Why It's Not Time for the Miami Dolphins To Bail on Chad Henne

John MoorheadContributor IIIMay 12, 2011

Why It's Not Time for the Miami Dolphins To Bail on Chad Henne

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 19:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins leads his team down the field against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 19, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty I
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    This is the second chapter in my three part series on Chad Henne.  For part one click here

    Since Henne was set up for failure in 2010, he should get another shot in 2011.  He may not be the best quarterback out there, but he is the best choice the Miami Dolphins have, short of trading away half of the team.

All of the Other Pieces Are in Place

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Mike Pouncey, #15 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/
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    The number one reason Chad Henne should be the starter is that the rebuilding phase is over.  The team is rebuilt and ready to win games. 

    Now is not the time to bring in a new QB and start the process over again.  Henne may not be the best, but he is what the team has now and they should stick with him.

    Miami addressed its offensive weaknesses in the draft and added some depth on the other side of the ball as well.  

    A few offensive signings in FA would be nice (such as Justin Blalock and DeAngelo Williams) but it looks like the offense got a much needed upgrade.

    The offense should have a much more successful campaign in 2011.

    Miami boasts a great young defense that is one of the tops in the league and will only get better in 2011.

    Nolan has done a great job with the unit and they should be one of the most feared in the NFL next season.

Eli Manning Did It

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
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    In 2007, the New England Patriots had an undefeated season and ran over the opposition in the playoffs.  

    The only thing that could stop them from unseating the 1972 Dolphins as the only undefeated Super Bowl winning team, was the New York Giants.

    The Giants did just that, and their quarterback was Eli Manning. The Giants got by that season with an exemplary defense and a average QB—the Miami Dolphins will have just that in 2011.

    Manning’s stats that season (2007) are comparable to Henne’s this past season (2010)

    Here is a brief look at how each performed:

    Player Att Comp % Yds TD Int Rate Fum Lost
    Manning '07 490 297 56.1 3,336 23 20 73.9 7
    Henne '10 529 301 61.4 3,301 15 19 75.4 2

    Source: www.nfl.com

He Has Only Been a Full-Time Starter for 1 Season

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    DAVIE, FL - MAY 02:  Rookie Quarterback Chad Henne #7 drops back to pass during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Fans often neglect the fact that 2010 was Henne's first season as a full-time starter.

    Coming into the 2009 season Chad Pennington was to be the starter for the Miami Dolphins. Following his injury, Henne stepped in for most of the season.  

    This means that Henne only had one offseason of preparation with the first-team offense.

    Take Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan for example: they did not perform admirably in their first year as a starter (or second year as a featured QB)

    Though, after a few seasons, these QBs seemed to find their stride.  If Henne is to become the QB that Miami needs him to be, now is the time to do it.


    Att Comp % Yds TD Int Rate
    Brett Favre '93 522 318 60.9 3,303 19 24 72.2
    *Drew Brees '03 356 205 57.6 2,108 11 15 67.5
    Philip Rivers '07 460 277 60.2 3,152 21 15 82.4
    Matt Ryan '09 451 283 58.3 2,916 22 14 80.9
    Chad Henne '10 490 301 61.4 3,301 15 19 75.4

    *Only played in 11 games

    Source: www.nfl.com

Henne Didn't Regress in 2010

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 19:  Chad Henne #7 and teammates Lousaka Polite #36 and Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins celebrate as they run off the field after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on N
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    That's right I said it—Chad Henne did not regress in 2010.

    He made a minor amount of progress, actually.

    In 2009 when Henne stepped in for the injured Chad Pennington the Dolphins boasted a Top Five rushing attack and one of the more solid offensive lines in the NFL

    In 2010 Henne produced equal stats under much worse circumstances as mentioned in my previous article.

    Henne did not post significantly better stats than he did in 2009, but if he can have the same production with terrible surroundings as he did with a much better squad a season earlier, it shows some progress.

Who Else?

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The biggest question is who else?  

    What available QB could step onto the field and get the job done?

    Carson Palmer has been consistently mediocre in his career in Cincinatti with the exception of his 2005 season.

    He may be better than Henne is right now, but he has showed what his NFL potential is, while Henne has yet to do so.

    Vince Young has all the potential in the world.  He has the outstanding ability to scramble out of the pocket and create a play.

    But this is the same guy who was benched for Kerry Collins.  That has to mean something.

    He has ran into far too many off-field issues in his career and has never showed that he can focus on football alone.

    The right coach or players might be able to keep him in line, but Miami is looking for a leader on offense right now and Vince Young has showed that he is not capable of being that man.

    Matt Hasselbeck and Donovan McNabb are getting up there in years and do not show the same prowess that they had earlier in their career

    Both of their successes have been with a west coast offense—a style of offense that Miami does not utilize.

    It seems like the attention surrounding Kevin Kolb is all talk (mostly from Andy Reid). For all anyone knows Kolb could be the next Ryan Leaf.  He does not have enough time under center for anyone to say he is definitely an upgrade from Henne.

    Instead of bringing in a new QB who has yet to prove himself, Miami should stick with what they have and save whatever Kolb would cost.

Closing Thoughts

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins talks with offensive coordinator Dan Henning on the sideline after calling a time-out during the game-winning drive against the New England Patriots at Land Shark Stadium on December 6,
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    Sparano and Ireland did not draft a QB last month, and with the lockout trades and free agency, the position seems up in the air.  Looks like they are sticking with Henne as well.  

    What do you think? 

    Stick around for the final chapter of the Chad Henne saga: What Needs to Happen for Chad Henne to Have a Successful Season in 2011