|Henne wants another chance to prove he's an NFL starter. (Getty Images)|
By Ryan Wilson
The NFL may be a passing league but it's decidedly short on quality passers. The perception is skewed by the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady as well as guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers.
Beyond that there's plenty of uncertainty. It's why the Jets and Broncos could be looking for a quarterback this offseason (never mind what their respective front offices said recently; if the opportunity arises, they're jumping at a chance to improve the position), and it's why players like Chad Henne -- an average NFL QB -- won't have any trouble finding work.
(We talked about Sanchez, Tebow and Henne during Monday's Week 17 recap podcast, conveniently embedded below.)
Henne injured his non-throwing shoulder in October and was placed on injured reserve. Matt Moore took his place in the lineup and the Dolphins played well. After an 0-7 start, they finished 6-10 (we've joked that they're the best 6-10 team in league history). Henne will be a free agent this spring but said Monday that he's willing to return to the Dolphins.
"I'm going to be here until they push me out of here," he said in the team locker room, according to the Palm Beach Post's Brian Biggane.
Henne said that he hopes to talk to management about a new contract but "If not, then I'll move on, but I love this team, I love being down here."
Henne, who underwent shoulder shortly after suffering the injury and has been rehabbing ever since, said he was impressed with how well Moore played under some difficult circumstances.
"Matt stepping in doing a really good job (with) the offense and just making plays out there put a smile on my face," he said.
"You can look at the turnovers, but that was at the end of the game when you had to force the ball. I feel like I can make the big plays at the end. I can do that and I will do that. But it's just more consistency."
Henne, taken in the second round of the 2008 draft, was 13-18 as a starter in Miami. His 79 passer rating through four weeks of the 2011 season was a career best, which confirms that the Dolphins' search for a quarterback to replace Dan Marino (who retired after the 1999 season) continues.
Could Henne eventually be the full-time replacement? Sure. But it's just as likely that Miami's new head coach could look to turn the page on the Tony Sparano regime, and that includes a fresh start at QB. But that doesn't mean Henne won't be employed in short order. His best bet will come as a backup, but in the right situation he could also get another chance to start. (Is he that much different from Sanchez in New York or Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle? Or any number of quarterbacks currently listed atop their respective team's depth chart? No, no and no.)
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