by Ben Volin http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedaily ... -position/
Tony Sparano is not ready to give up on Chad Henne. Sparano was asked Monday if perhaps it’s time to give Tyler Thigpen a chance at starting with a full week of preparation – his only start this year came on a short week against the Bears – but Sparano said no, Henne is still the starter and will play Sunday at the Jets.
But if the benching three weeks ago before the Tennessee game wasn’t enough proof that the luster has worn off of Henne, Sparano admitted Monday that Henne may not be the Dolphins’ quarterback in 2011.
“At the end of the year we’ll have to sit down from our standpoint and re-evaluate the whole big picture,” Sparano said. “I do think this guy is getting better, (but) we’re going to have to evaluate everything at the end of the year.”
Now, the Dolphins must decide if Henne should still be the quarterback in 2011. It’s a huge decision, given that the contracts of Ireland, Sparano and several people in the building are set to expire after the 2011 season. If they mess it up, a lot of people could be shown the door.
“There’s obviously some areas there where Chad needs to continue to improve, and he would tell you that,” Sparano said. “One of the areas is this turnover thing. … You just can’t overcome it in this league. The margin is just too hard to overcome those kind of turnovers.”
“There was probably three decisions I think that if we’re really splitting hairs, could’ve went someplace else, the interceptions aside,” Sparano said. But the “biggest issue was location. We completed 50 percent of our passes yesterday, and throwing the ball with location yesterday puts us in the 60s.”
And the most frustrating part, Sparano said, is that Henne is performing well in practice, but it’s not translating to the games.
“This guy was 80 percent during the week of practice. Probably his best week of practice,” Sparano said.
One criticism of Henne is that he stares down his receivers too long, giving opposing defensive backs plenty of time to read the play. Sparano doesn’t buy it.
“I read all the garbage about staring people down and this and that, and it doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he said.
Sparano doesn’t get much into specifics about what his players did wrong in the game, or any sort of negative evaluations of his players. But one thing is clear: A lot of tough decisions will be made this offseason, starting at quarterback.