Two-Minute Offense Falters
QB Chad Henne
QB Chad Henne

Posted Dec 29, 2010


Eighteen times this season, the Dolphins have taken possession with less than three minutes remaining in either the second quarter or in the fourth quarter in a game when they needed to score. All but two of those series — both against the Bears, neither for scores — have been conducted by Chad Henne. He's done much better before halftime than before the final gun.

In Henne's eight first-half opportunities, the Dolphins have produced a touchdown and four field goals — or 2.4 points per possession. Two of those field goals came in a span of 54 seconds at Cincinnati, while another should have been a touchdown the next week at Baltimore if Henne hadn't overthrown a wide-open Anthony Fasano from the 1.

The Dolphins also punted once (backed up against their own goal line against the Jets), missed a 61-yard field goal against the Bills and chose to run out the final 45 seconds with a running play from their 20 at Minnesota. Pretty solid work overall.

However, in Henne's eight second-half cracks at the two-minute offense, the Dolphins have thrown five interceptions (three in their own territory) and run out of time on the other three occasions.

Zero points. Zero late comebacks. What's been the difference? Besides additional pressure, it's also likely opponents are more willing to throw different looks at a young quarterback with the game on the line.

"It's advantage defense because of pass rush and the fact that you're throwing the football," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said, "so protection is No. 1 and then I think certainly execution, utilizing the time efficiently."

Clock management has been a problem of late for the Dolphins, who ran out of time in last-ditch drives against the Bills and Lions. In each case, Henne's final pass was a harmless check-down, well underneath the deep coverage.


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