Miami Dolphins Name 2011 Team Captains, Including Embattled QB Chad Henne
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The choices are Yeremiah Bell, Karlos Dansby, Jake Long and, shocking to some, quarterback Chad Henne.
Bell, Dansby and Long were captains last year. However, while the choice of Henne might come as a surprise to some fans, this is a great sign for Henne as it shows how much his teammates trust the embattled quarterback and have rallied around him.
As noted by Andy Kent via the team's official website, fellow captain Jake Long had this to say about Henne:
I've been saying all along, he's the leader of our offense and a leader on our team. He did a great job this offseason, and he's been doing a great job this training camp, really stepping into that leadership role. I'm happy for him. He deserves it and he's been the rock on our offense and got voted captain for a reason.
Another fellow captain, Yeremiah Bell, also heaped praise on the embattled quarterback turned team captain:
We all mesh, and at the end of the day, what four better guys could you pick? I really took a look when we were in the offseason and Chad was running the OTAs, and I thought that was really big of him. Despite all the noise that was around him, and things going on, I still looked up to him just because of what he was doing. He wasn't sure if he was going to be the guy here or not, but at the same time, he didn't care about that. He just wanted to make sure that the offensive guys were getting the game plan and putting a new offense in, and he did a great job.
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And Tony Sparano had this to say about his four captains:
I felt like a year ago, that our team leadership was outstanding with the three captains that we had. Those three captains, I thought, did a great job under hard circumstances and really kept the team together. They're good voices, and with the addition of Chad now, and the team speaking out that way, I was really pleased to see that. I think it's a good combination and I think anytime your quarterback can be one of those guys, although he doesn't really have to be, I think it says an awful lot about the team, and what they've seen in him. I'm sure it means a lot to Chad, to have the respect of his teammates that way. It's something that I think the guy's worked awful hard at and, this summer I think went a long way with that.
The fifth captain, a position held last year by the now departed Patrick Cobbs, will be chosen this season by Coach Sparano on a week-to-week basis. It will rotate between players whom the Dolphins coaches find to be deserving.
Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist. Follow him on Twitter @thomasgalicia. For more of his opinions, visit www.thomasgalicia.com, nominated by CBSMiami.com for "Miami's Most Valuable Blogger" in the sports division.
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