Chad Henne calls benching “tough to swallow”

When Dolphins coach Tony Sparano announced that Chad Henne had been benched for Chad Pennington, the coach called Henne “disappointed, as I would expect, but a tremendous professional.”

Henne described himself as “obviously disappointed,” but he was a professional about it in answering a number of questions from reporters shortly after he found out he was no longer the starter.

It’s tough to swallow, but at the same time what’s best for the team is best,” Henne said.

Henne said he has a good relationship with Pennington and doesn’t expect that to change now that their roles have been reversed.

“[Pennington] has been great, I mean there’s no hatred in now that he’s starting,” Henne said. “It’s none of our decisions, it’s all up to the coaching staff and we’re going to remain the same. He’s helped me out throughout my career. I’m going to stick by him, help him out as much as we can and we’re in it together…. We’re in it to win the championship and that’s what we’re here for.”

Asked if he thinks he’s been given a fair chance, Henne said, “I mean that’s for coach Sparano to answer. I mean I can’t say is it fair or is it not. . . . I’m just going to worry about what I have to do to get better.”

19 responses to “Chad Henne calls benching “tough to swallow”

  1. Henne had plenty of time to show he can lead the team…..4 wins does not cut it….unfortunately for the Phins….noodle arm wont help much either

  2. “. . . I’m just going to worry about what I have to do to get better.”

    I hope so. Chad has a lot of potential. I hope he reaches that in a Dolphins uniform.

  3. Hmmm…. Henne is having a better passing yards year than Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, and that’s not good enough to start?

    He had a tough game V Baltimore, but many QB’s have tough games against Baltimore.

    Miami fans should hope this is just a message, and not a true ‘move’ for the year.

    There are good reasons Pennington has been relegated to a back up…. very good reasons.

  4. If Pennington wins Comeback Player of the Year award for the third time, and his life is turned into a made-for-TV movie, I suggest Justin Bieber in the title role.

  5. The Dolphins continue to retard their development. It was just a little over a year ago that the Dolphins fans were 0-2 and the fans were calling for Henne. Pennington got hurt the next game and we got Henne. Since then, he has an okay record and his TD/INT ratio is mediocre, but they’re playing in a phone booth for him. The problem is not Henne, it’s Henning. If you have a strong-armed QB, call different plays, stretch the field. If you don’t have the personnel for it, GET THE PERSONNEL (ie don’t trade Ted Ginn for a 5th rounder or put a claim in on Moss). If you have a game manager who does not have a strong arm, the plays they’re calling now are fine. Either way, it feels like Wannstedt is coaching again…

  6. He has had some decent games as far as passing yards go, but he is not making good decisions. He stares down is receivers way too often and does not scan the field. I haven’t seen him do the things that leaders (QBs) do. He sulks when a play goes bad, I can’t remember ever seeing him on the headset or looking at the pics, etc. He is a decent QB but he needs to mature to be good. The potential is there but he needs to step up. I hope he does. I like C. Pennington and he is better suited to run this short throw offense. Much of Henne’s issues are play calling that does not suit his talent. If Henne is in the game…throw the ball down the field a few times.

  7. So what is wrong with the Dolphins? I don’t watch enough of their games to really know, but whenever they play the Jets they play well. I feel this is a panic move..Sparano is on the hot seat!

    and @polegojim Sanchez has 2 More TDs, 5 less INTs, and their yards per attempt are about the same. Henne has a much better completion percentage, but those 10 INTs are why he’s on the bench.

  8. So, when CP gets his shoulder torn from his body at some point this season, do the Dolphins insert Henne or does Thigpen get bumped up to the #2?

  9. Ronnie Brown had around 50 yards on 7 carries on their first drive against baltimore which they scored their only td. He finished the game with a total of 9 carries and ricky williams had around 3 carries. Chad Henne is a good qb but can’t do it alone. Dan Henning is the problem. He doesn’t run the ball and expects the qbs to be able to drop back and throw into coverage which the defense is looking for pass cause they know we won’t run the ball. We did try to run the ball against the steelers but then again why would you do that when they have the best run defense at the time. Chad Pennington does handle the ball a bit better but either qb can’t do it without a running game. This is the same for every game. Don’t let the stats fool you. They are both good qbs, its just terrible job by the guy making the offensive calls. Sprano and Henning need to go back to two years ago when we controlled the ball and ran it well. This season is very frustrating to phin fans.

  10. You deleted my that’s what she said comment? That seems a little too tight to me. Oh!!! THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!!!! ahahahahaha!!

  11. After Miami lost to New England, Chris Mortenson (ESPN) reported the next day to “look for Pennington to start by midseason, and that Pennington would be the bridge to Thigpen becoming the starter by the end of the season”. He was right about the first part, we will see if he is right about the second part. Also, remember Parcell’s comment about being dissapointed in Henne.

  12. Not a Dolphins fan but I just upped my respect for Henne, Pennington and the entire Dolphins coaching staff. THIS is how you handle tough decisions and strife.

    People forget the 1-15 season but, under Parcells, the Dolphins are looking like a good organization … good organizations will consistently produce good teams. Dolphins are headed in the right direction.

  13. The Dolphins are NOT headed in the right direction. They made the playoffs 2 years ago because the benefit of going 1-15 the previous year allowed them to play a last place schedule. They missed the playoffs last year, and they will miss the playoffs again this year. That is not moving in the right direction. Also, Parcells has left the building!

  14. Does this mean Chad Henne and his wife Brittany will no longer be seen on TV here in South Florda hyping Beverly’s Jewelers? Damn; I always stopped whatever I was doing to watch those commercials.

  15. “The Dolphins are NOT headed in the right direction. They made the playoffs 2 years ago because the benefit of going 1-15 the previous year allowed them to play a last place schedule. They missed the playoffs last year, and they will miss the playoffs again this year. That is not moving in the right direction. Also, Parcells has left the building!”

    If you argue that the 2008 season was a fluke, you have to admit that the team is headed in the right direction. You think they went 10-6 because of an easy schedule? Fine. Take away two or three wins. That would still be a six or seven game improvement from 2007. And they’re at .500 this year.

    This is the third straight year of fielding a competitive team after the worst season in franchise history. That is the definition of moving in the right direction.

  16. The goal of every team is to win the Superbowl. To win the Superbowl, you need to make the playoffs. The best way to make the playoffs is to win your division. Miami is the 3rd best team in it’s division and is not going to make the playoffs. I would call that moving sideways at best.

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