Ok here goes. It all revolves around Chad Henne and his status as far as being the longterm solution at the position. When you as an organization draft a quarterback with the intent of him being your "franchise" player you are putting a tremondous amount on the line. As far as salary (which in Chads case isnt huge because of his second round status), in terms of commitment and direction of the team both in fundamentals and in strategically devoloping the offense around him. But the biggest risk is job security. If an organization makes a commitment to a high drafted QB and they miss, there job security and credibility is much in question. As far as Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland their jobs are in place for now but in the longrun by no means "secure" (in this league who is). So what about Chad Henne?
Is Chad Henne "the guy"
This is the most important question of the offseason. Jeff and Tony need to judge whether or not Chad can potentially devolop into a great player. Many of the criticisms from fans revolve around his inconsistant ball placement, perceived lack of awareness in the pocket, putting his eyes down while moving in the pocket and subsequently not buying enough time from plays to devolop, staring down primaries and frequently not moving entirely through his progressions, extremely low delivery point which causes balls to be deflected, lack of manipulation of defensive backs (actually people say the opposite that backs often safeties "key" by "reading his eyes", and finally an extremly irratic touch pass that often sails on him (some say that his back foot lifts in the throwing motion which causes this but i dont buy that lol). That is alot of knocks on a QB and i understand that and so does our management. As another User pointed out upgrades to vutal needs on the offensive side of the ball will help offensive production as a whole but many of Chads shortcomings solely rest on him. That offensive improvemant does not fix Chads issues.
Personally i think ive seen good strides from Chad this season in many areas. I know most of you will disagree but dont rip my head off please lol. Ive felt as though the progress is promising as far as his future. Most notably i thought he showed less timidity in the pocket and a greater ability to throw under diress (my dad thinks im 100% wrong in this observation lol). I also felt as though his three best games all came this season and in the second half of the year (in terms of mistakes made, Oakland, Buffalo, Detroit). But obviously he finished in New England, a game which added alot of fire to the "Henne Haters". If Tony and Jeff decide to move on i definatly trust their judgement, I have to. If we as an organization feel as though he does not have the potential to devolop into a Great player then we probably will move on. That is the call we have to make at the position.
And the decision they make will have massive implications on who will be leading this team in the future.
As for Pennington and Thigpen. I think Pennington is no longer worth the 2.5 mil for a guy who cant play. Id love to see him as a consultant, but i think its unlikely he will be the Quarterbacks coach. As for Thigpen he is a capable player, but as i said to someone earlier "If we are in a position where he is competing for the starting job next season we probably havent made the strides necassary in the offseason to fielding a great squad"
And if we do move on what then? I loved the analogy comparing our 2010 team to the 2005 Ravens. Will we move in a veteran route or....?