Dave Hyde, Sun-sentinel wrote:
MIAMI GARDENS - That last interception, the pass Cleveland coaches predicted, the one that fired out low and filled immediately with bad luck, was a wrap on the Chad Henne Era.
Turn the page. Close the book. End the discussion, folks.
And if the quarterback of the future is history, you know what that means when you've prayed over the comings and despaired at the goings of Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Daunte Culpepper and John Beck.
It means this regime is up for grabs, too. Henne was its hope. He was the arm coach Tony Sparano, general manager Jeff Ireland and the prematurely-departed Bill Parcells staked their blueprint to and made their biggest decision on.
We can tap-dance around this, if you want. We can say Sunday was lost because Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll dropped a gift-wrapped interception that would've won the game and Cleveland cornerback Mike Adams caught the interception that won it.
That's true. No doubt. But the full truth is Henne was benched for a reason earlier this year, went out and showed why again in Sunday's wretched 13-10 loss and the Dolphins are back to the beginning in building a team.
They've got to find a quarterback. Which means they've got to be sure of the guy finding that quarterback. Which means, well, Dolphins owner Steve Ross has a lot of big decisions to make coming up.
Four passes Sunday explain why Henne can't be trusted. They show in differing ways why his window has closed. The first one came at the end of the Dolphins' first drive.
It was a good drive, too. Eight plays. Fifty-four yards. Now they faced third-and-10 at the Cleveland 31. Henne faced it, actually, because this is a quarterback's call.
Offensive coordinator Dan Henning doesn't take the ball from Henne in this situation, as popular as that thought is among fans. Henne had a check-with-me call: It was up to him to call a run or a pass depending on the defense.
Henne came to the line, checked the defense and called for the run.
"When you have nine guys dropping and eight guys dropping in coverage, there's no many holes out there to throw the ball,'' Henne said. "So our best best is to run the ball, see if we can break it open and have our guys up front block."
The under-used Ricky Williams got the handoff and ran up the middle for 8 yards. So Cleveland won there. It conned Henne into calling the technically-right, strategically-wrong play.
Question: Do you want your quarterback calling for a run on third-and-10?
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