Just wanted to raise a question. Out of the 32 starting NFL quarterbacks, how many of them would you replace with a healthy Chad Henne? I'm talking about the Henne we saw in the first few games of this past season. In order to start the discussion, i'll give my take:
Not counting the Colts, i'd say that Henne could win a starting job on seven NFL teams.
I think Henne could turn out to be a better QB than Gabbert or Kolb. He's younger with more upside than Hasselbeck. He's got a much stronger arm than Orton, Tebow or McCoy. He'd outright start in Washington or Seattle.
What does this mean? Probably nothing. There's a very good chance that because of the events in Miami, Henne is doomed to be a career backup in the NFL. But, i've been a strong supporter of Chad since he became the starter in Miami. It's saddening to see the way this season turned out. I think we were just beginning to see Henne become the franchise quarterback that he is capable of becoming, until his season was abruptly ended. I'm confident that if he is given a chance in a new system he could flourish.
The good news is, his injury has nothing to do with his throwing arm. He'll return next year, either as a free agent on a new team, or as a backup to whoever Miami drafts in the first round. My prediction is that he will not be brought back. Matt Moore has proven himself to be a capable backup, and it is in Henne's best interest to seek out a team that believes in him.
That's something he hasn't had very often in Miami.
Oh, and another thought. If Miami cuts ties with Henne, I could definitely see Bill Belichick take a chance on another Michigan quarterback....