Against the Texans in Game 2, Mr. Chad-duh completed just 12 of 30 passes for 170 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. This was a completion percentage of 40%, 5.67 yards per attempt, and a TD/INT of 1. His overall passer rating (old style) was 56.3. Overall, Mr. Chad-duh had a very poor game. I think most Dolphans will be screaming for Matt Moore or even Pat Devlin, if this continues. To put his numbers into perspective, Mr. Chad-duh had 5.67 yards per attempt passing the football and Daniel Thomas had 5.9 yards per attempt rushing the football. It is not good when your RB has more yards per attempt than your QB. And, let me say it again … Mr. Chad-duh had a 40% completion percentage. He is damn lucky that everyone seems to be focusing on the poor play of the defense in that game.
For the season, Chad Henne has completed 42 of 79 passes for 586 yards with 3 TD and 2 INTs. He has a season completion percentage of 53.2%, 7.42 yards per attempt, and a TD/INT of 1.5. His overall passer rating (old style) is 79.4. But, it is Dr. Henne and Mr. Chad-duh kind of bipolar quarterbacking that drives Dolphans crazy. It is the kind that builds up frustrations that results in calling for a QB change and/or a change in coaching.
It is interesting to point out that this kind of bipolar quarterbacking is not new to Chad Henne. In arguably his best year at Michigan (2006), Dr. Henne had three games where he completed 70% or more of his passes and Mr. Chad-duh had three games where he completed 50% or less. So, I guess we all should not be surprised by his inconsistency. What is surprising is that some think it will change! This includes the Dolphins management and coaching staff.
I have been arguing that a QB’s college statistics are a good indicator of how he will perform as a pro. In 2006 with Michigan, Chad Henne had an overall completion percentage of 61.9% with three games at 70% or above and three games at 50% or below. In his career with the Dolphins, he has an overall completion percentage of 60.5% and we all know about the inconsistency. This is what we should expect as long as Dr. Henne and Mr. Chad-duh is at the helm of the Dolphins. Maybe, this is why no one in the media focused on how poor his performance was in the last game.
In comparison of best college years, Philip Rivers had eight games, in 2003, where he completed 70% or more of his passes and ZERO games where he completed 50% or less. Aaron Rodgers had five games, in 2004, where he completed 70% or more of his passes and ZERO games where he completed 50% or less. Matt Schaub had five games, in 2003, where he completed 70% or more of his passes and only ONE game where he completed 50% or less. And, Andy Dalton had four games, in 2010, where he completed 70% or more of his passes and ZERO games where he completed 50% or less. We all know how consistent these pros are.
Oh by the way, why did I add Andy Dalton into that mix above? Not because I think he deserves to be mentioned same company … at least not yet. But, I argued that the Dolphins should have selected him in the draft. And, so far so good for the Bengals, who did select him. In his first game with a win at the Browns, Dalton completed 10 of 15 passes for 80 yards with 1 TDs and 0 INTs — his day was cut short with a hand injury. In his second game with a loss at the Broncos, Dalton completed 27 of 41 passes for 322 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INTs. He has a season completion percentage of 66.1%, 7.38 yards per attempt, and a overall passer rating (old style) of 105.7 — both of his first two NFL games were on the road. It should be noted that in 2010 at TCU, he had a season completion percentage of 66.1% — believe it or not, exactly the same as a pro, so far.
My point is … I personally would take consistency with a lower yards per completion over bipolar with a higher yards per completion on any Sunday of the season. It is better for my heart and certainly less frustrating. And, I think it would result in a playoff berth for the Dolphins … as was the case with Chad Pennington in 2008.
So, who do you think will show up on Sunday at the Browns? Dr. Henne or Mr. Chad-duh?
I think Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland hope that Dr. Henne shows up four times more often than Mr. Chad-duh does this season. Or, they all may be finding a new job next year or maybe even sooner.