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With so many positive things to mention, I thought I'd start out with something of a negative to balance the scales; Chad Henne and the seemingly long way he has to go before becoming an effective leader.
I am a huge Henne supporter, and he has avoided giving any games away thus far, but deep down I know that the kid needs a lot of work. The potential is there, and either he is not getting the calls he needs to expand his game, or he somehow is having difficulty channeling his skill.
The Dolphins offense is treading water, being rescued by the defense for the second straight week, and raising more concerns than eyebrows; something that should have Dolphins fans a bit uneasy, despite the desired fast start to the season.
How long of a leash will Ireland and Sparano give the young quarterback, who is certainly to be held accountable for the offense's frightful lack of cohesion? One would imagine that continued failure to produce on offense through the next two critical home games against the Jets and Patriots would be enough to put Henne under the lens of a very large microscope.
Chad's trouble areas as I see them:
Mobility: While I did see an improvement over Week 1, sometimes Chad doesn't know best when to cut-and-run, either escaping the pocket to avoid the sack, or recognizing where pressure is coming from and adjusting accordingly. The mark of a great quarterback is ability to be comfortable whether inside or out of the pocket.
Risk/Reward Assessment: Again, I don't know if a lot of this is game plan, and the coaching staff purposely calling low-profile plays from a QB standpoint to help Chad, but I don't think it is a help, if that is the case. There have been few instances where he's been able to take those calculable risks in the passing game when they need to be taken. He got Marshall in a one-on-one on the opening play vs. the Vikes, but that was about it for the remainder of the game. That sort of play should be happening all day long.
Passion: Most Dolphins fans can tell you, it is a rare thing to see Chad show any real emotion, often to the point where one questions whether he is even happy to be the Dolphins' starting QB. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I think Chad could let just a little enthusiasm shine through, if nothing else but for the potential benefit of boosting his teammates' morale just a bit. I'd like to see him get slightly more excited, as I believe that such a small spark can create a winning rhythm.