We have come to a new chapter in the season. It's true, the ending will not be a happy one in this story entitled The Dolphin's 2010 Season. In the interest of hope, however, the team could still strive to end on a positive note. To salvage the sweet in the bittersweet which would be the tapestry of these final pages.
The offense has been in a funk all year. Yes, there were flashes of what could still be great. Mostly, however, there was the funk, the junk, the check downs, and the let downs. What else needs to be said?
Looking at the two remaining games, I do not think, come next September, that the wins and losses will mean anything. Power ranking and draft positioning be damned, I have a better idea and I think it's a gem:
Chad Henne has had a season I will describe as "daunted." If I play the optimist, I might say he appears potentially as a good quarterback who hasn't been able to "put it all together." [I don't necessarily believe this, but I wouldn't begrudge someone this perspective if they ran it up the flagpole.]
Henne's detractors might predict another suspect game this week- perhaps another close game against less-than-stellar competition. Henne will, undoubtedly, play his usual game: defer to the run, sometimes from the bench as the Wildcat lets out it's mighty roar [uhhhh, meow] and the defense does it's thing to keep the Fins in the contest.
Why not change the complexion of the game to suit a wide open passing attack. Go crazy- air it out 50 times! That's correct, I aid 50!! Let's see what the offense has when they throw caution to the wind [literally!]. "What would we have to gain," you ask, dubiously?
Confidence for one, In the case that the experiment works: Henne goes 35 for 50 and throws for four touchdowns!! "Ridiculous," you say? What have we got to lose? We also get to see how Henne performs without so much pressure, in what could be very good therapy for next year. Henne's stock could only go up, even if he is traded or a backup for 2011.
What have we got to lose?