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Chad Henne and the long-term quarterback situation of the Miami Dolphins

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EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins passes against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - DECEMBER 12: Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins passes against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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I know what many of you are probably thinking: enough with the Chad Henne discussion. There are 52 other players on this team who probably aren't talked about enough compared to the amount of time and energy that's been wasted on discussing Henne.

Butt like it or not, the quarterback position is the single most important position on the field. And until you have a good one, debate surrounding the quarterback situation will be ongoing day after day. It's also not a coincidence that the best teams in the league all have very good starting quarterbacks. Of the seven teams with at least nine wins this season, only the Jets have gotten below average play from their quarterback.

That's why the single biggest decision made this offseason will revolve around what Miami's front office decides to do about their current quarterback situation.

We're all aware that Chad Henne has really struggled at times this year. And he's been just terrible these past two weeks, which is surprising after having two strong performances in consecutive outings against the Titans and Raiders. This just highlights the biggest flaw Henne has - inconsistency. He'll look very good one week and then very back the next. We see this inconsistency not just game by game, but also from pass to pass.

What's so frustrating when discussing Henne is that there have been times in which he has looked every bit like the franchise quarterback we all have been hoping he'd eventually become. I think back to his second career start last season against the Jets on Monday Night Football, for example.

But flashes of brilliance and potential just will not cut it anymore. It's decision time for this regime. What should the Dolphins do to address their quarterback situation this offseason?

That's the question I pose to you. It may seem like a dumb question since the loudest Dolphin fans have made it known that they have seen enough of Henne and want to move on. But just because those fans are the loudest does not mean they are the majority.

Take our vote on Tony Sparano's future, for example. If you only read comments and fanposts on this site, you would think that most Dolphin fans want Sparano to be fired after the season. However that's clearly not the case. Of the over 2500 fans who voted, 72% want Tony Sparano to return for at least one more season.

That is what is known as the "silent majority."

So now I'm curious what most think about Chad Henne's future. What should the Dolphins do with Henne and their quarterback situation?

(And note that I'm only including possibilities that are realistic - which means there will be no option for "signing Mike Vick or Peyton Manning." That's not going to happen - so accept it.)