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What Do We Look For In a Quarterback?

 

 

 

            I can confidently assume that most of you, like myself, are frustrated and confused with the offseason our Dolphins are having.  Sure, Reggie Bush was a nice addition based on his preseason debut—but the quarterback position has the always-credible Mike & Mike landing us at 3 to 4 wins this year.  Though I really don’t care what they think about Miami, I do care about what we look for in a quarterback… especially Chad Henne, since the front office decided to stick with him, passing up on Kyle Orton amongst others.

            So, what exactly do we look for in a quarterback?  What can Chad Henne do to make us content?

 

            Let’s start with stats.  Since this is a “pass dominant league”, check the stats of the quarterbacks who won the Super Bowl the past three seasons (amount of years Henne has been in the league):

 

2009: Ben Roethlisberger

Comp/Att         Pct         Yds         Avg         TD         Int         Rate

281/469            59.9            3,301            7.0            17            15            80.1           

 

2010: Drew Brees

Comp/Att         Pct         Yds         Avg         TD         Int         Rate

363/514            70.6            4,388            8.5            34            11            109.6

 

2011: Aaron Rodgers

Comp/Att         Pct         Yds         Avg         TD         Int         Rate

312/475            65.7            3,922            8.3            28            11            101.2

 

            Based on these statistics, keeping turnovers to a minimum us a must.  Roethlisberger plays a much different style than Brees and Rodgers at the position, but thrives in the clutch—another characteristic of a QB.  What does Chad Henne have any business being mentioned in this group?  He doesn’t.  Because I don’t believe he has to be like Brees and Rodgers to make us happy.  If Chad could pull off a 2008 season such as Big Ben (also ran for 2 TDs and worth mentioning 7 lost fumbles), where the touchdown to interception ratio is as close as 17:15 (in hopes it will be better) and a 3,500+ yard season, I will be content with our quarterback play.  Henne’s play is much different than any of these QBs mentioned, but statistically, he can relate to the 2009 Super Bowl Champion in Roethlisberger.  To do so, his 2011 stat line:

 

2010: Chad Henne

Comp/Att         Pct         Yds         Avg         TD         Int         Rate

301/490            61.4            3,301            6.7            15            19            75.4

 

must be flipped TD:INT.  Take a look at those exact 3 quarterbacks in their third year with actual playing time:

 

Ben Roethlisberger:

Comp/Att         Pct         Yds         Avg         TD         Int         Rate

280/469            59.7            3,513            7.5            18            23            75.4

 

Drew Brees:

Comp/Att         Pct         Yds         Avg         TD         Int         Rate

205/356            57.6            2,108            5.9            11            15            67.5           

 

Aaron Rodgers: Super Bowl stats above

 

I don’t intend to make excuses for Henne.  But Aaron Rodgers had been mentored by one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game in Brett Favre.  He most definitely should shine like he has.  Besides Rodgers, Henne is in the same ballpark as Big Ben and Drew Brees entering their fourth season.  Both threw more INTs than TDs, neither achieved greater than 60.0 completion %.  They were the Chad Henne of yesterday.

            So, when we look at statistics to find what we want as a quarterback, Chad in my eyes, is six or seven TDs and 2 INTs away from being okay.  And okay is okay for us, because I still believe the Miami Dolphins are a better running team.  IF Henne collects 20 TDs and 15 INTs this season, that’s playoffs.

 

Now let’s look at the most important thing in all of football: winning.  Of course, stats are nice, but one reason Kyle Orton was benched last year despite a solid statistical season is because he wasn’t winning.  One reason Big Ben wins a Super Bowl with no stat close to his successors is because he is a winner.  Mark Sanchez… hate to say it, but he’s a gamer with the help of a great defense.  Chad Henne… what exactly is he?

            Henne needs to prove he can win.  A guy like Tony Romo… great quarterback, but not a winner.  It’s the hardest thing to find in this league.  Jay Cutler is another good quarterback who has never been known as a winner.  I know a win is a win, but getting that W is a hard thing to accomplish.  We brought in Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, and developed Devone Bess as weapons for Chad Henne to get the close loses on the flip column.  It’s Henne’s season to destroy, and only his.  With the pressure on him this year, he has the tools to make a playoff run if he can find his identity as a winning quarterback in the tight 50/50 games. 

            So what do you look for in a quarterback to make Chad Henne accepted?  What kind of season must he have?  A David Garrard-like season where he is nothing flashy but mediocre?  (I believe a mediocre Chad Henne wins us 9 to 10 games).  A gamer like Joe Flacco, Big Ben, and Mark Sanchez? Or A Matt Schaub-like quarterback where numbers get you wins?

            To me, the answer is Chad Henne must play within himself.  He has to set the tone for the offense, and not create turnovers by trying to do too much.  He needs to go at his pace, allowing the turnovers to decrease.  Of course, his pace maybe be relatively slow, but he doesn’t need to be a Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, or Big Ben.  Chad Henne needs to become a kindergartner and play smart and safe, like how Chad Pennington played in the 11-5 season, which did not tolerate turnovers.  Henne must become a manager in the game and he will succeed.

 

 Peezy Out.

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