Lockout puts Chad Henne in leadership role

AP

The Miami Dolphins have quietly worked out together in a big team setting perhaps more than any other squad this offseason.  They started early and haven’t let up; it doesn’t hurt so many Dolphins live in Miami year-round.

Chad Henne’s position in the franchise was tenuous as last season closed, but the lockout may oddly help to solidify his standing.  Andrew Carter of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes Henne has shown more leadership this offseason.

“You know, coming from Michigan I was kind of that guy — the leader,” Henne said. “And now it’s kind of stepping into that role again and, for me, it’s just a new experience and a lot of fun for me to be around the guys.”

The Dolphins are going to add a veteran quarterback to the mix.  But Henne got a big head start by getting a playbook early and helping to learn the offense with his teammates.

“Chad has taken the reigns here and it’s been really good,” coach Tony Sparano said. “I think [it will] probably be really good for his teammates to see him in that kind of environment doing that. [Henne’s leadership is] something that I see. I’ve seen it in the office. I’ve seen it on the practice field. But when it’s him by himself in that situation, that’s been good for him.”

This is probably Henne’s last stand as a starting quarterback in Miami.  It’s one that may have never developed without the lockout.

26 responses to “Lockout puts Chad Henne in leadership role

  1. You really have to look at it this way: the Dolphins couldn’t win anything with Dan Marino (except the fake spike game) LOL. And that was with a better team. SO who cares about Chad Henne?

  2. and this whole time i thought the lockout was a bad thing.. the players seem to be enjoying themselves and Henne will probably even keep his job. yay.

  3. im sorry but i couldn’t help but laugh a little bit when i read this headline. it’s one thing to act like a leader it’s a different thing entirely to be a leader. he may be able to talk and sound like a leader, but if he can’t lead his team on the field then it doesn’t matter. and i haven’t seen anything from him to suggest he lead his team to a winning season.

  4. Everyone forgets how well Henne played two years ago in some big games as a 1st year starter. Bad,conservative play calling prohibited him from developing last season. Real Dolphin fans know he has a chance to be a good quarterback unlike the fickle,bandwagon,PATHETIC,unknowledgable Miami HEAT and Dolphin fans!

  5. …he was actually a leader last year…he lead the league in staring down his receivers and throwing crucial interceptions

  6. Henne has the ability. He showed flashes of being really good before last year happened. The system was not good and he tried to be overly cautious to a fault, no doubt caused by the conservatism of a coaching staff that treats 25 yard field goals as if they were 65 yard TD plays. Two of his main issues were leadership and confidence. I agree that this lockout could very well be restoring both of those with Henne. He is set up to sink or swim this year unless they capitulate and go get a big-name (read: popular) veteran FA. If Daboll’s system is one that he feels comfortable in, then Henne can rebound with a stellar year. If not, then the Dolphins wasted 2 years by not drafting a potential franchise QB when they had the chance.

  7. Henne was headed for 3rd string or the street … then the lockout… now he’s leading practices, got a new OC, he’s got a chance to reinvent himself, and he’s doing something about it..

    There are other guys who have turned a bad stretch around, so it can be done… but many more guys have just whined about it or gave up…. good job Henne….

  8. I hope he removes that monkey off his back. He played so well on the road and like total crap at home games. We’ll see, I root he does well, but… but we need insurance.

  9. okay everyone arguing that henne can lead the dolphins there is a flaw in your argument. two things take away from every point you try to make. everyone trying to argue for him includes the words “two years ago” and “some” in their arguments. yeah “two years ago” he had “some” big games. that’s two years ago and a leader needs to be consistent. “some” means he isn’t consistent. in a couple of years after backing up a solid veteran guy he might be a leader and be your franchise QB but right now, I just don’t see it.

  10. “You know, coming from Michigan I was kind of that guy — the leader,” Henne said. “And now it’s kind of stepping into that role again and, for me, it’s just a new experience and a lot of fun for me to be around the guys.”
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    That statement is both frustrating and optimistically reassuring. It is frustrating because for some reason he didn’t seem to think that he was supposed to step up and lead the team. It is optimistically reassuring in that it he may actually get that now. The problem is that it shows leadership is not a natural ability for him and that will likely be problematic in the future unless he works hard to overcome.

  11. Am I the only one who truly believes leadership role or not, Henne both blows and sucks as a “starting” quarterback in the NFL . As impossible as it may sound. Maybe I’m being too harsh, but Henne was unseated by Mr. Glass (see Chad Pennington) mid season and constantly lead with his head down after the shattering of Mr. Glass. No wonder we ended up hitting a brick wall when playoff time came around. The Fins need a healthy quarterback competition, not a lockout to decide who is the best man for the job. Lucky break Henne, but “Luck” will only last so “Long”.

  12. “im sorry but i couldn’t help but laugh a little bit when i read this headline. it’s one thing to act like a leader it’s a different thing entirely to be a leader. he may be able to talk and sound like a leader, but if he can’t lead his team on the field then it doesn’t matter. and i haven’t seen anything from him to suggest he lead his team to a winning season.”

    I agree with you, but let me ask you this…..Are you in the locker room or in the huddle when he is leading or acting like a leader? Fact is players are showing up for player only workouts that he is LEADING. If players did not think much of him why would they waste their time in showing up even if they lived in Miami?

    Everyone could make a good argument on why Henne is as bad or better then what the next person thinks and really no one really knows for sure. IMO, he needs another year with the exception that there is someone else who can challenge him for that starting spot.

  13. More good news for the Pats and Jets. This may actually allow the Bills to exit the AFC East basement.

  14. Maybe the Sparano will let him change the play at the line this year. He was a 4 year starter in college and has quite a few starts in the NFL. I’m pretty sure he can read a defense.

  15. smackingfools says:
    Jun 13, 2011 11:12 AM
    Maybe the Sparano will let him change the play at the line this year
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    That’s how it is for any QB in Henning’s offense regardless of his ability and brains. I don’t believe Daboll is like that despite the similar roots.

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