Stop it. Just, stop.
I should have predicted that today would mark the rebirth of the Chad Henne debate on this blog. While the Dolphins have their own serious and important quarterback issues, many on here have been debating whether the Dolphins should have kept Henne, Miami's former starter, during the past offseason.
This because on Sunday Henne had a very good day. Starting for the injured Blaine Gabbert, Henne completed 16 of 33 passes for 354 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in an overtime loss to Houston.
Let me jump into the fray.
The Dolphins did the right thing by moving on from Chad Henne.
He's a hard worker. He has all the physical tools to play in the NFL. But something is seemingly always missing. Something is lacking that keeps him from being a great NFL starter. I'm not saying this based on the fact his team lost on Sunday. I watched him the past three years. I listened to complaints from teammates and, yes, coaches, who came to the conclusion he wasn't franchise QB material.
He was not the answer and I doubt he'll be the answer in Jacksonville.
Henne, as usual, was streaky on Sunday. He was impressive at times. But then he went into the proverbial tank and nobody knew why. That's the worst kind of player, in my opinion. The guy who builds up hope and then waits or the crucial moments to play poorly is the biggest waste of time because teams keep them around and keep them around hoping he turns the corner.
Except he never turns the corner. He shows you just enough to keep you interested and hopeful. And he still slumps in the crunch.
That's Henne. And Sunday, predictably, he went into that tank at the most inopportune time.
Henne had a glorious day working for three quarters. He had completed 13 of 18 for 250 yards and three TDs. And then, he sort of disappeared.
In the fourth quarter and overtiime -- you know, when the game was on the line -- Henne completed 3 of 15 passes for 104 yards and one TD. Yes, he got the TD throw of 81 yards in the fourth quarter, but 3 of 15?
In overtime, by the way, Henne completed 1 of 8 passes for 15 yards. That was hero time. That was high-stakes time. That was the time to win the game. And Henne disappeared.
The streaky quarterback seemingly hit one of his skids.
So my evaluation of him does not change: Good backup, yes. Franchise QB, no way.
That doesn't make him a bad guy. He's actually a good man.
But it also doesn't make him a bad decision by the Dolphins. They needed to move on. They needed to stop wasting their own time.