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The Chad Pennington chatter starts in Miami

C. Pennington.jpgLast week, I suggested on Twitter during the Dolphins third preseason game that Chad Pennington was one touchdown drive away from inspiring the first “quarterback controversy” article of the year in Miami.

Dolphins fans were upset.  I didn’t say there should be a controversy or that playing Pennington was remotely a good idea, just that Chad Henne would have a short leash with the media.

Pennington didn’t convert the touchdown, so it turns out I was a week early. Venerable South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde, who we greatly respect, raises the issue on Friday after another shaky performance by Henne.

“Sparano has to be asking privately, ‘How long would I stay this season with a struggling Henne?'”

Hyde makes the point that Pennington is unlikely to stay healthy and touts Henne’s 2009 performance.

“There’s no reason to cast all that aside off a preseason,” Hyde writes.  “But it’s a
performance-based job and if this shoddy preseason leaks into the
regular season there will be an unwanted decision to face. And quicker
than you might expect.”

Not to go all Allen Iverson, but these were practice games. Practice.  Even raising the possibility of Pennington taking back the starting job seems premature.  The Dolphins have Super Bowl aspirations and they know long-term Pennington isn’t the guy to take them there.

Perhaps Henne isn’t the guy either, but he should get every opportunity to prove himself before the Dolphins wave the Pennington flag.  Based on everything Henne has shown in games that matter, this shouldn’t be a decision Sparano wrestles with for a long time, if at all this season.

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53 Responses to “The Chad Pennington chatter starts in Miami”
  1. Meat Tuperello says: Sep 3, 2010 2:02 PM

    Chad Pennington is one of the most underrated quarterbacks of the past 10 years or so. Trent Green also comes to mind.

  2. Florio-is-a-tool says: Sep 3, 2010 2:02 PM

    Greg, seriously Twitter? Did you and Florio meet at the same knitting supply store?

  3. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 3, 2010 2:02 PM

    Not to go all Allen Iverson, but these were practice games. Practice.
    ____________________
    But Henne isn’t a franchise player.

  4. FinFan68 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:04 PM

    Henne will be fine. Preseason does not matter as much. I would have liked to see solid execution out of all the starters. There is no reason to single out Henne. Nobody looked overly impressive all preseason. I will start to worry if they go 0-3 out of the gate. Marshall has not looked impressive either but nobody questions his abilities.

  5. RAMROD says: Sep 3, 2010 2:05 PM

    So you could have simply posted a link to Dave Hyde’s speculation.. Instead you decide to incorporate it in your own speculation in a desperate attempt to generate hits…

  6. JetReaper says: Sep 3, 2010 2:07 PM

    No Brainer – Pennington is the better QB.
    Henne will make a decent backup.

  7. biggs13 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:07 PM

    Oh Please! Marshall 1 catch for 6 yards? Once the real season starts it’s at least 8-10 per game. Add that too the RB production and it’s lights out.
    I still think we’re one or two players away from a Super Bowl contender, but we’ll surprise some people. 11-5 AFC East champs.

  8. TC says: Sep 3, 2010 2:08 PM

    It should be hard for anyone who was actually paying attention to completely overlook the fact that the play calling was drastically different when Pennington was in the game.
    They went to a quick, short passing game because the O-line was not blocking very well.

  9. ChargerDillon says: Sep 3, 2010 2:09 PM

    Really? People want Pennington?
    I think that’s bigger news than actual Pennington chatter.

  10. onesweetworld says: Sep 3, 2010 2:10 PM

    Im sure once Brandon Marshall starts catching the ball Henne will look helluva lot better.

  11. RealTK says: Sep 3, 2010 2:11 PM

    I love how Phins fans rip the Jets after a bad preseason game but when Henne (who’s supposedly better than Sanchez) or Marshall (who’s supposedly going to tear up Revis) has a bad preseason it doesn’t matter. “Preseason does not matter much.”

  12. Deel says: Sep 3, 2010 2:13 PM

    “The Dolphins have Super Bowl aspirations and they know long-term Pennington isn’t the guy to take them there.”
    Also, the Vikings have Super Bowl aspirations and they know long-term Farve isn’t the guy to take them there.
    Oh wait, NFL teams take it one year at a time, particularly the “Super Bowl aspiration” ones.

  13. rovibe says: Sep 3, 2010 2:13 PM

    Henne’s got a big mouth, se he needs to back it up on the field. Remember his pre-draft comments about Tebow? He’ll be eating a lot of crow if he doesn’t have a good year.

  14. tommyguns says: Sep 3, 2010 2:13 PM

    Oh man.. Really? Henne will show up, the season begins next Sunday. He will be fine.

  15. In & Out Burger says: Sep 3, 2010 2:13 PM

    This is why the 49ers traded Shaun Hill to the Lions. David Carr and Hill would have probably been a better set of backups than Carr and Davis but Hill had the job before and fans knew him, and would be clamoring for him to play. The Dolphins should trade Chad Pennington (anyone but the Cardinals please) so that Henne can play a full season without looking over his shoulder. Then at the end of the season, they will know whether to go long term with Henne or start over.

  16. Hauschild says: Sep 3, 2010 2:15 PM

    This is precisely why you do NOT want to have two average QB’s on an NFL team, and one of them happens to start. Because, at some point, the calls for “the other guy” begin to ring loud and the whole process is nothing but a waste of time. Teams never progress when they QBBC.

  17. Caldon says: Sep 3, 2010 2:15 PM

    The other thing to consider is that the Pennington cycle is on the good year (for those who don’t know, Chad cycles between injured and comeback player of the year material every other year)

  18. ejtowne says: Sep 3, 2010 2:18 PM

    Pennington is a weak armed QB, But it is visible that he is a much smarter QB than Henne. Pennington may be hurt half the time but, if he is protected well, ya never know where he might put ya.

  19. hnirobert says: Sep 3, 2010 2:19 PM

    I’m a Dolphins fan and I absolutely despise 99% of other Dolphins fans. They’re the biggest knee-jerk, over the top sensitive fans in the NFL. They’re the equivalent of NY Knicks fans.
    This same time last year, every Dolphin fan was bashing Pennington in the radio and asking for Henne. Now it’s the other way around.
    I like Pennington but he’s not the future considering his age and his shoulder problems. Newsflash guys: We’re not winning the Super Bowl this year. Leave Henne in and let’s see what we’ve got with him. Henne had signs of brilliance last year (MNF Jets game, December game vs. the Pats) and some really bad games. He’s not going to get any better if we decide to put in Pennington and we’re not going anywhere special with Pennington.

  20. JasonW says: Sep 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    As a jet fan I always liked Pennington.

  21. tian says: Sep 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    Chad Pennington is actually better than Henne right now. I like the guy and I think he gets a bum rap. He’s not a world-beater, but how many of these quarterback are?
    I mean, besides youth- how much different is Chad Pennington from Matt Ryan? Or Joe Flacco? (take it back from Joe Flacco because Flacco’s arm is stronger.)

  22. Ilovefoolsball says: Sep 3, 2010 2:22 PM

    One can point to the 23-3 lead the dolphins had last year AT HOME against the saints, and remember the two pick 6’s that Henne threw to Sharper & Porter to give that game away to the Saints. I doubt Pennington would’ve done that.

  23. E.A.D. says: Sep 3, 2010 2:24 PM

    # JetReaper says: September 3, 2010 2:07 PM
    No Brainer – Pennington is the better QB.
    Henne will make a decent backup.
    ————————————–
    Which is more than Dirty Sanchez will ever be; another jests bust in the making!

  24. JetLove214 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:26 PM

    Its amazing how dolphins fans can immediately assume Mark Sanchez is the worst QB ever after a few pre-season games. However after some terrible shows by Henne and a lack luster performance by Baby Boy Marshall and everyone is shouting its just preseason. Its hilarious, but I expect nothing less from fin fans. LOL

  25. georgeanderson says: Sep 3, 2010 2:29 PM

    How long until Tony is fired along with the entire “regime”? Nolan will make a much better head coach and he will have a O Cord who will relate to the NFL today.
    Henne is starting to show what kind of QB he is , all the tools but no heart and desire to be a champion…Thats what he was at Michigan, some guys have the skills but you have to have something extra to be a champion when playing QB.

  26. SomeFans says: Sep 3, 2010 2:30 PM

    @ilovefoolball- Don’t forget to mention that the Ginn (oops, it hit me in the hands) pick was also batted away by Ginn and then rolled/kicked into the endzone. Should have never been ruled a TD.
    SI had the 2 page picture of the ref. standing there watching the fumble…that wasn’t called. Big play that went against the Dolphins.
    Good chance that CP10 wouldn’t have had a 23-3 lead either- who knows?

  27. ftomeo says: Sep 3, 2010 2:31 PM

    Pennington is still efficient as hell, but he was also almost sacked like 4 out of his first 5 plays — partly due to pressure but also because he’s slow. He moved the ball downfield by chucking it out to Bess 3 times in a row on the line of scrimmage and a couple of outlets.
    Henne has his own problems with holding onto the ball, or when things get real crazy and the O-line is leaking like a sieve, locking in ona receiver… but I’ve seen the receivers be the problem just as often as it was Henne.
    I’m not worried. Henne should be fine once it’s for real, and if not, Penny is no slouch.

  28. Chris says: Sep 3, 2010 2:34 PM

    I got a lot of respect of Pennington. He studies hard and has heart to come back many times.
    start penny

  29. Fins Suck says: Sep 3, 2010 2:34 PM

    biggs13 says:
    September 3, 2010 2:07 PM
    Oh Please! Marshall 1 catch for 6 yards? Once the real season starts it’s at least 8-10 per game. Add that too the RB production and it’s lights out.
    I still think we’re one or two players away from a Super Bowl contender, but we’ll surprise some people. 11-5 AFC East champs.
    __________________
    Hahahaha at least 8-10 catches a game hahaha so Marshall will potentially have 160 catches this season?! Yeah they are definitely going to win 11 games and go to the superbowl tho.

  30. BOBSAGETTTT says: Sep 3, 2010 2:39 PM

    RealTK says:
    September 3, 2010 2:11 PM
    I love how Phins fans rip the Jets after a bad preseason game but when Henne (who’s supposedly better than Sanchez) or Marshall (who’s supposedly going to tear up Revis) has a bad preseason it doesn’t matter. “Preseason does not matter much.”
    ____________________________
    Last time I checked Revis wasn’t part of your team…

  31. CoxCrow says: Sep 3, 2010 2:40 PM

    The Darren Sharper INT that Henne threw last year during the Saints game was actually a GREAT throw. Ted Ginn had the CB beat by a couple steps, Henne threw it right in front of Ginn, and Ginn got both hands on it before he did what he does best: Screw up the catch.

  32. SomeGuyInIowa says: Sep 3, 2010 2:41 PM

    “hnirobert says: September 3, 2010 2:19 PM
    I’m a Dolphins fan and I absolutely despise 99% of other Dolphins fans. They’re the biggest knee-jerk, over the top sensitive fans in the NFL. They’re the equivalent of NY Knicks fans.”
    I agree 100%. I think we have the most mood changing bi-polar fanbase around lol

  33. BRUTUS9448 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:41 PM

    dump both and start pat white.

  34. ITSMEJC says: Sep 3, 2010 2:47 PM

    never liked Henne, his desicion making is awful at key points of a game. HE IS NOT THE GUY-BUTTTTTTTT Neither is Pennington. So we are screwed and will be the AVERAGE JOES PER THE USUAL!

  35. cbrianwatkins says: Sep 3, 2010 2:48 PM

    rovibe says:
    September 3, 2010 2:13 PM
    Henne’s got a big mouth, se he needs to back it up on the field. Remember his pre-draft comments about Tebow? He’ll be eating a lot of crow if he doesn’t have a good year.
    ————————————————-
    i also remember how Henne beat Tebow and Florida

  36. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 3, 2010 2:56 PM

    The most popular player on the team is always the backup QB, unless you’re in Indy, Minnesota, or St. Louis.

  37. quadya says: Sep 3, 2010 3:12 PM

    the sky is not falling fin fans…relax and enjoy the season. were in a tough division, were going to win some and lose some, just have to hope we start to gel and get on a roll at the end of the year.

  38. NYMets says: Sep 3, 2010 3:13 PM

    The Miami Dolphins couldn’t win a game of GO-FISH with Dan Marino. The only thing they’ll win with Chad Henne is solitaire strip poker.

  39. cunninglinguist says: Sep 3, 2010 3:20 PM

    Only bigger joke than the dolphins team is their fans

  40. BleedGreen says: Sep 3, 2010 3:27 PM

    Ilovefoolsball says: September 3, 2010 2:22 PM
    One can point to the 23-3 lead the dolphins had last year AT HOME against the saints, and remember the two pick 6’s that Henne threw to Sharper & Porter to give that game away to the Saints. I doubt Pennington would’ve done that.
    ————————-
    No, Pennington would have waited until the playoffs to throw 3 or 4 picks like he did the year before. You remember that?

  41. CTifer says: Sep 3, 2010 3:31 PM

    When you factor in the numerous drops by backs and receivers this preseason, Henne’s comp. % would easily be 5-10% points higher.
    Unless they’re saying Pennington’s passes are easily caught compared to Henne’s, there’s no need to worry yet.

  42. GreenAsGrass says: Sep 3, 2010 3:37 PM

    I’m not going to spout off on Dolphins fans, except Some Fans who is unrealistic. But Pennington will do that to ya. He has a habit of looking like a fab QB especially in preseason or early in the season.
    He can even win you a few games, however when you are in the 4th Q and need to move the ball down the field to setup winning FG or TD, THAT is when Chad P. falls apart. And yes, most of that has to do with the weak arm. Any DB’s that jump a route will pick him off. Saw this many times when he was on Jets after his operations.
    Start Henne, don’t look back. use CP only if Henne gets hurt.

  43. jcjets says: Sep 3, 2010 3:57 PM

    one thing not mentioned is the Dolphins are coming off choking away a playoff spot last year. Jets made it to the playoffs not only because of the Colt not playing the entire game but because Miami couldn’t buy a win down the stretch. So if Henne struggles, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chad in there.
    Otherwise Sparano might be on the unemployment line..

  44. joey-pickles says: Sep 3, 2010 4:04 PM

    Pennington won’t get hurt this year, it’s his “on” year…
    That being said, look for comeback player of the year #3…

  45. LateNightRoach says: Sep 3, 2010 4:07 PM

    So a columnist decides that he can read Sparanos’ thoughts?
    Don’t think all Fin fans think the way the columnist does. Henne is ready to play. So to some of you obnoxious Jets fans, please STFU & worry about your own QB and such. You really should.

  46. Marino13 says: Sep 3, 2010 4:09 PM

    NYMets says:
    September 3, 2010 3:13 PM
    The Miami Dolphins couldn’t win a game of GO-FISH with Dan Marino. The only thing they’ll win with Chad Henne is solitaire strip poker.
    ___________________________________
    Tell me what the jets have won recently, jack ass?!?!?!….besides Nick Kaeding being their MVP last year. You also seem quite obsessed with mentioning Marino in every post as well ….eat a dick ass wipe…..get a clue.

  47. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Sep 3, 2010 4:54 PM

    people are sleeping on Henne, that boy can throw, and just give him time, he’ll put up Peyton Manning numbers

  48. william sizemore says: Sep 3, 2010 5:02 PM

    Most of the so call bad dolphins fan base are former new jersey jet fans who moved from that hell hole to south Florida. Bill p.s. perhaps they couldn’t stand fireman Ed.

  49. TheSleepness says: Sep 3, 2010 5:07 PM

    Pennington is an enigmatic QB..when healthy his teams win but he gets injured allot…that said, fins should keep Pennington on the roster, he’s a great back-up at this point in his career and in case henne goes down chad will get you some solid football but he must be protected.

  50. Ron Mexico says: Sep 3, 2010 5:16 PM

    What is on a Pennington flag, a noodle?

  51. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 4, 2010 1:23 PM

    I think you’re spot on, Gregg

  52. Venerable Axiom says: Sep 4, 2010 2:39 PM

    A better argument could be made to start Brunel over Sanchez. Based on preseason passer ratings which in order of ranking:
    Pennington 99.7
    Brunell 88.3
    Henne 77.2
    Sanchez 75.9
    Moreover, Henne had a better year statistically than Sanchez with fewer starts last year. Brunell is “craftier” (i.e. smarter) than Sanchez, and still has a better arm.
    Granted, the same argument could be made for almost every “starter” with the exception of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. The bottom line is it’s good problem to have an overqualified back up QB.

  53. Route36West says: Sep 7, 2010 8:16 AM

    FinFan68 says:
    September 3, 2010 2:04 PM
    Henne will be fine. Preseason does not matter as much. I would have liked to see solid execution out of all the starters. There is no reason to single out Henne. Nobody looked overly impressive all preseason. I will start to worry if they go 0-3 out of the gate. Marshall has not looked impressive either but nobody questions his abilities.
    See but Henne gets singled out because he is the only one with a backup who can legitimately play better then him. And also hes the qb.

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