So many things are made of what success is for a rookie errr 2 year QB. What is success to you? Is it Wins? Completion %? Low TO Ratio?
This may come in all different forms but if he is going to be our QB of the future I think we are going to have to live by Bill Parcells saying "If he doesn't bit as a puppy he isn't going to bit" which really means that if he doesn't show us anything in the next 13 games we will know in some shape or form.
To get a better understanding of what is expected out of Chad Henne I'm going to breakdown some of the elite QB's rookie seasons and kind of put an average of them and use that as the baseline or target for him to reach this season. IMO if he is just a bit under that is fine as you will see the QB group I am using are that of an elite group.
Phillip Rivers GS 16 Comp 61.7 TD 22 INT 9 Yrds 3,388 FL 2
Peyton Manning GS 16 Comp 56.7 TD 26 INT 28 Yrds 3,739 FL 1
Tom Brady GS 14 Comp 63.9 TD 18 INT 12 Yrds 2,843 FL 3
Big Ben GS 13 Comp 66.4 TD 17 INT 11 Yrds 2,621 FL 2
Drew Brees GS 16 Comp 60.8 TD 17 INT 16 Yrds 3,284 FL 0
Jay Cutler GS 16 Comp 63.6 TD 20 INT 14 Yrds 3,497 FL 4
Matt Hassleback GS 12 Comp 54.8 TD 7 INT 8 Yrds 2,023 FL 2
Carson Palmer GS 13 Comp 60.9 TD 18 INT 18 Yrds 2,897 FL 2
Eli Manning GS 7 Comp 48.2 TD 6 INT 9 Yrds 1,043 FL 1
Matt Ryan GS 16 Comp 61.1 TD 16 INT 11 Yrds 3,440 FL 1
AVERAGE GS 13.9 Comp 60.3 TD 17 INT 14 Yrds 2,617 FL 2
So this is what we should see if Chad Henne is on the right track to becoming a "elite" QB in the NFL. IMO this doesn't seem to be to much to ask for. The one thing that we are going to have to understand as a fanbase is that he will throw INT's and make mistakes but if the ball is going in the endzone and at the end of the day we win around 6-8 of our remaining games I will personally be impressed. Patience is going to be needed by all of us and hopefully by next season we won't be begging to have Chad Pennington back ...although I wish he was still our QB at this very moment :(