Miami's Chad Henne Preparing for a Breakout Season

Dee CollierContributor IMay 26, 2010

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02:  Rookie Quarterback Chad Henne #7 drops back to pass during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Just as any fan or member of the Miami Dolphins organization knows, this coming season's success will be largely dependent on the play of 3rd year quarterback Chad Henne.

Last season Henne stepped in and ended up starting the last 13 games, completing 274-of-451 passes for 2,878 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He compiled a 7-6 record as a starter and lead the Dolphins to two memorable comeback victories over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 5 (and over the New England Patriots in Week 13).

Henne knows how important this coming season is to his development as a bona fide starter in the NFL. But more importantly, he knows this off-season is just as, if not more important.

And since Miami now has the premier wide out they have always needed in Brandon Marshall—Chad should have no excuses not to succeed, right? He apparently believes so!

Henne has approached this off-season like never before. Sources say Henne, who's listed at a 6'3" 230 frame, has slimmed down to a solid 220.

Henne has completely changed his diet and his off-season training regiment.

Having a guy like Chad Pennington, who has accepted his role as mentor, on the roster to help with the development of Henne, has been huge for the young quaterback as well.

"He's all about business" [Brandon] Marshall said, "He's the type of quarterback you want to play for and play with" Marshall continued.