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Dear Henne haters: You should really take a look at this...

     If you read nothing in this post, skip down to the bottom and take a look. First off, to say this team hasn't improved in nonsense. Who would of thought we would have a top 5 defense this year? The addition of Nolan was huge but nobody predicted our defense would be playing so solid. Most of us had our offense as the ones who would shine after adding Marshall. So here we are at 6-6. Is it where we'd like to see our beloved Dolphins. Of course not. While the offense took a step back this year, our defense took a huge step forward. We are a few pieces away.

     It all starts with the QB position. Where do we go from here? I have seen flashes from Henne, as we all have. At times he looks like the QB of the future and other times...well, let's just say he looks like quality back up material. Due to his wildly inconsistent performances, we as Dolphin fans have divided. Some of us still believe in him and insist he is still young and developing, while others have branded him Henne "the robot" who doesn't have what it takes in this league to be a starter. I am guilty of being a Henne supporter that has swayed his opinion at times. Deep down I really want to root for this kid but he just looks awful at times.

     To help convince myself and others not to look too deeply into Henne's young career, I present to you other first year (full season) starters who have had less than average starts to their careers who have ended up as franchise QB's and perennial probowlers. I sincerely apologize if something similar has already been posted that I am not aware of.

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int

 

 




326 575 56.7 3,739 6.5 26 28

1. Peyton Manning, 1998. ^

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int

    320 526 60.8 3,284 6.2 17

16

2. Drew Brees, 2002 ^

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int

    280 469 59.7 3,513 7.5 18

23

3. Ben Roethlisberger, 2006 ^ This was his first season starting all but 1 game. (Previous 2 years started 12, then     13)

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD

Int

   318 522 60.9 3,303 6.3 19

24

4. Brett Favre, 1993 ^ ( his first year starting all 16 games)

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD

Int

   358

569 62.9 4,034 6.4 18

25

5. Chad Henne, ^ 2009-2010

The stats above are Chad Henne's. To make these all comparable, I took to liberty of adding Henne's last 5 games from 2009 to his 11 games from this season to give him a total of 16 games worth of stats (I did not incorporate avg. per pass, too much work)... In this span, Henne has the best completion percentage and passing yards of all of these great QB's in the same time frame and around the same points in their careers. Where are all of these QB's now? The only weak spot in Henne's game is interceptions. Could he be more of a leader. Sure. But aside from his frequent inaccuracies, Henne isn't too shabby for a young QB. Now, I ask you, do you expect that much more from such an inexperienced QB? Very few teams in the NFL are fortunate enough to get productivity from their young QB's. We must be patient with Henne. Young football players are always a risk. You never know what you're potentially going to get until a few seasons. It is unfair and too soon to pull the plug on Henne. 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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