Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Dan Henning Returns To The Dolphins

Dan Henning as been hired as the new offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. He returns to South Florida after having been the quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1979-1980.

More recently, Henning was the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2002-2006. Under his guidance, the Panthers total offense ranking improved, and gained its highest rank of #13 in 2004. Prior to his stint in Carolina, Henning served as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets from 1998-2000 where he worked with Dolphins V.P. of Football Operations Bill Parcells.

Personally, I think that Henning is a talented offensive coordinator, but I'm a bit wary that he was out of coaching for the 2007 season. I'm also a bit nervous with Bill Parcells bringing in so many guys that worked "for" him, but might not be the best for the job. Henning is 65, and he's not getting any younger. And while his Panthers squads performed decently, reaching the Super Bowl in 2003, I wouldn't necessarily consider him innovative. Though, with the way that the Dolphins have performed in recent years they need to achieve success any way possible in the shortest amount of time. Hopefully Henning can get them pointed in the right direction before he succumbs to the retirement lifestyle in South Florida like many of his peers have.

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