2012 NFL Free Agents: Chad Henne Made a Mistake Not Visiting Seattle Seahawks

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2012 NFL Free Agents: Chad Henne Made a Mistake Not Visiting Seattle Seahawks
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Chad Henne has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after agreeing to a two-year deal which will likely make him the team's starter.

After finishing last season on injured reserve, the 26-year-old quarterback was not retained by the Miami Dolphins as they chase one of Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn.

While Henne never really excelled for the Dolphins, he also never really had enough time to develop. After not playing for essentially all of his rookie year, Henne had two seasons as a starter prior to last season when he struggled.

Even though he threw for more interceptions, 37, than touchdowns, 31, in a Dolphins' uniform, it should be noted that Henne was still learning the game and remains today a very young quarterback. Even though it seems like he has been in the league for a very long time, Henne is only 26 years old.

In Miami, Henne was asked to play a role which he would always need to adjust to after his time in college. With the Dolphins, Henne was asked to make various throws in terms of length and design from short routes, screen routes, intermediate routes and hitting the deep ball.

In reality, because of his limitations as a youngster combined with his injury-riddled beginning to life in the league under the pressure and scrutiny of the Dolphins' fanbase, Henne never looked comfortable in Miami.

While he is searching for a new start, he made the wrong decision by signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Henne likely signed with Jacksonville prior to even visiting with other teams because it provides him with his best opportunity to instantly start. However, Jacksonville just signed Laurent Robinson to be their leading receiver, and their receiving corps as a whole is below par.

Had Henne waited to meet with the Seattle Seahawks, he would have found a perfect fit to be his new home.

While both teams have a strong running game, that is where the offenses' similarities differ. The Seahawks have a very definite offensive identity while the Jaguars tend to simply rely on Maurice Jones-Drew to carry them through games.

In Seattle, Henne would have been able to hide the flaws in his game by being a part of a play-action offense.

With Tom Cable's grafting offensive line blowing open holes for Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks look to establish the run before using play action to hit their receivers deep. Darrell Bevell's offense was limited last season by Tarvaris Jackson's torn pectoral muscle, but Jackson still had some level of success.

Jackson and Henne share similar traits and would have most likely entered training camp in competition for the starting position. Both players are relatively mobile with big arms to either run bootlegs on play action or simply set themselves to throw the ball deep to Mike Williams, Golden Tate, Ben Obamanu, Doug Baldwin and, when healthy, in particular Sidney Rice.

With so much speed on the outside, as well as an offense built to run the football repeatedly, Henne would never have to consistently pick apart defenses with his intelligence and short accuracy; instead he would just rely on his phenomenal arm strength to unleash the ball downfield for his receivers to run under while the secondary is baited into worrying about the running game.

In Jacksonville, Henne will have the strong running game, but his best receiver, in spite of the Robinson signing, remains the team's inconsistent tight end Marcedes Lewis. Lewis is a solid tight end, but he's not going to outpace any defensive backs.

Henne will likely easily win the starting job ahead of Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville, but that isn't necessarily a good thing for either Henne or the franchise.

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