One of the most fascinating parts of the NFL off-season is that a lot of fans tend to have a habit of forgetting last season. Sure we know that we were 7-9, but a lot of the actual games become a muddled mess in our heads. Certain big plays, big miscalls (Pittsburgh), or blunder may be remembered, but on the whole the specific complaints that fans have during the games start to become altered and distorted over time.
This is completely opinionated of course, but I view the biggest problem of last year to be our offensive playcalling. It might just be me, but why are the Dolphins in an I-formation on 3rd and long and under center? Some may argue that Chad Henne says that he is more comfortable under center. First, there is no way I can believe that. Quarterbacks rely on a pre-snap read for almost all plays. It's much easier to see the field when you are at a distance from the center. All of those blitzes that got to Henne, or the interceptions he threw, could have been a direct result of not being able to see the whole field during the pre-snap. And even if Henne was more comfortable from under center, why were we in the I-formation on those third and longs? For a moment can we just think of what a defense does on third and long. Blitz, or cover. When the Dolphins come out in an I, the D can shift out of a blitz, because of the mass protection the Dolphins are setting up. So why, on third and long, are only two wide receivers going out for a pass? You see, what I'm trying to explain is that a majority of our problems come from terrible play design and play calling. When Henne sees that his only two wide receivers are blanket covered, and he's been trained to not take risks, of course he is going to check it down to running backs. And then when he does throw it, it gets intercepted. This isn't even touching upon the predictability of the offense. As soon as we got inside the 20 it was an automatic Wildcat play, which was an automatic fail.
Also the running back situation needs to spoken on too. I am still %100 on the Ronnie Brown fanwagon. I think he has at 3 years left in the tank and should be given a contract extension. I read people say that he has lost a step, he dances too much, or just simply that it is time to let him go, simply because he didn't produce last season. As I've said, how quickly we forget. People are constantly saying how Quarterbacks need to get into a rhythm to play well, I argue that the same can be said for Running Backs. I was a starting Running Back in high school (I know it is not even close to the same, but hear me out, it's about the principle) and we ran the spread. Every few plays the Running Backs would rotate, to keep them fresh, which makes sense, but if one of our Running Backs got on a roll, the coach would keep him in. Henning seemed to put Ronnie and Ricky in at the most random of times. Who remembers the Oakland game last season? Ronnie gained over 50 yards on the first drive of that game, then suddenly Ricky was in on the next drive? Ronnie was on a roll and Henning just took him out. In addition to that, the lack of a speedy wide receiver to stretch the field allowed defenses to stack the box, which created no running lanes for Ronnie. I would like to see any Running Back in league succeed with the ineptitudes we had both in play calling and personnel. I stand by what I said when the season ended, we need interior line help the most, a speed WR next, and running back depth third, because Ricky clearly isn't coming back.
I am aware that Henning is gone, and that our offense being bad is old news. I am simply illustrating that the so called draft "experts" that have Ingram going to the Phins don't understand the reasons why the running game was inept last season. The lack of the ability to stretch the field, poor interior line play, bad formation calls, and predictability. If Daboll corrects even a few of these things, without change ANY of the personnel our O is better right now. This includes Chad Henne, whom I still think has one more year to prove himself, but I am not against drafting Mallet either as a safeguard. If Henne fails this year and we have Mallet, then Mallet had a year to sit and learn. If Henne succeeds, then we have our QB of the future already. However, if we don't draft a QB this year, and Henne fails, then we're back at the start of this big mess that we've been in for the bast 11 years.
In conclusion, everyone needs to keep in mind that the biggest hole this season has already been filled, which is a competent O-coordinator, or at least on who is not named Dan Henning. I think that letting Ronnie go would be a huge mistake, mainly because the Patriots would probably pick him up and then utilize him properly. Ever wonder why the Patriots have no names always making plays? It's because their Offensive scheme is phenomenal, therefore they don't need superstars anywhere else other than Quarterback. Fix the scheme, and we score more points.