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Benching Henne Won't Fix Anything

Everyone keeps referring to the Dolphins quarterback "situation" as though it's a foregone conclusion that Chad Henne was main problem with the Dolphins' poor production on offense last year. The cries for a new quarterback are so loud I'm afraid they're influencing this team to put too many resources into finding a Henne replacement. But when you really look at the way the Dolphins offense was structured last year, it's really hard to imagine any quarterback playing well.

Look at it - this was a typical Bill Parcells type team. Strong defense up front and a trenches ball control offense. That's what the offense was in 2008 when they won the division and again in 2009 when we saw the "emergence of Chad Henne". But what allowed Chad Henne to "emerge" in that offense was a monster offensive line and a killer running attack. And the Dolphins offense played very well with that formula.

The problems really started late in 2009 when Ronnie Brown got injured and then Dan Henning started abandoning the running game early on in games and decided to treat Chad Henne (who at this point had only started a handful of games) like he was Peyton Manning.  And that was a losing formula despite Henne putting up a few 300+ yards passing games.  Then they made the big trade for Brandon Marshall in the off-season and suddenly everyone thinks the Dolphins should be airing it out every game.  But the Dolphins were still structured as a trenches ball control team.

Then the offensive line and Ricky and Ronnie (who combined for essentially all of the offense for the previous two seasons) decided not to show up in 2010.  So all of the weight landed on Henne.  And he didn't handle it well.  But if you watch the games you will quickly see why.  Not only did Henne face consistent pressure from pass rushers along with getting no help from the running game, but he also had no receivers - as in Dan Henning and the Dolphins were keeping 8 men in to block leaving only 2 receivers running passing routes.  So on most plays, Henne had to choose between a double covered Brandon Marshall or a check down to Ronnie or Bess.  Now, I agree that the Dolphins need a quarterback that can carry the team on his own.  But no quarterback could play well under these circumstances.

So now the draft is coming up and Dolphins fans are hoping they draft a QB in the first round (as if a 1st rounder is guaranteed to be better than Henne).  Everyone wants to talk about Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Colin Kaepernick, and Christian Ponder as if any one of those guys are going to be the answer.  And, of course, who knows?  You never know when it comes to the draft.  All you can really go on is the tape.  So look at the tape.  Watch the tape of any serious contender in the 2011 quarterback draft class.  Now watch the tape on Henne when he was at Michigan.  Henne looks just as good if not better than all of those guys.

So if the Dolphins want to bring in another quarterback to compete with Henne (and Thigpen if he remains a Dolphin - and everyone including me loves Thigpen), then that's fine.  After all, you need a 3rd stringer.  But this Dolphins team cannot afford to blow too much on landing a potential Henne replacement right now.  The needs on the interior offensive line, tight end, and running back, not to mention a speed receiver, are just too great.  Until we fix those problems, aint no quarterback from nowhere gonna help this team do nothin'.

I personally hope they draft Mike Pouncey or some other O-line stud.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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