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Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

Posted on: July 3, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 9:59 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

When asked last month if Chad Henne would be the Dolphins starting quarterback next season, coach Tony Sparano only offered up a "we'll see." (Not a ringing endorsement cut certainly better than the fate that awaits, say, Donovan McNabb in Washington.)

Henne, as you might expect, feels differently, telling the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Andrew Carter, “Well that’s up to the coaching staff but I sure as heck want to be the starting quarterback for Miami Dolphins and lead them to the playoffs and the Super Bowl and I’m going to do the best I can to compete out there and earn that spot.”

It's July, but a lot can happen between now and the start of the regular season. Assuming the lockout ends in the coming days, there will be free agency. And the Dolphins haven't hidden the fact that they will probably be in the market for a veteran quarterback (Marc Bulger and Vince Young have been mentioned as possible options).

In June, Sparano talked about what Henne has accomplished in the league and what he needs to do to get better. “The one thing we’ve had time to do is a lot of homework and study,” he said. “And I would tell you when you put Chad’s numbers up against some of the better quarterbacks in our league, his numbers are pretty impressive. They hold up. Now what has to happen? We have to cut down the impulse throws, the interceptions that happen late in the fourth quarter.”

And when asked how he can improve, Henne echoed many of those sentiments. “It’s definitely the turnover ratio, I think. The biggest thing is not turning the ball over in critical situations, finishing the game in the right way in the fourth quarter and just not over-thinking things, just play the game.”

So for now it's Henne's job to lose. Of course, whether he keeps it is a function of his performance, which is in part dependent on the play of his wide receivers. The Dolphins have one of the NFL's best in Brandon Marshall who is in the news as much for his on-field performances as his off-field issues. In his first season with the Dolphins, Marshall caught 86 passes for 1,014 yards but just three touchdowns. And by January he was frustrated enough with the offense -- and Henne specifically -- to take his feelings public.

“Tyler [Thigpen] gets it a little more,” Marshall said during an appearance on Michael Irvin’s radio show. “He had an opportunity to play with Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City and they made some plays out there so I guess he understands [about] throwing the ball to a big receiver a little more than Chad Henne,” he said.

Last season, Thigpen and Marshall went off script during a game against the Patriots, and the decision wasn't well received by quarterbacks coach David Lee. “They expect me to run an in-route, but me as a player, when we get singled with no safety over the top I want to take a shot and just converted it to a go,” Marshall said at the time, according to the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly. “Seemed like an easier throw, easier play was the go route.”

PFT reported that Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline agreed with Marshall, saying that the Dolphins seldom deviated from the game plan and the offense sometimes needs to “make … plays off schedule.”

Henne was frank when asked recently about his relationship with Marshall. “Yeah, I mean we had our ups and downs last year," he said. "And some not-so friendly exchanged words but we’ve talked in the off-season. I’ve been sending him some of the playbooks so he can pick up on that because he’s been bouncing around with some of the things that have gone on in the past. But he’s still a good guy, he just speaks up sometimes when you don’t want him to. But he’s a great player and you definitely want him on your side.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:46 pm

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:11 pm

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

The 1972 Dolphins can pop the champagne EARLY on this Dolphins team.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:01 pm

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

Henne will be the starter for the next 10 years, so all you haters better get used to it.  He's got all the qualities you want in a starting qb but has a revolving carosuel of play callers and absolutely no help.  Who is the all-star on this offense?  Ronnie Brown?  Ricky Williams?  Davon Bess?  Anthony Fasano?  Tedd Ginn, Jr?  Seriously, who's going to make a play for Henne?  Who's going to catch a short pass and take it the distance?  Maybe if Brandon Marshall can stay out of jail.....

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:43 pm

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

Henne, could be the starting QB for the Dolphins next Season. He needs to keep in focus. Throw and throw and  keeping throwing the ball, the team have a good WRs. Marshall, Bess, Fasano, Hartline for being sucessful and a good Ofensive line for protect him.  

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:19 pm

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

RBrown  maybe gone  possibly to the eagles...RWilliams seriously..!! BMarshall is not a deep threat..dolfins dont have a deap threat.
and to boot my dolfins  yes i said it are so pre-dictable when it comes to the offensive scheme..none..CHenne you are in so much
trouble this year you will be trowing passes from the horizontal position. wildcat  oh yeah or wildcrap..? Henne has no relationship
with Marshall like... Brady Moss/Welker.   Peyton Harrison/Wayne.   Rodgers  Jennings/Driver  and so goes the great ones..second string
thats his best contribution.WOW another year..

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:46 am

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

if henne wants to be a elite QB, he has to take control of the huddle.  make sure everybody is where there supposed to be. show that he has the confidence to call audibles. learn to read the defense and take what it gives him. make much better desisions. how many time have you seen a player jump in the face of brady or manning.  this is henne last chance to make elite improvement or he will ride the pine and im going after andrew luck or landry jones next draft.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:24 am

Henne wants to start, has talked to Marshall

I really do hope that Henne's able to hold on to the starting QB position for the Dolphins,but in order for him to do that he needs to under stand team's defense a little bit better,make smart decisions,and cut down on turnovers(INTS). I like for former Wolverine players to do well in the NFL(being a Michigan Wolverine fan). As for Marshall's comment about Henne not being used to throwing to a big,tall receiver is stupid. Henne had decent-sized receivers to throw to at Michigan,including a big,tall receiver by the name of Braylon Edwards. Now in Marshall's defense, Henne did on many occasions would just throw the ball up in the air for Braylon to use his height and athletic ability to catch it,so if Marshall claims to be a playmaker,then put forth the effort and get the ball man.

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