Dan Henning Is Responsible for Miami Dolphins 2010 Offensive Woes

Brandon ChillingworthCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2011

MIAMI - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins talks with offensive coordinator Dan Henning and head coach Tony Sparano late in the game against the New England Patriots at Land Shark Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 22-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Anybody who watched the Miami Dolphins last year knows that their offense was anything but explosive or effective. There were many problems in 2010 at just about every position.

Dolphins fans like to place the blame on Chad Henne and he deserves a lot of it. He played pretty bad at most times and made many crucial mistakes. With that said maybe it wasn't all his fault.

There are definitely players who could have done better with the plays called, but Dan Henning didn't do much to help out the young quarterback.

I remember watching a game last year where Dan Henning came out with the wildcat formation on a third and fifteen. For those of you who don't know, the wildcat is a formation that features two running backs instead of one and a quarterback. In all of my time watching football I have never seen a worse play called.

Henning also tried to play a conservative mid range passing game while rarely using the running game. This allows defenders to stack the line of scrimmage and collapse their defense. Long passes are necessary for teams to run so that they can stretch the field and open up passing lanes.

In 2008 Miami had a great running attack that opened up the field for the passing game. Miami won the division that year. Last year Dan Henning tried to open up the run game with pass plays. This is fine if you have a guy like Peyton Manning under center, but Chad Henne just isn't that guy.

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 18:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs as safety Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears defends at Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The best coaches are always the ones who tailor their offenses around the players that they have and design plays to minimize weaknesses while maximizing their strengths. Bill Belichick is famous for this in New England and has the Super Bowl rings to back it up.

Chad Henne will never be a west coast gunslinger, but I do think he is serviceable enough to lead a team to the playoffs in consecutive years.

This year Miami has a good up and coming receiving core, two good running backs and a very good offensive line lead by the best left tackle in all of football. Along with an emerging defense lead by in my opinion the best defensive coordinator in all of football, Miami will have more than enough chances to reach the promised land.

Dan Henning was incapable of getting the most out of this unit, but Fins fans hope that new coordinator Brian Daboll can be the guy to get the job done. He wasn't by any means an offensive mastermind for the Cleveland Browns last year, but in his defense he didn't have very much talent to work with.

Sometimes all people need is a change of scenery and that's what Daboll and the Miami Dolphins are hoping will help them reach their full potential.

Let's hope that Daboll ads some excitement to a unit that has the potential to be very good. I expect to see more big pass plays along with a more effective red zone passing game. I will also be looking for more interesting formations and shifts which will allow Reggie Bush to use his rare athleticism to torch defenses.

Brandon Marshall should be targeted a lot more this year and get back to the solid numbers he put up while playing for the Denver Broncos. This is one of the best wide outs in the NFL and still has yet to have his best statistical season.

If Brian Daboll is able to get the most out of the versatile Reggie Bush, Chad Henne and the rest of the offensive unit, they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2011.