Most of Phin Nation has seen enough of Chad Henne to form the opinion that he is NOT the future franchise quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. We’ve talked since Dan Marino retired about how important it is to find the next franchise signal caller. We hoped that the 2nd round draft pick that landed Chad Henne was the answer. However, after seeing Henne struggle time after time in the most crucial part of a game, we are right to be pessimistic. After all, Henne is 13-14 as a starter in the NFL. His quarterback rating was below average in 2010 and he seems to throw an interception at the worst possible time.
So as we approach the Free Agency Period (hopefully) and the NFL Draft for the 2011 season, many think that Henne’s days in Miami are numbered. However, comments made today by Jeff Ireland may indicate that the Dolphins have not yet given up hope on Chad Henne. Here are a few quotes, from the Sun Sentinel:
“We certainly hope so,” General Manager Jeff Ireland said after pointing out this regime hasn’t given up on Chad Henne, who is 13-14 in his two seasons as an NFL starter.
“He’s shown some aggressive tendencies, and shown some exciting throws,” Ireland said. “Chad has all the ability in the world. We just have to put a plan together and an offense philosophy that fits Chad Henne and I think we’ll be able to do that.”
So after reading those quotes, are we still sure that Henne will be out as the starting QB in Miami? Only time will tell. Maybe this regime thinks that Henne can improve under new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll. Maybe another offseason of work with Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, and Brian Hartline can help improve the chemistry that was lacking this year.
Our take - We think the Dolphins would be wise to have a backup plan if they think Henne can lead the Dolphins to where this regime needs to go (the playoffs). Whether that backup plan is having Chad Pennington designated as his backup and drafting a young qb to groom OR bringing in a starting caliber quarterback to compete with Henne. Among the veteran options that might be available are Vince Young, Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton, and possibly Carson Palmer.
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