On Saturday night I asked Tony Sparano what the difference was between Chad Henne last year and Chad Henne this year. Without missing a beat, Sparano said “confidence“. He wen’t further in his assessment of the Miami Dolphins QB saying that the “Best thing that happened to Chad Henne was the lockout”.
According to Sparano, the lockout put Chad Henne front and center to be a leader for the offense. He was responsible for the off-season player only workouts because he was the only one with the playbook. He had no choice but to teach the playbook and it made him better because of it.
Sparano said that in years past a player would approach Henne with a question about a formation and Henne would say, “let me find out and get back to you”. This year Henne has the answers and because of that the players have confidence in him as a leader. In week one the confidence led to Henne’s best offensive performance and the teams best offensive performance in a long time. On Sunday, Henne struggled under constant pressure but made far fewer mistakes than last year.
Friday night I had the opportunity to speak with Nat Moore along with other Webmasters. I asked Moore the same question I would ask Sparano a night later. What is the difference between Henne now and then? While Moore laughed and refused to take the bait and speak the name Dan Henning, he did acknowledge that Henne finally has confidence. He alluded to Henne having more options without pointing a finger at anyone in particular.