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Henne in play-action: 68 of 113 for 832 yards, 2 TDs, 10 INTs, 1 Fumble Lost
Henne without play-action: 237 of 387 for 2482 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs, 1 Fumble Lost
Dolphins used too much play-action, regardless of Henne’s strengths or weaknesses. I didn’t tally up Tyler Thigpen’s action but he only took about 1.5 games worth of snaps anyway. About 1 out of 4 pass plays were play-action.
The Dolphins don’t sell play-action, at all. Of all teams I’ve watched in 2010, college and pro, they are either the worst or second-worst at selling play-action. Contrary to popular belief this is not all about the QB. Watch the OL play on all play-actions, just the OL, blind out the QB and RB and tell me whether it’s a run or pass. You’ll be right 95% of the time. It isn’t laziness, they’re not coached to sell it. Watch the RBs, they’re not coached to sell it either. Ricky Williams is worse than Ronnie Brown about it. Most of the time, Ricky doesn’t even bother to show up to the exchange point (sort of like he didn’t bother to show up for the 2004 season…or the 2010 season, for that matter). He just hurries into whatever his assignment is, blocking or running. Ronnie is mostly the same. When either of the backs does meet Henne at the exchange point, they both have their hands at their waist the whole time, not bothering to fake like they just received the ball or breaking down like they’re trying to pick a hole. This is a sign that they’re not coached properly and they don’t buy in. From a play design standpoint, play-action for the Dolphins’ coaches is a mere tack-on. When you watch the Jets’ use of play-action, you see two distinct plays taking shape. You see the run that they’re faking, and exactly what kind of run it is, and then Sanchez tucks the ball, the wide receivers release after faking a stalk block, and the actual pass play takes shape. In Miami, not even close. Not. Even. Close. Everyone just hurries into their pass play assignments. Quite frankly, the QB fake on the play-action is the most competent aspect of it. Henne is very inconsistent in his play fakes. That’s better than consistently bad or non-existent, which is the case with the other points of execution in play-action. And people should not act like it’s Henne’s fault if he’s inconsistent on the fake. Chad Pennington is Mr. Mechanics, but I dove into the 2009 footage pre-injury to get a point of reference, and he was very inconsistent and often lazy with his play-action mechanics as well. When you’re not coached on something, even the most fundamentally sound players can fall into taking shortcuts.
The Dolphins staff knew, KNEW, that Chad Henne does not like taking his eyes off the defense. How many times did we hear that they don’t call shotgun plays because Henne doesn’t like taking his eyes off the defense at the snap? Does it take a genius to make the connection that he would therefore dislike play-action even more, considering a play-action pass usually calls for you to not just take your eyes off the defense for a split second but to actually turn your back to it? Chad Henne is bad at re-acquiring the defense in his head after he’s been forced to take his eyes off it. It’s clear.