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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.

Chad Henne Replaces Injured Chad Pennington

With the Dolphins struggling leading up to Sunday’s game against the Titans, Tony Sparano decided to make a change at quarterback and go with the veteran Chad Pennington over Chad Henne.  It didn’t take long for Henne to get his job back.

Pennington threw two passes before Titans defensive end Dave Ball hit him as he threw, causing him to injure his throwing arm.  Pennington headed to the locker room and Henne resumed his duties as Miami’s quarterback.

Henne had to use a timeout on his first play of the game when the Dolphins’ offense looked confused, causing the fans to immediately boo him.  They ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive, however.

Side note: Don’t feel too sorry for Pennington.  Although it’s unfortunate that he only threw two passes before having to leave the game with an injury, his contract contains a clause that pays him $200,000 for every game he plays in this season.  That means he earned $200,000 today just for taking the field and playing a snap.  Tough life, huh?

Hines Ward, Chad Henne Agree Quarterbacks Lead Receivers into Big Hits

While the NFL has taken the week to respond to critics and the public outcry over players taking brutal helmet-to-helmet hits, defensive players have complained that they’re being unfairly targeted. Count some offensive players who believe the problem doesn’t lie solely with headhunters on defense.

Both Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne agree that the quarterbacks are responsible for keeping receivers away from dangerous hits. Ward said that rookie quarterback Colt McCoy locked into receiver Mohamed Massaquoi allowing James Harrison to make the read and be in the right spot for his knockout hit. Ward also said exactly what I thought, that Kevin Kolb floated a ball for DeSean Jackson right into Dunta Robinson leaving him vulnerable.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne said the same thing. He told Scott Van Pelt on ESPN Radio “sometimes you have got to look at it on the offensive side of the ball whether the quarterbacks are putting the balls into the right places or leading them into coverage.” Henne acknowledged that defensive players need to avoid hits to the head but that quarterbacks still have a role in these plays.

I’m not trying to absolve defense players from blame in this situation, but the reality is the good quarterbacks don’t just throw for tons of yards and touchdowns, they also keep their receivers from getting killed with dangerous passes. Keep that in mind every time you see a receiver get lit up and ask yourself if a differently thrown ball could have changed the situation. Many times the answer is yes.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Don Wright

Chad Henne’s Trying to Be a Jerk

It was noted here last week that the Michigan football players showed their confidence in 4th year quarterback Chad Henne by passing him over as a captain. As a result, Henne has decided he needs to change his attitude — piss some people off. The QB told The Detroit News that he’s learning to be a jerk to his teammates on the field.

It isn’t Chad Henne’s nature to be an in-your-face force. But to evolve as a leader, he had to alter his demeanor.

If that meant ruffling some feathers, so be it.

“It’s kind of like being a (jerk) at all times when we’re practicing,” said Henne, Michigan’s four-year starter at quarterback. “If you’re not being a (jerk) to them, it’s not like they won’t respect you, but it’s a different look in their eyes — that, ‘OK, we’re here to concentrate, we’re here to focus and we’re here to play hard all the time.’

“If you’re laid-back and letting it go sometimes and then be a (jerk) other times, it’s tough. So you have to always be on those guys to get the best out of them.”

Any wonder why they passed him over as a captain? Who the hell really likes a jerk anyways? Like they say, sometimes the truly great people have to walk alone in life. Henne may not be great, but he may be walking alone.

(via Ben Maller)

Michigan Players Already Showing Confidence in Chad Henne

The guys about to be a fourth year starting quarterback for one of the most elite programs in all of college football. Three straight season of at least 20 touchdowns. Three straight seasons of at least 2,500 yards. A 29-10 record at the helm. And how do his Wolverine teammates indicate their faith in him? By not naming him a captain of course!

Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long, tailback Mike Hart and linebacker Shawn Crable have been elected captains by their teammates.

“The greatest honor a Michigan football player can receive is to be selected by his teammates as captain,” U-M coach Lloyd Carr said in a release.

Unfortunately for Henne, he will not be receiving such an honor. I guess Wolverine fans will be quick to point out one number — 3. As in 0-3 against Ohio State. Maybe that’s why. Man, I’d hate to be standing inside that huddle for a two-minute drill.

(via Fark)