An NFL playbook consists of roughly 1,000 plays. When the season is over, coaches scour over the previous year’s tape to see what needs to be added or subtracted (whether it be plays or players). Those changes usually begin in March with Free Agency, into April’s Draft, and offseason OTAs.
This offseason was different because of the lockout. Without Free Agency, Sparano was forced to game plan this season with Chad Henne as the starting QB. Drafting a QB early and throwing him into the fire was never really an option since Sparano HAS to win this season (Ross made that clear).
With his job on the line, Sparano’s only chance to succeed this season was to go with the QB who knew the system. Any hopes of getting a veteran QB and getting him up-to-speed went out the window when the NFLPA did away with 2-A-Days.
Chad Henne will be the starting QB for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Sparano was dealt a bad hand, but there was very little he can do. Changing QBs three-weeks away from the opener will only set the team back. The Fins got lucky a few years ago when Chad Pennington became available, barring the release of a very intelligent QB, get used to seeing #7 in the backfield.
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