Well not quite fanning the flames but certainly expanding the discussion.
Tim Graham of ESPN posted the following blog entry. In it, you'll note some of Chad Pennington's comments and his responses. I think he understands the FO's plan and is obviously professional about it while keeping his personal options open - you can't ask for more than that really. Pennington is likely to be elsewhere in 2010 while Henne takes over.
Please see below:
March 25, 2009 10:46 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
"If you look at how everything is set up, how the Dolphins drafted Chad, how they brought me in for a two-year deal, it's not news, really," Pennington said. "It's just the way it is.
"I'm comfortable with everything that's going on right now. I feel really good about where I am as a professional. I feel really good about how I'm playing and the goals I've set for this year. With this being my 10th year in the league, I'm the first one that can tell you nothing's promised to you."
Pennington last year guided the Dolphins to one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in NFL history, from 1-15 to the AFC East championship and a playoff berth. Pennington was voted Comeback Player of the Year for the second time in his career.
But the Dolphins have not expressed interest in extending Pennington's deal.
"What I do is I really concentrate on how I can better myself as a professional quarterback," Pennington said of speculating on his future. "If I'm doing that, then that's the one thing I can control and the rest of it will take care of itself, as it did in 2008.
"I enjoy Miami tremendously. I enjoy being a Dolphin. It's been a lot of fun so far, and I look forward to some other good times."
Jacobson asked Pennington if he would be willing to accept the backup role to remain with Miami.
"That'd be something I'd have to look at," Pennington said, although the tone of his voice was unenthusiastic. "It's something that's obviously out there. As a competitor, it's extremely hard to say yes to that right now because I'm used to being a starter.
"I love being in the huddle. I love leading the team. That's hard to do on the sidelines. That would be something I would have to address when the time comes."