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My Own Dress Rehearsal


Two more weeks.  That's right. Two...more...weeks.  After a horrendously long and painstakingly over-reported off-season, we are now less than two weeks away from real, honest-to-goodness, 100% authentic, genuine NFL football.  No more Sundays where golf is the only athletic event (And is it really an "athletic event"?) on network television.  No more craft fairs with the wife.  No more cries of "Daddy, I wanna go to the park." Or "Daddy, can we watch more Dora?" or "Daddy, I think I broke my leg in two places.  Can we go to the hospital?"   Leave Daddy alone, sweetheart.  It's football season.  So I figured I would put some things up for discussion with you fine folks, and hope that it helps pass the time till September 11th.

A star is born?

Well, it's really too soon to tell.  I will say, however, that I have gotten a completely different feel from Chad Henne's on field performances so far this year.  Until this year, Henne has never had a good pre-season.  Before this season, early TC reports were always filled with negative commentary regarding an offense that was out of sync.  You never got a feeling that they could ever get into any kind of rythym.  We always, in a glass-half-full kinda way, hoped that it was a reflection of our elite defense coupled with the notion that defensive units are always ahead of offensive units early in training camp.  But, to be honest, I always felt like we were kidding ourselves.  And Henne's performances in pre-season games not only confirmed what I had been reading in the TC reports, but acted as beacons for the offensive woes of the upcoming season.  This year has felt different from the very beginning.  This year, I have read stories of leadership, and "chemistry."  I heard details (Thanks, AlejandroN)  of an early scrimmage where Henne and Marshall were playing on a differnet level than anyone else.  And it has translated to the first three pre-season games.  The last two games have spoken for themselves.  He looks confident, composed, and relaxed.  He looks like something we have never seen him resemble before:  A winning NFL quarterback.  I acknowledge that it may all be a mirage, and we may very well end up flat on our backs, like Charlie Brown after yet another failed field goal attempt, but goddamnit Lucy, line-up again, cause I am willing to give it another try.  And for those of us that actually pay attention (And don't work in Bristol, Connecticut), even the first pre-season game showed us some things from Henne that raised a positive eyebrow.

The Tinkerer

My mother always told me, "If you don't stop playing with that thing, it's going to fall off."  I am reminded of this every time I see Tony Sparano and the front office "churning" the bottom of the roster and "tinkering" with the offensive line.  I never played competitive football, but from what I understand, the two units that require reps and consistency more than any other, are the offensive line and special teams.  These are also, incidentally, two units that were really pretty bad all year last year.  And I can't help but wonder that if Sparano and company would just stop constantly screwing with these units, they may actually be able to "gel" and perform consistently, and in turn, stop losing us games by themselves.  So it made me nervous yesterday when I heard that that the team was planning to keep "churning" the bottom of the roster well into the season.  The last 5 or 6 guys on the roster may seem inconsequential, but remember:  these are the guys covering kick-offs, and these are the guys providing depth when the inevitable injuries on the offensive line start to mount up.  Maybe it's time to just leave them alone and let them play for a while.  I dunno, just a thought...

Dear Vontae Davis:

You sold me.  So I have been telling all my asshole Jet fan friends that you and Sean Smith are the best tandem in the league.  So do me a favor:  Don't make me eat those words.  Put your money where my mouth is...

Because I can't go to long without crying about the media:

Can someone explain to me why all I heard after the Carolina game was "It doesnt matter that Henne looked good.  It was one-half of pre-season game 2 against a bad team",  but then had to listen to the same analysts explain to me that Plaxico Burress is clearly back in prime condition becasue he had three catches against the Bengals in preseason week 2?  I know, I have to let this shit go, but still....

I will say this though...

I have a tendency to over-react right after a Dolphins game, particularly to the losses.  However, relax fellas.  It was a bad game for our O-line last night, no doubt.  It does not mean, though, that we are definitly going 6-10 this year, which I actually read somewhere here today.  It was a bad game.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Just like we aren't penciling Chad Henne in for the Pro-Bowl after three solid starts, we shouldn't be writing off the season because of one bad offensive line performance.  Also, as has been stated a few times around here already, the best Left Tackle in the game hasn't punched in for work yet.  So can we wait till week 2 before we start protecting ourselves from the falling skies?

It's prep rally time folks.  We have our battle lines here, but now is not the time.  Now is the time for a cohesive fanbase to stand behind a young, talented, tough, under rated team and let them know what we expect, and deserve, which is a season that lasts long after the calendar year ends.  (But don't worry, by week three I will have advocated every player cut, and every coach fired for one reason or another....)

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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