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Chad Henne calls benching “tough to swallow”

When Dolphins coach Tony Sparano announced that Chad Henne had been benched for Chad Pennington, the coach called Henne “disappointed, as I would expect, but a tremendous professional.”

Henne described himself as “obviously disappointed,” but he was a professional about it in answering a number of questions from reporters shortly after he found out he was no longer the starter.

It’s tough to swallow, but at the same time what’s best for the team is best,” Henne said.

Henne said he has a good relationship with Pennington and doesn’t expect that to change now that their roles have been reversed.

"[Pennington] has been great, I mean there’s no hatred in now that he’s starting,” Henne said. “It’s none of our decisions, it’s all up to the coaching staff and we’re going to remain the same. He’s helped me out throughout my career. I’m going to stick by him, help him out as much as we can and we’re in it together…. We’re in it to win the championship and that’s what we’re here for.”

Asked if he thinks he’s been given a fair chance, Henne said, “I mean that’s for coach Sparano to answer. I mean I can’t say is it fair or is it not. . . . I’m just going to worry about what I have to do to get better.”