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Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:53 am

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Finally, some happy news to report out of Dolphins training camp. After a week that included "We want Orton!" chants from fans (during a fan appreciation event, no less), and the inevitable Brett Favre un-retirement discussions, Miami starting quarterback Chad Henne can take heart in knowing that he has supporters in South Beach.

Unless they were being ironical.

We like to assume the best in people so we're going with the former. Either way, the Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin reports that a group of fans chanted "We want Henne!" prior to Thursday's practice and -- lo and behold -- Henne had one of his best performances of training camp.

While Henne has been in the public crosshairs recently, he's not guaranteed the starting gig -- although Sparano admitted Thursday that "He is the starter right now." But Sparano also said "We always have our eyes open. But the players that are here right now, we're preparing to go into the New England Patriot game and play with."

Yes, Kyle Orton would have been an upgrade, but let's not confuse him for Dan Marino. (If you need a quick reminder of the Dolphins QBs since Marino retired in 1999, here you go. We hope you're sitting down.) So for now, Henne's only competition is Matt Moore, formerly of the Panthers.

At various points during the lockout, there was speculation that the Dolphins could be interested in Vince Young (though they admitted to having some concerns about his maturity), Marc Bulger (he retired this week), and even Carson Palmer (still "retired" as of this writing). And in June, Sparano only offered up a "we'll see" when asked if the job was Henne's for 2011.

Here's to hoping this is the year Henne puts it all together. He seems like a swell guy and, frankly, it makes us uncomfortable to read quotes like this.

"Deep down inside, it does hurt," Henne said of the "We want Orton!" chants. "Obviously you want the respect of the fans and you want them to have your back. If you're a Miami Dolphins fan, hopefully you're cheering for the Miami Dolphins and the players out there, not somebody that's not here."

And for a night that's what happened. How long it lasts depends on how well Henne plays, obviously. This is the NFL, after all.

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Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:15 pm

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

jackass i was one of the people chanting and was ashamed of the orton chant, but ofcourse some scum bag jets fan has to talk trash about the dolphins. Figures we do beat you every year.

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:15 pm

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

Typical Dolphin fans....probably the same idiots that were chanting Orton's name.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:03 pm

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

If tim tebow had the mediocre season Henne had, his maniacal fans would have voted him to the pro bowl and annoited him the second coming of Joe Montana. Not saying that henne has a long way to go but that perception is nearly as important as reality here. One poster astutely pointed out that Terry Bradshaw was nearly deemed a bust before a great defense and running game rescued his career. Henne has had one full season as a starter on a team with marginal talent and coaching, let's wait till after this year to judge him.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:27 pm

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

I am up in the air on this one as a phins fan.  He showed some promise two years ago after CP went down and he most definietly regressed last year.  I hope he has the cojones big enough to mature this year and at least end with a winning record(9-7) I will take with a tough schedule.  The oline blew donkey d*ck last year and it appears we have more speed on offense.  Still I question the TE position and our RB have not taken a full NFL season load.  Its the wait and see game.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:08 pm

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

This kind of thing is nothing new in the NFL. Back when Terry Bradshaw was a young QB in Pittsburgh, the Steelers fans gave him a hard time and even cheered when he got hurt and had to come out of the game. But, Terry persisted and the rest was history. Sure, Bradshaw had a great team around him, but he was the perfect QB for that team. He was tough and gritty with a big arm. Henne may not be the next Bradshaw, but the point is that fans are not exactly prophets when it comes to predicting future success of a player.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:19 am

Group of Dolphins fans chant 'We want Henne'

How much did they have to drink?

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