Considering all of the pressure he’s facing after fans thought Kyle Orton would be their starter for the 2011 season, Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne’s performance against the New England Patriots in Week 1 was pretty impressive after he threw for 416 yards and two touchdowns. The former Michigan star also led the team in rushing with 59 yards with one touchdown and has even earned a new nickname–the white Michael Vick.
In a recent Q & A with the Sun Sentinel, Henne’s teammate Brandon Marshall praised his quarterback and his ability to scramble around the pocket–which is interesting considering Henne has struggled enough just to be placed in the category of average quarterback. Henne’s 59 yards against the Patriots already gives him a career high in rushing yards for a single season, but he’s obviously nowhere close to the level of Vick when it comes to being an effective quarterback on the run.
Here’s what Marshall had to say courtesy of the Sun Sentinel:
“I like it, as long as he doesn’t get hit.” (on people calling Henne Michael Vick) – Laughing “Yeah the white Vick (laughter). As long as he doesn’t get hit and he continues to do that because we need that. It definitely helps us out, as long as he gets down early enough we’ll take it.”
Even though it’s obvious Marshall was just having fun during the interview, these comments come at an interesting time considering all of the heat ESPN took plenty of heat for their, “What if Michael Vick were white?” article. On the bright side, at least Henne has something to be proud about since it’s not everyday he receives a comparison to one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
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