I am 25 and the last time the dolphins went to the SB was the year I was 7 8 months before I was born...so needless to say Im not, nor have any reason to be an optimistic person regarding this team. With that being said, I think it is unfair to pre-judge this new OC or QB's coach (I heard there may have been mistake regarding his coaching position). When I first saw the headline, the first thing that came to my head was "Is this some kind of sick joke?!?!" But If he is the OC, I certainly do not believe it is fair to equate him to the Dan Henning offense based on stats alone. I do not know what hand Henning or Daboll had in drafting Offensive players, but I can tell you that when I watched Dolphin games, Henning severely handicapped this football team based on his play calling and overall strategy. I'm not saying that the Fins offensive talent was elite by any means, but they were completely under utilized and leading to their under performance. The Browns had a worse QB situation then we did, having to go through 3 starting qb's who all got hurt at some point throughout the year and ultimately relying on a Rookie QB who was not supposed to start this season. The Browns knew who they were and stuck to it despite the QB situation. They ran the ball down peoples throat when everyone who played them knew what to expect, yet the Browns still found a way to run the ball for the most part with massive issues at Qb and no real WR threats.
On the other hand, our offense had RB's, good WR's, and obviously QB issues. I realize that Miami started 3 qb's this season, but Henne really started all but 2 games and basically played 15 games. And like the stats show, an unprepared rookie basically played as well as our veteran Qb. And like you said, no moron WC calls on first and second down to have Henne go in on 3rd and 14, no more Ricky throwing the ball on like 2nd down from the 1 yd....this has been a highly predictable, under performing offense. The only types of surprises were usually in utter disbelief of some of the garbage play calling we saw this past season. If the Dolphins could have had an average offense, not even a good one, just an average one, this team could have won at least 10-11 games without question. Instead we had one of the worst two or three in the league and still managed 7 wins because of our defense.
Think about it this way, I am beyond disappointed with what I witnessed this past year, and personally, like you, I believe a lot of the blame is coaching on the offensive side of the ball and possibly with the head coach. I mean, you obviously can show that the team has the capability to beat NFL teams when you beat teams like the Packers and Jets on the road and out of the 4 teams competing for the Conference Championships, Miami has played four games against three of those teams and went 1-3. Split 1-1 with the Jets and lost to the Bears and Steelers. The Steelers game is likely a win without monumentally disastrous refereeing. And we lost 16-0 to the Bears with the 3rd string QB starting on two days notice, then we lose our WR, Guard, Center in the first half which means our defense played practically lights out in a disaster situation.
In summation, lets give this guy a shot, statistically, it cannot get much worse. I am cautiously, mildly, uncomfortably optimistic. I'm just hoping we can be average offensively.