Um, because that's what Henne has to work with right now? Just a guess. And you note that Henne has been regressing, and I agree, but you fail to account for the fact that he has been regressing as his oline has been regressing. Or that he hasn't had a chance to improve because teams figured out early that we can't run and are concentrating on the passing game because they know he has the skills to make things happen with Marshall and Bess (or were those just abberations that I hallucinated from earlier in the season).
There you go again. Completely forgetting what we've seen all season, but instead focusing on the last two losses (even thought wanted to highlight the Oakland win for the good - go figure). Henne regressed before the O-line had it's injuries. He's simply gotten even worse with the injuries vs. better defense. You're whole argument is aimed at two losses when his regression and erratic play has been all year.
What I did say, and what you failed to recognize, is that the pass blocking earlier in the season, even with healthy guys, was masked by Henne's overuse of max protection. I never said you HAD to have a successful running attack in order to have a good passing attack. Denver shows us that's possible (though their 3-10 record doesn't make me want a great passing game sans a running game). But, and here's where you get lost so read closely, IF YOU ARE A BALL CONTROL, RUN ORIENTED TEAM, EVERYTHING ON OFFENSE IS CONTINGENT ON HAVING A GOOD RUNNING GAME. We are a ball control, run oriented team that can't run the ball. As a result, everything else suffers. We have crucial breakdowns on offense, particularly in the red zone, because we cannot run the ball. It simply isn't a threat, so teams play the pass.
In your opinion it was masked. Again we're not talking about successful records or playoff appearances. We're talking about Henne's performance. A QB can perform well, but have other areas of his team let him down .... whether it be special teams, defense, etc. etc. Yet you keep clamoring that because Henne's got no running game and focusing on the injuries at O-line towards the end here that that's the culprit. It's simply not. Does it afford you more opportunities if you have top 10 rushing attack? Without question.
There are still opportunities out there on the field and Henne hasn't been hitting them with any bit of consistency whatsoever. Again the overthrows, the missed streaking TE .... already been discussing ad nauseam. What does a lack of running game have to do with him not executing that throw properly? I remember in the beginning of the year people were like "Patience! It was just one throw, he'll hit them later on in the year!" ....... and what are we doing now? Talking about him missing those throws.
You seem to want a team that has a high flying passing attack and the rest can fly a kite, and you seem to think that could be a winning combination. "If only Henne could pass the ball better we'd be rid of our problems" is your thought process. Teams saw that we could pass the ball and now they ignore everything else to Henne's detriment.
No no no ...you're talking about "winning combination" ..... winning is definitely the desirable output. We're still a game above .500 and we have a defense play out of it's mind now. The only thing lacking is a powerful rushing attack. We still average over 100 yards a game, it's not quite anemic. It's funny how you insist he can't pass because the run game isn't killing it out there, yet you fail to recognize the symmetry of it all ..... if the run game is struggling and Henne can loosen the defense up thru the air, suddenly the run game has more opportunity
You simply want to throw the blame on Henne and call it a day. It doesn't work that way. All that Henne's problems show me is that he isn't ready to take an otherwise unproductive offense on to his shoulders and carry the weight. That shouldn't be a surprise, and it appears to me that worse than any problems Henne is having is your expectations of him.JUST ASK SPARANO.
I'm not throwing all blame on Henne. Again, have full attested to the run game woes and injuries to the O-line at this particular juncture, but I'm looking at the season in full. You simply want to pile on all the blame onto everybody else. When he's sitting pretty in the pocket overthrowing, underthrowing, and forcing passes into coverage it isn't anybody else's fault but his and that's what I've seen out of him all year. Especially earlier in the year with Brandon Marshall drawing double and triple teams, guys were open. He "isn't ready" is darn right. Ain't no question about that. His play this year warrants finding immediate competition for the starting job next year.
As for Sparano ..... he goes out and gets one of the games best WR's because expectations shouldn't be high of Henne? Clearly Sparano thought he was ready.