The Game
Now for the guys with the headsets. I have also been a Sparano supporter. But my full-throated backing is starting to waiver. When was the last time you watched a Dolphins game, and honestly felt that we 'out-coached" the other team? Could the 2008 week 3 New England game be it? Was the staff that developed the wildcat a one-trick pony? The games we have won, as I can remember it, have more to do with out playing the opposition, never out-scheming. The scheme is , at least, half the game, and I can't help but wonder where we would be if our scheming and play-calling equalled our physical talents. It just doesn't seem like Sparano has a feel for the game as it is unfolding. When Miami settles for it's second field goal in the first five minutes of the Steelers game, the head coach was fist-pumping, while every couch potato I know, myself included, knew that wasn't good enough. I know we all blame Henning, but Henning works for the head coach. So why didn't the head coach pull his OC aside at half-time yesterday, and DEMAND that the RB that ran for 60 yards in the first ten minutes of the game be utilized? Why are we unable to adjust our offensive gameplans to respond to the oppositions adjustments? How many games have we come out of the gate like gangbusters, only to look completely inept once the other team has adjusted? And where are our defensinve adjustments? WHy do I have to watch Ray Rice burn us on screens ALL DAY LONG? I keep hearing how bad our tackling was yesterday. But did I see anybody's ass get put on the bench for a series or two?
I am not calling for Sparanos job (yet). But its starting to feel like someone (Parcells, Ireland) handed a first-time driver the keys to a maserati, and now it's being driven 55MPH in the center lane. Not as slow as the old-timers in the Buick in the right lane, but not even an obstacle in the way of the cars blowing by us on the left.