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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Pennington knows Henne will take over Fins


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington knows the score.

The veteran isn't making any bold proclamations about stiff-arming young challenger Chad Henne for the starting job. Pennington was a guest Wednesday morning on ESPN's "First Take" and sounded resigned to the fact this probably will be his last year at the helm.

Dana Jacobson referenced comments Dolphins coach Tony Sparano made Tuesday at the NFL owners' meeting that Henne should start making a push for the job.

The Dolphins drafted Henne in the second round last year. After the New York Jets cut Pennington to make room for Brett Favre, the Dolphins signed him to a two-year contract, with mentoring Henne a significant reason.

"If you look at how everything is set up, how the Dolphins drafted Chad, how they brought me in for a two-year deal, it's not news, really," Pennington said. "It's just the way it is.

"I'm comfortable with everything that's going on right now. I feel really good about where I am as a professional. I feel really good about how I'm playing and the goals I've set for this year. With this being my 10th year in the league, I'm the first one that can tell you nothing's promised to you."

Pennington last year guided the Dolphins to one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in NFL history, from 1-15 to the AFC East championship and a playoff berth. Pennington was voted Comeback Player of the Year for the second time in his career.

But the Dolphins have not expressed interest in extending Pennington's deal.

"What I do is I really concentrate on how I can better myself as a professional quarterback," Pennington said of speculating on his future. "If I'm doing that, then that's the one thing I can control and the rest of it will take care of itself, as it did in 2008.

"I enjoy Miami tremendously. I enjoy being a Dolphin. It's been a lot of fun so far, and I look forward to some other good times."

Jacobson asked Pennington if he would be willing to accept the backup role to remain with Miami.

"That'd be something I'd have to look at," Pennington said, although the tone of his voice was unenthusiastic. "It's something that's obviously out there. As a competitor, it's extremely hard to say yes to that right now because I'm used to being a starter.

"I love being in the huddle. I love leading the team. That's hard to do on the sidelines. That would be something I would have to address when the time comes."