Miami Dolphins’ Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning has pushed me to the limit. I am officially aboard the “Fire Dan Henning” bandwagon.
It may have taken me a bit longer to come around, but this Sunday was the final straw in a series of inexplicable, questionable and downright awful decisions that contributed to yet another Dolphins’ defeat.
Despite marching down the field to score a touchdown on their first series against the vaunted Baltimore Ravens defense, the Dolphins failed to reach the end zone again, and Dan Henning—not Miami quarterback Chad Henne—must take the blame for this.
Did Henne struggle?—yes. He threw three interceptions, no touchdowns, and missed a wide-open Anthony Fasano on the Ravens one yard-line.
And while Henne must make those passes if the Dolphins want to win games, everyone needs to remember that he's young and inexperienced. Give Henne time, and he will blossom (as he did in Week Three against the touted New York Jets Secondary).
Unfortunately, Henne will never develop as long as Dan Henning runs the offense.
When the run game is working (please see first quarter of Baltimore-Miami for example), Henning abandons it on a whim once Miami falls behind.
When the passing game is having success (see Miami-Pittsburgh), Henning opts to run the ball.
Furthermore, he aimlessly alternates the running backs to the astonishment of everyone. Dan, when Ronnie Brown is hot, keep him on the field, and the same goes for Ricky Williams.
In Baltimore, Miami changed from the successful Brown, to the struggling Williams. The result—a three and out
Turning our attention away from the run-game, as Henning so often does, the Dolphins do have Brandon Marshall in their offense. Tall, strong, with great hands, Miami could throw it deep to him once in a while, maybe toss a jump ball into the end-zone, just to see if he comes down with it? You never know, it might work.
Apparently Henning has issues with both of these ideas. The lack of productivity in the red-zone can largely be attributed to his reluctance to call anything out of the ordinary.
Henning stifles the attack once the 'Fins near the end-zone, and the result is two AFC Special Teams’ Player of the Week awards for Dolphins’ kicker, Dan Carpenter.
Once in the redzone it seems as though the Dolphins already limited offense contracts further. Hell, the only passing touchdown in the last three weeks was courtesy of an excellent run after catch from wide-out Davone Bess.
While Carpenter deserves the accolades for his performances, he has admitted he would rather be kicking a PAT than field goal any day of the week. Sadly, Henning does not agree.
Henning’s outdated playbook and perpetual refusal to take any risk with the offense results in—more often than not—three points in the form of a morale-damaging, drive stalling field goal.
In the NFL, touchdowns win games. Period.
There is only so much awful play calling that a fan can take, and I have reached the end of my rope.
Now is the time for change.
Fire Dan Henning.