Miami Dolphins Would Be Making a Mistake by Sticking with Chad Henne at QB

Carlos SandovalAnalyst IIIMarch 24, 2011

MIAMI - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins walks toward the sideline after calling a time-out during the game-winning drive against the New England Patriots at Land Shark Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 22-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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These Miami Dolphins, I tell you.

Seems like everything in South Florida is just drama. The Dolphins aren't about to be the exception. From asking Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute, to wanting to be the Lakers of the NFL (um, who doesn't?), to the recent no-you're-not-fired-Tony-Sparano-unless-we-sign-Jim-Harbaugh fiasco, the Dolphins are proving to be the drama-hoarders of the NFL.

One of these controversial topics, though, actually matters—the Dolphins' starter at QB!

Now, don't think I'm that shallow of a NFL analyst—which I call myself, sometimes, when I'm alone—that just thinks that a key to success is a good quarterback. You can survive with a sub-par quarterback in the NFL, and I've always believed that a good team has a quarterback who doesn't screw up.

In this case, though? The Fins need a good quarterback soon, and Chad Henne ain't it, man.

Henne's flaws are too abundant at this stage in his career. He's had close to two full seasons to prove he's the Dolphins' franchise quarterback. And while you can't expect a QB to pull things together in two years, you should expect progress at a solid rate. Henne hasn't done that.

He is too antsy in the pocket, his timing is off, his accuracy is streaky, he lacks late-game composure, his strong arm has no business being in the Dolphins' offensive system and his vision is dodgy.

Sure, Henne has shown some progress. He can help to sustain long drives more than he could before, and that's what the Fins are built on—long, tiring drives to take the opposition's defense out of the game late, and hard-nosed defense to make sure they don't give up points left and right.

But Henne doesn't do this consistently; more often than not, Henne's timing on throws is horrible, and the ball doesn't get to where it should be.

My solution? Get rid of the dude. Right now. (Well, not right now; apparently, there's no such thing as the NFL during this stupid lockout.) Don't even give him a chance to "develop." This team is in win-now mode, and that's not going to change.

That's because the Dolphins have too much talent not to be in win-now mode. The cornerbacks are more effective than 80 percent of other secondary units, the defensive line is relentless, headed by Cameron Wake, the linebackers are steadily improving, the offensive line is bolstered by a stud in Jake Long and the wide receivers are at the top of their game.

If you have a quarterback who can't help but screw up, or even stick to the program, while the rest of your team is ready to win, then you have to do something. The Dolphins need to be in this state of mind, and that's why Henne can't stay.

While he could be a stud in four years—God knows this dude ain't developing into his prime for at least that long—he's not what the Dolphins need. He's not as cerebral as he should be, and the strength of his arm isn't entirely necessary.

If Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland understand this, Dolphins fans should be in for an awesome playoff-guaranteed era.

If not? Well, nothing will change.


Carlos Sandoval is an NFL podcast host and founder for The Pigeon Toe: An NFL blog and podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @CarloshSandoval.