CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31: Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins looks to throw a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne had nothing but praise for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll when he hit the links at a charity golf tournament Monday in Palm Beach.
"I’ve been meeting with him for the last month now. I feel pretty comfortable with what he’s teaching and what the offense is going to be about," Henne told the Miami Herald. Once the Dolphins signed Daboll in January, "I tried to get into there as quick as I could to learn the offense."
Henne added that Daboll's offensive system reminded him of the offense used while he played at the University of Michigan, also describing it as a "New England [offense] with a little [New York] Jets in it."
Henne's comments must have been music to the ears of Dolphins fans who grew weary at former OC Dan Henning's quixotic use of the Wildcat formation and aversion to attempting deep passing plays.
Henne concluded, "It's a good offense for a quarterback." But with the Dolphins reportedly interested in drafting Auburn's Cam Newton, it remains to be seen which quarterback will get to enjoy Daboll's system. For his part, Henne told the Hearld that while he was responsible for 21 turnovers in 2010, he thinks he can help improve the Dolphins offense.
All of this could be entirely moot if NFL owners end up imposing a lockout for the upcoming season, but Dolphins fans have been through so much frustration over the past two years, they'll take whatever bit of optimism they can get this offseason.
But as usual with the Dolphins, there is a catch. According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, players are not allowed to receive offseason instruction from position coaches before March 15. Daboll would count as a position coach in this case. If the NFL finds Miami violated the CBA, head coach Tony Sparano could be fined by the league.
Even when they are off the field, sometimes the Dolphins can't help but trip over their own feet.
David Hill is a Miami native who used to be able to name every quarterback who has started for the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired. He has since lost count.