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MIAMI ( – During Monday night’s open practice at Sun Life Stadium, fans began chanting every time quarterback Chad Henne made an errant pass. The chant was “We Want Orton,” but head coach Tony Sparano had a message to send back to fans Wednesday.

“It makes me sick,” Sparano told reporters after being asked about the fans’ chant.

Sparano’s beef was that admission was free and the practice was scheduled as a goodwill gesture after the more than four-month long NFL lockout.

“I’m not worried about how it affects anybody. We’re all big boys here, OK,” Sparano said. “I’m just talking about taking my team to the stadium, OK, in one of those situations and the reason why we did it, OK, and then to see that happen – it’s just disappointing to me.”

Henne has been at the center of a quarterback controversy since week 10 of the 2010 season. That’s when the Dolphins decided to bench Henne in favor of Chad Pennington. Since then, Fins fans have been clamoring for a new quarterback.

At the beginning of the free agent frenzy last week, the Dolphins were in trade talks with the Denver Broncos to acquire quarterback Kyle Orton. Denver’s price for Orton as far as draft picks and Orton’s desire for a new contract curbed the Dolphins’ interest.

But the fans of the Dolphins, who have been waiting for a quarterback of the future for more than a decade, latched onto Orton because his stats were better than Henne’s. However, Henne and Orton were essentially the same quarterbacks against their division and common opponents in 2010.

Part of the problem Henne is dealing with at the start of training camp is he’s finally getting on the field with a brand new offense. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is installing a more quarterback friendly offense this season, but the entire team is trying to learn new terms, roles, blocking assignments and more.

It’s Henne’s second offense in his second season as a starter, which can be trouble for any quarterback this early in his career.

Comments (5)
  1. Carol says:

    Sprano has to remember without fans the Dolphins are nothing so they have a right to express themselves.

    1. Demon Angel Dolphin says:

      Sorry Carol but you express yourself at home or in the street not at someone’s job. This is they’re job. Especially when you’re getting something for free with all the bells and whistles. C’mon why are people say Orton’s better than Henne when Orton’s been in the leauge all those loosing year’s compared to Henne’s 2. People forget so much that Orton or Grossman didn’t take the bears to the superbowl–IT WAS THE BEARS DEFENSE THAT DID IT!!!!!!! So why the heck should we go after a player who’s been traded, benched and stepped on that has done absolutely nonthing but loose. Orton’s X amount of years to Henne’s two and they still almost have the same stats. Waste of time money and precious draft picks to still go 7-9 or worse. Henne does have a strong arm great field vison, he is a pure pocket passer with some mobility. It’s so much potential in him it’s actually staggering. We now have a extra receiver in the backfield in Bush and Someone with some speed to stretch the field now if we had Braylon we would really be set. Because then they’ll have to play honest and can’t triple or double cover receivers (Marshall,Bess) Let the arguments continue.

  2. BJ McLaughlin says:

    Hey Tony. You know what makes me sick? It makes me sick that the Dolphins haven’t been in a Super Bowl since the mid E I G H T I E S, and haven’t WON one since R I C H A R D N I X O N ! ! ! was the President. It also makes me sick that when a team UNDERPERFORMS year after year after year, and makes mistakes year after year after year, the players and management think they have the right to criticize the FANS that P A Y the BILLS.
    May I respectfully suggest that until Steve Ross can put a viable product on the field, that the Dolphins’ staff and management work on developing a “thick skin and a short memory”. You’re going to need it.

  3. Will Kane says:

    Dolphin fans are a sad lot! Orton is no better than Henne, no wonder Sparano can’t field a winner. Hey, look at the Bucs, they drafted a good QB! It is going to be a very long time before the Dolphins are even competitive again.

  4. Evan Cruz says:

    Hey Tony, do you know why this team is trashy as it is? It’s because your team doesn’t have a franchise quarterback. The fans are angry over it and also the media. Everybody wanted to see the Kyle Orton trade happen. Do you happen to know why everybody is upset also? It’s because you and the Dolphins pulled out of this trade for two reasons. 1. You thought that Chad Henne would be appalled if this trade would’ve happened. 2. You thought Denver was requesting too much for Orton. For your information, the best teams in all of sports are the ones that take risks in trades, money, free agency, and solidifying their team properly. If you don’t want to continue reading my message, simply select another message to view. If you do, then pay attention to what you are about to read. I would want you and the Dolphins management to renegotiate with the Broncos about the Kyle Orton trade and offer them this. A second round pick, which they requested in the past, Chad Henne, and Henne’s contract for Orton. If they reject this offer, then make a counteroffer by investing into 10% of Henne’s contract for the next year. If they reject that offer, add 10% for everytime they reject an offer. If you don’t take my advice for granted, you will not only upset the team, but most importantly the fans and the city. Get to work Sparano.

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