Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chad Henne's comments

A few weeks ago, Chad "Schmoe Montana" Henne told us that he was being fed the new playbook by Brian Daboll.  

I told you that it was likely the Dolphins would be fined for this "improper" contact.  A number of my readers took exception saying it was a non-issue, and there was no foul.

Yesterday, the league did confirm that the Dolphins were fined for violating the league rule on contact.  While neither the league nor the Dolphins made much of it, it does show (once again) that the Fins don't have a clue.  How could they not know it was against the rules?

Citing the specifics, the NFL said:
There have been rules in place for years that govern what is permissible prior to the start of the offseason program. It is the interpretation of Article XXXV of the CBA. Before the offseason program begins, generally around March 15, players are permitted to use the Club's facilities on a voluntary basis subject to the following rules:
(i) such players may not receive per diem payments or workout bonuses of any kind and may not be paid or reimbursed expenses for travel, board or lodging during this period;

(ii) such players are not permitted to participate in organized workouts, practices or meetings of any kind;

(iii) the Club's strength and conditioning coaches may not direct such players' individual workouts, but may supervise use of the weight room to prevent injury, correct misuse of equipment, etc.;

(iv) such players may not be directed or supervised by position coaches during this period.
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Actually I think you're looking at this wrong. Ross is worth something like 3 billion dollars and Henne needs the work so why not take the fine? Would it be worth whatever few thouand dollars it cost to get Henne started working early, especially with a work stoppage looming? Maybe the 'fins knew exactly what they were doing.


Oh I think you're giving them too much credit. They more likely figured that no one would notice since there was likely to be a lockout, and took a chance. Or maybe just didn't care.

But in light of Sparano's "we're going to be run first" and essentially run the same offense, what was the point?