There has been no shortage of belittling comments about Tim Tebow's future as an NFL quarterback. Previously, derision came exclusively from analysts, fans and journalists.
On Wednesday, an NFL quarterback dismissed Tebow as his peer.
Miami Dolphins starter Chad Henne spoke up during an interview with local sports-radio station WQAM. Hosts Curtis Stevenson and Anita Marks asked Henne what he thought of the University of Florida demigod.
"My judgment is that he's not an NFL quarterback," Henne said, his words trailing off into a mumble as though he realized he shouldn't be uttering them. "So I'll leave it at that."
What makes Henne's bold statement even more noteworthy is that Tebow's agent is Jimmy Sexton, who also represents Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells, head coach Tony Sparano and a few Dolphins players.
Henne's quarterbacks coach, David Lee, worked with Tebow at the Senior Bowl. The Dolphins' staff coached the South team this year.
Henne touched on a few other topics. Most notably, he spoke about the Dolphins' decision to re-sign veteran Chad Pennington as his backup and the widely held belief they need a receiver with big-play capabilities.
On Pennington's return:
"I always knew that they were going to bring in a veteran person. What greater veteran than Chad Pennington? I worked with him for two years now. He's always been a great mentor to me. I love having him back because I've learned so much from him. It's great to compete against him."
On how frequently Dolfans mention the need for another receiver:
"I hear it all the time, but you know what? Our wide receivers from last year, towards the end of the season, really improved. We threw for, in a couple games, over 300 yards. You know, we're very young.
"Yeah, we need that veteran guy to come in here and teach those young guys, but I think we're only going to keep getting better with the young guys."