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Dan Henning
Date of birth June 21, 1942 (1942-06-21) (age 67)
Place of birth Bronx, New York
Position(s) Coach
College William & Mary
Regular season 38-73-1
(NCAA) 16-19-1
Postseason 0-0
Career record 38-73-1
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player
1964, 1966-1967 AFL San Diego Chargers
Team(s) as a coach/administrator


Florida State
Virginia Tech
Houston Oilers
Virginia Tech
Florida State
New York Jets
Miami Dolphins
Washington Redskins
Atlanta Falcons
Washington Redskins
San Diego Chargers
Detroit Lions
Boston College
Buffalo Bills
New York Jets
(98-99 QBs coach/ 2000 Offensive coordinator)
Carolina Panthers
(Offensive coordinator)
Miami Dolphins
(Offensive coordinator)

Daniel Ernest Henning, Jr. (born June 21, 1942 in The Bronx, New York) is currently the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. He was also an American football player. A quarterback, he played collegiately at William and Mary, and professionally (in 1966) for the American Football League's San Diego Chargers. He is the former Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1983–1986) and the San Diego Chargers (1989–1991) of the NFL. He was the head coach of the Boston College Eagles (1994–96). He then returned to the NFL as an offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 1997. After Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy retired partially due to his refusal to fire Henning, he left Buffalo.


Coaching career

While the head coach of Boston College, Henning discovered a major sports betting scandal among his own players: after losing 45-17 to Syracuse on Oct. 26, 1996, he heard that some of his players might have bet against their own team. Henning informed the appropriate university officials, and the resulting inquiry resulted the suspension of 13 players for the rest of the season, with six banned permanently. With the effects of the scandal and a 16-19-1 record after three seasons, Henning retired at the end of the 1996 season.[1]

Henning had two stints as the offensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins (1981–82, 1987–88). He won two Super Bowl rings during this time.

Most recently, Henning was named offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, throwing wrinkles in the offense which put Ronnie Brown as quarterback leading to a 38–13 win at the New England Patriots.[2] The implementation of the "Wildcat" or single-wing offense was covered heavily by the media, and soon adopted by several other NFL teams in 2008 and 2009.

He was previously the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2002 until January 2007. Henning helped lead his team to the Super Bowl after the 2003 season. After the 2005 season in which the Panthers returned to the NFC Championship game, they were considered Super Bowl contenders in 2006. However, the offense struggled due to injuries and what critics deemed conservative play-calling by Henning, resulting in an 8–8 season and his firing.[3]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Rank#
Boston College (Big East Conference) (1994–1996)
1994 Boston College 7-4-1 3-3-1 5th W 12-7 Aloha Bowl 22
1995 Boston College 4-8-0 4-3 T-4th
1996 Boston College 5-7-0 2-5 6th
Boston College: 16-19-1
Total: 16-19-1
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ Jeff Merron, Biggest Sports Gambling Scandals,, June 2, 2007, Accessed January 14, 2009.
  2. ^ "Judge: Vick can keep bonus". Associated Press. 2008-02-05.,CST-SPT-nflnt05.article. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  3. ^ Mike Cranston (2007). "Panthers fire coordinator Dan Henning". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-02-09.  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Al Saunders
San Diego Chargers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Bobby Ross
Preceded by
Leeman Bennett
Atlanta Falcons Head Coach
Succeeded by
Marion Campbell
Preceded by
Tom Coughlin
Boston College Eagles Head Coach
Succeeded by
Tom O'Brien
Preceded by
Tom Bresnahan
Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Joe Pendry
Preceded by
Charlie Weis
New York Jets Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Paul Hackett
Preceded by
Richard Williamson
Carolina Panthers Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Jeff Davidson
Preceded by
Mike Mularkey
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by


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