Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne created a stir two days ago when he said of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow during a radio interview: "In my judgement, he's not an NFL quarterback. So leave it at that."
That someone suggested Tebow (pictured) might not be good enough to be an NFL quarterback was not unusual. That it was another NFL quarterback who said it was HIGHLY unusual.
Which is why Henne backtracked on those remarks today during an appearance at an Athletes in Action charity event in South Florida.
"I didn't really say he wasn't able to be [an NFL quarterback]," Henne said, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. "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. My quarterback coach from college is coaching him in college. We're coming from the same people."
Henne is participating because he's a good community guy. He talked to reporters today — The Herald's Jeff Darlington and David J. Neal were there because they love golf — and they asked Henne about his controversial Tebow comments Wednesday, in which the Dolphins quarterback said, "In my judgment he's not an NFL quarterback. So leave it at that."
Today Henne didn't want to leave it at that. Today Henne was surrounded by reporters that asked better questions. Today Henne backtracked a little bit.
"Those comments were way out of proportion, he's going to be an NFL quarterback," Henne added. "Wherever he goes, he's going to make that team better because he's such a competitor and a great person."
Henne felt radio station WQAM, where the original comment was aired, cut him off before he could provide a further explanation.
Say this much for Henne: After just one season, he has managed to perfect his backpedaling skills.