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Penne vs Henne

Hey guys i read this article and got to thinking.  Do you think its really fair that Tony went ahead and said that Chad Pennington would be the starter next year?  I mean is that fair.  I understand wins and what he did, but I think its jsut another brett and Aaron thingin Green Bay.  I feel that Tony Sparano should let them compete, it will help keep Chad on his A-game and let the rookie develop more.  But maybe he's worried about his psyche or his confidence being broken and that spilling onto the field. What do you guys think?  Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne learning lots as backup

Get Adobe Flash player   Miami Dolphins rookie Chad Henne throws a fourth-quarter pass against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz.  Buy Photo Miami Dolphins rookie Chad Henne throws a fourth-quarter pass against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF <!-- END id="storyPhotoContentArea" --> <!-- END id="storyAssetMediaDisplayArea" -->
• Rookie Chad Henne said in late December he hoped for a chance to compete for the starting job this summer. That will not happen, barring injury, with coach Tony Sparano announcing Chad Pennington will remain the starter entering next season. But Henne understands the need to be patient.

''Every quarterback is waiting for their chance. I'm anxious,'' Henne said. ``Chad is a tremendous quarterback, but I'm going to keep competing each day. I'll keep pressing him every day. Obviously, I don't want to wait too long. But it's a tremendous opportunity to learn the first couple of years and not get thrown under the bus.''

Though he didn't throw a pass in a game after the Week 2 blowout loss to Arizona, Henne said he improved his ``anticipation of throws, getting the ball out a lot quicker and identifying defenses. I've learned a tremendous amount from Chad, the way he carries himself as a leader.''

Henne did five to 10 extra hours of work per week to help Pennington, primarily breaking down film of opponents. That helped him learn techniques of cornerbacks, among other things. Henne also attended meetings that Pennington held twice a week with receivers and once a week with linemen.

Though rookies Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco were starters, ''I think I'm learning more than they are,'' Henne said. ``When my time comes, I'll be ready.''

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