We spent a second-round pick on him (57th overall), he comes from a big time college program, and he seems to fit the mold of a Bill Parcells type of quarterback (big arm, big body). Not much is being said about The Robot and the possibility that he could potentially be the franchise QB this team has been waiting for since 1999. But, so far, the coaching staff and even some players seem intrigued with Chad Henne's potential.
Players and coaches love Henne's potential [See? I wouldn't bullshit you.] -- ''We've seen the big arm and a pretty calm demeanor,'' coach Tony Sparano said -- but the sentiment is he needs time to develop. Henne said the Dolphins have helped him ''get the ball out faster'' than at Michigan. ''It's taking me 2.8 seconds to get the ball out now'' after the snap, he said.
Henne's arm strength has always been the best part of his game. Now that he's getting rid of it faster, I think it's as good a time as any to get some hard nipples over his potential as possible future franchise QB. This piece from Readingeagle.com highlights the fact that Parcells liked Chad Henne because of his toughness (it's written by some dude named Jimmy Johnson. Jesus, how many Jimmy Johnsons are there in this world? Creepy). Anyway...
Henne led the Wolverines, who started the season 0-2, to the Capital One Bowl. There, he threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-35 defeat of then-defending national champion Florida.
"Fighting through (the injury) and playing Florida in the last game was exciting," he said. "And my toughness was kind of proven throughout this season, fighting through injuries and adversity."
It was that toughness displayed against Florida that landed him on Parcells' wish list.
It's that determination that has him in the position to compete for a starting NFL job.
He's big. He's immobile and stiff in the pocket. And his throwing mechanics are very, well .... mechanical. He seems to be devoid of any emotion -- whether it's in the pocket or in interviews. This evidence suggests to me that Chad Henne is, in fact, a robot from the 50's.
And he could very well be our savior.