Sounds like that’s what went through the mind of Dolphins QB Chad Henne moments after he uttered these comments about Tim Tebow on Wednesday: “My judgment is that he’s not an NFL quarterback. I’ll leave it at that.”
Ouch. Brutal honesty.
But at the Athletes in Action charity golf tournament Friday in South Florida, Henne was doing the expected damage control when he spoke with Miami Herald reporters.
“I didn’t really say he wasn’t able to be one,” Henne said of Tebow. “We’re all in this process, learning how to be an NFL quarterback. Obviously, he’s taken the right steps to improve his game. His throwing motion actually looks a lot better with his release and everything. I think his pro day went really well, and he was happy with it. I can’t really say anything. My quarterback coach from college is coaching him in college. We’re coming from the same people.
“He’s obviously learned from a lot of good people. And with Urban Meyer up there, he’s learned from the best. Those [comments] were way out of proportion, ‘he’s not going to be an NFL quarterback.’ Wherever he goes, he’s going to make that team better because he’s such a competitor and a great person.”
Apparently, the fact that Henne said what he said isn’t all that bothers him. It also was how the national media took it and ran with it — and delved into it.
With the connection between Henne and Tebow being David Lee — the Dolphins’ quarterback coach who has been one of Tebow’s mentors in correcting his form — and with Miami’s staff having coached the Florida standout at the Senior Bowl, many wondered if Henne’s original comments were based on some inside knowledge.
And that didn’t sit well with Henne.
“The thing about that is that dragging the Dolphins and our coaching staff into this when it’s way out of proportion,” Henne said. “I never talked to them about Tebow. They never mentioned anything. It was all what I was perceived to say. I have nothing against him. I really like him as a person. I met him last year up there at Florida working out their receivers and got an opportunity to play against him so he really is a wonderful person and I only wish him the best.”
Henne might have avoided controversy had he said that in the first place.