Miami Dolphins: Why Benching Chad Henne Is a Terrible Move

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IINovember 10, 2010

MIAMI - AUGUST 27:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws against the Atlanta Falcons during their preseason game at Sun Life Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Chad Henne was drafted to be the future of the Dolphins. Some games he looked like the face of the Dolphins franchise and some games he has looked awful. 

But you know what? That is what you get with a young quarterback. You should expect good things and bad things.  

Hall of Famers have struggled in their first couple of years in the National Football league as well. Dan Fouts didn't really start showing promise until his sixth year in the league and Terry Bradshaw threw 19 TDs and 46 INTs in his first two seasons!  

I can tell you when Joe Flacco has looked awful. But nobody is benching him because they want him to grow as a quarterback instead of pulling him. 

Brett Favre has more INTs than anybody in NFL history and for some reason it is impossible to bench him. 

Fans always expect young quarterbacks to be great right away, and when that happens it seems to affect coaching decisions.

Henne will have games that will make his coach want to pull him, but you don't risk jeopardizing the future of your franchise because of it.

When are we all going to realize that quarterbacks aren't just going to be perfect because we want them to?

A bunch of Miami Dolphin fans think that Chad Henne is a failure and needs to go. To those Dolphin fans, let me ask you this: Do you really want to keep going through years of hoping to find the next Dan Marino? 

It's not happening! You can't punish a young quarterback because he is not one of the all-time greats.  

Henne should be playing, and if he throws 20 INTs, so what? I can tell you many Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have thrown 20 or more INTs. 

Developing a young quarterback is a frustrating process for a franchise to go through, but it can pay off in the end.