As the lockout drags on I can't help but think it will benefit one player, Chad Henne. If you pay attention to me, you know I think Chad Henne has the slimmest chance of becoming a real starting QB(he's a big project that starts). I've pointed out the seemingly endless issues he has in his game.This list is too long to write, so I'll just say he's good against the blitz which is probably his only strength at this time. The lockout has lead to the private player practices and it's a unique situation that may actually help him turn the corner.
My first and main issue with Henne was his lack of leadership. All good and great QB's are leaders. There are no exemptions to this rule. Unfortunately, Henne never took this role in Miami so the coaches(teammates***) never put the captain badge on him. They wanted him to prove he was a leader before slapping that badge on him and not just give it to him. This lockout has benefited Henne because it forced him into a leadership role at the private player workouts. Now he's finally learning what it takes to lead men and that in itself will go a long way on his path to being a good QB. .....Just a quick side note I don't believe the starting receivers are regulars at these workouts. It is selfish and they need to have their QB's back even if they don't like him.
Last year we heard that one of the main problems was communication. There simply was no chemistry on that offense. These intimate workouts give players the chance to get on the same page and scrutinize each other. The players get the chance to communicate to each other what they were thinking at that point in time and not later in a film room. I actually like this a lot. In the presences of coaches a player will say what he's expected to say, but in the presences of players he will say what he's actually thinking. This is likely the best feedback Henne has ever received from teammates. This doesn't only help Henne, it helps all the players, especially the Oline. I think player only workouts are a great idea and that the team should have these once a week during the season. In fact, I think it played a giant role in 2008 when Pennington organized some player only workouts.
Another benefit is that the giant pressure the coaches put on Henne doesn't exist at these workouts. While Henne doesn't show he's effect by pressure he feels it. These workouts let Henne make his mistakes without fear. Pressure can kill a developing QB goals because it causes them to second guess. And I believe Henne second guesses in games which leads to his slow decisions. It's one of my reason I think he's a between the 20 QB. Therefore the pressure of avoiding the mistake might caused his slow decisions. So getting the chance of learning from his mistakes without pressure may help him digest and process information faster ultimately making him a faster decision maker..
If this was a regular offseason I would give him NO chance of ever being a good QB in Miami. But since it isn't, I think there's actually a chance of him turning the corner. These player only workouts may be just what he needed. I just hope someone is watching his mechanics like a DE reminding him to keep the release point high. In the end he'll get his chance to prove people right or wrong and the lockout may play a big role in it.