Week one was a weak one.
Chad Henne’s not-so-hot night in Atlanta has the Hanging Chad Club out in force. Not only was his performance enough to fuel an outcry for his head, but also the heads of the coach stupid enough to believe Henne could be an NFL quarterback and the GM dumb enough to draft him.
"Relax" the rosy-eyed optimists say. "It’s just the first preseason game."
"So what?" the realists reply. "Why can’t you pull your face out of your bongs long enough to recognize what is plain to everyone? He’s not good enough and last night is proof."
From up in the castle we can hear the peasants and they are revolting: "Why didn’t we get Kolb? Why didn’t we trade for Orton? Why didn’t we draft Mallett, who is clearly the next Dan Marino based on his dissection of 11 guys wearing Jaguar uniforms? Henne sucks, our front office sucks, lets line up for Luck now."
Before we light the torches and grab the pitchforks let’s try and take a step back.
OK let’s use the first week as a barometer of how Henne fared. Let’s take an objective look at the performances of all 32 starting quarterbacks. I say starters because they were the only ones who played the other team’s first string defense.
How a starter did, regardless of how much or little he played shall be used as the scale to determine just how bad Henne is.
New offensive coordinator- irrelevant, missing offensive starter- irrelevant…two weeks practice – irrelevant.
Henne as well all know by now was 4/8 (50%) for 77 yds, 1 td 2ints and a qb rating of 83.9
Henne had a better night than 14 other starting qb’s and somehow it was a disaster. Only 7 starters threw for more yardage than Henne and every one of them had more pass attempts. In fact 72 of Henne’s 77 yds came on one 7-play drive which ended in a 44 yd td pass. Henne’s first three drives used a total of 6 offensive plays.
Henne wasn’t sacked and had 10 yds rushing – a third down scramble for a first down.
So there’s where he really was this week…no excuses…no explanations.
If you want to hang Chad based on that then at least you're making an informed decision.