The Dolphins passing game heading into 2010 needs to step up, and Chad Henne has a lot to do with that. Problem is, he has not stepped up in the way many have felt he should, and Chad Pennington is still waiting in the wings if the team wants to go that route:
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne was good, not great, in Saturday’s scrimmage, and coach Tony Sparano gave him a supreme vote of confidence afterward, saying he’s completed more than 75 percent of his passes in training camp to this point and insisting he’s the unequivocal choice to be the starting quarterback this season. Sparano can say what he wants but the truth is, Henne still has not put his stamp on this team, either in preseason or last season, and until he does the specter of Chad Pennington is going to lurk in the background. Those who remember last preseason recall that Henne had already been deemed the heir apparent to the job by Sparano but failed to convincingly demonstrate that he was that guy. Then he went out and threw 12 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions as the starter once Pennington went down. Henne has yet to prove himself and until he does, the realization that a healthy Pennington is ready to step in won’t go away.