Remember when Tom Brady used to look like this?
Bill Parcells remembers. That’s why Chad Henne is a Miami Dolphin. Parcells is hoping that magic strikes twice – is hoping that Chad Henne plays more like Tom Brady than John Navarre, Drew Henson, Scott Dreisbach and Todd Collins. The Tuna could live with Henne performing at the standard of Jim Harbaugh or Elvis Grbac or Brian Griese, but Brady is the gold standard among signal callers from Ann Arbor.
Henne left Ann Arbor with all of the records. And that, in and of itself, means nothing. Still, Chad Henne is a strong-armed guy whose accuracy is without question. He has yet to demonstrate the pocket mobility and overall quickness that is essential to playing this position in the NFL. Nor is Henne possessed of the quickest release. The Dolphins play host to the unbeaten New Orleans Saints this week and hope that he has learned enough from watching Chad Pennington to make the difference.
Miami has the most powerful, dynamic running game in the NFL. No combination of backs in the entire league finish runs better than Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. With this tandem moving the pile and wearing down defenses, the Dolphin brain trust hopes that the Week 5 game vs. the Jets was more foreshadowing than fluke. Henne went 20-26 for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. If Miami can stay close on the scoreboard by possessing the ball and grinding it out, Henne’s big arm should be able to capitalize deep down the field.
The Dolphins are first in third down conversion percentage (56%) by a wide margin. A big-armed gunner from Ann Arbor can’t help but love this situation. If he can STAY AWAY from DARREN SHARPER, everything should be fine.
Full disclosure: I’m starting Henne in my FFL vs. the Saints. Riverboat gambling never felt so good.