Posted by Ryan Wilson
Well, this is shocking. And by "shocking" we mean "quite predictable and sorta surprised it took this long."
Recently retired Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder might be out of football but he still has opinions. During his six-year career, he weighed in on everything from Ravens' running back Le'Ron McClain allegedly spitting on him to Jets head coach Rex Ryan's mental health.
Now that he's no long affiliated with the Dolphins, Chowder is free to speak his mind about his former club, too. And that's exactly what he did. Appearing on WQAM, Crowder was brutally honest about Miami quarterback Chad Henne.
“He hasn’t really proven anything to me while I played with him and now being on the other side, looking down as a fan, he’s not impressing me, either,” Crowder said, according to PFT. “So he can get on, he has all the tangibles, I want to say, the arm strength, his footwork’s funny, but [with the] arm strength he has, you know he can make some good throws, but the intangibles, the winning the game, the wanting to have everything on his shoulders, like the Bradys and like the Mannings, and wanting to have, be down by five with a minute left on the 20 yard line, let’s see what happens, he doesn’t have that in his heart yet, and I think it will be hard for him to win. But like I said the proof’s in the pudding, so if he comes out this year and going crazy, you know, I’ll have to put my foot in my mouth, but, if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on him going crazy.”
(Note: As soon as the online sports books post the odds on "Henne going crazy" we'll report them here.)
This is similar to ESPN analyst Merril Hoge taking to Twitter to blast Tim Tebow. While it was hard to refute Hoge's message (basically: Tebow isn't a better QB than Kyle Orton, something most rational folks can agree on), the delivery was awkward and, well, sorta mean.
Could Crowder have been more diplomatic when talking about Henne's performance to date? Yeah, sure. Would it have made what he said any less true? Nope.
Now all that's left to do is wait and see if Henne goes crazy this season, either in a good way or by literally losing his mind and caving to the pressure.
In related news: no word on whether Channing was among the crowd heard chanting "We want Orton!" on Fan Appreciation Night.
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