Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Chad Henne

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29Nov 2012
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Chad Henne

Chad Henne led his team to a 24-19 victory over the Tennessee Titans despite being sacked an unbelievable seven times.  The victory is only the second of the season for Jacksonville, and the win marks Henne’s first start of the season after beating out the tenth overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft, QB Blaine Gabbert.  Henne went 17/26 passing for 261 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the win.  Henne’s play has improved greatly since his days in Miami, and his passer rating on the season is now an even 100.  Mike Martin had one tackle in the game for the Titans.

Honorable Mention:  Mario Manningham, Henne’s former go-to wide receiver, had a 40-yard reception in the first half of his 49ers win over the New Orleans Saints.  He finished the game with five receptions for 69 yards.  He now has 36 receptions for 412 yards on the season.


  • Stevie Brown had three tackles as his Giants beat up on the Packers
  • Brady Threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns; he rushed for another score.  He would be mentioned above, but I’m sick of writing about Tom Brady.
  • David Harris leads the Jets in tackles and had ten in a loss to the Patriots.
22Nov 2012
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Chad Henne

“In command”

Chad Henne is once again a starting quarterback in the NFL following his 354-yard, four touchdown relief performance against the Houston Texans.  Henne gets the starting nod for the Jaguars over Blaine Gabbert, the tenth overall selection in the 2011 Draft.  Gabbert has been unimpressive during his limited time in the league and holds a not-so-good 77.4 passer rating this year.

“[Henne] took command of the offense,” Jacksonville’s head coach Mike Mularkey said.  He’s been a starter in the league.  He’s had some success at that position.” 

But truth be told, Henne hasn’t had much success.  Over the course of his four year career, he has failed to end a season with a passer rating above 80 or finish a year with more touchdowns than interceptions.  Nevertheless, Henne has never lacked for talent — as Michigan fans well know — and is surely aided by his four years of NFL experience.  He’s been performing much better this year with his new team, currently holding a 96.5 passer rating.

Honorable Mention:  David Molk isn’t the best Michigan center in the NFL just yet; that
distinction belongs to Jonathan Goodwin.  He starts for the division
leading 7-2 San Fransisco 49ers, and his team beat up on the 7-3 Chicago Bears
on Monday Night Football last week.  49er teammate Mario Manningham had 2 catches for 45 yards in the game.

  • A bye week is the only force that can prevent Stevie Brown from dominating the world.
  • Brady threw for 331 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions his 59-24 schooling of Andrew Luck and the Colts.
  • Brandon Graham didn’t register any stats as his struggling Eagles team lost to the Redskins.
15Nov 2012
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Steve Hutchinson

Steve Hutchinson

Steve Hutchinson has never been named as TTB’s former Michigan athlete of the week, probably because it’s hard to judge the performance of an offensive lineman if only given the chance to glance at game recaps and stat lines.  Even with that excuse, Hutchinson’s absence from this series just isn’t cool, man.  Here’s a quick, incomplete rundown of many of the career accomplishments from one of the greatest Wolverines of all time:

  • Four-year starter for Michigan at offensive guard
  • National Championship winner
  • four-time All-Big Ten selection
  • Two-time All-American
  • First round NFL draft pick
  • Signed the richest contract ever by an OG
  • Seven-time Pro Bowl selection, seven time All-Pro
Now with the Tennessee Titans and in his 12th NFL season, Hutchinson helped his team run for 177 yards against a very good Miami defense in a 37-3 blowout win this week.  Two years remain on his contract at season’s end.
Honorable mention:  The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts by a score of 27-10, but Chad Henne saw significant playing time in the fourth quarter and performed well.  Henne finished 10/16 passing for 121 yards with one touchdown and one interception following a tipped pass.  Since the Jags are now 1-8 and have nothing else to talk about, fans have been creating some chatter about putting Henne in as the starter to see what he can do.  If you’re really hardcore about Chad Henne, you can go to  Chad Henne!
25Mar 2012
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NFL Wolverines: Manningham, Hutchinson, Henne Find New Teams

Mario Manningham is a 49er

NFL free agency kicked off at 4:00 p.m. on March 13 and that lead to some shuffling of former Michigan athletes. We’ll find out where all of them land when I get around to updating the list of Wolverines in the NFL, but for now, here’s the rundown of the high-profile movers.
Mario Manningham is headed to San Francisco after signing a two-year contract worth up to 7.3 million dollars – a good chunk of coin but significantly less than top-flight wide receiver money. Manningham fought a knee injury for much of last year and had the least productive regular season of his career, finishing with 39 catches for 523 yards. However, his playoff performances and Super Bowl heroics contributed to a healthy market for his services, which the Giants could not afford with two solid wide receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, already on their roster. Manningham joins a 49ers receiving unit that includes former Buckeye and first-round draft pick Ted Ginn Jr., former first-rounder Michael Crabtree, and all-time receiving great Randy “straight cash, homie” Moss.
Steve Hutchinson isn’t the dominant All-Pro left guard that he used to be, but the 34-year-old is still good enough to command a three-year contract from the Tennessee Titans. Hutchinson – who has pancake blocked the way to 1,000 yard rushing seasons for Adrian Peterson, Shaun Alexander and Chester Taylor – will now be paving the way for speedster Chris Johnson, one of the league’s most exciting running backs.

Chad Henne separated his non-throwing shoulder in early October of last year, which caused him to miss the remainder of the 2011 season. Actually, the injury was “more severe than a separated shoulder,” according to Henne. But he still drew attention when he hit the open market, first from the Seattle Seahawks and then from the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he signed a two-year deal worth $6.75 million. Henne will compete with the 2011 NFL Draft’s 10th overall selection Blaine Gabbert for Jacksonville’s starting spot. Through four years in the NFL, Henne has more interceptions (37) than touchdowns (31) and an unimpressive 75.7 passer rating, but it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to concede anything yet. “I’m a fierce competitor. I will do everything I can to get that job.”
27Sep 2011
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Steve Breaston

Pickings were slim this week. Brady put up his standard 350+ yards through the air, but he also threw 4 interceptions – which matched his INT total for all of last season – in a loss to the Bills. Henne finished with a respectable 90.4 QB rating, but it was in a losing effort to the Cleveland Browns on a day when he led his offense to only 16 points. So Breaston gets the nod here with his 3 catches for 55 yards. I hear that yards per catch is one of the more flawed statistics, but an 18. 3YPC is as impressive as anything else that I saw on the stat sheet this week. And even though Breaston’s team the Kansas City Chiefs lost by a score of 20-17 against the Chargers, his 14.5 point underdog team hung a lot tougher than most thought that would after getting shellacked by the Lions in week 2. Still, I hope Breaston’s numbers are a bit more impressive the next time he wins this prestigious award.