Big Dave wrote:
4. Does Henne know how to effectively use a tight end? Last year Anthony Fasano blended in, but some of his struggles had to do with Henne not making him a priority. When this offense was good in 2008 the tight ends were eating. How much of a difference does David Martin’s return make?
Thank you. A lot of criticism has gone Fasano's way, but I think he would have turned things around had Pennington continued to start. Hopefully, since Henne is getting most of the starting team snaps this time around, he will get a feel for his tight end.
I don't think it has to do with the QB. Fasano had about as many catches in 2009 as he did in 08, and that was missing 3 games I believe in 2009. So Henne might have actually thrown Fasano's way even more than Pennington. The problem was that, like Coach Sparano said, teams were leaving the sidelines wide open to take away the seem (TE) and the running game. Fasano was limited to short curl routes, where as in 2008 he ran a lot of hitches and stuff to attack the middle.
With Marshall, Fasano will see plenty more big plays. In fact, while Bess and Henne and obviously R&R benefit tremendously from Marshall, I think the guy who benefits the most is Fasano.