We’ll have more on this as it develops but the Miami Dolphins have made the decision to bench Chad Henne and instead play Chad Pennington against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The decision comes on the heels of Henne’s 3 interception day against the Ravens on Sunday.
Tony Sparano says the Pennington has the skills the Dolphins need right now. Namely good decision making and better accuracy. This comes right after the Dolphins signed Al Harris and waived Jason Allen.
Both of these moves indicate that the regime in Miami may be getting a little antsy. Gone is the notion that the team is getting younger and values the building process. There’s no way you bench the QB you’re developing and let go of a 27 year-old former first rounder in favor of a couple of late 30’s veterans if you’re not worried about winning now.
Pennington obviously isn’t the long-term solution. What this moves means in terms of Henne’s future is a bit curious. The Dolphins are facing a team that benched its quarterback for most of a season and he was able to come back and turn it around. Vince Young is second in the NFL in passer rating right now. But a lot of QB’s don’t recover from a benching. This may be the end of the Chad Henne experiment in Miami and it may also indicate that Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland are a little bit more scared for their jobs than we initially thought.