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Monday, February 04, 2008

Henning named Dolphins offensive coordinator

Dan Henning, a veteran of 28 seasons as an NFL coach, is the Dolphins new offensive coordinator beating out a group of three other experienced and well qualified candidates.

Henning, most recently the offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers from 2002-06, gets the job ahead of New Orleans quarterback coach Pete Carmichael, Giants quarterback coach Chris Palmer and former Atlanta offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

I told you last week that neither Palmer nor Carmichael were getting the job.

Instead it will be Henning, who embarks on his second stint with the Dolphins, having served as the team’s quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1979-80 under Don Shula.

In Henning’s five-year stay with the Panthers, the team advanced to the NFC Championship game twice, including one year in which they went on to play in the Super Bowl (2003). Quarterback Jake Delhomme, who entered the league as an undrafted college free agent in 1997, became a full-time starter for the first time in 2003.

Under Henning’s guidance he gradually became one of the NFL’s top signal callers, having been selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2005. In addition, from 2003-06 Delhomme tossed 89 touchdown passes, the fifth-highest total in the NFL over this time. Overall in Henning’s five seasons leading the Panthers’ offense, six different offensive players made a total of eight Pro Bowl appearances, including four skilled position players in RB Stephen Davis (2003), WR Muhsin Muhammad (2004), Delhomme (2005) and WR Steve Smith (2005, 2006) The 2005 squad scored 391 points, the third-highest total in the NFC that year and the second-highest figure in the 13-year history of the Panthers franchise.


Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

So the Dolphins hired a coach that Don Shula once fired?

5:46 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

Man Armando, you can copy-and-paste from like nobody's business!

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not a sexy selection, but he's experienced and won't be eyeing a head coaching position elsewhere. The staff is now done and has a nice mix of experience and youth.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Cam Cameron said...

Chris, I like Mando's blog. But that was funny :)

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was almost exact to what the Sun Sent posted too...wonder who's cut and pasting whom?


6:13 PM  
Anonymous ICEMAN said...

Excellent. I think we have a pretty good staff for next season. A very reliable source told me today that the COLTS are interested in Zach Thomas and that Zach is very interested on being part of the COLTS Team. Trade is one of the options. Mando, take a look at that...ICEMAN

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Sebastian C. said...

The Miami Dolphins today named Doug Henning, a magician who has scared small children for 28 seasons as an master of puppets and pocket pool, as their offensive guru. Most recently, Henning was the offensive coordinator with the Negroidials from 2002-06. He disembarks on his second stint with the Dolphins, having served meat and gravy (and yes biscuits) asthe team’s quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1832 under Ulysses S. Grant's mother's brother's fiancee to be twice removed.

In Henning’s five-year stay with the Menonites, he crafted baskets from sticks and let the faithful to the NFC Championship game 32 times, including one year in which they went on to play hopscotch and eat cotton candy. Quarterback Jake Delhomosexual, who entered the league as an undrafted college free agent in 1997, became a full-time fire-starter for the first time in 2003. Under Henning’s soft tender caressing guidance, he gradually became one of the NFL’s gayest signal callers, having been selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2005. In addition, from 2003-06 Delhomme tossed his cookies 89 times, the fifth-highest total in the NFL over this time. Overall in Henning’s five seasons leading the Panthers’ offense, six different offensive players made a total of eight nude appearances. That is all for now.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Armadillo said...

I am Armando and you... you are not.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous WebAppArchitect said...

Panther fan here...Good Luck with Henning. The man able to drive offensively between 1 and 5mph. After that one good year here in Carolina it was all down hill. Was it all Hennings fault, no, I know that but the play selections for the majority of the time were so conservative that it made George W. Bush very proud. So all in all, your new OC should feel right at home in a very conservative state, and it's close to his retirement village!! ;-) Good Luck Miami!

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Not Dan Henning. OH NO.

Here's his playbook.

Run on 1st Down. Run on 2nd Down. Run on 3rd Down. Punt.

No shotgun. No deep ball. No imagination.

He's the only OC I have seen run a draw play on 3rd & 9 from the opponents 35 on 3 different series. AND NONE OF THEM WORKED.

This is Dave Wannstedt all over again.

Matt in NC

7:50 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

The man runs a 1980s offense which might be OK if it was the 1980s West Coast offense. But it's not.

It's a unimaginative, run-first offense that can't win in today's pass-first NFL.

Combine that with no talent and we're doomed.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Are you getting the drift that I hate this hire?

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I live in Carolina, and the Panthers fired Henning and rightfully so. This is not what we needed. Expect a dull and torturous season(s) on O for the foreseeable future. Even Cam Cameron would have been a better choice as OC.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys realize Sparano is the coach right? Dont you think there's a pretty good chance they're going to revamp Hennings offensive playbook? He's not going to run all the same plays from Carolina and from what we've been told Sparano isn't shy. If he thinks the offense is too vanilla he WILL speak up. Why do you idiots complain about things before they get a chance to pan out. Stop whining all the time you sound like a bunch of nancies.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting the drift that you're a whiney biotch.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous huflungdung said...

DeJeVu all over. I thought I just read this exact article 15 minutes ago.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

This is pretty juvenile but Im having a hell of a good time beating up on the Patriots fans blog site. Come to find out the rest of the league hates them as well. LOL.

I remember some Patriots fans coming on here bathmouthing the almighty one (Coach Shula). Its payback time.

Perfectville: Population 1!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous dolphincult said...

we should be glad to get him. with the lack of talent on the team, im sure this would be a hard spot to fill if we insisted on going with someone who had head coach aspirations. if he runs a predictable offense like some of the whiners in here insist, i guess he fits right in with what we are used to ....more or less.....

ps armando, keep your chin up. i see this is a tough space to make friends...

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least Henning has an idea of how to use an undersized speedy receiver and make him a pro bowl player.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i told you so armando bill parcells called me himself and told me early last week bryan in ohio

2:32 AM  
Anonymous cam cameron said...

At least this choice will end up making me look like I wasn't too bad at calling plays.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D@mn, I'm glad that I'm a Miami fan outside of Miami....the constant whining would drive me nuts.

The staff is in place and now lets see what happens with the players. There is a lot of buzz about Shockey....any substance behind it Armando?

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Iz said...

So Steve Smith never caught any deep balls from Delhome? Cmon the guy is experienced and has a system that works.

P.S. to all the readers there is something called a "Press Release" that im sure Mando and the Sentinel get their 411 from there. So it's not a cut and paste job, just a passsing of 411.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous NYC Dolphins Fan said...

Mando, my man,

Can you confirm the veracity of the Donovan McNabb rumors?

I've heard three permutation of the rumored trade.

1) Dolphins trade down from 1st pick to a team with two first-round picks. They then send one to Philadelphia in exchange for McNabb and Philly's 19th pick.

2) The Dolphins send their 32nd pick to the Eagles for McNabb.

3) The Dolphins trade Jason Taylor for McNabb, and some amount of lower round draft picks exchange hands.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

I DO NOT want mcNabb, we already have one OLD QB, dont need another. Beck was drafted to be our QB, give him a legit shot, not saying dont draft another QB, jst stay away from FA QB's

10:43 AM  
Anonymous ceed said...

"With everything that has been written or said about yesterday's fiasco; not much has been written about how bad the reffing was in the game. How many times did Brady take blows to the head - a 15 yard personal foul penalty - and it was never called? In reviewing the film of the game I clearly saw 3 times on what turned out to be stalled drives (great slow motion replays provided by the network), and 2 others which there wasn't much tape to say conclusively. The end result it allowed the Giants to tee off on Brady and feel they could get away with it. Albeit the Giants line blew away the Pats typically strong line (I give them credit), but had they been flagged as they should have for these personal fouls, they would have had to back off on their rush...yet it never happened.

There were other questionable "no calls" which were clear on the game reviews and there was little talk by the commentators (can you say offensive pass interference). Was this all part of a conspiracy by the NFL to deny the Pats the trophy? I cannot remember another game in which the refs missed so many obvious personal fouls that indeed changed the course of a critical game. To me it was the key to the game and not some of Belichick's decisions (but why didn't he at least run once when they were on the 7 to make the Giants burn a time out? why? why? why?) Just my observations, others?"

This was posted on a Boston blog. What a bunch of hypocritical whiny bitches Pats fans are. This is unbelievable that someone would actually take the time to post this after every single game they played got every single call with the only exception being against the Colts. I thought I hated Pats bandwagoner before but now this is just getting ridiculous.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ceed, thank you very much for the laugh. I was eating my lunch when I read this and had to stop because I was laughing so hard. I guess they missed the no calls during the game that should have went against the Pats. How about the intentional grounding that wasn't called against Brady when he threw to the left side (when they were near their own goal line). There was no one within 30 feet of that ball! Or how about the delay of game penalty that they should have thrown at Harrison when he was trying to rip the ball out of Tyrees hands AFTER the tackle and whistle was blown? Giants were in hurry up and Harrison was trying to let the clock run more by interfering but there was no call. WHY? Because thank GOD they were letting them play good old fashioned football!! How hilarious is it that Patsie fans are bitching about shady Brady being touched?! They aren't used to seeing their QB get his butt kicked. Good stuff. NYScott

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To any Pat's fan complaining about the officials. Tell me when the Pat's were backed up and Brady was pressured up the middle by Mitchell and just threw the ball away. Where the hell was the intentional grounding. Nothing at all said about it. It should have been a safety.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous MartinK said...

At least the hiring of Henning fits Sparano's desire to have a power running game. How did the 'Pats pass-happy offense do against the Giants, who, by the way, have a power-running offense? The ability to run provides a balance to an offense and gives us an opportunity to control the time of possession, which means less chances for our D to blow it. Not a sexy hire, but one that makes sense, given the apparent blueprint of how our team will play.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad we have our coaches in a row and ready to focus on the draft. In a rebuilding process it is better to have experienced coaches rather than innovators because we're not planning to win it all now. Um, haven't seen an article from Dan Le Batard since his bold statement on the day of the Superbowl that the Patriots were more perfect than the rest. Wherever did he go? NYJeff

2:06 PM  
Anonymous GrowUp said...

What's with the constant little reminders and see-how-great-i-am junk lately Armando? Give it a rest - nobody cares that "I told you last week that neither Palmer nor Carmichael were getting the job." That's like a football player beating his chest after making an insignificant tackle - that's your job - you get paid to give us info, so get to it and stop bragging about ordinary news that we all see on the internet before you tell us anyway.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanted something with a little more sizzle. A younger guy with a modern playbook. Parcells knows what he's doing, but I can't help but think we're going to be a pretty boring offensive football team next year. Better to be boring and win some games, than be flashy and lose though...just is out on Henning for me.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Rudy said...

vTo GrowUp - get used to it. I've been following the blog since the season started and Mando has a constant habit of 'I told you so' chest beating, and as well reminding everyone in the blog how he was first one to report something. I think its obvious to even the most feeble minds, the more you blow your own horn, the smaller the sound it makes. On a side note, Dr. Z on SI had the guts and savy to predict the Giants would win the SB, and at least until this point, he has done not an ounce of gloating about it, no 'I told you so', he toots a bigger horn.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

he decision to hire Dan Henning as offensive coordinator is a curious one... While Henning has been mentored by some legendary coaches in Don Shula, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs and has helped develop quarterbacks Joe Theismann, Don Strock, Doug Williams, Vinny Testaverde and Jake Delhomme, he has been roundly criticized for his lackluster offenses.

Quotes such as, “offensive coordinator Dan Henning is running an offense that does not fit the personnel on the field and shows a staggering lack of imagination,” can be found all over the internet. This is mild compared to, “Henning tried to turn DeShaun Foster into a Stephen Davis-like power rusher, which he most certainly is not, he called for pass plays 80% of the time against a Cincinnati defense that had been giving up 140.4 rushing yards per game, he had all Panthers fans scratching their heads after calling a draw play on 3rd-and-10 late in the 4th quarter.”

There is also his record as a head coach 56 -146 which adds up to a 38% winning percentage...

I don’t see a history of dynamic offense here though Henning has a couple rings from his days under Joe Gibbs in Washington. Those teams did have two distinct attacks, one featured John Riggins and a bruising 3 yards and a cloud of dust system, while the other featured Doug Williams and the Smurfs vertical passing game. Interesting contrast there, somewhat dispelling the notion that he does not adapt a system around the talents of his players.

Once again we must defer to Bill Parcells and hope that he has chosen wisely.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous ceed said...

Anybody currently in the New England area, I'm just wondering where are the Pats fans are. I go to school in mass and since the superbowl LOSS I haven't seen one Pats fan. What's the deal? I guess couldn't jump off the bandwagon fast enough. Don't even see them on this blog anymore. Oh well at least Dolphins fans have the guts to support there team when they lose, even if it was 15 times. Heres to next season.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Dolfan Ray said...

I, too, live in Mass and can't believe the mass exodus off the Pats bandwagon. The entire Patriots nation is calling for Belechick's head on a platter and calling Brady one of the worst QBs ever. Unbelieveable!!! They've all removed their decals from the cars and stopped wearing Patriots gear. Such shame. Such humility. I love reminding them that they went from 19-0 to 18-1, and by doing so went from the best team to ever play the game to the biggest chokers of all time. The Pats are the greatest team to never win a supe bowl. I love the sound of that. I never imagined that the NY Giants would pull it off, but I am n such glory that they did. I'm tired of all the butt-kissing the local media here in Boston do for Bill Belecheat and Tom "father of the year" Brady. The local fans just adore them and never question any decision they make. Until now........ I love it!!!!

Go Dolphins!!!!!!!!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Bpk said...

He didn't beat out the other candidates... Carmichael wasn;t allowed to take the job, and I'll bet the reason we announced Henning this week is because the Dolphins talked to Palmer immediately after the Superbowl and were turned down by Palmer.

We got our third choice.

Yay. I am so excited.


1:44 AM  
Anonymous Karma said...

This is how the history books will recall the 2007 New England Patriots.

Best second place team in NFL history. Also, worst 18-1 team in NFL history (49ers and Bears both won their superbowls).

There have been 42 Superbowl winning teams, therefore the 2007 Patriots rank around 43rdish all time!

2007 Patriots. Biggest chokers in NFL history. How bout passing some of that humble pie over here!

3:21 AM  
Anonymous NCFINFAN said...

No news about the Dolphins in 3 days, man come on, sonmething has to be happening!? NCFINFAN

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to think just last week Armando you were bemoaning the fact that they did not yet hire an OC, as if the sky were falling on the Fin franchise.

I hope you display more patience with regard to all things Fins this year. I don't now any of these new guys, but they are Fin coaches now, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt as they have a big task ahead in turning things around. The last thing they need are a bunch of reporters second guessing their every move. Cut out the speculation and what-if's and start doing more reporting, on facts we would like to know. And if you and your bretheren can actually bring yourselves to do it, a little rooting these guys on would not hurt.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Haha, the Boston Globe banned me because I wrote the Patriots passing records are meaningless.

Fact is Brady could not have broken these records 10 years ago when defenses could punch a QB or WR in the mouth. LT would have left Brady with no teeth if he ever bumped and talked smack to a defensive player after a touchdown. Are you kidding me?

Now I remember why I hated those Massholes when I lived next door in CT. Talk alot of smack but no cojones!

7:57 PM  

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