Ok, so I know that we're all very excited about our very promising future QB in Chad Henne. His stats from last year don't really do his game any justice. He showed confidence and poise in the pocket, not to mention he has a cannon for a right arm. And as the year went on, he looked better and better with both his accuracy and decision making. He showed the ability to not only fit the ball into tight spaces, but to do it quickly and with extreme velocity.
However, there were some extremely critical mistakes that he made last season. The interceptions vs. Tennessee and Buffalo stick out in my mind. Especially the one in over time against the Titans. Now some of his ints last year came from deflections so you can't lay all of them on his shoulders. Also it's not easy being a QB in the NFL without any #1 WR to demand double coverage and open up the passing lanes. Obviously Brandon Marshall will solve this problem and it will be exciting to see what Henne is able to do with a top 3 WR to throw to.
Now the reason I'm writing this post is because of the statements made by out fearless spender, Mr. Stephen Ross. I'm glad to see that he's excited about the team he's invested millions of dollars in, and why shouldn't he be? We will have a very potent offense next year with both the run and the pass game. Marshall will open up so much for all of our other receivers. I'm also expecting us to see breakout seasons for both Hartline and Bess. I think next year the league should take notice to our WR corps. And with the edition of Mike Nolan who turned Denver's defense around dramatically last season, next year definitely shows promise. So with all that being said, I really like the statement about us being in the Superbowl this coming season. What I don't like, is the comment he made about Henne possibly surpassing Marino. It's great to be excited about your team's QB, but it's way too early to be making those types of predictions. Especially when Henne doesn't even have one full 16 game season under his belt. I'm not saying Henne can't do it, but it's definitely putting a lot of pressure on a QB who is still maturing and finding his swagger. The statement by Ross made me want to take a closer look at each of their stats side by side.
Dan Marino's Career Stats
Dan Marino's rookie season
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Now looking at the stats, Marino had a much better rookie year at first glance. However, Marino had the Marks Brothers and Nat Moore to throw to, while Henne had a WR corps that had not grown to its full potential and lacked a big play threat. Now that we have Brandon Marshall our receivers are lookin pretty good. Although I would've liked to see what Ginn could've done next to Marhshall, what's done is done and we'll be just fine.
Not only did Marino have a very complete WR corps to throw to, but if you look at the stats from the individual games, they look very similar to Henne's (in certain areas). Marino threw for a lot more TD's and much less int's but I believe that has a lot to do with the talent he had around him. Just look at the first 3 games they played for example. Marino went 11-17 for 90 yds 2 TD and 12-22 150 yds 1 TD 1 INT in the first two games he played. Then he had his breakout game against the Bills, going 19-29 for 322 yds 3 TDs 2 INTs. Chad Henne, went 10-19 for 92 yds 1 TD 1 INT and 14-22 115 yds and 1 TD in his first two games. Then as we all know, Henne had his breakout game going 20-26 for 241 yds against the jest in week 5.
So when you take a closer look at the stats, you see that it is very possible for Henne to surpass the great Dan Marino. If he brings us out of this unbearable Superbowl drought, it is not only possible, but probable.
In order for us to make it to the big game, Henne will need to put up big Marinoesque numbers which I believe he can do with a threat like Brandon Marshall, and the strong supporting cast that we have. Not to mention one of the best running games in the league with the R & R Express. Nowadays it's all about offense. I've always said that defense wins championships, but lately that hasn't been the case. After thinking about it, I realized that as long as you're on the positive end of the turnover ratio, you're golden (see 2009 Saints).
These comments made by our owner, can be taken with a little grain of salt. Part of me feels that a lot of it has to do with wanting to put meat in the seats. I'm sure he has faith in our team and is excited but you can't believe that profit isn't in the equation. The Superbowl comment is much more realistic because Henne still has a lot to prove to be considered the greatest in franchise history. Dan Marino is considered by many to be the greatest QB of all time. Although I'm a hardcore Dolphins fan I don't rank him THAT high. Definitely up there, but not number 1. You gotta win the big game to be considered #1. But even so, Henne would have to be in the all time greats category in order to completely surpass Marino. In my complete and honest opinion, I don't think Henne will ever be considered to be a better QB than Marino, but anything's possible. And I do believe he will bring Miami what Dan Marino couldn't. The much longed after, Lombardi Trophy.