The Palm Beach Post wrote:
Coach Tony Sparano Friday blamed his team’s propensity to pass rather than run in the past two games on the disguised coverages third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen is seeing from opposing defenses and said his team needs to go back to basics to re-establish its running game.
“We’ve probably got to go back and start to identify the staple runs,” Sparano said at his morning-after press conference less than 12 hours after the Dolphins suffered a 16-0 loss to Chicago, the first time the team had been shut out at home in exactly nine years.
Sparano said offensive coordinator Dan Henning gave Thigpen the option to execute either a run or pass in numerous situations, and that when he got to the line of scrimmage he opted for the pass.
“It’s not that (we’re) calling pass plays,” he said. “I’ll give you an example: On the fifth series of the game we called four run/pass (options) in a row. On one of those four they baited Tyler a little bit and he threw the ball down the sideline and got it to Brian Hartline for 25 yards. In those situations we’ve got to have more handoffs and less worrying about the chunk play just because the coverage dictates the chunk play.
Your quote doesn't dispute what I said. Now please stop being so condescending .
Except where it does:
The run/pass option is only available on running plays
The run/pass option IS
the play. It's not some checkdown or audible. The call is "do run x or pass y depending on what you see", and Sparano clearly notes that Thigpen made the wrong decision to pass NUMEROUS TIMES.
And from what I could tell, that only happened 3 times.
Sparano said it happened 4 times in a row on one series, and notes that it happened in "numerous situations". He clearly says that Thigpen didn't make the right choices, and you want to continue with your "it's all Henning's fault" meme despite the evidence which clearly shows QB error in reading the defense, or in taking the bait on disguised defenses. Of course Chicago was going to defend the run and let Thigpen, with his esteemed 1-11 record, sling it all over. Thigpen played right in to their plan, despite having the option to do otherwise.
I'm not sure you can say that what you said isn't disputed when it is clearly disputed; you simply don't like what Sparano said happened, so you choose to willfully ignore it in favor of your own analysis.