Dolphins’ coaches work with Chad Henne in apparent violation of NFL rules

The Miami Dolphins could find themselves in hot water with the league office today, after quarterback Chad Henne revealed that he has been working with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell — in apparent violation of NFL rules.

“[O]nce we signed Coach Brian Daboll, I tried to get into there as quick as I could to learn the offense,” Henne told the Miami Herald. “I’ve been meeting with him for the last month now. I feel pretty comfortable with what he’s teaching and what the offense is going to be.”

But as the Herald‘s Armando Salguero points out, NFL rules don’t allow Henne to work with Daboll, Dorrell or anyone else on the Dolphins’ coaching staff. This is the same rule that prohibited Rams quarterback Sam Bradford from working with new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Henne also said he’d like to become so knowledgeable about Daboll’s offense that he could run his own minicamp during the looming lockout — which would open another can of worms, as players who are active in the union (including Eric Winston on today’s PFT Live) are increasingly speaking out against players engaging in unpaid practices while the owners are locking them out.

Now we wonder whether Henne will be hearing from his union, and whether the Dolphins will be hearing from the league office.

50 responses to “Dolphins’ coaches work with Chad Henne in apparent violation of NFL rules

  1. Daboll must be a protege of Bill Belicheat. Cheats don’t fall far from the Cheater Tree.

  2. what about john harbaugh meeting with alex smith? I’m sure most teams are doing this. No story here.

  3. This Just In:
    Chad Henne found beaten and bloody in Miami hotel room. Police are seeking Miami Dolphins front office bigwigs as well as Union officials for questioning. Henne’s teeth appear to have been knocked out and the words “Snitch get stitches” were written on his forehead in Sharpie. We will update this situation as more information becomes available.

  4. This Just In:
    Chad Henne found beaten and bloody in Miami hotel room. Police are seeking Miami Dolphins front office bigwigs as well as Union officials for questioning. Henne’s teeth appear to have been knocked out and the words “Snitches get stitches” were written on his forehead in Sharpie. We will update this situation as more information becomes available.

  5. What rule would this violate? As long as it’s not organized, on the field, team activity, any player is free to talk to a coach if he wants to. When and if a lockout begins, it will be a different story.

  6. Just a thought, with a lockout looming why don’t you keep your damn mouths shut?
    Probably an off topic comparison; Nnamdi Asomugha credited Rod Woodson for helping him develop as a CB. How about players stop trying to garner attention, invite your “coaches” to your place and do some damn film study there. Instead of acting like you’re Peyton Manning, by telling everyone how you’re trying to get an early edge by working with the coaches.

  7. Anything to get the offence going next year, I’m all for it. I hope the Phins give Henne another year to prove himself. Especially now that Henning is gone.

  8. This is when you prefer your QB to be of the 48 variety on the wonderlic. I cannot believe he didn’t know. It’s your job to know. Unreal.

  9. How is it a violation? You turned it into the coach ‘worked with’ Henne, which implies workouts, but in fact, he said he has been meeting with him. A team can’t meet with a player in the offseason? Doesn’t seem right to me.

  10. He had to come clean before Belicek revealed the secret video that he had nothing to do with.

  11. Okay. Take away a first round pick, humiliate the fan base and destroy past prestige from long gone accomplishments. Then spill 500 million gallons of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico and kill every baby dolphin in the sea. Then disband the sport of football, nay, all sports in the United States and revert all color TVs to black and white. Then melt the bronze bust of Don Shula in the Hall of Fame until it’s a puddle of shame that encompasses the pain of NFL fans from this clear travesty. Then take that liquid materialized bronze puddle and form it into 400 pennies. Take those pennies and send one to each of the 400 displaced Super Bowl fans and then everyone will be happy and justice restore and tell master Goodell that we’d like another!

  12. This sounds like some stupid rule the NCAA would have….not professionally paid athletes and professionally paid coaches.

  13. Looks like Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders put one over on the rest of the Clubs. Non of the new contracts handed out to the Raiders 5 potential Free Agents included one dime in signing bonus.

    In other words they are essentially futures contracts with non of the players getting a dime until the CBA is hammered out and games are being played. When that does happen you will have all the other clubs rushing and being tied up in just trying to sign their own Free Agents while the Raiders will be primed to make a run at any other clubs FA they would like to sign.

    With Seymour pay amounting to what the Raiders would have to have paid a 1st round pick this year which they will not have to do since they do not have a pick in round one. The Raiders say if they want to resign Nnamdi they will have plenty of room.

    Do you really think Al Davis just let Nnamdi hit Free Agency in the year he knew the CBA would be being fought over?, the dude has not lost a step.

  14. If the NFL hopes to have less of a backlash amongst fans, it would allow them to hold on to the hope that the fans team/players still care about winning so much that they are willing to circumvent this “rule” even during the lockout. Or the players should learn to keep a lid on any extra curriculars that they are participating in.

  15. If the league office is all about putting butts in the seats, I’d think they’d have no problem with stuff like this. The more practice time guys are able to put in, the better they’ll perform, and the more butts they’ll put into seats.

  16. How is this a violation?

    Wouldn’t Henne actually have to BE an NFL quarterback to violate NFL rules?

  17. Then Chad wants to organize all these informal practice sessions into 32 groups of players, locate them in large population centers around the country, and maybe get together to play 16 or so games for each group.

    It’s an idea that came to him gradualy over the past decade. He feels like he has the intelligence and the arm strength to become a good Commissioner some day.

  18. This is what Henne does, he’s a go-getter who would have this regardless of a looming lock-out.

  19. Chad Henne sucks and so do the Dolphins, if the lockout happened for every team except the Dolphins and it lasted until Sept the Dolphins would not have an advantage. that bad

    next story

  20. The league is disallowing contact between the players and team officials because they fear it would be seen as pressuring players to perform without pay if an anti-trust lawsuit is filed. Look at the signs. Teams are not signing many of their own quality players to extensions despite the fact that they’re getting ready to enter free agency. None of the owners were involved in the recent mediation sessions. Now, teams are dumping players prior to the March 4th deadline. It certainly seems like the owners are set on imposing a lockout. If nothing changes, the players will be forced to decertify the union prior to March 4th since they’ll have to wait an additional 6 months to do so if they wait until after the current CBA expires. The players (either through a series of test cases or a class action suit) will then have to file an anti-trust lawsuit to try and force an end to the lockout. If that’s the case, then anything seen as pressuring players to perform without pay would certainly hurt the league’s case. Because of that, the league has ordered that teams take no action out of the ordinary when it comes to working with players or advising them on private workouts. One of the teams made a dvd for its players to give them a refresher course on proper workout techniques. It didn’t encourage them to workout, nor did it guide them in specific drills. It simply reminded them of proper workout techniques. The league said they couldn’t give those dvds to the players. In other words, they’re not going to allow the teams to do anything that could come back to bite them in court so that they can get a head start on prepping their players for next season.

  21. snnyjcbs says: Feb 28, 2011 8:42 PM

    Looks like Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders put one over on the rest of the Clubs. Non of the new contracts handed out to the Raiders 5 potential Free Agents included one dime in signing bonus.

    In other words they are essentially futures contracts with non of the players getting a dime until the CBA is hammered out and games are being played. When that does happen you will have all the other clubs rushing and being tied up in just trying to sign their own Free Agents while the Raiders will be primed to make a run at any other clubs FA they would like to sign.

    With Seymour pay amounting to what the Raiders would have to have paid a 1st round pick this year which they will not have to do since they do not have a pick in round one. The Raiders say if they want to resign Nnamdi they will have plenty of room.

    Do you really think Al Davis just let Nnamdi hit Free Agency in the year he knew the CBA would be being fought over?, the dude has not lost a step.
    _____________________
    If you need to tell yourself that to get through the night, then go ahead. If you’re interested in the real world, however, you’re missing some key points. to begin with, the voiding of Nnamdi’s contract caught people in the Raiders front office by surprise. That’s been widely reported, and even the Raiders didn’t try to deny it. They simply said they couldn’t have kept him at that cap number anyway. Additionally, the extensions that the Raiders have given some of their players means they really can’t afford to bring Nnamdi back. There will be a salary cap again, and the Raiders will need to be under it. Besides, even without a salary cap, they still have to be able to actually pay their players, and seeing as how the Raiders keep getting blacked out due to poor ticket sales, you have to wonder how much extra they could afford to pay even if the salary cap wasn’t an issue. Finally, a number of journalists and analysts with much better contacts than any of us will ever have are saying over and over again that Nnamdi doesn’t intend to resign with the Raiders. He wants to go to a team that will be in the hunt at least for a championship. Face it, Nnamdi is gone.

  22. Oh, one final question snnyjcbs. Are you just copying and pasting the same response to every sports website you know of? This is the second site I’ve seen the exact same comment on. All the repetition in the world won’t make it true, however.

  23. zn0rseman says: Feb 28, 2011 9:33 PM
    This is what Henne does, he’s a go-getter who would have this regardless of a looming lock-out.

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    Too bad opposing DBs have more “go-getter” in them than his WRs.

  24. So? Last year the Redskins new DC talked about all the practices he had with his new defense all through February and the league didn’t do a thing. Why should this be any different?

  25. What a non-story. How many players and coaches do this during the off-season? I give Henne credit, taking the initiative to try to get better and learn a new system. Good for hin

  26. jerryloler says: Feb 28, 2011 10:11 PM

    On behalf of Patriots Nation: Throw the book at em’

    7 – 9*

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    If you combined the intellects of all of Patriot Nation, you would still not have the brain power that Chad Henne sports.

    I can’t wait until the Patriots finally collapse back into obscurity and all the band wagon Patriots fans go crawl back under the rock they came from. And take the Neandertal Jets fans with you.

  27. The RULES are the RULES. They will be enforced RANDOMLY, not POORLY.
    Roger is RICH not POOR.
    DOLPHINS are not RICH.
    ROGER HAS SPOKEN!

    Love,
    Rog

  28. Henne needs all the help he can get.. The dolphins dont need to be punished or docked picks or fined. Having Henne as their QB is all the punishment they need.

  29. Smart guy too. He doesnt even know the league rules that he cant interact with coaches.

  30. So in a normal year, if a team got a new OC, then we’re supposed to assume that QBs wouldn’t bother learning the offense until OTAs? That no QB would bother to meet with the OC and get the playbook ASAP? Uh, yeah right…

  31. Who cares?
    The rule that there can be no contact PRIOR to March 4th is stupid. The players are still employed until the expiration of the CBA, so why?

  32. “But as the Herald‘s Armando Salguero points out…”

    Way to go Armando. You really have your readers best interests in mind. There can’t be too many reporters that would tattle on his/her own team.

    His target audience is Fin fans, and he contacted league officials immediately after hearing Henne speak?

    I smell a rat.

  33. I’m pretty sure until March 4th, the old CBA is still in effect and he can meet with his coaches and go work out at the facility, no?

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