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December 12, 2012

Henne wouldn't change anything about time with Dolphins

Chad Henne is the opposing quarterback this week so he was on the conference call with the Miami media today.

What did he say?

Well, he's not necessarily super fired up about facing the Dolphins and exacting a measure or revenge against them for not re-signing him and instead moving on to another quarterback. At least, he's not admitting to that.

"I don't know about motivation but once it comes toward game day there'll be a little bit more excitement and everything," Henne said. "Other than that I'm going to prepare like any other week and go into it like it's a regular game."

Does he have a bad taste in his mouth about how things went during his four years in Miami did he accept his situation without anger?

"Absolutely. I mean, they gave me every opportunity," Henne said. "They drafted me there and I appreciate that. But, um, sometimes things don't work out and you move on. But, uh, definitely feel I had my fair share and appreciate the opportunity down there."

So what would Henne change about his time with the Dolphins if he had the chance?

"Obviously, you want to win more games," Henne said. "But, um, whether I would have, woulda, would of, should have,I really wouldn't change anything. It was a big learning experience I had there. I enjoyed my teammates, enjoyed being part of the community down there. I just took it as an experience and built upon it and improved myself as a quarterback and as a young man."

Henne has completed 51.6 percent of his 182 passes for 1,217 yards with 8 TDs and 5 INTs.

"I think I've improved. From last year the first three games, I felt I've improved," Henne said.

The Jaguars are having problems with drops, having problems with protections and Henne is missing throws. In other words they look a lot like the Dolphins did with Henne. Actually, in many respects they look a lot like the Dolphins do now.

Apparently, Henne has been keeping tabs on counterpart and replacement Ryan Tannehill. So what does he think of Miami's starting quarterbacK?

"I think he's done a great job for what he's been given," Henne said. "I think he's done well, he's handled the media well. I just wish him the best and hopefully he keeps improving."

[Practice update: WR Davone Bess and OLB Koa Misi sat out practice today. I'll update their injuries later.]

Reshad Jones sets sights on Pro Bowl

Many NFL player feign humility when reporters ask about making the Pro Bowl. It means a lot to many of them yet few ever admit how much perhaps for fear of seeming self-absorbed.

Reshad Jones admits how much the Pro Bowl means to him.

"It's the ultimate when other players, coaches and fans recognize you as being one of the people at the top of the game," Jones told me Tuesday. "The Pro Bowl is for the best of the best. Of course, I want to be selected to the Pro Bowl. I would mean a lot to me."

Jones has a chance. We discussed that even if Ed Reed gets selected, his health doesn't always allow him to participate. Even if Troy Polamalu gets selected (he doesn't deserve it this year because he's been injured most of the time), he probably won't go because of his health.

So the perennial selectees might be giving way to someone else.

That may open the door for Jones. He's got three interceptions. He's forced two fumbles, He has a sack. He is a gap-filling safety with 81 tackles, which is third on the team. Could he use a highlight day against Chad Henne Sunday to solidify his case?

Of course.

But that, everyone knows, is possible.

By the way, I don't mind telling you Jones is a good dude, too. I spent time with him Tuesday. We went to visit a 101-year-old Dolphins fan. I wrote this column based on that visit.

Good on the field.

Good off the field.

Reshad Jones.