Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne Challenges New York Jet's Pass Rush

Jason ClaryCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2010

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates as he leaves the field after defeating the New York Jets at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins' quarterback Chad Henne has been used very conservatively in the first two weeks of the 2010 NFL season. Against the Buffalo Bills, he was 21/34 with 182 yards passing. He went 9/15 against Minnesota with 114 yards and a touchdown.

Miami took an extremely conservative approach in these two games as did the opposing defense.

A staple of the New York Jets defense is to send more defenders on blitzes than the offense has players to block.

This works if you can get to the quarterback. If the quarterback has even two or three seconds to throw, there will be open receivers down field.


Henne Against the Jets Last Season

In Miami's home game against the Jets last season, Chad Henne achieved a passer rating of 130.4. This was the best of any quarterback against the Jets in 2009.

Henne was faced with a blitz on almost every passing down but faced it brilliantly. There is one glaring difference with the offense this year compared to last year.

Chad Henne now has Brandon Marshall which will help him when those heavy blitzes come.

Henne's offseason preparation has him geared to be able to stay in the pocket and deliver strikes down field. In training camp the Dolphins used a three-second buzzer when Henne dropped to pass.

Chad Henne will be ready to face this blitz.


Dan Henning - Dolphins Offensive Coordinator

Many people have questioned Dan Henning's ability to call plays. Henning doesn't call plays that will hurt this team. He's is taking the conservative approach with quarterback Chad Henne.

If there is one pet peeve of Tony Sparano it is an offense that turns the ball over. Henning does a good job of calling an offense that limits turnovers.

Henning will be on top of his game against the Jets. He is going to let Chad Henne out of his cage for the first time this season.

Expect Henne to play well under the pressure of Sunday Night Football and the Jet pass rush.


Sunday's Game

Miami has won the last three matchups and sweept the Jets last season. Miami wore their orange jerseys in prime time last season and got a win. They hope for the same fate as they sport their orange jerseys for the first time in 2010.