Chad Henne on Kyle Orton Chants: Deep Down Inside it Hurts
The rumors of Kyle Orton being traded to the Dolphins — or any other team for that matter — are over. Denver officially named Orton its starting quarterback on Wednesday. Coincidentally, Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd had just finished ranting on Monday about how “the Tebow thing” needed to be sorted out so he and his teammates could enjoy some stability.
Broncos fans who don’t believe Tim Tebow is ready to take over yet will be pleased. However, there is at least one group of fans that is greatly disappointed. Many in Miami have grown impatient with Chad Henne and understandably so. In two seasons as the full-time starting quarterback for the Dolphins, Henne posted passer ratings of 75.2 and 75.4 and threw more interceptions than touchdowns each year. Although he is still young, the NFL now relies more heavily than ever on quarterbacks to win games. Heading into his fourth season with the team, Henne isn’t feeling very wanted in Miami.
“I’m human,” Henne told Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel when asked about the “we want Orton” chants at training camp. “Deep down inside it does hurt. You want the respect of your fans. You want them to have your back. But obviously if I’m doing bad they will critique me.”
One thing you need to be a successful quarterback in the NFL is thick skin. If the Orton chants hurt Henne’s feelings rather than simply motivate him to do better, he could be in for another long season.
Helmet slap to Pro Football Talk for the story.