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Chad Henne, Jake Long starting Dolphins team workouts today

Chad Henne, Tony Sparano AP

Against the advice of some on the players’ side of the ongoing labor dispute, players on the Dolphins are starting organized activities of their own today.

Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports that offensive tackle Jake Long and quarterback Chad Henne have set up the workouts at Nova Southeastern University’s athletic facilities in Davie, Florida.

Kelly reports that Henne and Long aren’t expecting the participation level to be high. But some people think the participation level to be zero.

As we noted in discussing the Dolphins’ plans last week, there are agents (including Drew Rosenhaus, who represented eight Dolphins last season) who are telling their clients it would be a mistake to get together for organized activities. Participating in organized workouts right now is essentially working for free for owners who are locking the players out — and for owners who won’t show the least bit of sympathy for players who suffer injuries during the lockout. If a player gets hurt now and the injury is serious enough that it still affects him when the season starts, he’ll go on the unpaid non-football injury list.

So while players would be wise to stay in shape during the lockout, staying in shape by getting together for team workouts doesn’t sit well with everyone on the players’ side. But Long and Henne think it’s the right move for the players on the Dolphins.

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14 Responses to “Chad Henne, Jake Long starting Dolphins team workouts today”
  1. disturbedshifty says: Mar 28, 2011 7:23 AM

    In the case of Henne, he needs all the help he can get. But at the same time it shows it WANTS to improve.

    I am all for players putting together their own workouts. To me that sends a message to the owners that they are not going to let them stop their desire to play the game. It also shows the fans that not every player is only about money.

    And the fact that agents are telling players not to participate in player organized activities is if the players aren’t getting paid, neither are the agents. But that is just my opinion.

  2. phinheads says: Mar 28, 2011 7:55 AM

    good for henne.

  3. deanvernonwormer says: Mar 28, 2011 8:04 AM

    The Dolphins are a four win team and as such need all the help they can get. Heck, Dan Marino should be out there running these practices considering all the organization has done for him with Marino not winning anything in return.

  4. saladorblue says: Mar 28, 2011 8:39 AM

    Typical. University of Michigan alumni working hard while everyone else takes a break. If only all colleges produced players with similar work ethics.

  5. patpatriotagain says: Mar 28, 2011 8:51 AM

    at least we know the miami defense will have a leg up on interceptions when the league resumes action

  6. vomitingliberals says: Mar 28, 2011 9:55 AM

    deanvernonwormer says:
    Mar 28, 2011 8:04 AM

    The Dolphins are a four win team and as such need all the help they can get. Heck, Dan Marino should be out there running these practices considering all the organization has done for him with Marino not winning anything in return.
    ————————

    Football is a TEAM sport, unlike boxing, every position can make a difference in a game and every unit can make a difference in a season. Dan Marino carried the Dolphins to the playoffs 11 times in 17 years, and a birth in Super Bowl XIX. He was voted by his peers into the Pro Bowl 9 times. He shattered every record in his time and went into the NFL Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot. He did everything he as an individual could possibly do to win a ring. He suffered mightily from never having a credible running game, but even more so from the fact that he never had a championship caliber defense. Even minus the running game, he probably would have won a ring had he had the support of a quality defense, because he was that good. He had some decent WR’s & good O-Line for much of his career and that helped put up those gaudy numbers, but defense is what wins championships at the end of the day, not WR’s.

    Trent Dilfer (Jamal Lewis in his prime, Ravens D) & Doug Williams (Timmy Smith broke a SB record & defense held Elway and co. to 10 points) both have a Super Bowl ring and both can thank their respective RB’s and Defenses for making that possible. That said, you’d have to be insane to draft either of these two Super Bowl winning QB’s over Dan Marino if given the option. Totally nuts, completely brain-dead. In fact, Dan Marino was better than the vast majority of Super Bowl winning QB’s and guys like Aikman, Simms, and Young have said as much already. I’d bet many more would agree as well. Heck, QB’s like Fran Tarkenton, Jim Kelly, and Warren Moon were better than many Super Bowl winning QB’s. So enough with all the Marino bashing. If your team does not have a Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, or Rivers, then you are either praying your QB will be as good as Dan Marino was or you’re looking to draft a Dan Marino. This is the truth and you know it.

  7. basexc9 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:13 AM

    deanvernonwormer says:
    Mar 28, 2011 8:04 AM
    The Dolphins are a four win team and as such need all the help they can get. Heck, Dan Marino should be out there running these practices considering all the organization has done for him with Marino not winning anything in return.

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    Haha who is this kid? What a joke

  8. patssmelllikepoo says: Mar 28, 2011 10:58 AM

    Their getting ready to compete in the ACC.

  9. phinfan says: Mar 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    Well… We aren’t resigning RB, RW and Pat Cobbs. So who is going to be the backfield other thank Lex?

    Marshall hates Henne… so that plan is out the door.

  10. someguyiniowa says: Mar 28, 2011 11:08 AM

    Um, there has been a bunch of Miami players that have been working out for a while now during the offseason. I know Davonne Bess and some of the WRs have been.

  11. Grulks says: Mar 28, 2011 12:32 PM

    vomitingliberals says:
    If your team does not have a Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, or Rivers, then you are either praying your QB will be as good as Dan Marino was or you’re looking to draft a Dan Marino. This is the truth and you know it

    =====
    Agreed with a lot of your post, but had to correct you on that last paragraph. Most teams would prefer a Joe Montana over a Dan Marino.

    Nothing wrong with breaking every record and stat, but at the end of the day fans want Lombardis instead of records that can eventually be broken.

  12. skylark70455 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:00 PM

    Grulks says: “Agreed with a lot of your post, but had to correct you on that last paragraph. Most teams would prefer a Joe Montana over a Dan Marino. Nothing wrong with breaking every record and stat, but at the end of the day fans want Lombardis instead of records that can eventually be broken.”

    Yet another example of a poster telling folks he read and agreed with the majority of a previous post… and in the same breath going on to demonstrate he either DIDN’T read the post, or cannot comprehend what he read.

    For the reading comprehension impaired:

    Unless Montana comes with the entire ensemble of players he played with… (or the team is capable of drafting a comparable ensemble)… a preference for one or the other of the QB is unlikely to produce what the fans want (Lombardi’s).

  13. texasphinsfan says: Mar 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    Jeff Darlington of the PBP said 23 players showed up.

    Impressive! Knock on the Dolphins all you want – but its great to see some players appreciate the bigger picture here.

  14. vomitingliberals says: Mar 28, 2011 5:30 PM

    Grulks says:
    Mar 28, 2011 12:32 PM

    Agreed with a lot of your post, but had to correct you on that last paragraph. Most teams would prefer a Joe Montana over a Dan Marino.

    Nothing wrong with breaking every record and stat, but at the end of the day fans want Lombardis instead of records that can eventually be broken.
    ————————-

    Huh? I never said anything about Montana. Obviously, there are people who feel he was better than Marino, and just as obviously, there are those who don’t. Either way, you missed the point. I was defending Marino from the usual shots that ill-informed football fans typically take at him. That is why I used Marino’s name when discussing the kind of QB most fans would love to see drafted by their respective teams. Joe Montana is great, but like skylark mentioned, he had one heck of a supporting cast on BOTH sides of the ball, and in each phase of the game. I’d wager that if you could replace Marino with Montana on those 80′s & 90′s Miami Dolphins, Montana doesn’t get a ring, not even one. Then go and replace Montana with Marino on those 80′s & 90′s 49ers, and Marino does what Montana did and wins 4 SB’s.

    Anyway, I didn’t even mention Montana until you brought him up. My original point was that it’s all about TEAM, but yet we place so much emphasis on the individual player. Especially QB’s. It’s ridiculous!

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