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Report: Dolphins won’t offer a new deal to Chad Henne

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Another year, another second-round pick devoted by the post-Marino Dolphins on a quarterback gone.

The last remaining second-round quarterback on the roster, Chad Henne, becomes a free agent on March 13.  Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (via NFL.com) reports that the team won’t make Henne an offer.

With a new quarterback and a new offensive coordinator, it’s not a surprise.

Henne entered the 2011 with plenty of hype, and he delivered a 416-yard passing performance in Week One against the Patriots.  (That accomplishment became less significant as the season unfolded, given that pretty much everyone who faced the Patriots defense delivered a 416-yard passing performance.)

And so Henne will join A.J. Feeley (2004, via trade), Daunte Culpepper (2006, via trade), John Beck (2007), and Pat White (2009) as failed Dolphins quarterback who arrived via the investment of a second-round pick.

It’s unclear what the team will do in 2012.  But here’s hoping that they don’t pick a quarterback in round two.

For Henne, the head coach who drafted him in 2008 (Tony Sparano) is now the offensive coordinator of the Jets.  So don’t rule out Henne becoming the new backup to Mark Sanchez.

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61 Responses to “Report: Dolphins won’t offer a new deal to Chad Henne”
  1. dolfan72 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:12 PM

    DO NOT TAKE PEYTON! With that many surgeries on his neck, it’s not worth the risk! We have LINSANITY in New York with the Knicks. It is time for FLYNNSANITY IN MIAMI!

  2. benmci says: Feb 21, 2012 9:17 PM

    I’m not a Dolphins fan, but Henne seems to be a good prospect if healthy. He’s more proven than Flynn. Flynn just offers the unknown, or the Rob Johnson cloud (1 game wonder)

  3. jaggedmark says: Feb 21, 2012 9:17 PM

    Miami will rue the day they let Chad Henne slip away.

  4. jaggedmark says: Feb 21, 2012 9:19 PM

    Chad Henne back up Mark Sanchez? That’s a hoot. He’s better than Sanchez.

  5. thetooloftools says: Feb 21, 2012 9:20 PM

    This guy is dead weight.
    He cannot read a spread zone man on man coverage with a blitz. It’s like watching a man drown. He can’t think fast enough.
    Nothing personal.

  6. firemarshal1 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:24 PM

    Let the Jets have Henne, he inconsistent like Sanchez.

  7. hooterdawg says: Feb 21, 2012 9:26 PM

    Henne is the dumba## who famously went on record to say that Tim Tebow doesn’t have the ability to play QB in the NFL.

    Oops….touche.

  8. markeyh says: Feb 21, 2012 9:27 PM

    Omar is just speculating…

    It might be true but the problems in Miami had nothing to do with Henne, he had incompetent coaching under Tony…

    He is just the latest whipping boy to blame many of the impatient fans frustrations IMO..

    Some team will get a good QB in Henne IMO…

  9. mikehockhurtz says: Feb 21, 2012 9:27 PM

    Wouldn’t matter anyway

    And for everyone jumping to the Manning conclusion….

    Not happening, plus it would be wise to keep him for insurance if they did.

    I think they go after a Case Keenum or Weeden in a later round

  10. mcjon22 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:28 PM

    And in other news, the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning. Henne has a big arm with no touch, is afraid to make the big throw so he checks down half the time, and is not a leader. Other than that, he’s a fantastic NFL quarterback.

  11. hooterdawg says: Feb 21, 2012 9:30 PM

    I recall that when Henne said that before Tebow was drafted, I wondered what the hell could be his purpose to diss a fellow QB from the sunshine state.

  12. squinn21 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:30 PM

    As a Fins fan, the thought of Henne going to the jets puts a smile on my face. If people think Sanchez is inconsistent, wait til they see what this guy can do. This would ensure the demise of the scummy jets for a few years to come.

  13. ryanlandry1285 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:30 PM

    In other breaking news Tim Tebow is going to church on Sunday.. C’mon now why is this even a story.

  14. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    Henne was one of those guys where for 1/3 of the game he looks awesome, but for the rest, just bad. He teases you with a little bit of stellar play, which will keep him in this league for a while.

  15. anrgydeafman says: Feb 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    I wouldn’t be upset if KC bought him in to reunion with Breaston. He would at least make a better back up than friggin’ Palko!

  16. daddyb1gdrawz says: Feb 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    LOL!!! Chad Henne going to the Jets may actually work. I have said for years Chad Henne and Mark Sanchez were the same QB. Don’t believe me, look at their stats….LOL!!!

  17. unclenasty says: Feb 21, 2012 9:34 PM

    @benmci I completely agree as far as Henne and Flynn go. Henne has played well at times, yes he’s had some rough stretches but he’s still young and he seems very motivated. Flynn hasn’t proven anything yet in my eyes.

  18. drunkenagitator says: Feb 21, 2012 9:35 PM

    The Dolphins will never “rue the day” re: Henne and neither will anyone else. He was easily one of the two or three worst starting NFL QB’s in 2012. The Dolphins improved immediately under Matt Moore, a career journeyman backup and it was because Moore is just plain better than Henne. Henne will never be any good, maybe he’ll score a back-up gig somewhere but he’ll never be a starter anywhere.

  19. moderndayjhericurl says: Feb 21, 2012 9:35 PM

    He has a strong arm and that’s about it.

  20. subzero2401 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:37 PM

    Henne will finally take his rightful place…as Mark Sanchez’s backup.

  21. firemarshal1 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:37 PM

    Sanchez=Henne, equal two overhyped QB’s. Both second stringers. Can Henne play against Ohio State? Ohio State needs to jump start to their next season. Henne was 0-4 against them. That was a red flag, missed by Dolphins staff, Ireland???? Or Parcell???

  22. ken0west says: Feb 21, 2012 9:38 PM

    Great arm, slow brain. He will never be an elite QB and it makes sense for Miami to move on.

  23. lorddarkhelmet says: Feb 21, 2012 9:40 PM

    Chad Henne is not good. He is and has been terribly inaccurate since he was at Michigan and his ability to throw an INT at just the wrong time is unrivaled.

  24. spfripp says: Feb 21, 2012 9:40 PM

    I really think Henne’s 1st three years with Miami hurt him. Right when I read an interview where Henning said we are not worried about the other team’s QB hurting us, we are worried about Chad Henne hurting us I knew the guy did not have a chance.

    This past year with out Henning he showed that it was more the system than the QB but at the same time I think he is a QB who is much like Orton and Moore. They are capable of posting nice stats but they are horrible in the 4th quarter. Miami needs a QB who can get the job done in the 4th.

  25. realitypolice says: Feb 21, 2012 9:40 PM

    Don’t think this comes as much of a shock.

    Not going to say Henne is anything great, but I hope he gets a real chance somewhere else.

    The way he was coached did no favors for his development, and while he did get plenty of chances to start, he never seemed to have a system that utilized his strengths or a coach that knew how to use him.

    I could be wrong, but I certainly wish him the best.

  26. phillyphever says: Feb 21, 2012 9:53 PM

    Redskins. Might as well consider he might be a cheaper Rex Grossman.

  27. miamike says: Feb 21, 2012 9:54 PM

    25 posts in 40 mins!!! Guess I’m not the only fool who still cares about the Finz…….

  28. brenenostler says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 PM

    Funny how two years ago, Steven Ross said he hopes Henne will pass Marino as the Dolphins greatest QB. Yeah….

  29. 69finfan says: Feb 21, 2012 10:02 PM

    FLYNNSANITY. Gotta love it. Go Fins without Chad “average” Henne. I agree that the system that was employed for him did not fit his strenths. He is better suited for playing his 11 on offense against 9 on defense.

  30. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 21, 2012 10:16 PM

    The guy wasn’t exactly put into a position for success. The Dolphins are a joke of an organization from the very top to the very bottom. I’m sure Lindsay Lohan will be part owner by this time next year too……no wonder the Tuna got the hell out of town as quick as possible.

    And the fans down here in SoFl, oh my god. You should hear the callers down here on sports talk radio. A typical call will go something like this: “uh hey yo dog, Henne needs to, like, step up man. The Phins need to step it up” or “Yo B, Lebron needs to step up man, Spo needs to go. Riley needs to step up and coach this team”. Ah, the mind of a Miami fan, where everything can be solved by simply “stepping up”.

  31. oldbyrd says: Feb 21, 2012 10:18 PM

    perfect for The Philadelphia Eagles

  32. xpensivewinos says: Feb 21, 2012 10:37 PM

    Henne is truly awful. Anyone who has watched him over the past few years knows that. No touch on his passes, poor decisions, late reactions, poor pocket presence, you name it.

    Pretty ironic that Denver is looking for competition for Tebow.

    Irony can be pretty ironic some times……

  33. cuda1234 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:54 PM

    According to Woody Paige, Timmy doesn’t go to church.

    Henne can play. Maybe he’ll be the next Dolphin to be great for someone else (like Wes Welker or Mike Westhoff) and make Miami pay every year.

  34. zinn22 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:00 PM

    For Henne, the head coach who drafted him in 2008 (Tony Sparano) is now the offensive coordinator of the Jets. So don’t rule out Henne becoming the new backup to Mark Sanchez.

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    Henne would be a pretty huge upgrade over Sanchez. Unfortunately that does not say much about Henne. But even worse he will have to significantly outplay Sanchez to win the job in week 1. But at some point in the season he will replace Sanchez for good.

  35. gator2006 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:04 PM

    in before Tiki is flabbergasted?

  36. gator2006 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:08 PM

    Does anybody remember seeing Flynn in college? As a Gator from those days, I am flabbergasted that he is being touted as the most-sought after free agent.

  37. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 21, 2012 11:15 PM

    Good night Chad.

  38. shadowgm1 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:23 PM

    hooterdawg says:Feb 21, 2012 9:26 PM

    Henne is the dumba## who famously went on record to say that Tim Tebow doesn’t have the ability to play QB in the NFL.

    Oops….touche.
    —————————————————————————–

    You can fault him for not being up to snuff, but you can’t pile on and take a shot at him for making an accurate assessment of another player. I hope you’ll be good natured enough to take your medicine when Tebow sputters out by week six next season.

  39. mikewasserson says: Feb 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    Pat White……. Lol.

  40. latenightroach says: Feb 21, 2012 11:50 PM

    No surprise. Especially when his backup Matt Moore made throws that Henne would never even attempt.

  41. dcbuff says: Feb 21, 2012 11:51 PM

    ‘dallas needs a backup

  42. ishudbgm says: Feb 22, 2012 12:01 AM

    I have been a dolphins fan for 29 years now….honestly half of you thought Daunte Culpepper was going to be great and that Bill Parcells was going to help us. Be careful what you ask for….Henne was not that bad for a second round pick who was being coached by David Lee and Tony Sporano. Matt Moore had more games under creative Brian Daboll than Henne did. I will not be surprised if he goes to Arizona, the Jets, J-ville, or even Washington and steals a starting spot. People did say at one point that Steve Young was garbage, a HOF career later and we still can’t find those Steve Young doubters.

    Lets see if Sanchez looks even worse under Sparano, then we know Sparano screwed Henne up. My guess is Sporano will make the terrible Sanchez look even worse, Jets go 5-11 and I haven’t seen free agency or the draft yet.

  43. promickey says: Feb 22, 2012 12:05 AM

    Chad Henne is another one of Bill Parcells mistakes. Henne was supposed to be a so called franchise quarterback. He is at best a backup QB in the NFL. This is another example of why Parcells was not allowed to pick the groceries through most of his NFL coaching career.

  44. edweird0 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:11 AM

    “The guy wasn’t exactly put into a position for success. The Dolphins are a joke of an organization from the very top to the very bottom. I’m sure Lindsay Lohan will be part owner by this time next year too……no wonder the Tuna got the hell out of town as quick as possible.

    And the fans down here in SoFl, oh my god. You should hear the callers down here on sports talk radio. A typical call will go something like this: “uh hey yo dog, Henne needs to, like, step up man. The Phins need to step it up” or “Yo B, Lebron needs to step up man, Spo needs to go. Riley needs to step up and coach this team”. Ah, the mind of a Miami fan, where everything can be solved by simply “stepping up”.”

    How would you know that about Miami fans if you don’t live there? Was it from that single time you visited and heard the radio that all these preconceived notions came from? It must be ’cause you clearly have no fcking idea what you’re talking about. Stop being an ignorant tool and stereotyping people. I’m sure the same could be said about ppl where you’re from if I used your dumb@ss as an example.

  45. edweird0 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:17 AM

    You guys trashing Henne CLEARLY did not watch his play at the beginning of the season before he got injured. Henne had stepped up this season, you could see the confidence he had that he lacked all his previous seasons. The kids was gunna ball this year thanks to Daboll; talking smack that he couldn’t throw it down field, that had EVERYTHING to do with the previous OC. The moment Daboll came in Henne was making 20+ yards passes like never before. The defense lost us the games at the beginning of the seasons just like they won us the last couple of games. If the D had played up to par like they were supposed too we would have easily made the playoffs or at the very least had a 9+ win season.

  46. roamingabriel says: Feb 22, 2012 2:19 AM

    If this is true it means they’re either going with Moore or going to get someone else.

    Seems to me it indicates Flynn may be the guy with Moore backing him up…

  47. phillyphinsfan says: Feb 22, 2012 6:38 AM

    I’m tired of waiting for Chad Henne to be a great QB. He’s a career backup; too inconsistent.

  48. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 22, 2012 7:04 AM

    Better do what you have to do Miami & trade up to get RG3…

  49. redmanalishi says: Feb 22, 2012 7:18 AM

    Love the look on J-E-T-S fans faces when they realize Henne has better career stats than Sanchez. Would be a nice off-season free agency pick up for you, Rex!

  50. packattack1967 says: Feb 22, 2012 8:28 AM

    Actually, the Packers will need a back up. Just sayin’

  51. mackie66 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:07 AM

    The Dolphins really dont know what they have in Henne. The Dolphin OL in the past four yrs has been terrible at best. Putting a young QB behind an old, slow, no good OL and you have the makins for a car wreck, which usualy gets the QB injured. Henne will probably go to the JETS, given their habit for collecting unsigned Dolphins, and he’ll come back and kick the Dolphins butt.

  52. southbeachtalent says: Feb 22, 2012 9:19 AM

    I believed in this guy for a while. But it is time to move on. Many of you hit it on the head, poor accuracy and decision making. Two very important quarterback attributes.

    Not very excited about this QB class either, with the obvious exception (Luck). RG3 looks promising but I don’t see us landing him..unless we pay a king’s ransom.

    I would love to have a healthy Manning, but then again so would another 28 NFL teams.

  53. FinFan68 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:38 AM

    Henne had his issues but they were mental. Confidence mostly. The coaching staff had much to do with that. He is a capable QB that can flourish if the system uses his strengths. He could be a pretty good starting QB in Denver, KC, Seattle. I would not be surprised to see him get signed as a backup in Chicago, Pittsburg, Detroit, or Dallas. Philly is another possibility if they want to dump VY.

  54. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    “How would you know that about Miami fans if you don’t live there? Was it from that single time you visited and heard the radio that all these preconceived notions came from? It must be ’cause you clearly have no fcking idea what you’re talking about. Stop being an ignorant tool and stereotyping people. I’m sure the same could be said about ppl where you’re from if I used your dumb@ss as an example.”

    ——————————————

    I live in Boca, bud. Right off Palmetto and 441. I listen to 790am and 940am every day to and from work (when I can stomach the stupidity anyway). Try again. I’ve lived in 5 states and have driven through at least 40 listening to each major city’s sports radio and it’s not even close. Miami is the absolute worst sports market in the country. You guys still whine about officiating that BCS championship game against OSU constantly, and lo and behold it turns out mot of the Canes players should have been ineligible in the first place because of their antics with Nevin Shapiro. You guys paid no attention to the Dolphins last year until they started 2-0, then you briefly jumped off the Lebron bandwagon for a few minutes until the Phins lost a few games, then it was off that bandwagon and right back onto the Lebron/Heat bandwagon. It’ll be funny watching games at the new Marlins ballpark with 40 people in the stands.

  55. gameproper says: Feb 22, 2012 11:11 AM

    henne sucks. i live in dade county

  56. CKL says: Feb 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    spfripp says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:40 PM
    I really think Henne’s 1st three years with Miami hurt him. Right when I read an interview where Henning said we are not worried about the other team’s QB hurting us, we are worried about Chad Henne hurting us I knew the guy did not have a chance.
    ___________________________________
    Henning actually said that? I’m not surprised if he did though. Dude is NOT the guy you want speaking to the media if you are a HC. Stuff does NOT stay in house with him.

  57. finfanjim says: Feb 22, 2012 12:44 PM

    Miami has had nothing but average to bad QBs since Marino left. Miami loses nothing as they were better with Matt Moore, who has another year on his contract.

    I’d rather wipe the slate clean of Henne and move on. If we’re worse, so be it. Average, bad, it’s all the same to me. I want to be good.

    Henne will be nothing more than average, at best…

  58. fmwarner says: Feb 22, 2012 2:36 PM

    The Jets? Seems to me it would be asking for trouble to bring in a backup who’s better than your starter.

  59. beeronthefridge says: Feb 22, 2012 3:12 PM

    Henne is the worst quarterback in the history of the dolphins. Worst than Dick Wood, George Wilson JR, by a mile.

    And stop sounding like a jackass by repeating that Tony Sparano drafted him. Parcells made all the picks!

  60. frankdatank23 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:40 PM

    Henne, Henne,
    Henne and the Jetttttssssss!!!

    Can’t Wait !

  61. vtopa says: Feb 22, 2012 10:32 PM

    TWO WORDS: PEYTON MANNING.

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