Has Henne Played His Last Game As The Dolphins QB?

Henne has a Gun for an arm and still wants to win.

To say that the last two years were abysmal for Chad Henne would be an understatement.  This year however, Henne looked like it was all starting to click.  A new offensive coordinator and a new system took the Chad Pennington/wild cat offense out of the team and replaced it with one more efficient and directed at the capabilities of Chad Henne.  Now, it’s time to move on.  The only lingering question for the Miami Dolphins and Chad Henne is this:

Has Chad Henne played his last game for the Miami Dolphins?

After receiving a second opinion on his shoulder injury, Henne will undergo season ending surgery to repair the shoulder on his non-throwing arm.  It comes at a bad time considering that this was his contract year.  Surely it is going to take a chunk of change out of his pocket…provided of course that his numbers continued to improve across the season.

But where does Henne fit in with Miami’s future plans?

The reality of the issue will begin and end with the hiring of a new head coach if and when Stephen Ross gives Tony Sparano the ax.  There are a lot of variables to consider when thinking aloud about the prospect of Henne returning.  Coaching, management, outside offers, offensive coordinator, and of course contract.  For the next few months focus is going to turn away from Henne and become squarely placed on the shoulders of Matt Moore and any other QB they bring in, recent rumor says Sage Rosenfelds.

How well or how poorly Matt Moore performs will also go a long way in determining whether or not Henne returns as well.  The Dolphins may look to the draft, they should look to the draft, and in doing so that could spell the end of Chad Henne as well.

I would be hard pressed to speculate with any ounce of certainty but if I were a betting man, I would guess that Chad Henne will be looking for work next year somewhere else and here is why.  Henne, while he has been much improved this year, is still not a franchise quarterback.  Which means the team will likely draft one in round 1.  With Matt Moore under contract for two years, why bring Henne back to compete for a starting role?  The team by the end of the year will know exactly what Matt Moore has or doesn’t have.

Instead of Chad Henne becoming the bridge to a rookie, that job will likely fall now on the shoulder and arm of Moore or a veteran QB that the Dolphins bring in, such as the aforementioned Rosenfelds.  Either way, the Dolphins will not be set at QB regardless of whether Moore turns it around and leads the team to the playoffs.  Well, o.k. maybe that would turn quite a few heads.  Truth is Henne is a product of this system like he was a product of the Henning system that failed.  He has found success through four weeks but nothing translated into victories.  Without this season under his belt, Henne doesn’t provide the Dolphins a suitable option for 2012 unless Moore and the other QB’s fail.


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  • stevehoffart

    Good write-up Brian. I agree that Chad looked okay through 4. He needed the whole season to prove himself, after an 0-4 start and an off-season of fans screaming for a replacement, I don’t see how the FO could justify giving him another chance. Plus, looks early on like there will be a stellar crop of QB’s available in the first. Luck, Barkley, and Jones, assuming they all declare, look to be the real deal.

  • hawkfinfan

    If we Luck into Luck lol, Henne’s gone. If we draft the other two, he will be back. Poor Henne, the OL is BAD!

  • abbeynormal

    Dolphins will let him go and he will be a productive qb for another franchise..

  • mscout99

    Henne is a good QB….not a great QB, but the league only has a few great QB’s. Brees, Brady (it hurts to say that), Rogers, Manning, and Roethlisberger are great. Others, such as Matt Ryan are on the cusp of being great.

    But even out of those great QB’s they have pieces around them. Roethlisberger doesn’t have amazing receivers, but he has a dependable offensive line and running game that takes a lot of pressure off of him. Rogers has the receivers and playmakers, as does Brees. Brady has the system, but Peyton Manning is the only Marino-like freak of all of them.

    Miami’s issue is that the pieces around Henne aren’t all that great. Marshall can’t hold on to passes, Hartline is a #4 receiver in a #2 spot, and 60% of Miami’s offensive line is garbage. And that doesn’t even take the defense into consideration.

    Smartest thing to me would be to re-sign Henne to a 1 or 2 year contract, draft a big play receiver, and upgrade the offensive line. Henne has the physical tools to be great, but this isn’t a one man show anymore.